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Picnickers in the Soderlmalm district of Stockholm, Sweden on April 23rd 2020. Photogrpah: Andres Kudacki/The New York Times

Sweden had been the unlikely poster boy for a laissez-faire approach to the pandemic, the champion of leaving it to its civic minded citizens to demon(...)

Adam Dassa waters his garden while his children Ruth and Sinai leave their house for school in the Jewish settlement of Har Hemed near Nablus. Photograph: Amir Levy/Getty

Wednesday marks the date set by Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu for the start of the process to annex parts of the West Bank but it is still(...)

US president Donald Trump walks on the south lawn of the White House in Washington on Sunday, after stepping off Marine One as he returns from a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/ AP

A day never passes when the worst president in US history does not again pile egregiousness upon egregiousness. And there is little relief at hand, ex(...)

The International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. Photograph: AP

It’s straight out of the Polish government playbook. An outrageous decision by US president Donald Trump to impose sanctions on the International Crim(...)

A supporter of President Jair Bolsonaro wears a face mask with Bolsonaro’s image during a demonstration at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. Photograph: CArl de SouzaAFP via Getty Images

Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro was right in one respect. He tweeted on Saturday that virus statistics are “not representative” of the country’s cur(...)

Tianna Bartoletta in action at the 2016 US Olympic trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Her name probably doesn’t mean a lot to you. Tianna Bartoletta is one for the athletics heads. She’s the reigning Olympic long jump champion, if that (...)

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (C) at an event last year alongside US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (R) and US President Donald Trump. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP

The Trump administration has announced an investigation into a string of countries that are adopting digital services taxes, including the EU, UK, Ita(...)

Two police officers stand outside the Third Police Precinct during the ‘I Can’t Breathe’ protest on Wednesday in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The station has become the site of an ongoing protest after the police killing of George Floyd. Photograph: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Joe Biden “joked” that African-Americans considering voting for Donald Trump “ain’t black”. He has apologised. But the cat was out of the bag, and the(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu meeting US secretary of state Mike Pompeo in Jerusalem on Wednesday. Photograph:  Kobi Gideon/GPO via getty Images

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo discussed Israel’s plans to annex large parts of the West Bank during talks in Jerusalem on Wednesday with Israeli p(...)

The National Youth Orchestra of Ireland performing at The National Concert Hall, Dublin in January 2018.  Photograph: Mark Stedman

You can learn a lot from teaching. I certainly learned a lot in the years when my main activity – I wouldn’t quite call it making a living – was teach(...)

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