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As the postponed Tokyo Olympics get underway amid the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, concern continues to linger around the ability to hold the event safely as Tokyo sees a surge in Covid-19 infections. Photograph: Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty

Tokyo’s 2,848 daily coronavirus infections on Tuesday were the Olympic host city’s highest since the pandemic began, officials said, as media reported(...)

Sydney in lockdown: Just 13 per cent of Australia is fully vaccinated, 30 per cent have had one dose, and more than half aged and disability care residents and workers are still unvaccinated. Photograph: Joel Carrett

Australia’s “cultural cringe” – an obsession with wanting to know what foreigners think of its country and culture – means it is happy, for instance, (...)

Ikea’s flagship Irish store in Ballymun, north Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Ryanair has reported a €273 million loss for its first quarter even as traffic rebounded during the period. Charlie Taylor reports. Thérapie Medical (...)

Policemen hold down a man at  a demonstration against compulsory vaccination of certain workers and the obligatory use of a Covid-19  health pass in Paris. Photograph: Sameer Al-Doumy

More than 160,000 demonstrators took to the streets in France on Saturday to protest against the government’s Covid-19 health pass policy, with brief (...)

Protesters throw plastic bottles and pot plants at mounted police at Sydney Town Hall during the ‘World Wide Rally For Freedom’ anti-lockdown rally at Hyde Park in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/EPA

Far-right activists and members of France’s yellow vest movement are holding protests against a Bill requiring everyone to have a special virus pass t(...)

Sydney is experiencing a coronavirus outbreak that state leaders said has become a “national emergency”. Photograph: Saeed Khan / AFP/ Getty Images

Australia’s New South Wales state on Friday reported its biggest daily rise in new Covid-19 cases this year, prompting a tighter lockdown in Sydney i(...)

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media  in Canberra on Thursday. Photograph: Lukas Coch/EPA

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison has apologised for his government’s bungling of its Covid-19 vaccine rollout, amid a worsening outbreak that (...)

People stand in a queue to receive a shot of the vaccine against Covid-19 in Bangalore, India. Most experts believe India’s official toll of more than 414,000 dead is a vast undercount. Photograph: Jagadeesh NV/EPA

India’s excess deaths during the pandemic could be a staggering 10 times the official Covid-19 toll, likely making it modern India’s worst human trage(...)

Austin O’Connor in action at the 2008 Olympic Games. Photograph:  Mark Dadswell/Getty Images

Age: 45 Sport: Eventing Olympic Horse: Colorado Blue O’Connor represented Ireland at two previous Olympic Games, at Sydney in 2000 and Beijing in 2(...)

A health worker handles samples at a Covid-19 drive-through testing facility in Melbourne after Australia’s second largest city entered a fresh lockdown amid a resurgence in coronavirus cases. Photograph:y Asanka Brendon Ratnayake / AFP/Getty Images

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison and state premiers were under increasing public pressure on Friday to get on top of a fast-growing Delta var(...)

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