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Everybody has a shopping list for the post Covid-19 world. Most of us will demand a better health service, an end to homelessness and lower inequality. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Everybody has a shopping list for the post-Covid-19 world. Most of us will demand a better health service, an end to homelessness and lower inequality(...)

South Bank in London on Sunday. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

It will be at least six months before Britain gets “back to normal” by lifting the restrictions imposed because of coronavirus, the country’s deputy c(...)

Alpha Condé arrives at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,  during a recent session of the Assembly of the African Heads of States. Photograph:  Michael Tewelde/AFP via Getty Images

On Sunday, Guinea’s citizens will vote for a new constitution which could see the country’s first democratically-elected president cement his power an(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald at Liberty Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

To joyous cheers, the spirit of the late Princess Diana entered the auditorium and into the besotted embrace of the swooning crowd. It was the unlike(...)

The peculiar way in which the UK is currently being run sees Boris Johnson as the chairman of the board and Dominic Cummings (above) as the unelected CEO

The two great economic offices of the British state, the Bank of England and the Treasury, are currently being run by two alumni of Goldman Sachs. It (...)

“The first thing that strikes you as an outsider is everything seems to be driven not by a slogan, not by policy, but by look at my photograph.” Photograph: Alan Betson

“In any other circumstances, you would say Sinn Féin ran with a very clichéd and hackneyed election slogan – but they’ve actually tapped into a mindse(...)

 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg: so far the most successful of the moderates. Photograph:  Joseph  Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images

Excuse the postmodernism here but the Iowa caucuses did not happen. The real prize of the event is less the delegates at stake than media fanfare and (...)

Seamus Mallon and David Trimble at Stormont following their election as deputy first minister and first minister. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

He walked into the room, an olive-green Donegal tweed light suit, pocket watch chain in the waistcoat, and held out his hand. “I’m Seamus,” he said, a(...)

Born in the predominantly Protestant village of Markethill in Co Armagh, where he lived his entire life, Seamus Mallon had first-hand knowledge of the injustices suffered by the nationalist community but he also had a sympathetic understanding of the unionist mentality. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Seamus Mallon was one of the towering political figures in Ireland over the past half century. A man of extraordinary courage who braved repeated loya(...)

Seamus Mallon and Charles Haughey during the Fianna Fáil ard fheis in the RDS, Dublin, in November 1995. Photograph: Frank Miller

Charles Haughey never spoke to Seamus Mallon again after the SDLP deputy leader came out strongly in support of the Anglo- Irish Agreement negotiated (...)

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