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The US has sufficient power to ride out alliance criticisms over its Afghanistan withdrawal and Joe Biden seems reconciled to a less dominant and more decentred world role. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Foreign policy decisions and outcomes do not normally determine the results of US elections, which usually hinge on economic well-being and domestic c(...)

Traders at work at the stock exchange in Frankfurt am Main. Photograph: Daniel Roland/AFP

European stocks closed higher on Wednesday as fresh signs of weakness in Asian economies were offset by hopes for more stimulus, while investors shook(...)

European stocks edged closer to record highs on Wednesday as fresh signs of weakness in Asian economies were offset by hopes for more stimulus, while (...)

The regulations tighten restrictions from 2019 aimed at what Beijing says is a growing scourge of online-game addiction among schoolchildren. Photograph: Wang Zhao/AFP via Getty

In a move that parents everywhere might be tempted to applaud, China has tightened its already strict rules about how long children can play online vi(...)

A HSE internal audit report says testing indicates a failure rate of 41 per cent in relation to 100 of the initial 465 ventilators received from China. Photograph: Alan Betson

The health service pre-paid €81 million to 10 suppliers previously unknown to the Health Service Executive for nearly 2,200 ventilators at the start o(...)

“Do you understand that the best age for e-sports players is in their teens?” said one comment on China’s Twitter-like Weibo. Photograph: iStock

Young Chinese gamers took to social media to express their outrage at new rules that limit their gaming time to just three hours per week, while inves(...)

Former International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge has died at the age of 79. Photograph: Daniel Apuy/Getty Images

Jacques Rogge, who became president of the International Olympic Committee in 2001, when the organisation was still reeling from an ethics scandal, an(...)

European Council president Charles Michel. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty

European capitals and top EU officials are trying to deepen co-operation with central Asian states to evacuate people from Afghanistan and ensure that(...)

Ireland’s Nicole Turner celebrates winning a silver medal in the S6 50M Butterfly final  at the  Tokyo Aquatic Centre. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

For the first time at Paralympic level the competitive core of Nicole Turner took centre stage to what has been defining her this week in Tokyo, infec(...)

Retail Excellence predicts that price increases could feed through to stores through the autumn, particularly as the build-up to Christmas begins. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Families face rising prices this autumn as shops and businesses pass on increased costs to their customers. Post-pandemic and Brexit bottlenecks are (...)

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