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Donald Trump’s attack on and threat to investigate and defund the WHO is an outrageous calumny on an organisation which, more any other, has shaken the world awake to the global dangers of the virus. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/ AFP via Getty Images

In time the deference shown by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to China’s leadership as it desperately sought access to Wuhan early in the coronav(...)

TikTok’s owner is known for its generous pay and benefits. Photograph: AFP via Getty

ByteDance, the Chinese start-up behind the popular short video app TikTok, is looking to hire 10,000 new employees, defying a global chill that has fo(...)

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan, his deputy   Dr Ronan Glynn (right) and chief clinical officer  Dr Colm Henry (second left) and Dr Cillian De Gascun (left) at a Covid-19 press conference at the Department of Health. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

How is Ireland doing in the fight to slow the spread of Covid-19? After more than two weeks of lockdown with wide ranging restrictions limiting comme(...)

Video posted on social media over the weekend showed people of African descent being evicted from homes and hotels, sleeping rough and being refused service in shops. Photograph: EPA/Alex PlavevskI

Sino-African relations have been plunged into crisis after African officials reacted furiously to allegations that their nationals were being routinel(...)

epa08356906 Workers wearing protective face masks walk at Leishenshan Hospital, in Wuhan, China. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

China is cracking down on publication of academic research about the origins of coronavirus, in what is likely to be part of a wider attempt to contro(...)

Workers wearing protective suit walk next to Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan on March 30th. Photograph:   Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images

The Huanan seafood wholesale market in central Wuhan was the kind of place where people often catch colds. Vendors started setting up as early as 3am,(...)

Back for more: German chancellor Angela Merkel attends her first weekly cabinet meeting since coming out of quarantine. Photograph: Markus Schreiber/AFP

Image of the week: Angela Merkel The more you see Angela Merkel, the more you wish certain other leaders of major economies could be even 10 per cent(...)

Petrol and diesel vehicles are the main producer of nitrogen-dioxide in Ireland’s air, although industry and power plants also contribute to pollution levels.  Photograph: Getty Images

Air pollution levels have dropped dramatically in parts of Ireland following travel restrictions introduced to curb the spread of coronavirus, the Sta(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping: many documented cases of forcibly disappeared citizens and upwards of one million Muslim Uighurs and other minority group members in Xinjiang camps. Photograph: Jason Lee

China’s appointment to a United Nations human rights panel where it will play a key role in picking the world body’s human rights investigators has sp(...)

The research, carried out by the universities of Bologna and Bari, has raised the possibility that the Corona-19 virus cells could attach themselves to the tiny particles of soot, the infamous ‘particulate matter’ which is part of the exhaust fumes of passing vehicles

Higher levels of air pollution could be worsening the effects of Covid-19, while Italian researchers have raised the possibility that the virus could (...)

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