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US President Joe Biden speaks as vice-president Kamala Harris looks on during an event in the White House on January 21st. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Newly-elected US President Joe Biden has moved quickly to dismantle former president Donald Trump’s agenda, issuing a flurry of executive actions in h(...)

Palestinian medical workers check a patient at the Covid-19 section of Dura hospital in the West Bank. Photograph: Abed Al Hashlamoun/ EPA

An international delegation of Catholic and Anglican bishops, including two from Ireland, has called on the international community to “hold Israel ac(...)

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern visits a lab at Auckland University in December. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

New Zealand’s “go hard, go early” strategy to combat Covid-19 attracted global praise and eliminated local transmission of the virus. But the country’(...)

The dome of the US Capitol is seen behind the smokestacks of the Capitol Power Plant, the only coal-burning power plant in  Washington, DC. Photograph: EPA

World leaders have welcomed new US president Joe Biden’s swift move to rejoin the Paris climate accord as one of his first acts in office. But UN sec(...)

President Joe Biden signs documents  in the President’s Room at the US Capitol after the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday. Photograph:  Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Photo via AP

As Joe Biden enters the White House as president, a new era has begun in the United States. After four years of turmoil, controversy and national divi(...)

Netflix’s Bridgerton, featuring Claudia Jessie (left) and Irish actor Nicola Coughlan, is on track to reach 63 million households, the streamer said. Photograph: Liam Daniel/Netflix

Netflix ended its biggest year in company history with a bang, adding more customers than expected and saying it no longer needs to borrow money to bu(...)

Auctioneers’ signs in Sandycove, Co Dublin. The four-decade long boom in house prices – apart from the short-lived decline after 2008 – coincides with a period of historically low interest rates. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It’s tempting to view the perennial calamity that is housing in Ireland as unique. Half a century of lousy, at times corrupt, planning has left us wit(...)

Dublin-born Samantha Power, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, will head up USAid, America’s main federal aid agency. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP via Getty Images

Throughout his almost 50-year career in politics, Joe Biden has often recalled the words of his grandmother. “Remember, Joey Biden, the best drop of b(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said the European Commission had done “a very good job in very challenging circumstances” to secure as much Covid-19 vaccine as possible for EU member states. File photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Ireland was better able to get the quantities of Covid-19 vaccine doses needed for its population through the European Commission than if it negotiat(...)

A nurse prepares to administer Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a hospital in Krakow, southern Poland. Photograph: Lukasz Gagulski/ Poland out/EPA

European governments said the credibility of their vaccination programmes was at risk on Friday after US pharmaceutical firm Pfizer announced a tempo(...)

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