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Rohingya refugee childrens walk at Moynerghona refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia on October 29, 2017.Bangladesh is planning to introduce voluntary sterilisation in its overcrowded Rohingya camps, where nearly a million refugees are fighting for space, after efforts to encourage birth control failed. More than 600,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since a military crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar in August triggered an exodus, straining resources in the impoverished country. / AFP PHOTO / Tauseef MUSTAFA

Funeral for late Thai king Bhumibol draws to a close

Oct 29, 2017 - 9:43 PM

King Bhumibol Adulyadej's children carry golden urns containing his relics from the Grand Palace to two Bangkok temples where they will be housed

Mourners pray for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej during the procession transferring the relics and his ashes from the Grand Palace to a local temple in Bangkok on October 29, 2017.  A year of official mourning for Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej was to end after a lavish five-day funeral full of pageantry and religious ritual. / AFP PHOTO / YE AUNG THU

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CHAT. Pope Francis (R) speaks during a video conference connection with the International Space Station (ISS), at the Vatican on 26 October, 2017. Photo by Osservatore Romeno/AFP

Relics picked from late Thai King's ashes

Oct 27, 2017 - 3:39 PM

The 5-day funeral, which concludes on Sunday and cost some $90 million dollars, has seized the attention of a nation where love for Bhumibol Adulyadej runs deep

ASHES. Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn (L) takes part in a funeral procession where the relics and ashes of his father the late Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej will be transferred to the Grand Palace from the Royal Crematorium in Bangkok on October 27, 2017. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

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Oct 26, 2017 - 11:15 AM

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FAST FACTS: Thailand's royal cremation

Oct 26, 2017 - 10:16 AM

Here are a few things to know about the funeral of a king revered as a demi-god, and who reigned for 7 decades

REVERED. A woman holds an image of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej as mourners wait for his funeral to begin in Bangkok on October 25, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thais bid final goodbye to beloved King Bhumibol

Oct 26, 2017 - 7:06 AM

(UPDATED) The lavish funeral will give the public a chance to bid an emotional farewell to a king who was crowned in 1950 and soared over decades of Thai history

REVERED. A woman holds an image of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej with his mother as mourners gather to wait for his funeral to begin in Bangkok on October 25, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai mourners gather ahead of cremation of late King

Oct 25, 2017 - 5:00 PM

The cremation late Thursday will be the biggest Thai royal event for a century and will see colourful funeral processions pass through the capital before his pyre is lit inside a purpose-built site

CREMATION. Police march past a portrait of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej before his funeral outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok on October 25, 2017. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

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HARVEST. Belarusians harvesting cranberries at a farm in the village of Selishche, south of Minsk on October 9, 2017. Photo by Sergel Gapon/AFP

A year after King's death, Thais prepare for final goodbye

Oct 13, 2017 - 1:52 PM

The past year has drawn out remarkable scenes of collective mourning across the kingdom, with many Thais expunging color from their wardrobes and donning only black and white for most of the year

ONE YEAR. People clad in black in a sign of mourning pray as they listen to Buddhist monks chant mantras during a ceremony led by monks in front of Bangkok's City Hall on October 13, 2017, marking one year since the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Photo by Roberto Schmidt/AFP

Thailand expects 250,000 to attend late king's cremation

Sep 29, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Spanning four days from October 25-29, the cremation event will be a spectacular and costly affair infused with Buddhist ceremonies, cultural performances and arcane palace rituals that will send Bhumibol Adulyadej's spirit off to the afterlife

BHUMIBOL'S DEATH. A person holds a photo of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej as people react to his death on October 13, 2016 at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Thai activist arrested for commemorating democratic revolution

Jun 24, 2017 - 1:28 PM

Activist Ekachai Hongkangwan is taken to a Bangkok military base for attitude adjustment

THAI MONARCHY. An image of Thailand's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn who became the king of Thailand on December 1, 2016, opening a new chapter for the powerful monarchy in a country still mourning the death of his father. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha / AFP

Thailand sets October date for late king's cremation

Apr 25, 2017 - 7:19 PM

Five days of funerary rites would begin on October 25 with the cremation for the late king Bhumibol Adulyadej held on the second evening

MOURNING. A mourner clad in black carries a painting of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej to the Grand Palace in Bangkok on October 22, 2016. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai generals lead royal funeral pyre ceremony

Feb 27, 2017 - 2:37 PM

Prime Minister Prayut Chan O Cha a former army chief who seized power in 2014 leads the ceremony

