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 Rupert Murdoch:   between them, Trump and Murdoch have helped to make the US the epicentre of the pandemic. Photograph:  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The comparison of the coronavirus crisis to a war is worse than useless. But it does prompt a question: if this were a war, who should be put on trial(...)

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media during a press conference regarding coronavirus at Parliament House in Canberra, on Friday. Photograph: Lukas Coch/ EPA

Australia will ease social distancing restrictions in a three-step process, prime minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, as Canberra aims to remove m(...)

World Health Organisation director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus meets President Xi Jinping in Beijing on January 28th. Photograph: Naohiko Hatta/Getty Images

The Covid-19 pandemic is turning the World Health Organisation (WHO) into a battleground for superpower rivalry between Beijing and Washington. Though(...)

People visit Yellow Crane Tower in Wuhan, China,  on Wednesday  after it reopened to the public. Photograph:  STR/AFP via Getty Images

China is pushing back against the growing chorus of voices around the world calling for the country to pay compensation for the damage caused by the c(...)

People walk by the closed pier, beach and strand at Manhattan Beach, California on Tuesday. Photograph: Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images

The number of known deaths from coronavirus has exceeded 217,000 globally, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers, and at least 3,116,680 p(...)

A casket of a Muslim who passed away from the coronavirus is brought to a van for burial at a busy Brooklyn funeral home on the first day of Ramadan on April 24th  in New York City. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty

Coronavirus has infected more than 2.7 million people around the world, with the death toll passing 190,000. Here are the latest updates on the pande(...)

US president Donald Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping are first and foremost  superpower rivals.  Photograph: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Bill Hicks, the late comic and grouch, dreamt of a political party for “people who hate people”. He just couldn’t get them to come together in the sam(...)

New Zealand’s  prime minister Jacinda Ardern  during a press conference after outlining movement restrictions   on April 16th. Photograph: Getty Images

Thursday did not start well for Matt Hancock. Britain’s 41-year-old health secretary began a morning television interview looking like a glummer versi(...)

A sign reading ‘You will never beat New York’ is seen in the window of The Penrose during the coronavirus pandemic on April 15th, 2020 in New York City. Photograph: Cindy Ord/Getty Images.

China is refuting allegations that the coronavirus pandemic may have originated in a laboratory near the city of Wuhan where contagious samples were b(...)

Sarah Costello with her husband, Stephen, and children Heidi and Harlee.

When Sarah Costello’s work as a beauty therapist dried up last month all she could do was wait. At first, she was hopeful. “We were watching the n(...)

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