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Thailand shuts ultra-rich temple's TV channel amid scandal

Bangkok - Thai authorities have ordered a controversial Buddhist temple to suspend its 24-hour TV channel, as police redouble efforts to arrest the spiritual leader of the scandal-hit sect.

BBC under investigation for profile of new Thai king

Bangkok - Thai authorities are investigating BBC over a Thai-language profile of the nation's new king, officials said Thursday, after the article outraged ultra-royalists in a country where criticism of the monarchy is outlawed.

Thai dissident arrested for sharing new king article on Facebook

Bangkok - A prominent Thai dissident was arrested under the country's draconian royal defamation law on Saturday for sharing a BBC Thai profile of the new King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Facebook, supporters said.

Thai police hold suspect in Pakistan factory fire that killed 255

Bangkok - A Pakistani man suspected of starting a devastating factory fire in Karachi four years ago that killed 255 people has been arrested in Bangkok, Thai police said Saturday.

New Thai king leads prayers for late father

Bangkok - Thailand's new monarch King Maha Vajiralongkorn led prayers for his late father on Friday, his first appearance at Bangkok's Grand Palace since he was officially appointed the day before after a seven week delay.

Vajiralongkorn becomes Thailand's new king

Bangkok - Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn became the king of Thailand late Thursday, opening a new chapter for the powerful monarchy in a country still mourning the death of his father.

New era for Thai monarchy as prince set to be proclaimed king

Bangkok - Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will be proclaimed the new king of Thailand later Thursday, his office said, opening a new chapter for the powerful monarchy in a country still mourning the death of his father.

Thai parliament invites prince to become new king

Bangkok - Thailand's parliament on Tuesday invited Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to become the next king, resolving lingering anxiety over his accession following his father's death last month.

I wanna eat like you-oo-oo: Thai town lays on monkey banquet

Lopburi - It is a feast fit for a monkey king. On Sunday the central Thai town of Lopburi put on a five-star banquet for its hundreds of macaque inhabitants, sparking a mass simian food fight.

Tracksuited Thai junta chief leads workout for bureaucrats

He's a mercurial army general known for penning saccharine ballads and angry tirades against his critics. Now Thailand's junta chief has launched a new eye-catching project: trimming the waistlines of the kingdom's civil servants.

Thai junta ramps up royalism with mass loyalty ceremony

Bangkok - From civil servants to school children, soldiers and celebrities, tens of thousands of Thais took part in a mass "oath of loyalty" on Tuesday to the country's recently deceased monarch.

Bangkok bomb trial starts after months of delays

Bangkok - The long-delayed trial of two Uighur men accused of bombing a Bangkok shrine finally kicked off Tuesday as a military court allowed Beijing to supply translators for the suspects despite their objections.

Pollution linked to deaths of over 70 endangered giant stingrays

The deaths of over 70 giant stingrays in Thailand's Mae Klong River has been attributed to molasses wastewater that leaked from a sugar/ethanol factory in Ban Pong District of Ratchaburi Province.

Thailand's Crown Prince returns to kingdom: sources

Bangkok - Thailand's Crown Prince flew back to the kingdom on Friday after a fortnight overseas, palace sources confirmed, although there is still no date for when he will officially succeed his father.

Tens of thousands queue to pay respects to late Thai king

Bangkok - Thousands of Thais streamed into the gates of Bangkok's Grand Palace on Saturday as the public was granted its first chance to enter the throne hall where the body of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is lying in state.

Noodle shop bomb kills 1, wounds 18 in restive Thai south

Pattani - One person was killed and 18 others were wounded, some of them critically, when a bomb exploded outside a noodle shop in Thailand's far south, police and witnesses said Monday.

Thais get inked in tribute to beloved king

Bangkok - Wincing slightly as the tattoo gun punches holes in the nape of her neck, Ohm says getting inked in memory of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died last week, is the greatest tribute she can pay.

Who is Thailand's 96-year-old royal regent?

Bangkok - A 96-year-old former general has become temporary regent after Thailand's Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, in a surprise move, delayed his own proclamation as king following the death of his beloved father. So who is the regent, Prem Tinsulanonda?

