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US president Joe Biden speaks on Tuesday about the ongoing evacuation in Afghanistan. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

No, the western alliance is not about to break up. And America is not about to drift off into some isolationist reverie. Afghanistan is too peripheral(...)

Ann Hyland and her grandson Rafferty

This article is one of a series about people who have died with coronavirus in Ireland and among the diaspora. You can read more of them here. If you (...)

Even after recent losses, China  accounts for 10% of global stock market capitalisation, second only to the US. Photograph: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty

The souring of sentiment towards emerging markets stands in stark contrast to earlier this year. Then, professional investors were more overweight EM (...)

In New York, energy and technology stocks powered the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq to record highs on Monday

Mining and oil stocks aided a recovery in European markets on Monday as commodities rose while uncertainty over monetary policy eased. Dublin Among(...)

  Iranian Shia Muslims wearing face masks take part in a mourning ceremony amid the coronavirus crisis in northern Tehran, Iran.  Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

The newly elected Iranian government led by President Ebrahim Raisi is facing demands to broaden its sources of vaccines as the country becomes engulf(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin takes part in a virtual meeting with leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation to discuss the situation in Afghanistan. Photograph: Evgeniy Paulin,  Sputnik, Kremlin Poo/AP

Russia and several ex-Soviet allies have pledged to work together to ensure the crisis in Afghanistan does not destabilise Central Asia, as the Kremli(...)

Supporters of Zhou Xiaoxuan, a feminist figure who rose to prominence during China’s MeToo movement, in Beijing. Photograph: Noel Celis/AFP via Getty

A surge of public anger over a pair of high-profile sexual assault cases in China has revitalised efforts by the country’s struggling #MeToo movement (...)

Unforgettable: Prince at Malahide Castle in 2011. Photograph: Jordan Strauss/WireImage for NPG

As Ireland waits to get back to the full live-performance experience, our writers recall the concerts that will remain with them forever Ash, SF(...)

Taliban members on the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday. Photograph: Jim Huylebroek/The New York Times

The images of the desperate scramble to get on to helicopters and planes to escape Kabul have brought back vividly memories of that earlier humiliatin(...)

The Dixie Fire burns near Quincy, California, US, in July 2021. The economic costs of avoiding climate action are huge. Photograph: Nic Coury/The New York Times

Big rows are coming in the autumn on climate policy. The Government signed off on the Climate Action Bill, but agreeing how to make it happen will be (...)

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