Secondary school pupils in England will have to take GCSEs in five core subjects - including either history or geography - under plans to be set out by Schools Minister Nick Gibb.
Asian shares headed mostly higher, following gains on Wall Street as Japanese shares led the way after four days of losses.
South Korea's central bank cut interest rates to a record low, a move seen as an attempt to stem the economic fall out from an outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
A planet 1000 light-years away is found by a schoolboy from Staffordshire.
The NHS in England could save £5bn a year with improved staff organisation and a better approach to purchasing everyday items, a review will say.
Eating half a handful of nuts every day could substantially lower the risk of early death, a Dutch study suggests.
UN peacekeepers regularly barter goods for sex with people in the countries the world body is meant to be helping, a draft UN report says.
The UK's natural capital is worth £1.6tn - is that just a meaningless big number?
A vet fits part of a toy car to a tortoise to help it get around after losing a leg.
UK watchdog Ofcom's new chief reveals a plan to help broadband users quit their contracts if their internet speeds are too slow.
The government will sell half of its remaining shares in Royal Mail, and give a further stake to employees, Chancellor George Osborne said.
Daniella Zalcman's photographs of Runnymede Eco-Village, a stone's throw from where the Magna Carta was sealed.
Plans for a multi-million pound revamp of a museum dedicated to Scots explorer and missionary David Livingstone are awarded £334,000.
Will it be Heathrow or Gatwick airport that gets the green light for expansion?
Train passengers in Scotland's central belt face weeks of disruption from this weekend when work begins on the Winchburgh tunnel.
Contractors' confidence in the North Sea oil and gas industry is at a "record low", according to a survey.
The rise of the nationalist Jobbik party is inflaming passions in Hungary, says Jawad Iqbal.
Inside the funeral of a member of a Texas biker gang
Why ranchers are up in arms about a bison preserve
The anti-Assad slogan spreading across the Middle East