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Student who shared BBC story about Thai king freed from jail

May. 10, 2019 7:11 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A student activist who was imprisoned for sharing a BBC article about Thailand's king on Facebook was released Friday under a royal pardon. Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, also known as Pai Dao Din, was sentenced in August 2017 to 2 ½ years in prison after pleading guilty on charges of...

Elephants kneel in ritual tribute to Thailand's new king

May. 7, 2019 4:38 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Eleven white-painted elephants, their tusks garlanded, gathered with their handlers before Bangkok's Grand Palace on Tuesday to pay respects to Thailand's newly crowned king. Hundreds of mahouts, or handlers, dressed in royal yellow sang the royal anthem and kneeled with their elephants...

Newly crowned Thai king hopes for unity, prosperity

May. 6, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn told thousands of cheering people gathered outside Bangkok's Grand Palace on Monday that he was grateful for their good wishes and believed they were a sign everyone would work together for the country's prosperity. Vajiralongkorn became king...

Newly crowned Thai king carried in spectacular procession

May. 5, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn made a spectacular public appearance in front of his countrymen Sunday, carried atop a golden palanquin by soldiers in ancient fighting uniforms in a procession through Bangkok's historic quarter. Hundreds of other soldiers marched in front,...

Thai king is officially crowned, boosting his regal power

May. 4, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn was officially crowned amid the splendor of the country's Grand Palace, taking the central role in an elaborate centuries-old royal ceremony that was last held almost seven decades ago. The coronation represents a renewal of the monarchy's power after the...

The Latest: Thai king presents wife with queen's regalia

May. 4, 2019 1:44 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on the coronation of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn (all times local): 12:40 p.m. Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has presented his wife with the traditional regalia of a Thai queen as one of his first acts after being crowned. Vajiralongkorn took the crown shortly after...

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn is crowned as Rama X in culmination of traditional coronation ceremony

May. 4, 2019 1:15 AM EDT
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn is crowned as Rama X in culmination of traditional coronation ceremony.

As coronation begins, Thai king's future plans still unclear

May. 3, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Three days of elaborate centuries-old ceremonies begin Saturday for the formal coronation of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who has been on the throne for more than two years. What Vajiralongkorn — also known as King Rama X, the 10th king of the Chakri dynasty — will do...

10 Things to Know for Today

May. 3, 2019 5:36 AM EDT

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AP Photos: The path to coronation for Thailand's king

May. 3, 2019 3:19 AM EDT

Three days of elaborate, centuries-old rituals beginning Saturday will formally endow Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn with regal legitimacy. He succeeded to the throne after the death of his revered father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in October 2016. The 66-year-old Vajiralongkorn faces a challenge in the...