Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, who play the protagonists in the film Fifty Shades of Grey, defended the movie after it received some critical reviews.
A Sussex printing firm's director is jailed for three years after being convicted of bribing public officials in Africa.
The IMF agrees a $17.5bn loan to Ukraine as part of a new economic reform programme, which it says could represent a "turning point" for the country.
Al-Qaeda fighters say they have captured an army base in southern Yemen, amid fears of a civil war after Shia rebels took over the capital.
Scientists at a US conference in say the time has come to try actively to make contact with intelligent life on other worlds.
A Montana man has been sentenced to 70 years in prison for killing a German exchange student he found in his garage.
North Korea has launched a series of new slogans to celebrate the country's 70th anniversary, urging citizens to work towards a "socialist fairyland".
Germany's Chancellor Merkel says a compromise is possible, amid a stand-off with Greece over the terms of its bailout.
The Democratic Republic of Congo sets a date for presidential elections following last month's violent protests against a possible delay.
The Pakistani army reveals that 27 militants were involved in December's school massacre in Peshawar, six of whom are still being hunted.
Ex-IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn is grilled in court on his use of a "bachelor pad" for orgies and text messages asking for women for sex parties.
Chelsea and Everton are charged by the Football Association after players were involved in an on-pitch incident.
Aid workers fighting the spread of Ebola in Guinea are coming under regular attack, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says.
Ed Miliband accuses Lord Fink of an "extraordinary U-turn" after the Tory donor appeared to drop his threat of legal action in row over tax avoidance.
A deal is reached on a ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weapons in eastern Ukraine, after all-night negotiations in Minsk.
Supporters of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi scrap plans to open a temple dedicated to him after he says he is "appalled" by the news.
The BBC's Mark Lowen speaks to people in an Athens fish market, as Greece's new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras tries to renegotiate a bailout at his first EU summit.
A court in Egypt orders the release on bail of two Al Jazeera journalists at the start of their retrial for aiding the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
The UK's Treasury Committee is to examine allegations that HSBC's Swiss private bank helped clients evade tax.
Andy Murray moves into the quarter-finals of the World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam after beating Vasek Pospisil.