The number of women being sent to prison should be halved, says Justice Minister Simon Hughes.
Satisfaction with the NHS has "risen significantly", according to analysis of the influential British Social Attitudes survey.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.8 has been recorded in the East Midlands, the US Geological Survey reports.
London's Natural History Museum is re-modelling its entrance, moving out the famous Diplodocus skeleton and moving in the bones of a blue whale.
An exhibition that charts the colourful life of Zeki Muren, a gay icon and Turkey's most famous singer, has been drawing record crowds.
Real Madrid are set to rename the Bernabeu as part of a sponsorship deal with a UAE-based petroleum investment company.
The US Supreme Court postpones the executions of three death row inmates who say the use of the sedative midazolam in the procedures is cruel.
Barcelona reach the Copa del Rey semi-finals with victory against nine-man Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon.
McDonald's boss Don Thompson steps down after two and a half years in the job, as the company struggles with a declining customer base in its home market.
Cuba demands the US hands back the Guantanamo Bay military base before relations with Washington are normalised.
Tesco recalls its blackcurrant and apple squash drink after accidentally adding a flavouring with a "strong odour" similar to garlic.
Islamist preacher's selfie tirade prompts backlash
Tottenham set up a Capital One Cup final date with Chelsea at Wembley on 1 March with Christian Eriksen's late goal.
Managers and players from Mali and Guinea feel the drawing of lots should not be used to decide their Africa Cup of Nations fate.
The Russian delegation at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe resumes its boycott in protest at Ukraine sanctions.
The BBC's Sarah Rainsford meets Andreas Koutepas, the local Medecins Sans Frontieres co-ordinator in Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine, who says that hospitals in the region have come under attack.
The social network reports fourth-quarter profits of $701m, a 34% increase from the same period a year earlier, buoyed by strong mobile advertising sales.
Lots will decide whether Guinea or Mali reach the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals after they draw in Mongomo.
The French government hits back in the fight against home-gown jihadists by releasing an anti-extremism online video.
Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish UN peacekeeper are killed as Hezbollah militants trade fire with Israeli forces along the Lebanese border.