The General Synod of the Church of England meeting in York votes to allow women to become bishops.
The UK government sets out proposals to legalise gay marriages in England and Wales. The Church of England and Church in Wales will be banned from conducting wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples, but other religious organisations will be allowed to conduct gay weddings if they wish.
Pope Benedict XVI tells Roman Catholic bishops around the world they must obey Summorum Pontificum, a papal order allowing priests to say the old-style Tridentine Mass, regardless of their opinion on it.
The directors of two companies based in York and Kent are charged with conspiring to illegally export Chinese-produced weapons to the United States after having imported them into the UK via Germany. The incident breaches an embargo by the United States, which disagrees with the importation of weapons made in China.