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Palestinian children walk past a mural depicting the coronavirus and a prison cell, in Gaza City during the coronavirus pandemic on April 28th. Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP via Getty

Gaza’s restaurants and cafes have reopened to permit Palestinians to celebrate both their success in containing the coronavirus and observe the tradit(...)

In an eerie dress rehearsal for the shape of the post-pathogen world, for decades we mistook the exchange of virtual cash for goods and services to be “globalisation” when in fact it was an elaborate form of social distancing. Photograph: iStock

Although we in the churches of the post-Christian West may have forgotten that humankind is a unity, the coronavirus did not. In an eerie dress rehear(...)

There are more than 200 scientists and technologists collaborating on PEPP-PT. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/EPA

Ireland’s fight against the spread of Covid-19 is stepping up a gear, and it seems that technology will play its part. At the end of March, the HSE s(...)

US president Donald Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping are first and foremost  superpower rivals.  Photograph: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Bill Hicks, the late comic and grouch, dreamt of a political party for “people who hate people”. He just couldn’t get them to come together in the sam(...)

Juliet Casey teaches a ballet class in Aida Camp, Bethlehem.

Juliet Casey is originally from Walkinstown, Dublin, but now teaches ballet in Palestine. * When did you leave Ireland? I left Ireland at 17, leaving(...)

The agreement between Benny Gantz and Binyamin Netanyahu has caused particular alarm in the Palestinian community. Photographs: Amir Cohen/ Reuters; Ariel Schalit/Pool via Reuters

When Benny Gantz engineered his own election to the powerful position of speaker of the Knesset two weeks ago, his Blue and White party had reason to (...)

 Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin  and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz: Mr Netanyahu and Mr Gantz have agreed a coalition deal. Photograph: Abir Sultan

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his centrist election rival Benny Gantz signed an agreement on Monday to form an emergency coalition gov(...)

Benny Gantz, leader of the Blue and White party, and Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu could soon be facing the electorate once again. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

Israel faces the prospect of a fourth election in just over a year after president Reuven Rivlin returned the mandate for forming a government to the (...)

Comparison looks at what personal data is collected, how it is collected, who can access this data, what purposes it is used for and how it is stored.  Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg

The Washington DC-based Future of Privacy Forum has carried out a comparison of the main apps and software development kits (SDKs) being used by gover(...)

Singapore’s contact-tracing smartphone app, TraceTogether. Photograph: Catherine Lai/AFP via Getty

Could the secret to easing out of pandemic lockdown be in our pockets? The European Commission thinks so. In guidelines published on Wednesday in the(...)

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