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A man wounded by the recent explosion at Beirut port  takes a picture with the newly-appointed prime minister of Lebanon, Mustapha Adib,  in Beirut’s  Gemmayzeh neighbourhood on Monday. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Mustapha Adib has been appointed Lebanon’s prime minister to head a new government tasked with tackling a crippling economic crisis and steering Beiru(...)

Sir Bernard and Lady Docker. Known by the gossip columns as “Naughty Norah”, she married three millionaires and spent their money with relish. Photograph: Getty Images

Many years ago, my mother went through a brief phase of inventing words and expressions. “He was hyrannical,” she would say, to describe someone who h(...)

People enjoy a music party inside a swimming pool at the Wuhan Maya Beach Park in Wuhan, Hubei province, China. Photograph: EPA

In Shanghai, restaurants and bars in many neighbourhoods are teeming with crowds. In Beijing, thousands of students are heading back to campus for the(...)

HSE staff and volunteers from NUI Galway simulating Covid-19 testing. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Scientists rightly say say there is a lot we don’t know about Covid-19. That doesn’t mean we know nothing or that we have learned nothing. For instanc(...)

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, former candidate for the Belarus presidential elections,  in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Friday, August  21st 2020. Photograph: Mindaugas Kulbis/AP

Belarusian politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who has led the biggest challenge to Alexander Lukashenko’s 26-year rule of Belarus, said in an inter(...)

Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary at Knock Shrine at the time of the  papal visit in summer 2018. File photograph: James Forde

A great danger facing society today is a sense of powerlessness, the idea that the world is spinning out of control and that problems are too great to(...)

Family members following the remains of Brendan Halligan after his funeral Mass at the Church of Holy Spirit, Ballyroan, Dublin. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Brendan Halligan was Irish and European to the core, his funeral was told on Thursday morning. He was “the embodiment in one man of a plurality of ide(...)

French engineer-virologist Thomas Mollet looks at cells infected with a Sars-CoV-2 virus at a  laboratory in Nantes, western France. Photograph: Jean-Francois Monier/AFP/Getty Images.

It may feel like the Covid-19 pandemic has been with us for an age, but it only emerged early this year. And from the perspective of developing a new (...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin: ‘Precariousness will affect so many of the things that in the past gave us a sense of security.’

Responsible human behaviour is just as important as sophisticated medicine in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmu(...)

Knock Shrine in Co Mayo will be closed next Saturday, August 15th, on what is generally one of its busiest days of the year. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin.

Knock Shrine in Co Mayo will be closed next Saturday, August 15th, on what is generally one of its busiest days of the year. August 15th is feast of (...)

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