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Countries have begun to resume the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Half of the UK’s adult population has now received its first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, the British health secretary has announced. Matt Hancoc(...)

Katelynn Phelan: “Boxing is my job. People see it as a hobby. But it is a business and it is my business and it is really, really hard. I want a career out of this.” Photograph: Babs Daly

Some days Mr Daly, who lives next door, will see Katelynn Phelan heading to training and he’ll insist on giving her a €10 note whenever he knows she h(...)

Healthcare workers  help a patient in a wheelchair from a  special ambulance   in the town of Semily, Czech Republic.   Photograph: Michal Cizek/AFP via Getty Images

A fresh wave of Covid-19 infections is sweeping across Europe, threatening a renewed round of restrictions to cope with rising hospitalisations and de(...)

A street sign indicating that the use of face masks is mandatory, hangs near the Bandenburg Gate in Berlin. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP via Getty Images)

German health minister Jens Spahn on Friday dampened hopes that further coronavirus restrictions will be lifted soon, saying rising infections could (...)

Risky business: this case also throws into focus the risk entailed in the market for loan notes

Charles Smethurst, a German-born son of a former British army officer, saw reality hit home last week as authorities in Hanover continued an investiga(...)

Employers will need to signal well in advance when a full return to “normal” working is expected, especially for those who need to return to within commuting distance of the office.

The huge disruption in our lives over the last year has had a major impact on the economy, but it is also likely to have a wider effect on society and(...)

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki on Thursday after he received a report  on sexual abuse by Catholic priests and the role of clergy who possibly sought to cover up the allegations in the Cologne archdiocese. Photograph: Andreas Rentz/EPA

A team of German lawyers said on Thursday they had found no evidence that a former Archbishop of Cologne had breached his duty in his handling of sexu(...)

Robert Morrow is from Co Leitrim but now lives in Freiberg, Germany, where he is working on projects to make cities all over the world  more sustainable

 Robert Morrow is originally from Cloone, Co Leitrim and  now lives in Freiburg, Germany, where he works on sustainable devel(...)

Prof Joseph Stiglitz. Photograph: Eric Luke

Since the second World War, most countries have used gross domestic product (GDP) as the core metric for prosperity and for generally gauging how well(...)

A  medical worker with the AstraZeneca vaccine in Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Any continued rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine to high-risk people will not fully resume until next week, should the EU medicines watchdog clear saf(...)

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