Ukrainian President signs amnesty bill

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych signed into law a bill that grants amnesty to all detained protesters and approved the repeal of controversial legislation that has fuelled the mass riots in Ukraine.

After Putin pardon, Mikhail Khodorkovsky walks free, reaches Germany

Putin, who is known for marathon press conferences, had announced the surprise decision yesterday in an annual presser, when asked about Khodorkovsky.

Amnesty to free punk band duo despite `disgraceful` protest: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday two jailed members of the punk band Pussy Riot would be freed under an amnesty but described their protest against him in a church as disgraceful.

Russia passes amnesty bill, but still questions

The amnesty, which would also allow the release of members of the Pussy Riot punk band, has been largely viewed as the Kremlin`s attempt to soothe criticism of Russia`s human rights records.

15 countries issue warnings against travelling to Bangkok

Fifteen countries issued warnings to their citizens asking them to avoid travelling to areas near the anti-government rallies in Bangkok.

Thai opposition rallies against amnesty bill

Several thousand Thai anti- government protesters gathered in Bangkok today after lawmakers approved a controversial amnesty that could allow fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to return.

Thai Parl blocked by protesters over amnesty bill

Thaksin`s supporters copied the aggressive tactics, and a deadly confrontation with the military in 2010 led to about 90 deaths.