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Austrian former chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who has announced his retirement from politics. Photograph: Christian Bruna/EPA

After a decade in the public eye, and three years as Austrian chancellor, Sebastian Kurz has withdrawn from public life after his mercurial career col(...)

The Northern Ireland Executive’s energy strategy aimed to have 40%  of electricity used there generated from renewable sources by 2020. Photograph: iStock

Renewables generated more than 40 per cent of the electricity used in the North in the 12 months to September 30th, new figures show. The North’s Dep(...)

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European stock indexes opened lower on Thursday, reversing gains from the previous session as a lack of information about the Omicron variant of Covid(...)

Visitors wait to receive Covid-19 vaccinations at a vaccine centre in Munich, Germany, on Thursday. Just less than 70 per cent of people in Germany have received a coronavirus jab. Photograph: Michaela Handrek-Rehle/Bloomberg

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is deploying a surge team to South Africa’s Gauteng province, the epicentre of the outbreak of the new Omicron cor(...)

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Facebook could be sued by consumer groups for privacy violations, an adviser to Europe’s top court said on Thursday, in a German online gaming case th(...)

It is not yet clear whether annual vaccines would need to be tweaked every year for new variants, as happens with the annual flu jab. Photograph: Dwayne Senior/Bloomberg

Annual vaccines to tackle Covid-19 are likely to be needed, the boss of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has said. Dr Albert Bourla said yearly vaccinatio(...)

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Ryanair carried a total of 10.2 million passengers in November, as travel restrictions tightened with the discovery of the Omicron variant of Covid-19(...)

Households and employers paid an extra €250 million for electricity over three months this year as State company ESB earned ‘super-normal profits, according to TD Barry Cowen

Households and employers paid an extra €250 million for electricity over three months this year as State company ESB earned “super-normal profits”, a(...)

Gifting platform &Open founders Jonathan Legge, Ciara Flood and Mark Legge

Irish gifting platform &Open, which raised €6 million earlier this year from a number of leading tech veterans, is to create 100 new jobs over the(...)

Increasing costs for warehouse construction has become an accepted norm across the globe and is linked to ‘heated investment in new logistics projects’, report says. Photograph: Getty Images

Brexit and coronavirus have “catapulted” Dublin into being one of the most expensive locations in the world for warehousing. A survey of warehouse co(...)

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