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21 Dec 2013 : Russia's most famous prisoner, Kremlin critic and former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, began life as a free man in Germany on Saturday after his surprise pardon by President Vladimir Putin.
21 Dec 2013 : President Enrique Pena Nieto signed a controversial law that opens Mexico's oil industry to foreign investment for the first time in 75 years.
21 Dec 2013 : The Thai women's national volleyball team has won its 10th successive gold medal after beating Vietnam in three straight sets at the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar on Saturday.
21 Dec 2013 : The planned mass anti-government rally on Sunday will be a historic movement as two million to three million people are expected to show up, People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) spokesman Ekanat Prompan said on Saturday.
21 Dec 2013 : Americans were shocked at the alleged $3.31-per-hour wage paid to an Indian diplomat's housekeeper in a case that has sparked global outrage. But to Rupa Thakur, who does the same job in Mumbai, it sounded like a small fortune.
21 Dec 2013 : The government should impose the martial law to deal with the anti-government protesters, Amnuay Klangpha, former Pheu Thai MP for Lopburi, said on Saturday.
21 Dec 2013 : The caretaker government calls on the general public, including anti-government protesters, to exercise their voting rights in the Feb 2 general election.
21 Dec 2013 : Two American astronauts are to step out Saturday on the first of three spacewalks to replace a broken cooling pump at the orbiting International Space Station.
21 Dec 2013 : The Pheu Thai Party will move forward to the scheduled election on Feb 2 even though the Democrat Party had called for a postponement of the election, Pheu Thai leader Charupong Ruangsuwan said on Saturday.
21 Dec 2013 : A Taiwanese court has suspended the trial of former president Chen Shui-bian on the ground that he is suffering from depression, dementia and other health problems, officials said Saturday.
21 Dec 2013 : Thailand needs a reform and politicians are the main reason why the country is in a "traumatised" condition, according to Korbsak Sabhavasu, the former Democrat Party deputy leader.
21 Dec 2013 : Russia's most famous prisoner and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky arrived in Germany a free man after more than 10 years behind bars, in a whirlwind release hours after his surprise pardon by President Vladimir Putin.