article 24 May 2015 World, Ireland
Yes voters party in Dublin (Getty)
Ireland hailed as beacon for human rights after yes vote

The historic gay marriage referendum should be held up as an example for the rest of the world, a campaigner has said.

article 24 May 2015 World, United States
John Nash: 'Beautiful Mind' mathematician killed in crash

Mathematician John Nash, a Nobel Prize winner who inspired the movie A Beautiful Mind, dies in an auto accident along with his wife in New Jersey.

article 24 May 2015 World, Syria
IS 'executes hundreds' in Palmyra amid call for intervention

Islamic State fighters have killed at least 400 people in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, most of them women and children, Syrian state television says.

article 24 May 2015 World, Malaysia
Malaysia finds mass graves of 'migrants' near Thai border

Mass graves and suspected human trafficking detention camps have been discovered by Malaysian police in towns and villages bordering Thailand, the country's home minister says.

article 24 May 2015 World, United States
Cleveland shooting: arrests made after not guilty verdict

Police make dozens of arrests in Cleveland, Ohio, as crowds protested the acquittal of a white officer who fired through the windscreen of a suspect's car that killed the two unarmed black occupants.

article 23 May 2015 World, Iraq
Iraqi tank near Fallujah on 19 May (Reuters)
Shia militia and Iraqi army launch counter-attack against IS

The Iraqi government begins a counter-offensive against the Islamic State group after its fighters capture the city of Ramadi.

article 23 May 2015 World, Mexico
Mexican gang shoot-out kills 42 people

Two police officers and dozens of gang members are killed in a violent shoot-out in Mexico after security forces were ambushed by suspected drug cartel members.

article 23 May 2015 World, Ireland
Voters celebrate Irish gay marriage referendum result (Reuters)
Ireland votes overwhelmingly for gay marriage

The country becomes the first in the world to introduce same-sex marriage after a national referendum, with 62 per cent voting yes.

article 23 May 2015 World, United States
Giant sinkhole opens up in Missouri golf course

A huge sinkhole opens up in a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course in Missouri. The giant cavity, stretching 80 ft wide, is thought to have formed when two separate sinkholes developed together.