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Minister for Equality Roderic O’Gorman said earlier this year, following the launch of the White Paper for ending direct provision in February, that his priority was to ‘move away completely’ from emergency accommodation in 2021 and 2022.  File photograph: Tom Honan

Two dozen emergency accommodation centres which currently house more than 1,300 asylum seekers are to be “decommissioned” by the end of this year, the(...)

Rahima Asadi,  wife of Naiemi, and their daughter, Zainab, outside the airport in Kabul on June 1st. Photograph: Kiana Hayeri/The New York Times

The Asadi family was up before dawn last Tuesday after a fitful night’s sleep. They dressed quickly in new clothes bought the day before and tucked a (...)

Marc Van Ranst, the Belgian government’s top adviser on combating Covid-19.  Photograph:  Nicolas Maeterlinck/Belga Mag/AFP via Getty Images

As European countries take the first cautious steps out of lockdown, what would you imagine coronavirus has left as its common legacy between low-coun(...)

Police officers stand guard on the roof of their outpost near Mehtar Lam in Afghanistan’s Laghman province on May 19th. Photograph: Jim Huylebroek/The New York Times

Ammunition was depleted inside the bedraggled outposts in Laghman province. Food was scarce. Some police officers hadn’t been paid in five months. Th(...)

July 30th, 1938: A patient in an Iron Lung being checked by a nurse. Photograph: Keystone/Getty

When folklore researcher Cliona O’Carroll and immunologist Beth Brint from University College Cork came up with the idea to develop an online resource(...)

Ulster Unionist Party’s new leader Doug Beattie: “Clearly I’m British as well but my whole life I’ve identified as Irish.”  Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

In his constituency office in Portadown, Co Armagh, the new leader of the Ulster Unionist Party has a portrait of the queen, plenty of military memora(...)

US secretary of state Antony Blinken with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov before their meeting in Reykjavik on Wednesday. Photograph: Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Antony Blinken, US secretary of state, said he hoped that Moscow and Washington could build “stable, predictable” ties to make the world “a safer more(...)

The exterior of the International Criminal Court (ICC) premises in The Hague, the Netherlands. File photograph: Getty Images

Like any seasoned politician, Joe Biden made a virtue of necessity last month when he finally revoked Donald Trump’s sanctions against the Internation(...)

Former US president George W Bush: Described his position as “border enforcement with a compassionate touch”.Photograph: Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

Within months of Donald Trump’s surprise election victory in November 2016, a new T-shirt began to appear at vendor stalls across America. “Miss me y(...)

US president Joe Biden: Said on Thursday that he did not think there had been an overreaction by Israel towards the Palestinians. Photograph: TJ Kirkpatrick/The New York Times

When Joe Biden assumed the US presidency in January he indicated that his first priority would be domestic concerns, primarily the coronavirus pandemi(...)

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