A 12-year-old girl from the Yazidi minority who says she was raped by an Islamic State fighter, at the refugee camp she and her family now live in in Qadiya, Iraq. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do was not a sin. Be(...)

Police detain a protester in Ferguson on Monday. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters 1:31

Police in riot gear contained roughly 200 protesters who had gathered in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri on Monday to mark the anniversary of the po(...)

An image grab taken from a video shows alleged Islamic State leader  Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Mosul. Photograph: Al-Furqan Media/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

It seems a strange obsession for men so opposed to graven images that they smash ancient statues with sledge hammers. The jihadists of Islamic State (...)

Former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley waves to the crowd with his wife, Katie, after formally announcing his campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination in Maryland. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Barbara O’Malley recalls the first time her son Martin ran for office. It was high school, the eighth grade and O’Malley was 14. As well as passing on(...)

John Nash: he thought mathematicians were comparatively sane, at least compared with logicians.

The American mathematician John Nash, who has died aged 86 in a car crash along with his wife, made his public mark as the subject of the 2001 film A (...)

Nobel Prize winning mathematician John Nash and his wife Alicia at the 74th annual Academy Awards in  2002. Photograph: Reuters.

John Nash, the Princeton University mathematician and Nobel laureate who inspired the movie “A Beautiful Mind,” has died aged 86. Mr Nash and his wife(...)

“Something about typing leads to mindless processing. And something about ink and paper prompts students to go beyond recording new information, to process and reframe it.”

The “chalk and talk” approach to education in Irish schools and colleges has long since disappeared. In any arena of learning you are greeted now by b(...)

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush. He  is the first Republican to announce formally that he is exploring a candidacy. Photograph: Andy Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Jeb Bush, the son and young brother of former US presidents, has fired up the next race for the White House by announcing that he will “actively ex(...)

The Sulawesi streaked flycatcher, Muscicapa sodhil, lives in the forested lowlands of Sulawesi  island in Indonesia. Photograph: Martin Lindop and Ticiana Jardim Marini.

A new bird species has been discovered in Indonesia, proving that there are still a few new things under the sun. The observation is even more surpris(...)

Whether he’s flying solo or playing as part of a duo, trio or group, Dublin native Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh has a handsome reputation as a fiddle player and collaborator. 2:30

It begins with interviewer and interviewee checking a list. This is to ensure that none of the albums or collaborations from the last year that fid(...)