Black is back as Thais mourn revered king

Bangkok - On his birthday Thais wore yellow, when he got sick they put on pink, and now that King Bhumibol Adulyadej has passed Bangkok's streets have turned monochrome in a extraordinary display of collective grief.

Thai Crown Prince urges calm over succession: junta chief

Bangkok - Thailand's Crown Prince has urged people not to "worry" about his surprise decision to delay being proclaimed king following the death his beloved father, the country's junta leader said Saturday.

Lights out, volume down in Bangkok's party heart

Bangkok - With soldiers closing down Bangkok's notorious go-go bars and tourists forced to sneak sips of beer from paper cups, Thailand is dialling down its raucous party scene out of respect for the country's late monarch.

As Thais mourn king, black clothing booms

Bangkok - Thailand's government has warned of a national shortage of black clothing, which is flying off shelves as a distraught nation mourns beloved late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Europe's royals enjoy strong, but fragile, support

London - The adoration felt by his people for the late king of Thailand was unique, but several modern monarchs have proved remarkably adept at maintaining public support for what many see as an outdated institution.

Thai military remains power broker in royal succession

Bangkok - During his seven-decade reign, King Bhumibol Adulyadej forged deep ties with Thailand's military, which is expected to remain a key power broker as the monarch's son tries to emerge from his late father's lengthy shadow.

Thailand's royal family at a glance

Bangkok - Until his death on Thursday Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej was the world's longest-reigning monarch. Officially known as King Rama IX, he descended from the Chakri dynasty which came to power in Thailand in the late eighteenth century.

Grieving Thailand salutes late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Bangkok - Massive crowds of weeping Thais and saluting soldiers lined the streets Friday as late King Bhumibol Adulyadej was borne through Bangkok, a day after his death left an apprehensive country facing an uncertain future.

Facts about Thailand's royal defamation law

Bangkok - Thailand's monarchy is protected by one of the world's toughest royal defamation laws making any detailed discussion about the family's role all but impossible inside the kingdom.

'Long live the king!' — Thais mourn Bhumibol Adulyadej

Bangkok - Praying, wailing and collapsing to their knees, devastated Thais poured out their grief on Thursday as they struggled to process the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the only monarch most had ever known.

Thai King Bhumibol, late father of a divided nation

Bangkok - Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej was the revered "father of the nation" whose reign spanned seven politically turbulent decades, shielded by harsh defamation laws and an intense personality cult.

Heir to Thai throne: Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn

Bangkok - The heir to the Thai throne, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, was for years known for his colourful private life and frequent trips overseas, but as his father's health declined he adopted a more prominent public role in the politically febrile kingdo...
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The Chinese Pavillion (Phra Thinang Wehat Chamrun). Buildings at the Bang Pa-In Palace have been restored and beautifully decorated. They are currently used for official functions by the Thai royalty.
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Thailand Prime Minister visits the set of The Hangover Part 2 which filmed in Bangkok in 2010. He met with Todd Phillips, director.
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Ruins of the ancient city of Ayutthaya, second capital of Siam.
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A friendly local Muslim man waves as a train passes.
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Beautiful topiary figures decorate the gardens and the lake around Bang Pa-In Palace, Ayutthaya.
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The Mahathat Temple, one of Thailand's oldest temples
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Anti-government protesters cheer after they tear down barricades during a demonstration outside Government House in Bangkok
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Coffee cherries are harvested between November and March
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RELIGIOUS: The Erawan shrine in central Bangkok was damaged Monday by an explosion that killed 22 an...
RELIGIOUS: The Erawan shrine in central Bangkok was damaged Monday by an explosion that killed 22 and injured more than 100.
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Elephant drivers take a nap under a tree during slack time at the Ayutthaya historical park.
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Typical spirit houses with offerings of milk, food, incense and flowers.
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Illuminated manuscript of Jataka Tales and the Story of Phra Malai's Visit to Heaven and Hell, Thailand, Bangkok style, 1813.
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A small boy plays outside the entrance to Sungei Golok railway station next to a motorbike and next to a sign warning about the risks of terrorist bomb attacks from motorbikes.

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