Update: Thai king is officially crowned Rama X

World 05/04/19, 00:27

The Latest on the coronation of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn (all times local):12:25 p.m.Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been crowned in a coronation ceremony taking place more than two years after he assumed the throne.In this image made from the video, Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn sits on the throne as ...

Coronation this weekend will boost Thai king’s regal power

World 05/03/19, 19:50

After a more than a decade of political strife, including a military coup and a contentious election less than two months ago, the people of Thailand are witnessing this weekend the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn in a centuries-old royal tradition that last happened seven decades ago.The coronation represents a ...

Thailand prepares for coronation

World 05/03/19, 07:50

Thailand is gearing up for three days of elaborate ceremonies, beginning Saturday, when 66-year old King Maha Vajiralongkorn will be officially crowned. The coronation is estimated to cost at least

Photos: The path to coronation for Thailand’s king

World 05/03/19, 02:19

Three days of elaborate, centuries-old rituals beginning Saturday will formally endow Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn with regal legitimacy. He succeeded to the throne after the death of his revered father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in October 2016. The 66-year-old Vajiralongkorn faces a challenge in the long-standing comparisons to his hardworking, deeply respected father. ...

As coronation begins, Thai king’s future role still unclear

World 05/02/19, 23:29

Three days of elaborate centuries-old ceremonies begin Saturday for the formal coronation of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who has been on the throne for more than two years.What Vajiralongkorn — also known as King Rama X, the 10th king of the Chakri dynasty — will do with the power and ...

Was There: 1950 Coronation of Thailand’s King Bhumibol

World 05/02/19, 23:24

Seven decades ago, Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, then 22, was crowned in ceremonies replete with ancient rituals that will be seen again when his son King Maha Vajiralongkorn ascends the throne on Saturday as King Rama X.AP correspondent Milton Marmor and photographer Charles P. Gorry were in Bangkok to report ...

Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

World 05/02/19, 21:51

Emperor Naruhito succeeded to the Chrysanthemum Throne after his father Akihito abdicated in a series of rituals and ceremonies in Japan.In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, workers marked May Day with rallies in cities and by demanding better working conditions.Thailand is preparing for the coronation of King ...

Thailand’s king appoints his consort as queen

World 05/01/19, 10:21

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who will have his official coronation on Saturday, has appointed his consort as the country's queen.An announcement Wednesday in the Royal Gazette said Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya is legally married to the 66-year-old king, and is now Queen Suthida.Although she has been in the public eye ...

Netflix announces deal for film about Thailand’s cave boys

Soccer 04/30/19, 07:37

Netflix has announced it will join with the production company for the movie Crazy Rich Asians to make a film about last July's dramatic rescue of 12 village boys in northern Thailand who were trapped with their soccer coach in a flooded cave for more than two weeks.Netflix and SK ...

Asian shares fall on China stimulus worries, patchy earnings

Business 04/26/19, 03:30

Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Friday after an overnight decline on Wall Street spurred by disappointingly weak earnings reports from 3M and some other industrial companies.Concern that China may temper its economic stimulus pulled the Shanghai benchmark down 1.2% to 3,086.40. Japan's Nikkei 225 index slipped 0.2% to ...

Aussie doctors bestowed Thai royal honors for cave rescue

Soccer 04/19/19, 05:15

Two Australian doctors were given royal honors in Thailand on Friday for helping rescue a boys soccer team from a flooded cave and said they are looking forward to a reunion with the youngsters they helped save.Richard Harris and Craig Challen were given the award at a ceremony presided over ...

Thailand says US man’s seasteading home violates sovereignty

U.S. 04/18/19, 19:54

Thai authorities have raided a floating home in the Andaman Sea belonging to an American man and his Thai partner who sought to be pioneers in the "seasteading" movement, which promotes living in international waters to be free of any nation's laws. Thailand's navy said Chad Elwartowski and Supranee Thepdet endangered ...

Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

World 04/12/19, 00:04

Indian elections officials and paramilitary soldiers carry election materials along the Brahmaputra River as the country holds the first phase of a 6-week-long vote, the largest democratic exercise in the world.In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, the leader of Thailand's Future Forward Party Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit is mobbed ...

Fire breaks out at Bangkok mall complex, killing at least 2

World 04/10/19, 09:29

A fire broke out at a major mall complex in Thailand's capital on Wednesday, killing at least two people and injuring more than a dozen, officials said.The extent of the fire at Bangkok's Central World complex, which includes a hotel, a convention center and an office tower, was small, but ...

Popular Thai party leader answers junta sedition summons

World 04/05/19, 23:00

The leader of a popular new Thai political party that ran a strong third in last month's elections met with police Saturday to hear criminal charges of sedition against him filed by the ruling military junta.Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit was greeted by a crowd of around 300-400 supporters chanting "Keep fighting, Thanathorn!" ...

US envoy says China activities near Philippines ‘of concern’

World 04/05/19, 04:27

The presence of large numbers of Chinese vessels near islands and islets occupied by the Philippines is "a concern," a senior U.S. defense official said Friday.The Philippine government protested the Chinese ship movements Thursday after its military monitored more than 200 Chinese vessels from January-March in a disputed area named ...

Thai election body orders redo in places over irregularities

World 04/04/19, 01:45

Thai election authorities have ordered a recount of votes and new elections in some polling areas after finding irregularities in last month's elections.Thailand's Election Commission said in a statement Thursday that it had ordered a recount in two polling stations and new elections in six polling stations due to the ...

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