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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.
20 Dec 2013 : US President Barack Obama said Friday he would nominate Democratic Senator Max Baucus as his new ambassador to China, at a time of spiking tensions between Washington and Beijing.
27 Oct 2013 : Tour de France organisers ASO took a bold leap into a new market by holding the first event outside France to carry its prestigious name in Saitama on Saturday.
27 Oct 2013 : Half-backs Patrick Lambie and Charl McLeod scored all Sharks' points as they shocked Western Province 33-19 Saturday to lift the South African Currie Cup.
27 Oct 2013 : Japan is ready to counter China if it resorts to force in the pursuit of its geopolitical interests, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in an interview published Saturday.
27 Oct 2013 : Syrian Kurds drove jihadists from an Iraq border crossing in fierce clashes Saturday, activists said, as the UN-Arab League envoy took his regional peace mission to regime ally Iran.
27 Oct 2013 : The Bulgarian Roma family of Maria, wrongly thought to be an abducted western European child when she was found in Greece last week, wants her back but fears social services will keep her.
27 Oct 2013 : A last-gasp Prince Oniangue winner put the sparkle back into Reims' season on Saturday with a 3-2 win at Ligue 1 rivals Marseille.
27 Oct 2013 : Thousands of demonstrators protested in Portugal on Saturday against salary cuts and public sector reforms imposed by the government under the country's international bailout deal.
27 Oct 2013 : Hundreds of people marched in the Netherlands on Saturday to show their support for "Black Pete", the traditional Christmas sidekick of Saint Nicholas, who has been labelled as racist by critics.
27 Oct 2013 : Borussia Dortmund proved too strong for Schalke in Saturday's Ruhr derby in the Bundesliga as Bayern Munich edged out Hertha Berlin to stay top of the table.
27 Oct 2013 : Gareth Bale had an El Clasico debut to forget as Barcelona beat Real Madrid 2-1 at the Camp Nou thanks to goals from Neymar and Alexis Sanchez.