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In this handout photo released and taken by the Thai Organizing Committee on November 20, 2019, Pope Francis (C) arrives on the Military Air Terminal at Don Muang airport in Bangkok. – Pope Francis arrived in Thailand on November 20, the first leg of an Asian tour that will sweep in Japan and carry a message of interreligious dialogue and nuclear disarmament. (Photo by Handout / THAI ORGANIZING COMMITTEE / AFP) /

Pope Francis: Respect prostitutes, victims of human trafficking

Pope Francis led an impassioned mass for tens of thousands of emotional worshippers at a packed Bangkok stadium Thursday, urging respect for prostitutes and trafficking victims in a part of the world where sex work is rampant.
In this handout photo released and taken by the Thai Organizing Committee on November 20, 2019, Pope Francis (C) arrives on the Military Air Terminal at Don Muang airport in Bangkok. – Pope Francis arrived in Thailand on November 20, the first leg of an Asian tour that will sweep in Japan and carry a message of interreligious dialogue and nuclear disarmament. (Photo by Handout / THAI ORGANIZING COMMITTEE / AFP) /

Pope lands in Thailand to kick off two-country Asian tour

Pope Francis arrived in Thailand on Wednesday greeted by cheering faithful, the first leg of an Asian tour that will sweep in Japan and carry a message of interreligious dialogue and nuclear disarmament.
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Pope Francis heads to Thailand, Japan for first visit

Pope Francis was due to set off on Tuesday evening for his first trip to Thailand and Japan.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn was crowned on Saturday afternoon

In Pictures: Thailand’s Maha Vajiralongkorn crowned

To the boom of cannons, pipes and chants, King Maha Vajiralongkorn was crowned Saturday in a ceremony governed by centuries-old rituals, vowing a righteous reign and calling for “national security” and “happiness” in a remarkable display of royal power.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his consort, Gen. Suthida Vajiralongkorn named Queen Suthida, attend their wedding ceremony in Bangkok.

Thai King Maha marries bodyguard ahead of coronation

Thailand has a new queen just in time for the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn in elaborate Buddhist and Brahmin ceremonies on Saturday in Bangkok.
A woman casts her vote at a polling station in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, March 24, 2019, during Thailand’s first general election since the military seized power in a 2014 coup. (Wason Wanichakorn-Associated Press)

Support good leaders to prevent chaos, King warns as Thais vote

Thais filled schoolyards, temples and government offices to vote Sunday in the first election since a 2014 coup, with a high turnout expected among a public who received a cryptic last-minute warning from the Thai king to support “good” leaders to prevent “chaos.”
Leicester City staff and players pay their respects to Khun Vichai at the start of the cremation ceremony in Thailand

Thai king attends cremation of Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

Thailand’s King presided over the cremation of former Leicester City owner and duty-free magnate Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha at a Buddhist temple on Thursday in a ceremony that brought together the Thai business and political elites.
Ubolratana

Thai election commission moves to dissolve party linked to princess

Thailand’s election commission on Wednesday asked the constitutional court to dissolve a party that proposed a princess as candidate for prime minister, a potentially serious blow to the political aspirations of the kingdom’s powerful Shinawatra clan.
Princess Ubolratana

Thai party leader contrite after rebuke for princess’ PM candidacy

A Thai political party leader expressed public contrition on Tuesday for selecting a princess as a candidate for prime minister, days after the move provoked a rebuke from her brother, King Maha Vajiralongkorn.
Princess Ubolratana

Princess Ubolratana disqualified as Thai PM candidate

Thailand's Election Commission has disqualified the sister of the king from running for prime minister, ending a stunning, short-lived candidacy for a populist party after King Maha Vajiralongkorn called the bid "inappropriate".
Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn (C) ascended the throne in December 2016 [The Nation-Pool via AP]

Thailand to hold coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn in May

Thailand's king is to be officially crowned in an elaborate three-day ceremony held on May 4-6, the royal palace has announced.
Leicester City players wore T-shirts commemorating the club's owner before yesterday's match

Leicester City footballers pay last respects to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in Bangkok

Players and staff from Leicester City were set to arrive in Bangkok Sunday to attend a mourning rite for the club’s chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, whose death last week in a helicopter crash stunned the Premier League club.

Thai king granted full ownership of crown billions

Thailand's king has been granted full ownership of the palace's multi-billion dollar assets under a law passed last year, according to a rare "explanatory note" published by the financial arm of the powerful but secretive monarchy.

Myanmar army chief honoured by Thailand despite Rohingya crisis

Myanmar's army chief received a royal decoration from Thailand on Friday, despite accusations his security forces have carried out ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine state.

Thailand expects 250,000 to attend late king’s cremation

A quarter of a million people are expected to descend on the Thai capital for an elaborate cremation ceremony planned for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej next month, a junta leader said Friday.

91-year-old emerges Thailand’s oldest university graduate

A 91-year-old woman became the oldest person to graduate from university in Thailand on Wednesday, receiving her bachelor’s degree from King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

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