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Asleep at the wheel? US president Donald Trump hosting a roundtable discussion at the White House this week. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, there was a widespread assumption that it would be bad for liberal democracy. Authoritarian regimes, with th(...)

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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing has secured government subsidies for its envisioned $12 billion chip plant in Arizona, moving closer toward finalis(...)

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan and Dr Ronan Glynn leaving Government Buildings. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Economically speaking, this is the quiet before the storm. In six months we will be in the grip of a 1980s-style recession in which about 300,000 work(...)

 Hong Kong riot police issue a warning as they try to clear away people gathered in the Central district of Hong Kong on Wednesday. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images

Hong Kong riot police fired pepper-ball rounds and arrested more than 300 people on Wednesday, as thousands of protesters took to the streets to oppos(...)

Protesters march against proposed new security laws in Hong Kong   on Sunday.  Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/The New York Times

Beijing effectively announced last week that it had lost all patience with Hong Kong and was going to drop any pretence of tolerating true autonomy fo(...)

 Riot police during a  pro-democracy rally against a proposed new security law in Hong Kong on Sunday. Photograph:  Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images

China’s foreign ministry office in Hong Kong and the city’s security chief on Monday defended proposed national security laws by describing some acts (...)

A woman reacts after riot police fired tear gas to disperse protesters taking part in a pro-democracy rally against a proposed new security law in Hong Kong on Sunday. Photograph: AFP

China’s planned national security law may prompt Taiwan to revoke the special status it extends to Hong Kong, president Tsai Ing-wen said, a move that(...)

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi. Photograph: Andrea Verdelli/Getty

The United States should stop wasting time in its fight against the coronavirus and work with China to combat it, rather than spreading lies and attac(...)

Just as the coronavirus ravages the world in the absence of a vaccine, so the banana disease fusarium wilt is marching inexorably around the globe, leaving a trail of scorched plantations in its wake

In the banana plantations of the tropical lowlands of Ecuador, workers are being issued with protective clothing and disinfectant is provided for thei(...)

A picture taken earlier this month shows people keeping social distances at a shopping centre  in Stockholm. Photograph: Henrik Montgomery/ TT news agency/ AFP via Getty Images

On paper, Sweden’s approach to the coronavirus crisis seems far more logical than that of its European neighbours. Whereas the rest of the world eithe(...)

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