National Nov 20, 2019

Pope heads to Asia in search of Buddhist ties and nuclear arms ban

Pope Francis departed Rome on Tuesday for Thailand and Japan, majority Buddhist countries where the Jesuit pontiff is to plead for interreligious dialogue and nuclear disarmament. The pope's third trip to Asia, and his 32nd trip abroad, takes him to two countries with minority Catholic ...

Camo and a crop top: Thai royal consort photos crash website

Asia Pacific Aug 27, 2019

Camo and a crop top: Thai royal consort photos crash website

Thailand's palace website crashed Monday after it published unprecedented pictures of the king's consort in a fighter jet, wearing a crop top and dressed in combat fatigues with him and the royal poodle. The unusually candid pictures of King Maha Vajiralongkorn's consort, 34-year-old Major-General Sineenat ...

Asia Pacific May 4, 2019

Background on the royal instruments for Thai king's coronation

During Thailand's main coronation event for King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Saturday, the monarch was presented with five royal regalia marking the legitimacy of his reign. Historical evidence suggests the tradition dates back to the Ayutthaya period (1350-1767) of Siam, as Thailand was known. The items were ...

German teen suspected of shooting toy gun at Thai king

Asia Pacific Jun 22, 2017

German teen suspected of shooting toy gun at Thai king

German prosecutors said on Wednesday they were investigating a 14-year-old boy suspected of shooting plastic bullets from a toy gun at the King of Thailand who was cycling near Munich this month. The king was not hurt. The unidentified youth, together with a 13-year-old who ...

Thailand 'making preparations' for Dec. 1 succession

Asia Pacific Oct 31, 2016

Thailand 'making preparations' for Dec. 1 succession

Thailand is making preparations for Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to ascend the throne Dec. 1, two senior military sources with knowledge of the matter said. The death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Oct. 13 at the age of 88 has plunged the Southeast Asian nation ...