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Thai activist jailed for insulting monarchy freed in royal pardon

Khon Kaen - A Thai anti-junta activist who spent more than two years behind bars for insulting the country's monarchy by sharing an unflattering BBC article about the king walked free Friday on a royal pardon.

Morocco king urges 'urgent action' on social problems

Rabat - Morocco's King Mohammed VI Sunday urged the government to take "urgent action" to address social issues, in particular health and education in the north African country which has been hit by protests over employment and corruption.

Saudi Arabia pardons soldiers over Yemen conflict

Apo - Saudi Arabia on Tuesday issued a sweeping royal pardon for its soldiers deployed in Yemen, lifting any "military and disciplinary" penalties for troops taking part in its support of pro-government forces in the devastating conflict.

Thanks to Markle's dad, Mexican town swept up in royal wedding frenzy

Rosarito - A sleepy Mexican resort town has found itself swept up in the frenzy around the royal wedding thanks to the antics of the once-anonymous American retiree who is now its most famous resident: Meghan Markle's dad.

Meghan Markle's father in successful heart op: report

Los Angeles - Meghan Markle's father has successfully undergone the heart surgery that prevented him from attending her wedding to Britain's Prince Harry, celebrity news website TMZ said on Wednesday.

Henrik, Denmark's prince who wanted to be king

Stockholm - Denmark's Prince Henrik, the French-born husband of Queen Margrethe II, has died at the age 83, after a half-century struggle to win the hearts of Danes that only succeeded in his later years.

A century on, royal family's letters return to Russia

Sanktpeterburg - From telegrams about hunting parties to anguished letters over the Bolshevik takeover, a trove of documents detailing the private lives of Russia's Romanov family has returned home 100 years after the 1917 revolution.

Belgian prince risks allowance cut over Chinese contacts

Brussels - Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel is taking action that could cut Prince Laurent's allowance after the tearaway younger brother of King Philippe met Chinese officials without official consent, government sources said Monday.

Trump's state visit to Britain delayed: report

London - US President Donald Trump has asked to delay his state visit to Britain later this year to allow public anger over the invitation to recede, it was reported Wednesday.

One million sign petition to cancel Trump's UK state visit

London - A petition demanding Britain cancel a planned state visit by US President Donald Trump passed one million signatures on Monday, following outrage over his travel ban on mainly Muslim countries.

Ghana mourns revered Ashanti queen

Kumasi - Dressed entirely in black, Tina Owusu Panin joined thousands making their way to a Ghanaian palace to mourn their "mother" -- the revered queen of the powerful Ashanti kingdom.

Dutchman jailed for 30 days for insulting king

Den Haag - A man was on Thursday sentenced to 30 days in prison for insulting the king of the Netherlands on Facebook, prosecutors said, after being convicted of breaking seldom used royal defamation laws.

Japan's Emperor Akihito 'planning to abdicate'

Toukyo - Japan's ageing Emperor Akihito plans to step down in favour of his eldest son within a few years, Japanese media reported Wednesday, in what would be the first such royal abdication in two centuries.

Thai faces jail for 'insulting king's dog'

Bangkok - A Thai faces prison after being charged with lese majeste for insulting the king's dog, his lawyer said Tuesday, in an escalation of the already draconian royal defamation law.

Spanish king honours Sephardic Jews exiled five centuries ago

Madrid - Spain's King Felipe VI on Monday honoured Sephardic Jews who were banished more than five centuries ago during the Inquisition, after a law allowing dual citizenship for their descendants came into force.

Australia ditches 'out of date' knights and dames

Sydney - Australia has removed knights and dames from the national honours system, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Monday, dismissing the ancient titles as "not appropriate" in the modern age.

Spanish king, eyeing Catalan independence bid, warns divisions 'impoverish'

Oviedo - King Felipe VI of Spain on Friday warned against "walls" and divisions that "impoverish and isolate" as an independence drive in the northeast region of Catalonia gets into higher gear.

Knights and dames honours dumped under new Australian PM: Report

Sydney - New Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, an outspoken republican, will dump knights and dames from the country's honours list reintroduced under his predecessor Tony Abbott, a local media report said Sunday.

Suspect spotted as Thailand bombing death toll rises to 22

Bangkok - Police in Thailand say they are looking for a suspect in Monday's fatal bombing attack who was spotted on video cameras near the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok.

Tongan king crowned in traditional ceremony

Nukalofa - Tupou VI was formally crowned King of Tonga on Saturday before thousands of people including heads of state and dignitaries from around the world, capping a week steeped in traditional rites.

Ailing Saudi King Abdullah admitted to hospital for checks

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's ailing King Abdullah was admitted to hospital on Wednesday for "medical checks," the royal court said, with the country's stock market falling sharply following the news.

British royals crown New York visit with gala dinner

New York - Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate crowned their whirlwind tour of New York with a glittering gala dinner to raise money for the university where they fell in love.

Spanish princess appeals fraud charges

Madrid - Spanish King Felipe VI's sister Cristina appealed on Wednesday against tax and money-laundering charges that threaten to land her in an unprecedented criminal trial.

Spain's new king visits sensitive Catalonia region

Girona - Just a week into his reign, Spain's King Felipe VI visits one of the country's most politically sensitive regions Thursday: Catalonia, where an independence drive has raised tensions with Madrid.

Judge seeks fraud trial for Spain's Princess Cristina

Madrid - A Spanish judge ruled Wednesday that King Felipe's sister, Princess Cristina, and her husband should face fraud charges, opening the way to an unprecedented criminal trial.

Spain's Princess Cristina faces trial threat

Madrid - Spain's Princess Cristina, a sister of the new King Felipe VI, will discover Wednesday whether she faces the threat of an unprecedented criminal corruption trial.

What's a king to do? Felipe faces a demanding Spain

Madrid - From folk in the street to politicians and sportsmen, Spaniards all want their new king to do something for the country. They just can't agree on where he should start.

Thai cyber police step up royal slur patrols

Bangkok - Thailand's military is bolstering its self-designated role as protector of the monarchy with increased "cyber patrols" to root out critics of the king following last month's coup.

Spain lawmakers approve king abdication by wide margin

Madrid - Spanish lawmakers approved on Wednesday the abdication of King Juan Carlos by a wide margin, paving the way for his son Felipe to take the scandal-hit throne despite anti-royalist protests.

Majority of Spaniards want referendum on monarchy: poll

Madrid - The majority of Spaniards want a referendum on the future of the monarchy, according to a poll published Sunday, less than a week after King Juan Carlos abdicated in favour of his son.
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