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Australia are due to play Ireland in Dublin in November. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

As July tours of the southern hemisphere are about to be postponed or even abandoned, the next threat to Irish rugby’s revenue stream is cancellation (...)

France’s  Zinedine Zidane   is surrounded by Brazil players in  the  World Cup quarter-final against  Brazil at Stadium Frankfurt on July 1st, 2006. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Yeah, yeah, Italy won the thing and Germany hosted it for the first time as a reunited nation but there was only one story at the 2006 World Cup and i(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban delivers a speech about the current state of the coronavirus during a plenary session in the house of parliament in Budapest. Photograph: Tamas Kovacs/EPA

There is an unsurprising willingness among citizens to accept the curtailment of rights and extension of powers of the State during the coronavirus pa(...)

Binyamin Netanyahu’s coalition is likely to constitute 78 or 79 of the 120 Knesset members. Photograph: Amir Cohen/Reuters

On a dramatic day in Israeli politics, the country’s opposition leader Benny Gantz agreed to join an emergency coalition headed initially by Binyamin (...)

 Yuli Edelstein: adjourned parliament until Monday.  Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP via Getty

The speaker of Israel’s parliament, an ally of prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, resigned on Wednesday, sharpening a battle with the supreme court ov(...)

 Israeli activists protest in front of the Knesset  in Jerusalem, amid an ongoing row over the election of a new speaker. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israel is facing an unprecedented constitutional showdown after the high court of justice ruled that Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein must allow the par(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani: Tehran accuses the US and Israel of sowing coronavirus to prompt people to demand regime change. Photograph: Reuters

The Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar have stepped up to provide Iran with cash and medical aid as the Trump administration has ramped up punitive sanctions (...)

Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel’s prime minister said this week he wants Israeli labs to reach 5,000 daily tests. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/Reuters

Israel has come up with a novel solution to its critical shortage of kits to test the coronavirus: call in the Mossad. The renowned intelligence agen(...)

A health worker checks the temperature of a child at a UN school at al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza city on Wednesday, in preparation for the spread of coronavirus. Photograph: Mahmoud Hams/AFP via Getty Images

Gaza’s population could be decimated if coronavirus takes hold among the two million Palestinians who live in the narrow coastal strip. They are used (...)

Outdoor gym by the sea:  Israel’s health ministry urges people not to leave their homes except to seek “vital needs and services”. Photograph: Corinna Kern

The Israeli government began deploying mobile phone-monitoring technology against coronavirus on Tuesday and urged people not to leave home unless nec(...)

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