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Thai parliament opens to discuss pro-democracy protests

Bangkok - Thailand's parliament opened Monday for a special session to discuss the growing youth-led pro-democracy movement, which is demanding Premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha's resignation and reforms to the ultra-powerful monarchy.

Malaysian king rejects PM's push for emergency powers

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's king Sunday rejected a proposal by the premier to declare a state of emergency and suspend parliament to fight the coronavirus after the plan sparked a massive backlash.

Thai democracy movement gathers for protest after PM snub

Bangkok - Thousands gathered Sunday at a major Bangkok intersection to renew calls for Premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha to resign, after he ignored a deadline to step down set by protesters who have issued unprecedented challenges to the regime.

Thai democracy movement vows fresh protests after PM snub

Bangkok - Prominent leaders of Thailand's pro-democracy movement vowed to return to the streets Sunday to protest against Premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha, after their deadline for him to resign was ignored.

'CIA'-like street food vendors first on scene to feed Thai protesters

Bangkok - With an intelligence network so good they have been compared to the CIA, Thai street vendors are often first on the scene at "guerilla" democracy protests in Bangkok, where they hawk sour pork and fishballs to a democracy-hungry crowd.

Thai PM revokes emergency decree despite protests

Bangkok - Thailand's premier on Thursday revoked an emergency decree that had been intended to quell pro-democracy rallies despite it failing to stamp out daily protests demanding he resign and for reforms of the unassailable monarchy.

'A moving current': Thai protesters adopt Hong Kong tactics

Bangkok - Umbrellas as shields, secure chat groups and hand signals as warnings of a pending police crackdown -- Thailand's pro-democracy protesters have taken inspiration and lessons from their counterparts in Hong Kong.

Embattled Thai premier recalls parliament as thousands protest again

Bangkok - Thousands of Thais defied a fresh government warning Monday and again took to the streets, as the embattled premier recalled parliament to thrash out how to end weeks of protests.

Thai PM recalls parliament as protesters step up pressure

Bangkok - Thailand's embattled premier called Monday for a special session of parliament as protesters planned more rallies to demand his resignation, the release of jailed activists, and reforms to the monarchy.

Tower of London ravens re-adapt to life after lockdown

London - Chris Skaife has one of the most important jobs in Britain. As Yeoman Warder Ravenmaster at the Tower of London, he is responsible for the country's most famous birds.

Thai democracy protesters defy ban for fourth day

Bangkok - Tens of thousands of protesters defied a ban on gatherings of more than four people to mass at a major Bangkok landmark Sunday, carrying posters portraying activists detained in four straight days of strident anti-government rallies.

Thai democracy protesters defy ban for fourth day

Bangkok - Thousands of pro-democracy protestors took over a major Bangkok intersection on Sunday with posters bearing the faces of arrested activists, defying a ban on gatherings and stern warnings from authorities who have escalated a crackdown in recent days.

Tens of thousands of Thais protest in defiance of ban

Bangkok - Tens of thousands of Thai pro-democracy protesters rallied across Bangkok Saturday, defying an emergency decree banning gatherings for a third consecutive day to demand the resignation of the prime minister and reform of the powerful monarchy.

Thai protesters vow to return to streets after Friday clashes

Bangkok - Thai pro-democracy protesters said Saturday they would defy an emergency decree banning gatherings for a third consecutive day after confrontations the previous night saw riot police use water cannons against the mainly young activists.

'Keep on fighting': detained Thai lawyer keeps up rallying cries

Bangkok - Rallying from behind bars in northern Thailand, Anon Numpa urged supporters Friday to keep fighting for democracy -- still defiant months after his fiery speeches fuelled a movement calling for reforms to the ultra-powerful monarchy.

Thai police use water cannons against Bangkok protesters

Bangkok - Thai police used water cannons against protesters Friday night in central Bangkok, as the pro-democracy activists defied an emergency decree banning gatherings for a second night running.

Mask-free Queen ventures outside 'HMS Bubble' to secret lab

Salisbury - Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday made her first public visit outside a royal residence since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, visiting a top secret research lab but appearing without a face mask.

'I had to do it': the student leader defying Thailand's royal taboo

Bangkok - Thai activist Rung jabbed at the establishment when she demanded reform of the all-powerful monarchy last month -- a stand that saw her bundled into a car and arrested on Thursday.

'I had to do it': the student leader defying Thailand's royal taboo

Bangkok - Thai activist Rung jabbed at the establishment when she demanded reform of the all-powerful monarchy last month -- a stand that saw her bundled into a car and arrested on Thursday.

10,000 protesters defy Thai crackdown after emergency decree, arrests

Bangkok - Some 10,000 Thai protesters gathered Thursday in defiance of a sweeping crackdown after authorities moved to crush months of pro-democracy demonstrations by imposing emergency powers and rounding up leading activists.Protesters chanted "Prayut get out!...

Thailand declares emergency, bans rallies as protests swell

Bangkok - The Thai government declared a state of emergency banning gatherings of more than four people and outlawing online posts deemed a threat to national security on Thursday in a move to end simmering pro-democracy protests.

Protesters gather ahead of pro-democracy rally in tense Bangkok

Bangkok - More than a thousand protesters gathered in Bangkok ahead of a pro-democracy rally on Wednesday, with tensions high in Thailand after the arrest of 21 pro-reform activists a day earlier.

Prince William launches 'prestigious' environment prize

London - Britain's Prince William on Thursday launched a "prestigious" environmental prize aimed at turning "pessimism into optimism" by rewarding innovative solutions to the planet's biggest problems.The Earthshot Prize will present five £1 million ($1.

Belgian king's hidden daughter wins fight to be princess

Apo - A Belgian artist has won a seven-year legal battle to be confirmed as a princess and the official daughter of former king Albert II, her lawyer said Thursday.

Thai protesters angered after parliament delays charter reform

Bangkok - Thai lawmakers delayed a decision on constitutional reform Thursday, sparking anger among protesters outside parliament demanding changes to the kingdom's military-scripted charter and reform of the unassailable monarchy.

Protesters rally at Thai parliament as lawmakers debate reform

Bangkok - Thousands of Thais protested outside parliament Thursday as lawmakers debated amendments to the kingdom's military-scripted constitution, a key demand of a burgeoning pro-democracy movement alongside calls to reform the unassailable monarchy.

Thai protesters vow to fight after 'people's plaque' removed

Bangkok - A "People's Plaque" installed by protesters near Bangkok's Royal Palace was "planted in the hearts of the Thai people", activists said Monday, vowing its removal marked only the beginning of their battle to reform the monarchy.

Tens of thousands of protesters join Thailand pro-democracy rally

Bangkok - Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters massed close to Thailand's Grand Palace on Saturday, in a huge rally calling for PM Prayut Chan-O-Cha to step down and demanding reforms to the monarchy.

Thai protesters gear up to weekend show of force

Bangkok - A youth-led pro-democracy movement is set to make a massive stand in Bangkok Saturday, with an expected turnout of tens of thousands calling for PM Prayut Chan-O-Cha to step down and demanding reforms to the monarchy.

Thai students vow 'peaceful' protest on monarchy reform

Bangkok - A pro-democracy protest expected to draw thousands of young Thais onto the streets this weekend will again demand reform to the country's unassailable and hugely wealthy monarchy, a prominent student leader said Friday.
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