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SEA GAMESThailand primed for Indonesia
21 Dec 2013 : NAY PYI TAW - Thailand will be bidding to end a barren run in men's football when they meet Indonesia in the final on Saturday.
21 Dec 2013 : A weary Barack Obama, eyelids heavy, predicted Friday that the restorative power of sleep and the sunshine of his native Hawaii would restore his wilting fortunes after a bleak year.
21 Dec 2013 : French biomedical firm Carmat said on Friday it had begun the first human trial of its prototype artificial heart, which aims at overcoming shortages of organs available for transplant.
21 Dec 2013 : After Vladimir Putin's surprise announcement that he would grant a pardon to Mikhail Khodorkovsky after a decade in jail, many were expecting a "Mandela moment" with the ex oil tycoon confidently stepping out of prison into a jubilant crowd.
21 Dec 2013 : Lindsey Vonn will take to the piste for Saturday's World Cup downhill in Val d'Isere under increased pressure as high-profile boyfriend Tiger Woods pitched up in the glitzy French resort.
21 Dec 2013 : Sebastian Vettel coasted to a fourth consecutive title in 2013 but whether the record-breaking German makes it five next year could depend on how he and Red Bull get to grips with Formula One's new technical landscape.
21 Dec 2013 : The ladies ruled the pool in 2013 with five long-course world records broken by women at Barcelona's world championships while swimming superstar Michael Phelps has fuelled rumours of a comeback.
21 Dec 2013 : Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday rejected opposition calls for him to step down after thousands of protesters massed in the capital calling for fresh elections.
21 Dec 2013 : Jaroslav Navratil has extended his contract as captain of the Czech Republic's Davis Cup team through to 2015.
21 Dec 2013 : German Chancellor Angela Merkel hailed Friday a role played "behind the scenes" by former German foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher in helping to secure the release of Kremlin critic and Russian ex-oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
21 Dec 2013 : Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha on Friday expressed concern about the risk of civil war if the political conflict continues, proposing the formation of a people's assembly comprising "all colours" to help heal the divide.
21 Dec 2013 : Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban received overwhelming cash donations as he led protesters along the streets of Bangkok demanding the resignation of caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.