Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) agrees to pay $1.38bn settlement to US regulators over allegations it knowingly inflated its ratings of risky mortgage investments.
Pope Francis approves martyrdom status for murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, paving the way for beatification.
Chadian troops backed by air strikes enter north-eastern Nigeria to join the battle Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
Up to 16 civilians are killed in the space of 24 hours as fighting intensifies around the strategic town of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine.
Time-lapse video shows the gradual build up of snow as residents in Poughkeepsie, New York are hit by a blizzard.
Sky will broadcast the Open Championship from 2017 after buying exclusive rights, while the BBC will show daily highlights.
UKIP's general election candidate for Newport East resigns from the role after posting offensive messages online.
The Prince of Wales no longer wants to promote British weapons in Gulf states, an unauthorised biography by Catherine Mayer claims.
A man who attacked a 75-year-old man with a potato masher and poker, leaving him for dead, is jailed for life.
More money was spent making films in the UK last year than in any other year since measurements began, figures from the British Film Institute reveal.
The trial of former TV weather presenter Fred Talbot is halted after he was injured when he tripped leaving the witness box.
Images from around the world: 3 February
A post by a UKIP MP, apparently by his young daughter, causes confusion on Twitter by urging followers: "Come play Hello Kitty World with me".
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy stepped in to prevent striker Emmanuel Adebayor leaving for West Ham on transfer deadline day.
The Chinese government says only eight of the country's 74 biggest cities met its own basic air quality standards in 2014.
The big five energy comparison sites have admitted they earn up to £30 in commission every time a customer switches provider
The UN says it is "extremely concerned" by pictures which appear to show the logo of the Islamic State militant group on its food aid to Syria.
EastEnders boss Dominic Treadwell-Collins says he will not bring minority characters into the BBC soap just to fulfil diversity quotas.
Carl Froch vacates his IBF super-middleweight belt, and avoids a fight against mandatory challenger James DeGale.
The head of a UN inquiry into last year's conflict in Gaza resigns amid Israeli allegations of bias over his former work with the PLO.