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The HSE acknowledges updated guidance on the situations where FFP2 masks should be used will lead to an “ongoing and significant increase in demand for the medium term”. Photograph:  Nicolas Tucat/AFP via Getty Images

The Health Service Executive says it has sufficient supplies of medical-grade face masks to protect against Covid-19 despite a more than 10-fold incre(...)

 European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell speaks during a press conference following a meeting with EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: John Thys/EPA

The European Union is under pressure to take a tough line with Russia when its foreign policy chief meets officials in Moscow amid international outcr(...)

Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif: he says  Tehran can turn off enrichment “in one day”. Photograph: AFP Photo

Tehran has stepped up diplomatic pressure on the Biden administration to re-enter the 2015 nuclear agreement and begin to lift sanctions promptly by p(...)

British  prime minister Tony Blair  and chancellor of the exchequer Gordon Brown  listen as former US president Bill Clinton speaks via satellite link at a Labour Party election rally in 2005. Photograph: Martyn Hayhow/AFP via Getty Images

The archive of the US broadcaster C-Span is among the internet’s little wonders. In January 1993, an “Anthony Blair” toured Washington with another Br(...)

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European shares rose for the third session on Wednesday as focus remained on a busy day of earnings, with positive sentiment spilling over from Asian (...)

Vodafone said users of its unlimited mobile data service totalled more than 40,000 terabytes. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Bloomberg

Mobile data use on Vodafone Ireland’s network soared in the third quarter of its financial year, with the company recording a 61 per cent rise year on(...)

Covid risks: ‘Some parents are being really careful in many respects but then allow their children to mix freely with friends and then also bubble with their grandparents.’ Photograph: E+/Getty

Covid-19 infections in Ireland are reducing but remain stubbornly high, despite over a month of lockdown measures. So could we be doing more as indivi(...)

Wirecard collapsed after it disclosed that €1.9 billion of corporate cash did not exist. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP via Getty Images

Commerzbank has fired its former Wirecard analyst Heike Pauls after emails showed that she had briefed the disgraced payment company’s management abou(...)

 Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny inside a glass cell during a court hearing in Moscow on February 2nd, 2021. Photograph: Alexey Pavlovsky/Moscow City Court press service/AFP via Getty Images

Western powers have called on Russia to immediately release opposition leader Alexei Navalny, after he was jailed for breaching his parole terms while(...)

President Emmanuel Macron dismisses the idea that France is in a race to vaccinate. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/ AFP via Getty Images

France’s mystifyingly slow vaccine rollout has been the subject of anguished debate since early January, when it became clear that the country’s cauti(...)

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