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha makes an offering during a religious ceremony in honor of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej next to the Grand Palace in Bangkok on February 27, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

New Thai king urges unity in New Year's Eve address

Jan 01, 2017 - 12:09 AM

Thailand s new King Maha Vajiralongkorn does not enjoy the same level of adoration as his father the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej who passed aaway in October

THAILAND'S NEW KING. This file photo taken on May 13, 2015 shows Thailand's Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn attending the annual royal ploughing ceremony at Sanam Luang in Bangkok. File photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/ AFP

Mass display of grief on late Thai king's birthday

Dec 05, 2016 - 2:07 PM

Stricken with ill health in the last decade of his life the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej missed his last two birthday appearances before his death aged 88 on October 13

MOURNING. Women hold pictures of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej as people gather to commemorate his birthday on top of Bhumibol Bridge in Bangkok on December 5, 2016. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

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Vajiralongkorn becomes Thailand's new king

Dec 01, 2016 - 11:26 PM

3rd UPDATE I agree to accept the wishes of the late king for the benefit of the entire Thai people Maha Vajiralongkorn says after being invited to take the throne by the head of junta appointed parliament

THAILAND'S NEW KING. This file photo taken on May 13, 2015 shows Thailand's Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn attending the annual royal ploughing ceremony at Sanam Luang in Bangkok. File photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/ AFP

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

Dec 01, 2016 - 1:25 PM

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn 64 will ascend the throne 50 days after King Bhumibol Adulyadej s death

NEXT KING. This file photo taken on January 21, 2008 shows Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn reading statements during the opening session of the parliament at Parliament House in Bangkok. Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

Thai cabinet paves way for prince's endorsement as king

Nov 29, 2016 - 11:49 AM

UPDATED According to procedure the assembly speaker then has to formally invite the Crown Prince to become monarch before proclaiming the new king to the public

This handout photograph from Parliament received and taken on August 7, 2014 shows Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn attending the opening of the National Legislative Assembly in Bangkok. Thailand Parliament/AFP

Thai junta ramps up its royalism with mass loyalty ceremony

Nov 22, 2016 - 7:56 PM

We will remain in allegiance to all the kings of the Chakri dynasty until we die says Junta leader Prayut Chan O Cha

LOYALTY. Thai government officials gather to pay respects and pledge an oath of allegiance to the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej during a ceremony at the Government House in Bangkok on November 22, 2016. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Thailand bullish on tourism after muted month for king's death

Nov 15, 2016 - 9:39 AM

Despite the month long restrictions on entertainment and celebration authorities have also struck a pragmatic note aware of the potential to damage the cash cow tourism sector

People release thousands of paper lanterns to mark the annual Yi Peng festival in the popular tourist city of Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand on November 14, 2016. Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thailand's Crown Prince returns to kingdom – sources

Nov 11, 2016 - 5:40 PM

Although Vajiralongkorn is the named successor he surprised many and veered from tradition by asking to delay his proclamation as king in order to grieve with the nation according to the junta that currently runs the country

MAHA VAJIRALONGKORN. This file handout picture received from the Thai Royal Bureau and taken on October 23, 2016 shows Thailand's Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn taking part in a ceremony to pay respects to his late father King Bhumibol Adulyadej in the throne hall of the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Photo by Thai Royal Bureau / AFP

Tens of thousands queue to pay respects to late Thai king

Oct 29, 2016 - 10:51 AM

2nd UPDATE A government spokesman urges people not to rush to come in the early days as the throne hall would be open for a long time

PAYING RESPECTS. Mourners dressed in black walk through the grounds of the Grand Palace on their way to the throne hall to pay respects to the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in Bangkok on October 29, 2016. Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Jokowi kunjungi Thailand untuk penghormatan terakhir Raja Bhumibol

Oct 25, 2016 - 10:03 AM

Raja Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej meninggal dunia pada 13 Oktober 2016

Raja Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej saat merayakan ulang tahunnya yang ke-80 di Grand Palace di Bangkok, pada 5 Desember 2007. Foto dari Thai Royal Bureau/AFP

Massive crowds sing royal tribute to late Thai king

Oct 22, 2016 - 3:12 PM

UPDATED King Bhumibol Adulyadej s death has plunged the nation into grief with the government declaring a one year mourning period and urging the public to don black and dial down all festivities for at least 30 days

IN BLACK. A mourner clad in black carries a painting of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej to the Grand Palace in Bangkok on October 22, 2016. Photo by  Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Despite grief Thai workers - and a princess - head back to work

