Dec 7, 2016

Thailand: 'No exceptions' on lese majeste for news outlets

Thailand’s government will not back down from prosecuting news outlets that publish “illegal” content, the defense minister said Wednesday, after the BBC’s bureau in Bangkok came under scrutiny for an article about the country’s new king. The British broadcaster’s Thai-language service, a relative newcomer, ...

Thailand's new king appoints a smaller council of advisers

Dec 6, 2016

Thailand's new king appoints a smaller council of advisers

Thailand’s new King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun named an 11-member council of advisers on Tuesday, bringing in three new officials, including a former army chief and two representatives of the ruling junta. The so-called Privy Council he named is smaller than the 16-member council of ...

Thailand's parliament invites crown prince to assume throne

Nov 29, 2016

Thailand's parliament invites crown prince to assume throne

Thailand’s parliament on Tuesday named Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn as the new king, completing a formal step for the heir to take the throne following the death of his father last month. The Cabinet, following a 1924 law on succession, submitted Vajiralongkorn’s name to the ...

Thais line up to view late king's coffin

Oct 29, 2016

Thais line up to view late king's coffin

Tens of thousands of Thais streamed into Bangkok’s Grand Palace on Saturday as the public was granted its first chance to enter the throne hall where the body of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is lying in state. Bhumibol, who died at 88 two ...

U.K. police investigate Pippa Middleton royal photo hack

Sep 24, 2016

U.K. police investigate Pippa Middleton royal photo hack

Scotland Yard were investigating Saturday after reports that 3,000 photographs had been hacked from Pippa Middleton, sister-in-law of Britain’s Prince William, and someone was trying to sell them. The pictures were reported by The Sun and Daily Mail newspapers to have been stolen from ...

Aug 20, 2016

Japanese Princess Mako to enter graduate school in September

Japanese Princess Mako has passed an entrance exam for a doctoral course at International Christian University in Tokyo, the Imperial Household Agency said Saturday. The 24-year-old eldest daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko is expected to enroll at ICU next month to study ...

Aug 15, 2016

Belgian king, queen to visit Japan in October

Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde are scheduled to make a state visit to Japan in October as the countries commemorate 150 years of bilateral ties, Japanese officials said Monday. During their Oct. 11-14 visit, the king and queen are scheduled to speak with ...

Japanese voice surprise, support for Emperor's plan to abdicate

Jul 14, 2016

Japanese voice surprise, support for Emperor's plan to abdicate

Many Japanese expressed surprise at the news Wednesday that Emperor Akihito plans to abdicate, but they said his wish should be respected. The Imperial Couple left their Imperial villa in Hayama, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Thursday after arriving on Monday. “The Emperor opened a car ...