US vice-pesident-elect Kamala Harris and her family watch fireworks from onstage after addressing supporters in  Delaware in November. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

When Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice-president, on Wednesday, she will represent many firsts in the United States. First woman vice-president. (...)

 US president Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a campaign visit to Capital Region International Airport, Lansing, Michigan on Tuesday. Photograph: Jeffrey Sauger/EPA

Michael Taylor is a lifelong Republican. The mayor of Sterling Heights, a suburb in northern Detroit, has already cast his vote for Joe Biden. The re(...)

The steady influx of women into the labour market became vital to sustaining growth in household living standards. Photograph: iStock

In 1961, Elmer Winter, co-founder of American temp agency Manpower, published A Woman’s Guide to Earning a Good Living. He wanted to persuade married (...)

A health worker takes a swab sample for a Covid-19 test in New Delhi. Photograph: Rajat Gupta/EPA

Indian doctors have accused Narendra Modi’s government of a callous disregard for frontline healthcare workers battling coronavirus as the number of d(...)

Although researchers cannot forecast how long these immune responses will last, many experts consider the data an indication that the body’s most studious cells are doing their job. Photograph: iStock

To the immune system, not all germs are equally memorable. But our body’s cells seem to be seriously studying up on the coronavirus. Scientists who h(...)

Research published in the journal Respirology shows treatment with tocilizumab may deliver a favourable outcome in seriously-ill Covid-19 patients. Photograph:  Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

The potential of a commonly-used arthritis drug in treating seriously-ill Covid-19 patients, especially in avoiding the need for mechanical ventilatio(...)

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders address supporters during a campaign rally in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, on March 8th, 2020. Photograph:  Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty

The sun may be shining on this spring afternoon in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but you can feel the bracing wind blow in from Lake Michigan 50km away. Thi(...)

Sarah Miller, who heads the American Economic Liberties Project, in Washington. Photograph: Andrew Mangum/The New York Times

One night five years ago, Sarah Miller, a former US treasury department aide, was trying to make sense of an economic recovery that had left the count(...)

Passengers wearing protective face masks arrive at the Shanghai South railway station in Shanghai. Photograph:  Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images

China raised the death toll from the coronavirus epidemic to 811 on Sunday, passing the number killed globally by the Sars epidemic in 2002 and 2003. (...)

Robot tractors demonstrate their capabilities in Iwamizawa, on Hokkaido, Japan. Photograph: The New York Times

Removing the tiny eyes that pockmark potatoes is dull, repetitive and time-consuming work – perfect, it would seem, for robots in a country where the (...)

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