Oct 18, 2016 - 12:15 PM

Bangkok is a sea of black and white as workers civil servants and even a princess return to work in a somber but determined display that life must go on without their beloved king

IN MOURNING. Thai commuters wear black clothing in a sign of mourning and waiting for a train stand still while listening to the National Anthem played over loudspeakers on a platform of the metro train in Bangkok on October 17, 2016. Roberto Schmidt/AFP

Hal yang harus diperhatikan para turis yang berkunjung ke Thailand di masa berduka

Oct 17, 2016 - 1:36 PM

Thailand tengah berduka karena wafatnya Raja Bhumibol Adulyadej

Gadis cilik menyalakan lilin untuk menghormati sosok almarhum Raja Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej di selatan provinsi Narathiwat pada 14 Oktober 2016. Foto oleh Madaree Tohlala/AFP.

Thailand in mourning: What visitors need to know

Oct 16, 2016 - 3:26 PM

Here is what visitors should know when going to Thailand a country grieving the death of their beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Girls light candles to pay respects to the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej in the southern province of Narathiwat on October 14, 2016. Madaree Tohlala/AFP

Black is back as Thais mourn revered king

Oct 16, 2016 - 12:18 PM

Thailand is a country that leans heavily on symbols and people have long expressed devotion to the king through clothing

MOURNING. People wait in line to pay their respects to Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Grand Palace in Bangkok on October 14, 2016. Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Thai king's incredible popularity explained

Oct 14, 2016 - 2:26 PM

Many Thais revere late king Bhumibol Adulyadej with near god like devotion Here s why

DEVOTION. Mourners sit on the street with images of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej outside Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok on October 14, 2016. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Black-clad Thais mourn king as nation holds Buddhist rites

Oct 14, 2016 - 10:40 AM

UPDATED Large crowds are expected to pour onto the streets as the remains of King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be brought to the Grand Palace

GRIEF. Women mourn the death of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok on October 14, 2016. Photo by Manan Vastyayana/AFP

Tributes for Thai king as concern swirls over nation's future

Oct 14, 2016 - 7:45 AM

UN chief Ban Ki moon hails the king s long dedication to his country and his legacy as a unifying national leader respected internationally

SILENCE. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon observes a moment of silence to pay respect for Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej during the ceremony for the appointment of the Secretary-General during the 70th session of the General Assembly October 13, 2016 at the United Nations in New York. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Thai PM says crown prince seeks delay in proclaiming him king

Oct 13, 2016 - 11:21 PM

UPDATED I had a royal audience with the Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and he asked for time to prepare before being proclaimed as the new king Prime Minister Prayut Chan O Cha tells reporters at Government House

MAHA VAJIRALONGKORN. This file handout photo received from Thailand's Royal Bureau taken on August 01, 2011 shows Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn reading a statement during the opening ceremony of the new parliament at Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in Bangkok. File photo from Royal Bureau/ AFP

PH condoles with Thailand on passing of King Bhumibol

Oct 13, 2016 - 10:31 PM

Malacañang on behalf of the Filipino nation extends its condolences to the king s family and the people of Thailand

7-DECADE REIGN. Thailand's King Bhumibol's reign began in 1946. Photo by EPA

Jokowi: Raja Bhumibol Adulyadej sosok sederhana dan dekat dengan rakyat

Oct 13, 2016 - 9:47 PM

Raja Bhumibol Adulyadej wafat di usia 88 tahun Pemerintah Thailand mengumumkan periode berkabung selama 1 tahun

7 DEKADE. Raja Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej yang wafat pada Kamis, 13 Oktober diketahui menjadi penguasa monarki terlama di dunia yakni 70 tahun. Foto oleh EPA

Thailand's King Bhumibol, late father of a divided nation

Oct 13, 2016 - 9:36 PM

The late King Bhumibol rebuilds a near extinct monarchy into one of the wealthiest and most powerful on the planet – and one whose roots go deep into modern day Thailand

THAI KING BHUMIBOL. People react to the death of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok on October 13, 2016. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/ AFP

Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn to succeed Thai King – PM

Oct 13, 2016 - 8:37 PM

In the same address Prayut Chan O Cha says Thailand will hold a one year mourning period while all entertainment functions must be toned down for 30 days

This file photo taken on December 5, 1999 shows (L-R) Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Sirikit appearing at a balcony of Anantasamakom Throne Hall in Bangkok to mark the King's birthday. File photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/ AFP

5 hal mengenai Raja Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej

Oct 13, 2016 - 8:11 PM

Bhumibol dianggap sebagai sosok pemersatu di antara dua golongan yang terbelah di Thailand yakni antara pendukung keluarga kerajaan dan pro demokrasi

