The contest between Norbert Hofer (L) and Alexander van der Bellen in yesterday's election was too close to call

Far-right candidate edged out in Austrian election

23 May Austria narrowly avoided becoming the first EU country to elect a far-right candidate as head of state, as postal ballots decided a knife-edge presidential run-off vote in favour of his environmentalist rival.

The UN estimates that 125 million people are in desperate need of help due to war and natural disaster

Higgins: Rethink of international politics needed

23 May President Michael D Higgins has said that the process to relocate tens of thousands of refugees to EU member states, including Ireland, should be accelerated, if countries are to meet their humanitarian responsibilities.

Iraqi forces gathered outside of Falluja ahead of the offensive

Iraqi forces clash with IS fighters in Fallujah

23 May Iraqi forces have clashed with fighters of the so-called Islamic State near Fallujah while bombing central districts in the initial hours of an offensive to retake the militant stronghold just west of Baghdad.

Detective Sergeant Matthew McLoughlin was born in Kilcommon, north Tipperary, on 6 February 1879

Descendants of Lord Kitchener's Irish guard sought

23 May Officers from Britain's Metropolitan Police are appealing to find direct descendants of a Tipperary man who served as personal protection officer to Lord Kitchener - Britain's Secretary of State for War - during World War I.

All cases of Zika in Ireland must be reported

News in Brief

23 May A round-up of other national and international news stories