Gay marriage in Scotland backed in principle by MSPs

The Scottish Parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favour of gay marriage bill at its first reading. The bill has the support of the Scottish government, but is opposed by the Catholic Church and the Church of Scotland. (BBC News)

Afghanistan, U.S. reach draft security agreement

Afghan and US officials have produced a draft accord allowing for the continued presence of American forces in Afghanistan following the official withdrawal in 2014. A senior US official said there has been no decision on how many troops will remain in the country. (Reuters)

Ancient DNA from Siberian boy links Europe and America

DNA from 24,000 year-old remains found in Siberia indicates that about a third of Native American ancestry came from an ancient population related to Europeans. Scientists have mapped the genome of the Siberian boy - the oldest human genome to be mapped to date. (BBC News)

Science is downgraded in primary schools as English and maths given priority, say inspectors

Education standards watchdog Ofsted has criticised the teaching of science in primary schools in England and Wales. Science is not taught every day in most schools, with headteachers prioritising maths and English. (Independent)

Just 90 companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming emissions

Research to be published in the journal Climatic Change suggests that nearly two-thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions since the beginning of the industrial revolution have been produced by just 90 companies, including household names such as BP, Chevron and Exxon. (Guardian)