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Thai students mark Teachers' Day with paint-soaked protest

Bangkok - Students piled bamboo canes and stationery in front of Thailand's Ministry of Education and splashed crimson paint on it to protest corporal punishment, one of several protests that took place across the capital on Saturday.

Ex-king's former lover says Spain spy chief threatened her life

Madrid - The ex-lover of Spain's king emeritus testified Friday that her life had been threatened by a former spy chief on orders from the exiled monarch himself in a conversation that "terrified" her.

Thai king sweeps prison floors alongside consort

Bangkok - Thailand's king has visited prisons, sweeping floors alongside his official consort in the latest round of a charm offensive following unprecedented criticism of the monarchy during street protests.

Thai royal defamation cases ramp up as protests pause

Bangkok - Thai authorities on Monday charged four democracy activists with royal defamation, with the protest movement rocking the kingdom put on hold because of a spike in coronavirus cases.

Women on the frontlines of Thailand's democracy movement

Bangkok - Denouncing sexual violence, demanding abortion reform and destigmatising sex work –- once-taboo issues are finding public expression in Thailand as women take up leadership roles in a youth-led pro-democracy movement.

The art of politics: Democracy protests inspire Thai creatives

Bangkok - With virtual reality goggles strapped on and controllers clasped in his hands, Thai artist Chalermpol Junrayab looks more like he's doing a robot dance than creating political art.

More Thai protest leaders charged with royal defamation

Bangkok - More than a dozen leaders of Thailand's pro-democracy protest movement were charged Tuesday under the kingdom's tough royal defamation law for headlining demonstrations demanding reforms to the monarchy.

Thousands flock to support Thai royals at Bangkok drone show

Bangkok - Some ten thousand royalists turned out in Bangkok on Saturday for a drone show honouring the Thai king's late father, in a show of force by a monarchy under pressure following months of pro-democracy protests.

Detained Saudi royal moved to secret site: European lawmaker

Apo - A Saudi prince detained in a guarded villa in Riyadh without any formal charges has been moved to an "undisclosed location", a European lawmaker said in a letter seen by AFP Wednesday.

Thai protest leaders charged with royal defamation

Bangkok - Thai police charged five key leaders of the country's pro-democracy protest movement Monday under the kingdom's tough royal defamation laws, the first such use of the controversial legislation in two years.

Thai protesters target royal guards unit in latest rally

Bangkok - Hundreds of protesters marched on a barracks of Thailand's royal guards unit on Sunday hoisting inflatable rubber ducks high above their heads, a whimsical show of force by a pro-democracy movement calling for curbs to the power of the monarchy.

Thai protesters practise 'coup prevention' in latest rally

Bangkok - Thousands of democracy activists blocked a major junction in Bangkok for several hours on Friday to rehearse "coup prevention" strategies in the latest round of Thailand's anti-government protests.

Thai protesters target royal wealth

Bangkok - Thousands of Thai democracy activists rallied in Bangkok Wednesday to demand the king give up control of his multibillion-dollar fortune, turning their protest movement directly on the once-untouchable monarchy's vast wealth.

Meghan Markle reveals miscarriage in July

New York - Meghan Markle has revealed she suffered a miscarriage in July this year, writing in The New York Times on Wednesday of the deep grief and loss she endured with her husband Prince Harry.

Thai pro-democracy leaders summoned over royal defamation

Bangkok - Twelve Thai pro-democracy protest leaders have been summoned by police to answer charges of royal defamation, the first use of the draconian law in almost three years, as Bangkok gears up for another major rally.

Tensions mount in Thai protests as Bangkok braces for major rally

Bangkok - Tensions are rising around Thailand's pro-democracy protests, with police shooting six people last week and using tear gas and water cannon on the streets of Bangkok.

LGBTQ support lends 'new taste' to Thai politics

Bangkok - It takes Siraphob Attohi three hours to transform from a harried student into his drag queen persona Masala Bold -- a wisecracking MC, who raises calls for gender equality during Thailand's protests for democratic reforms.

Thai students and dancing dinosaurs rally in Bangkok

Bangkok - Thousands of high school students upset about Thailand's lacklustre education system rallied alongside protestors dressed as dancing dinosaurs in Bangkok on Saturday.

Mighty ducks: Thai protesters flip the bird at authorities

Bangkok - On top of a giant yellow inflatable duck, a rebel Buddhist monk in saffron robes displayed a defiant three finger salute at a pro-democracy protest in central Bangkok.

Thai protesters hit police HQ with paint, projectiles

Bangkok - Thousands of democracy activists marched on Thailand's police headquarters in Bangkok Wednesday, defacing the compound walls with brightly coloured paint, a day after chaotic protests left more than 50 injured.

Thai MPs to vote on reforms, day after six protesters shot

Bangkok - Thai democracy protesters will return to the streets of Bangkok Wednesday, a day after six people were shot with live rounds in violent clashes, as lawmakers vote on possible constitutional reforms.

Marie-Antoinette's silk slipper fetches $50,000

Paris - A white shoe made of silk and goat leather that belonged to Marie-Antoinette, France's last queen before the 1789 revolution, sold for 43,750 euros ($51,780) on Sunday, the auctioneers said.The 22.5 centimetre-long (8.

Princess Diana makes dramatic debut in 'The Crown'

London - More than two decades after her death, princess Diana's ill-fated entry into the British royal family is the main storyline in the long-awaited fourth season of the hit Netflix drama "The Crown".

Thai PM urges calm 'from all sides' in protests

Bangkok - Thai Premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha urged calm from all sides Tuesday as tensions rise between royalist groups and pro-democracy protesters calling for reforms to the monarchy.

Thai police use water cannon to stop pro-democracy march to palace

Bangkok - Thai police on Sunday fired water cannon on pro-democracy protesters who were trying to march to the royal palace to deliver letters demanding reform to the unassailable monarchy.

Thai police use water cannon to stop pro-democracy march to palace

Bangkok - Thai police on Sunday fired water cannon on pro-democracy protesters who were trying to march to the royal palace to deliver demands for reform to the unassailable monarchy.

Spain's scandal-hit former king faces credit card probe

Madrid - Spanish prosecutors have opened an investigation into whether former king Juan Carlos I used credit cards linked to accounts not registered in his name in a possible money-laundering offence, judicial sources said Wednesday.

Qatar emir sets first national election for next October

Doha - Qatar's ruler said Tuesday that a long delayed vote for the country's policy reviewing chamber will be held in October 2021, marking the Gulf emirate's first national election.

Thousands stage show of support for Thai king

Bangkok - Thousands of royalists thronged to Bangkok's Grand Palace Sunday for a glimpse of the Thai king, a massive show of support after months of protests calling for an overhaul of the government and reform of the monarchy.

Thai protest leaders, in hospital, face possible new charges

Bangkok - Three Thai pro-democracy protest leaders -- all in hospital after chaotic scenes that erupted when they were released from prison -- were facing possible new charges late Saturday.
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