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Travelers from South Africa are tested for Covid-19 on arrival in a specially designed test street at Schiphol airport, Amsterdam on November 30th. Photograph: Remko de Waal/ANP/AFP via Getty

The Omicron variant of Covid-19 was present in Europe at least 10 days ago and already appears to be spreading in the Netherlands and elsewhere. “We (...)

US president Joe Biden: The defence of democracy against outside enemies, rather than those within, slightly misses the point. Photograph: Oliver Contreras/EPA

Before the first World War, there were a handful of democratic nations. In December, US president Joe Biden will convene a hundred or so at a virtual (...)

People holding Basque flags take part in a demonstration demanding the release of prisoners affiliated to the separatist group Eta in Basauri on December 31st, 2018. Photograph: Ander Gillenea/AFP via Getty

Jailed members of the defunct Basque terrorist group Eta have issued a plea for an end to public events celebrating their release from prison and whic(...)

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan is chairman of the National Public Health Emergency Team. File photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Mandatory Covid-19 vaccination of healthcare workers is being considered by public health officials as a response to high infection levels. The issue(...)

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European stocks fell on Tuesday and were set to end the month 3 per cent lower after vaccine maker Moderna’s head cast doubts over the efficacy of Cov(...)

Police officers evict migrants from a camp  in Calais, France, on Sunday. Photograph: Louis Witter/Getty Images

The European Union’s border agency will provide a plane within days to monitor France’s northern coastline in an attempt to stop people making the dan(...)

Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi:  on becoming president he  took time to review the files and appoint new negotiators to take over from the team that worked under pro-deal president Hassan RouhanPhotograph: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty

EU-brokered talks on the Iran nuclear deal reopen on Monday in Vienna without expectation of an early breakthrough and a warning by Washington’s envoy(...)

‘The Aisling in me has almost missed a flight because I was browsing the Clinique counter or dithering over the Boots minis.’ Photograph: iStock

Whenever I get asked, “what’s the most Aisling thing you’ve ever done?”, I’m rarely stuck for an example of my similarities with the comic fictional c(...)

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker. Photograph: Niko Tavernise/ Warner Bros

Never trust an old geezer who thinks culture has gone to hell. I don’t believe that. Pop music is as vibrant as it has been in decades. Television has(...)

As Shelbourne FC’s public affairs and inclusion officer, former minister Finian McGrath will seek to liaise with government and local authorities on the club’s behalf with the goal of making it the most inclusive club in Ireland

Timing is everything. An email arrives on Friday afternoon from the office of Pippa Hackett, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, head(...)

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