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Mourners Witness ‘Royal Body Theft’ Ritual

BANGKOK — The cremation ceremony for His Majesty the Late King set to take place Thursday was reportedly preceded by an ancient ritual little known outside the palace circle: the symbolic “theft” of the monarch’s body.

New Welfare Cards a Boost For Rich or Poor?

BANGKOK — For many commuters, 300 baht buys five long-haul BTS rides. For Chum Chompho, it means over a month’s supply of rice, instant...

Graft Watchdogs Allege Gov’t Exploiting Climate of Mourning

BANGKOK — Transparency activist Srisuwan Janya follows a familiar routine: whenever the government does something questionable, the transparency advocate gets angry and files a complaint urging investigation. By one count, he’s done this more than 1,000 times.

8 Years Since Last Thai Execution, Future of Death Penalty Uncertain

BANGKOK — Those campaigning for the abolition of the death penalty may take solace in the fact that no one has been executed for eight years. There have been no actual executions, but a senior government official said it’s simply impossible to predict when capital punishment will be abolished in Thailand.

King Rama X Thanks Thais For Dedication to Late Father

BANGKOK — His Majesty the King issued a letter released to the public Wednesday morning thanking all those who helped make the year-long mourning period of King Bhumibol a success.

Thai Elections in November 2018, Prayuth Promises

BANGKOK — The leader of the ruling junta announced Tuesday afternoon that general elections will be held in November 2018. Speaking after his weekly cabinet meeting,...

Thaksin Denies Insulting Monarchy, Threatens to Sue

BANGKOK — Fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra denied late Monday night that he has ever defamed the royal family and threatened to sue anyone who accuses him of the crime.

With No Elections in Sight, Why is Prayuth Campaigning So Hard?

BANGKOK — Setting aside the military uniform he’s worn most of his years, the 63-year-old retired general wrapped a rural-style sash around his waist...

All the Prayuth & Donald & Melania Pics You’ve Been Waiting For (Photos)

Here are the eight seven best Prayuth-in-Washington-With-Trump photos. Actually, these are the only Prayuth-in-Washington-With-Trump photos that we have so far, fresh in from the wires. Immediate...

Prayuth Arrives in Washington For White House Visit

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump hosts Thailand's junta leader at the White House on Monday — a rare instance of a military ruler being...

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