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Thai Activist Jailed 15 Years for Insulting Monarchy

Posted December 15th, 2011 at 8:50 am (UTC-5)
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A political activist from Thailand’s Red Shirt protest movement has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for insulting the country’s monarchy. The Criminal Court in Bangkok on Thursday found Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul guilty of making several defamatory comments against the royal family during a speech at a political rally in 2008. Known as “Da Torpedo” […]

Malaysian Sultan Becomes Country’s Oldest Monarch

Posted December 13th, 2011 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam has been installed as Malaysia’s new king, becoming the country’s oldest ever constitutional monarch. The 84-year-old Sultan Abdul Halim took his oath of office in a traditional ceremony at the state palace in the capital of Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday. Sultan Abdul Halim becomes the first Malaysian king to twice ascend […]

Malaysian Sultan Becomes Country’s Oldest Monarch

Posted December 13th, 2011 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam has been installed as Malaysia’s new king, becoming the country’s oldest ever consitutional monarch. The 84-year-old Sultan Abdul Halim took his oath of office in a traditional ceremony at the state palace in the capital of Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday. Sultan Abdul Halim becomes the first Malaysian king to twice ascend […]

Aspiring Albanian King Dies at 72

Posted November 30th, 2011 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The son of former Albanian King Ahmet Zog, Leka Zogu, has died of a heart attack. He was 72 years old. The aspiring king, who twice failed in attempts to restore the monarchy after communism fell in the early 1990’s, died Wednesday in a Tirana hospital. He spent most of his life in exile in […]

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EU ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Thai Text Conviction

Posted November 29th, 2011 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The European Union says it is “deeply concerned” about the Thai court conviction and 20-year prison sentence meted out last week to a 61-year-old man accused of sending text messages that authorities say insulted the Thai monarchy. The EU delegation to Thailand, in a statement, urged Thai authorities to “ensure the rule of law is […]

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British PM Proposes Change in Royal Succession Rules

Posted October 12th, 2011 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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British Prime Minister David Cameron says leaders of the Commonwealth will discuss whether to change the rules of succession to the British throne when they meet later this month. Mr. Cameron said Wednesday that he has written to the heads of the 15 other Commonwealth nations to propose that the rules be changed to allow […]

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