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People charge their cell phones and warm up inside a vehicle near Austin, Texas, on Tuesday. Photograph: New York Times

A severe winter storm engulfing Texas and nearby states was the type of extreme weather event that climate change is triggering, rejecting assertions (...)

Irish-based medtech and life sciences companies have been heavily involved in the development of Covid-19 testing kits

Despite its small size, Ireland has always punched well above its weight. The coronavirus crisis has only served to underscore this assessment; we ma(...)

 A woman waves an American flag as president Trump supporters watch the presidential debate at the Trump Victory Campaign center in Katy, Texas. Photograph:  Mark Felix/AFPGetty Images

In many ways Texas epitomises a certain idea of America – a land of cowboys and Stetsons, and a tradition of proud small-government individualism. Th(...)

It will be the first time the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, left, and US president Donald Trump  face each other on the debate stage. Photographs: Jim Watson, Brendan Smialowski/ AFP via Getty

US president Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden are due to arrive in Ohio on Tuesday, ahead of the first presidential debate of the 2020 (...)

Rapid testing turnaround times, especially as people have to go for repeat tests over the winter, will become increasingly important. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

By Monday morning, GPs’ WhatsApp groups were buzzing with worrying signs of what would become apparent to the rest of the country the following evenin(...)

A nurse checks a woman’s temperature before a Covid-19 test at a military hospital in the town of El-Hamma, in Tunisia’s southwestern Gabes governorate on on Wednesday, as cases of novel coronavirus infections surge there. Photograph: Fethi Belaid/AFP via Getty

Covid-19 cases surpassed 24 million worldwide with India seeing a record spike and South Korea, Italy and France reporting the most new daily infectio(...)

Shares in Ryanair climbed  3% in Dublin. Photograph: AFP via Getty

European equity markets ended lower on Thursday, with resource stocks suffering the most, while an aggressive growth strategy from the US Federal Rese(...)

Abbott’s BinaxNOW rapid Covid-19 nasal swab test. The test uses so-called lateral flow technology, similar to the method allowing at-home pregnancy tests. Photograph: AP

A 15-minute Covid test from Abbott Laboratories that will be priced at just $5 (€4.30) has been granted emergency authorisation for use in the US, a b(...)

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The European pharmaceutical industry’s vaccines lobby has pushed the EU for exemptions that would protect its members from lawsuits if there are probl(...)

The Medtronic office on 20 Lower Hatch Street in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Dublin-headquartered Medtronic said on Tuesday demand for medical devices was improving as elective surgeries picked up pace following the easing of C(...)

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