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A visitor at the German Historical Museum  stands in front of a painting by  Anton von Werner. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP via Getty Images

More than 20.98 million people have now been reported to have been infected by the novel coronavirus globally, and at least 759,053 have died from the(...)

Adoption Authority chairman Dr Geoffrey Shannon: “It was challenging but rewarding that we managed to ensure that no child failed in their desire to be adopted.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Up to 40 children were adopted by long-term foster parents after the Adoption Authority took last-minute action to ensure that Covid-19 restrictions d(...)

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Adern announced a return to a coronavirus  lockdown for Auckland. Photograph: Brendon O’Hagan/Bloomberg

New Zealand announced on Tuesday it was shutting down its largest city, Auckland, after four new cases of Covid-19 were discovered in the city, the f(...)

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at the Labour Party campaign launch in Auckland on Saturday. Photograph: David Rowland/EPA

New Zealand marked 100 days without a domestic transmission of the coronavirus on Sunday, but warned against complacency as countries like Vietnam and(...)

 People who recently returned from Danang wear face masks while queuing for a rapid test  in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photograph: Linh Pham/ Getty Images

In a world plagued by pandemic, Vietnam seemed like a miracle. As months went by without a single recorded coronavirus death, or even a confirmed case(...)

People wearing face masks walk in Sanlitun in Beijing, China, on Thursday. Photograph: EPA

The World Health Organisation reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases on Friday, with the total rising by 292,527. The biggest increas(...)

Passengers wearing face masks on an Olympic Air De Havilland Canada aircraft flying from Athens.  Certain  factors on board, such as raised seat backs, can help lessen virus transmission. Photograph:  Nicolas Economou/ NurPhoto via Getty Images

As airlines rush to return their fleets to the skies, the industry is battling to restore confidence among travellers that flying in an enclosed aircr(...)

  Officials sort seized pangolin scales at a port in southern Vietnam’s Ba Ria Vung Tau province in May 2019. Photograph: Vietnam News Agency/AFP

Vietnam’s prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has issued a directive to ban the southeast Asian country’s wildlife trade with immediate effect in order to(...)

Pier with the sun setting behind a distant lighthouse in the Sea of Japan/East Sea. Photograph: Fábio Nascimento

The battered wooden “ghost boats” drift through the Sea of Japan for months, their only cargo the corpses of starved North Korean fishermen whose bodi(...)

Tokyo has been relatively successful in containing the virus. A city of 14 million people, it has reported less than 9,000 cases and 326 deaths since February. Photograph: Zasuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty

A year from now, the world will begin to gather in Japan to celebrate the opening of the Tokyo Olympics, which were supposed to begin this week. Or ma(...)

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