BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Thursday ordered the dissolution of a major political party ahead of this month's general election because it nominated a member of the royal family to be its...
Thai party that nominated princess faces court decision
BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court said Thursday that it will decide whether to dissolve a political party that broke tradition by nominating a member of the royal family as its candidate for prime minister in next month's general election.
The Constitutional Court made the announcement a day after the Election Commission recommended that the Thai Raksa Chart Party be dissolved for its Feb. 8 nomination of Princess Ubolratana Mahidol.
Thai party fighting for survival after princess’s nomination
BANGKOK (AP) — The Thai political party that took the unprecedented and ultimately unsuccessful step of nominating a member of the royal family as its candidate for prime minister was fighting for its political life Wednesday, while the princess herself appeared to criticize the fallout.
The Latest: Thai court says it will look at party ban issue
BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on the political fallout from a Thai political party's failed attempt to nominate a member of the royal family as its candidate for prime minister (all times local):
Thailand's Constitutional Court has confirmed receiving a recommendation from the Election Commission to dissolve the Thai Raksa Chart party, one of 45 contesting a March 24 general election.
Thai polls regulator heeds king, blocks princess’ candidacy
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Election Commission on Monday disqualified the sister of the country's king from becoming a candidate for prime minister in next month's general election, saying all royals have to be above politics and the monarchy must remain politically neutral.
The commission's decision came after her brother issued an order describing Princess Ubolratana Mahidol's political bid as inappropriate and unconstitutional.
Thailand puzzles over political surprises from royals
BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai political party swore loyalty to the king after its stunning decision to nominate the monarch's sister as its candidate for prime minister backfired when the king called the move inappropriate and unconstitutional.
Thai princess’ political bid sunk by her brother, the king
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's chaotic politics took two astonishing turns Friday when the sister of the king made a historic bid to become prime minister, only to have him shut down her effort as "inappropriate" because it violated tradition and the constitution, which keep the monarchy from getting involved in politics.
Thai princess finds tumult in politics, like life
BANGKOK (AP) — Princess Ubolratana Mahidol, the first child of Thailand's beloved late king, has always been a bit of a rebel, and on Friday she shook Thai society by becoming the first member of the royal family to say she would enter party politics.
But hours later, her younger brother, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, commanded her to halt her bid to become prime minister, saying in an order read on television that no member of the royal family should be involved in politics.
The Latest: Thai king vetoes sister’s election candidacy
BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on Thai princess's decision to run for prime minister (all times local):
Thailand's king has issued an order stating that no member of the royal family should be involved in politics, quashing a bid by his older sister to run for prime minister in next month's elections.
An order issued by King Maha Vajiralongkorn read out on national television late Friday night said his sister's candidacy was inappropriate and violated the constitution's intent.
Thailand suspends patent applications for medical marijuana
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military government on Monday suspended the licensing of commercial marijuana-based products for medical use amid concern that foreign pharmaceutical companies might try to monopolize the market.
Demonstrators in Thai capital demand no election delay
BANGKOK (AP) — About 200 protesters staged a rare demonstration Tuesday in military-ruled Thailand, demanding that there be no further delays in holding elections, which were expected next month but have been put in doubt.
Coronation of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn set for May 4-6
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn will have his official coronation on May 4, the palace announced Tuesday.
The coronation will be more than two years after Vajiralongkorn succeeded his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died at age 88 after reigning for seven decades.
The palace said the coronation ceremonies for Vajiralongkorn, 66, will be held on May 4-6, with the monarch making a public appearance on the last day.
Critique of Thai Miss Universe gown linked to royal insult
BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai social media influencer who criticized a gown worn by her country's Miss Universe contestant could end up in court after another online personality filed a complaint with police charging that her thumbs-down fashion comment defamed the royal family.
Thailand’s Queen Sirikit, 86, admitted to hospital with flu
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Queen Sirikit is being treated in a hospital for the flu, the royal palace announced Monday.
The announcement from the Royal Household Bureau said Sirikit was admitted to Bangkok's Chulalongkorn Hospital on Sunday with a fever and a cough and received medication. She was recovering but remained hospitalized on the recommendation of her doctors.
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister said Tuesday his military government will hold elections only after a coronation ceremony for the new Thai king, casting fresh doubt on promises the polls will be held by next February.
Elaborate 5-day funeral ends for Thailand’s revered king
BANGKOK (AP) — The relics and ashes of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej were enshrined in the royal palace and two temples on Sunday, ending an elaborate five-day funeral for a widely revered monarch who reigned for seven decades.
In the final act of the funeral ceremony, broadcast live nationwide and led by new King Maha Vajiralongkorn, Bhumibol's ashes were transferred from the Temple of the Emerald Buddha to two royal temples.
Thai king leads ceremony for his late father’s relics
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's new king led a royal merit-making ceremony for his late father's relics on Saturday, the fourth day of an elaborate five-day funeral that caps a year of mourning.
Buddhist monks from Thailand and abroad chanted prayers as King Maha Vajiralongkorn lit candles during the ceremony at the throne hall at Bangkok's Grand Palace.
Thai king’s cremated remains prepared for enshrinement
BANGKOK (AP) — The cremated remains of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej were transferred Friday to spiritually significant locations for Buddhist rites that will prepare them to be enshrined on the final day of an elaborate funeral that has transfixed the nation.
Thailand grieves in elaborate final goodbye to King Bhumibol
BANGKOK (AP) — With solemn faces and outright tears, Thais said farewell to their king and father figure with elaborate funeral ceremonies that cap a year of mourning and are steeped in centuries of tradition.
The Latest: King participates in ceremony for father’s ashes
BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on the funeral of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej (all times local):
Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn is participating in a religious ceremony to collect the ashes and relics of his father to be moved to special locations for further Buddhist rites.
King Bhumibol Adulyadej was cremated in a specially built crematorium in Bankgok's royal quarter late Thursday as part of an elaborate five-day funeral capping a year of mourning.
8 charged in Thailand’s latest case of insulting monarchy
BANGKOK (AP) — At least eight people have been charged with insulting the monarchy for allegedly burning portraits of members of Thailand's royal family, a legal aid group said Thursday .
91-year-old Thai woman earns bachelor’s degree
BANGKOK (AP) — A 91-year old woman in Thailand has earned a college degree after spending more than 10 years studying for it and has received her diploma from the country's king.
Public television broadcaster Thai PBS says Kimlan Jinakul was granted the Bachelor of Arts degree in human and family development Wednesday at the government-run Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University just outside Bangkok.
BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors say two youths shot at the king of Thailand with toy guns in a German town, but the monarch wasn't hurt.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun has long spent much of his time residing in Germany. Thomas Rauscher, a spokesman for prosecutors in Landshut, said Wednesday the incident happened as the king was riding a bicycle in Erding, near Munich, on the evening of June 10.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Thai law student arrested for sharing a critical article about his country's new king that was posted on Facebook is this year's winner of South Korea's most prestigious human rights award.
Organizers for the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights said the parents of Jatupat "Pai Dao Din" Boonpattararaksa will receive the award on his behalf Thursday at a ceremony in Gwangju city.
BANGKOK (AP) — To the sound of Brahmin horns and amid colorful pageantry, Thailand's king presided over an annual ceremony Friday marking the start of the rice-planting season.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun sat impassive, his daughter at his side, as two oxen named "Increase" and "Abundance" plowed a furrow around a section of the royal field in front of the Grand Palace in Bangkok. An official scattered rice seeds in the oxen's wake.