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France also announced 290 new Covid deaths, the highest one-day toll since early May. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

France reported a record high of 179,807 new confirmed coronavirus cases in a 24-hour period on Tuesday, one of the highest one-day tallies worldwide (...)

Air and sea assets were deployed to the area for the search off Paros island in the Aegean See, the coastguard said. Photograph: Athanasios Gioumpasis/Getty

At least 16 people died when their boat overturned off the Greek island of Paros in the central Aegean Sea on Friday, in the third maritime disaster i(...)

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Blindly in the cold dark of the bedroom he grasped for the phone, found it and fumbled, dialled the rank, and gasped - ‘Hello, Economy? Cab for the R(...)

Turkey and ham crunch, Christmas Caesar salad. Photograph: Paul Flynn/ Harry Weir

  1 Set the oven to 180 degrees. 2 Brush a little olive oil on the bottom of an ovenproof dish, then layer the sliced turkey and ham, covering (...)

Some will concentrate on going to church, others will concentrate on the tin of Roses. Photograph: Getty Images

One thing the Americans do at this time of the year that we tend not to do is have a row about Christmas. Specifically: saying “Happy Christmas”. In t(...)

Peter Jackson, chief executive of Flutter Entertainment.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Paddy Power owner Flutter Entertainment has acquired Italian online gaming operator Sisal for €1.9 billion, giving the company a bigger foothold in t(...)

Tripoli:  Authorities overseeing Libya’s first presidential election have confirmed that holding it on December 24th  as scheduled is “impossible” and suggested a month-long delay. Photograph:  Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty

Libya’s parliament said Friday’s planned presidential election would not go ahead, leaving the internationally-backed peace process in chaos and the f(...)

An Israeli health worker administering a dose of a  Covid-19 vaccine to a student at school. Photograph: Jalaa Marey/AFP via Getty Images

Israel is set to start administering a fourth dose of a Covid-19 vaccine as early as Sunday after the health ministry’s advisory committee recommended(...)

A pharmacist from one of the Afghan Red Crescent’s mobile health teams provides medicines during a community visit on December 15th. Photograph:  Disasters Emergency Committee/PA Wire

Like millions of Afghans, Sibghatullah Ahmadi was happy about the end of 20 years of war in his country. Fighting had devastated his village in Kapisa(...)

Ethiopians living in Kenya demonstrate this week against purported foreign meddling in Ethiopia at the Ethiopian embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. Photograph:  Simon Maina/AFP via Getty Images

After Ethiopia’s embattled prime minister pulled off a stunning military victory earlier this month, reversing a rebel march on the capital that threa(...)

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