Ireland has become the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage through a popular vote.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law legislation on so-called "undesirable organizations" that critics say will deal a fresh blow to nongovernmental organizations.
Saudi Arabia's highest-ranking Sunni cleric has branded a deadly attack on Shi'ite Muslims a “criminal act” aimed at "driving a wedge among the sons of the nation."
Pakistan says it will seek international assistance in an investigation into a Karachi-based firm accused of earning millions of dollars a year by selling fake academic degrees.
Pakistan's central bank has slashed its benchmark interest rate to a 42-year low, hoping to stimulate economic growth as inflation slows.
Islamic State (IS) fighters have broken into the museum of the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra, though the museum's artifacts are said to have been removed beforehand and safe.
A Ukrainian military spokesman says one Ukrainian serviceman has been killed and five wounded in clashes between government forces and Russian-backed separatists over the past 24 hours.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says Russia would adopt he calls a tough position if Ukraine decides not to repay debts owed by its previous government.
Iraqi forces have reportedly retaken territory from the Islamic State (IS) militant group just east of the town of Ramadi.
The U.S. Senate has blocked a measure to extend provisions of the USA Patriot Act that allow the National Security Agency (NSA) to collect bulk telephone records of U.S. citizens.
A roadside bomb has killed a district administrative chief in the country's south.
As the Islamic State takes over large swaths of Iraq and Syria, political leaders from Washington to Baghdad and the Arabian peninsula worry that Iraq is in danger of splintering into pieces.