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Slovakia’s prime minister,  Igor Matovic,  and health minister  Marek Krajci give a press statement at the International Airport Kosice, Slovakia, on March 1st. File photograph: Peter Lazar/AFP via Getty

Slovakia’s health minister has resigned amid fierce criticism of his handling of the coronavirus crisis and a government decision to buy Russia’s Sput(...)

Vaccines from Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinopharm being unloaded in Budapest, Hungary. Photograph: Zsolt Szigetvary/EPA

Czech and Hungarian leaders have visited Israel to discuss joint efforts to fight Covid-19 and learn from its successful inoculation programme, as a s(...)

A photograph taken with a drone shows relatives as they observe the burial of a 28-year-old young man who died from Covid-19 in the Despraiado cemetery in Cuiaba, capital of Mato Grosso, Brazil. Photograph: Rogerio Florentino/EPA

The daily Covid-19 death toll in Brazil has topped 2,000 for the first time amid a growing second wave of coronavirus and as health systems collapse i(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin (centre) at the Meath Primary Care Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal

There were 539 new cases of Covid-19 and 14 further deaths reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) on Saturday. A total of 4,41(...)

The Government is considering a push for an improved system of sharing unused vaccines in the EU. File photograph: Justin Tallis/PA Wire

The Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, has admitted meeting the target of issuing 1.25 million Covid-19 vaccine doses by the end of March is proving “very cha(...)

Israeli workers dismantle tents during a demolition operation of a Palestinian bedouin encampment in the area of Humsa, east of the village of Tubas in the north of the occupied West Bank. Photograph:  Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP via Getty Images

Ireland, as a member of the UN Security Council, has called on Israel to halt the demolition and confiscation of Bedouin homes in the Jordan Valley. (...)

The department said this Government and the previous administration had introduced several increases to the minimum wage, resulting in Ireland now having the second highest minimum wage in the European Union.

The Government is concerned that proposed new EU legislation could result in the introduction of a “lowest common denominator approach” to the minimum(...)

Then US vice-president Joe Biden  with Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu  in 2010. Biden understands the resumption of efforts to resolve the Palestinian/Arab-Israeli conflict fosters stability even if these efforts do not achieve progress. Photograph: Getty Images

The Biden administration is to reset US relations with Palestinians and Israelis, promote negotiations between them and urge normalisation of Arab-Isr(...)

Kaja Kallas, leader of Estonia’s Reform party, will head a 15-member government comprising appointees from her centre-right Reform party and the centre-left Centre party. Photograph:  Raigo Pajula/AFP via Getty Images

Estonia plans to swear in a new government on Tuesday, led by the Baltic state’s first female prime minister, less than a fortnight after a corruption(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said the European Commission had done “a very good job in very challenging circumstances” to secure as much Covid-19 vaccine as possible for EU member states. File photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Ireland was better able to get the quantities of Covid-19 vaccine doses needed for its population through the European Commission than if it negotiat(...)

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