Severe criminal penalties on drug taking makes no difference to the level of substance use in a country, a Government report has indicated.
The 2012-13 Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) shows illegal drug-taking was down slightly on the previous year.
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the closure of Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque as a "declaration of war".
Apple chief executive Tim Cook has come out as gay and says he wants to "inspire people to insist on their equality".
Tributes have been paid to Michael Payne, father of the murdered schoolgirl Sarah, after he died at the age of 45.
A round-up of the latest stories from the world of sport - brought to you from the Sky Sports News HQ.
An understrength Newcastle pulled off a big League Cup shock by beating holders Manchester City 2-0 to book their place in the quarter-finals.
QPR defender Rio Ferdinand has been given a three-match ban and fined £25,000 by the Football Association over comments he posted on Twitter.
Alexander Levy made the ideal start to his bid for a third European Tour title of the season - and second in China - in the BMW Masters on Thursday.
Minister for Sport and Tourism Helen Grant remains committed to driving an increase in female participation in sport.
Young Fathers have won the Barclaycard Mercury Prize for the best British or Irish album of the last year.
Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey has said his latest movie was a test of endurance.
Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight and comedian Katt Williams have been charged with robbery after a celebrity photographer reported the men stole her camera.
Organisers of the Brit Awards are hoping that bringing back TV favourites Ant and Dec will reverse a slump in ratings.
Elton John has called Pope Francis "my hero" for his push to accept gays in the Catholic church.
Barclays has confirmed a £500m provision for fines relating to allegations foreign exchange markets were manipulated by banks.
The RAC is demanding action to cap motoroway service station fuel prices, describing them as "21st century highway robbery."
The Australian owner of the Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks says it may float them on the stock market as it prepares to exit UK banking.
A logistics firm which counts the former Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy among its directors is drawing up plans for a share sale that would crystallise multimiillion pound fortunes for its investors.
A Vine star was detained by the FBI after dancing down the aisle of a plane dressed in swimming trunks.
The man who invented the board game Operation half a century ago now needs help paying for a real operation.
A website which uses DNA swabs to determine a romantic match has received hundreds of thousands of dollars of new investment.
A veterinarian was shell-shocked when he found the cause of a sick tortoise's sluggishness - he had swallowed a turtle pendant.
A US policeman has been bringing traffic to a standstill with his dance moves.
A hugely destructive mudslide at Sri Lanka's Koslanda tea plantation is thought to have left no survivors.
Better maps could have helped contain the deadly Ebola virus, according to Medecins Sans Frontieres.
A surfer in Australia says he was bitten by a shark after accidentally standing on the creature's head.