BERDOA. Warga Thailand berdoa di luar rumah sakit bagi kesembuhan Raja Bhumibol Adulyadej pada Kamis, 13 Oktober. Foto oleh Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies

Oct 13, 2016 - 7:58 PM

UPDATED Thailand s revered monarch King Bhumibol Adulyadej dies ending one of modern history s longest reigns ever

LONGEST-SERVING MONARCH. This file picture released by the Thai Royal Bureau taken on December 5, 2007 shows Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej waving to the crowds during his 80th birthday celebrations at the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Thai Royal Bureau/ Handout / AFP

Raja Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej wafat di usia 88 tahun

Oct 13, 2016 - 7:56 PM

Akibat kondisi kesehatannya yang terus memburuk Bhumibol absen di hadapan publik sejak tahun terakhir

DIHORMATI. Raja Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej merupakan pemimpin kerajaan yang pernah menjabat terlama yakni selama 70 tahun. Foto oleh Christophe Archambault/AFP

Anxious prayers for ailing Thai king outside hospital

Oct 13, 2016 - 1:57 PM

Hundreds of well wishers kept up their vigil outside a Bangkok hospital offering prayers for ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Well-wishers of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej hold pictures bearing his image at Siriraj Hospital, where the king is being treated, in Bangkok on October 13, 2016. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thai king's health 'unstable' as crowd holds vigil

Oct 12, 2016 - 9:48 PM

UPDATED Bhumibol is the world s longest reigning monarch and beloved by many in Thailand where is he is seen as a unifying figure in a country riven by political rivalries

THAI KING. A Thai woman holds a portrait of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej as she pray for his health at Siriraj Hospital, where the king is being treated, in Bangkok on October 12, 2016. Photo by Muniz Ur Zaman/ AFP

Thai junta chief to meet prince as king health fears grow

Oct 12, 2016 - 5:36 PM

UPDATED Fears over the health of King Bhumibol Adulyadej have grown this week after the palace announced October 9 that his condition was not stable with doctors recommending he suspend all royal duties

Women hold portraits of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej as they pray for his health at Siriraj Hospital, where the king is being treated, in Bangkok on October 12, 2016. Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Ailing Thai king's health 'not stable' – palace

Oct 10, 2016 - 1:05 AM

Thailand s King Bhumibol Adulyadej is placed on a ventilator as his blood pressure dips

This picture taken on August 27, 2016 shows youths holding portraits of King Bhumibol Adulyadej whilst on stage during a military-sponsored national singing contest at an army base in Thailand's restive southern province of Narathiwat. / AFP PHOTO / MADAREE TOHLALA

Ailing Thai king's lung infection eases, kidneys still failing

Oct 02, 2016 - 8:22 AM

The reign of Thailand King Bhumibol Adulyadej has spanned seven tumultuous decades and his frail health is a cause of great public concern for Thais most of whom have never known life under another king

REVERED. ThailandKing Bhumibol Adulyadej is the world's longest-reigning monarch. File photo by Christophe Archambault / AFP

Thai weightlifter dedicates Olympic gold to ailing king

Aug 07, 2016 - 4:15 PM

Thailand s Sopita Tanasan wins gold in the women s 48kg division lifting a total of 200kg

HEAVY LIFTER. Sopita Tanasan dominated weightlifting's lightest division, putting up 92kg in the snatch and 108kg in the clean and jerk. Photo by Goh Chai Hin/AFP

Doctors again drain water from Thai king's brain

Jul 03, 2016 - 7:40 PM

Tests also show King Bhumibol Adulyadej s heart muscle is now functioning satisfactorily following an operation in June

epaselect epa05352409 Thai people wearing yellow shirts, the color of the king, hold pictures of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej as they pray during the celebrations of the monarch's 70th anniversary of accession to the throne at the Royal Ground, Sanam Luang, near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, 09 June 2016. Nearly eight-hundred Buddhist monks took part in the celebrations for Thailand's monarch 70th anniversary of accession to the throne. Thai people marked the event wearing the color of the king (yellow). Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej ascended to the throne in June 1946. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Doctors alleviate water on the brain build-up for Thai king

Jun 19, 2016 - 5:02 PM

Royal Household Bureau says the procedure done without anesthetic was successful

THE KING. Thai people hold pictures of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej as they pray during the celebrations of the monarch's 70th anniversary of accession to the throne at the Royal Ground, Sanam Luang on June 9. Photo by Narong Sangnak/EPA