Jun 1, 2015

Ailing Thai king returns to hospital

Thailand’s revered but ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej has returned to hospital in Bangkok for medical tests, the palace said Sunday, amid deep public concern over his health in the politically turbulent country. The 87-year-old king, the world’s longest-serving monarch, is treated as a near-deity ...

Lese majeste brings despair to Thai families

May 24, 2015

Lese majeste brings despair to Thai families

by Marion Thibaut

When Natnicha’s husband was jailed for insulting Thailand’s monarchy under the country’s lese majeste laws, she didn’t just lose a partner. She lost her friends and place in Thai society — joining the growing ranks of outcasts since royalist generals seized power a year ...

Zoo backpedals from naming baby monkey after U.K. princess

May 7, 2015

Zoo backpedals from naming baby monkey after U.K. princess

A zoo in Oita was forced to backpedal on its announcement that it will name a baby Japanese monkey Charlotte in honor of the newborn British princess, following complaints the move is disrespectful to that nation’s royal family. The Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden, popular ...

New U.K. princess's parents want family to lead normal lives

May 3, 2015

New U.K. princess's parents want family to lead normal lives

Prince William and his wife, Kate, are destined to be Britain’s king and queen, but experts say they want as much normalcy as possible within the confines of being in the spotlight. The eyes of the world have again turned on Queen Elizabeth II’s ...

May 3, 2015

New royal baby: 'spare to the heir'

When Prince William and his wife, Kate, announced the arrival of their first child in 2013, Britain celebrated the birth of a future king. Two years later, it is a different story. A second child was born Saturday — a princess who will surely ...

Birth of British princess cheered

May 3, 2015

Birth of British princess cheered

From Prince Charles to royal fans to most of those who put down a bet, millions in Britain were hoping for a girl. The Duchess of Cambridge delighted her nation and royal enthusiasts around the world Saturday by delivering one such princess. The royal ...

Apr 29, 2015

Saudi king names counterterrorism czar as new crown prince

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Wednesday removed his half-brother from the post of crown prince and named his nephew, the country’s Interior Minister, in his place. The post of crown prince secures Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as the most likely successor to King Salman. ...

Apr 17, 2015

The line of succession to the British throne

Prince William’s second child will be born fourth in line to inherit the British throne, behind their first child, Prince George. Everyone below the baby will move down a place, starting with William’s brother, Prince Harry, who will drop to fifth. The immediate line ...