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The week in photos: October 28-November 3, 2017

Nov 04, 2017 - 8:44 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

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

The week in photos: October 21-27, 2017

Oct 28, 2017 - 2:50 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

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

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

The week in photos: October 7-13, 2017

Oct 14, 2017 - 3:29 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

Ailing Thai King makes rare public appearance

Dec 15, 2015 - 12:26 AM

The King appears in a ceremony held at a hospital in Bangkok where he has been receiving treatment

CELEBRATION. Thai well-wishers hold portraits of King Bhumibol Adulyadej as they sing songs to celebrate his 88th birthday at the Siriraj hospital where the King has been staying for months in Bangkok on December 5, 2015. Photo by Christophe Archambault / AFP

Ailing Thai king treated for 'water in brain'

Aug 11, 2015 - 9:27 AM

The 87 year old king who is perceived as a near deity by many Thais has been in Bangkok s Siriraj Hospital since being re admitted in May

ROYAL SUPPORTERS. In this file photo, Thai well-wishers hold up photographs of King Bhumibol Adulyadej as they wait for his departure at the Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, May 10, 2015. Narong Sangnak/EPA

Ailing Thai king makes rare public appearance

May 05, 2015 - 1:58 PM

The palace visit is made on Coronation Day a Thai public holiday that marks Bhumibol s official coronation in 1950

Thai well-wishers hold portraits of King Bhumibol Adulyadej as they gather at Siriraj Hospital where the king has spent most of the last few months, on the occasion of his 87th birthday in Bangkok on December 5, 2014. Christophe Archambault/AFP

Thai junta lifts martial law but retains key powers

Apr 01, 2015 - 11:17 PM

UPDATED Special security measures – including a ban on political gatherings of more than 5 people – will continue to blanket the kingdom

PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA. In this file photo, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (R) listens to the explanation of Pagoda officials at the Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar, 10 October 2014. File photo by Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

Thai king suffers another bout of colon inflammation: palace

Nov 13, 2014 - 8:59 PM

In early October King Bhumibol Adulyadej was rushed to the hospital where he underwent an operation to remove his gall bladder

Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej is pictured in his vehicle as he arrives at Siriraj hospital in Bangkok on August 6, 2014. Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

British journalist's book banned for 'defaming' Thai royals

Nov 13, 2014 - 5:42 PM

The Thai police say anybody caught breaching the ban on Andrew MacGregor Marshall s A Kingdom in Crisis could face up to 3 years in jail and a fine of 60 000 baht 1 800

Hospitalized Thai king makes rare public appearance

Nov 09, 2014 - 3:47 PM

King Bhumibol Adulyadej whose health is a subject of public concern has suffered from a range of ailments in recent years

Hospitalized Thai king 'getting better': palace

Oct 08, 2014 - 8:45 PM

The 86 year old king has suffered from a series of ailments in recent years

Revered Thai king 'improving' after gall bladder surgery

Oct 06, 2014 - 1:10 PM

Doctors are satisfied with the outcome of the surgery and the king s condition is improving early Monday

Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej is pictured in his vehicle as he arrives at Siriraj hospital in Bangkok on August 6, 2014. Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

Thai king endorses coup leader as prime minister

Aug 25, 2014 - 2:01 PM

Prayut: I will work with honesty and for the benefit of people and the nation

NEW PREMIER. Thai Army Chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha reading a statement after receiving a royal command during a ceremony to swear him in as prime minister at the Army headquarters in Bangkok on August 25, 2014. Government House /AFP

Thai army chief chosen as prime minister

Aug 21, 2014 - 12:04 PM

UPDATED The move by the top general to shed his uniform and take the premiership is seen as cementing the military s control of the politically turbulent nation

NEXT PREMIER. Head of the National Council for Peace and Order and army chief, General Prayut Chan-O-Cha (C), arrives prior the opening of the National Legislative Assembly in Bangkok on August 7, 2014. Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

Revered Thai king to return to Bangkok hospital for check-up

Aug 06, 2014 - 2:43 PM

Royal Household Bureau: It s time for a team of royal physicians to give him a thorough medical check up which needs special equipment

Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej (F) sits in a wheelchair during the 64th anniversary of Coronation Day at the Klai Kangwon Palace in Hua Hin, south-west of Bangkok, Thailand, 05 May 2014. EPA/Stringer

Thai cyber police step up royal slur patrols

Jun 15, 2014 - 2:45 PM

Thailand s military is bolstering its self designated role as protector of the monarchy with increased cyber patrols to root out critics of the king following last month s coup

HARDLINE. Thai policemen link arms before moving in to break up an anti-coup gathering at a shopping mall in downtown Bangkok on June 1, 2014. Photo by Christophe Archambault / AFP

King makes rare appearance as Thailand enters crucial period

May 05, 2014 - 7:12 PM

Prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra faces legal challenges which could see her removed from office while opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva refused to commit to elections to end the political crisis

RARE APPEARANCE. Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej sits in a wheelchair during the 64th anniversary of Coronation Day at the Klai Kangwon Palace in Hua Hin, southwest of Bangkok, Thailand, 05 May 2014. EPA/STR THAILAND OUT

Divided Thailand set for chaotic election

Jan 30, 2014 - 12:34 PM

Experts warn the vote is unlikely to end a long running cycle of political violence

BEFORE THE POLLS. Thai anti-government protesters listen to leaders talking on a stage at Ratchaprasong intersection (shopping mall area) in Bangkok on January 29, 2014. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Thai PM rejects protesters' demand to step down

Dec 10, 2013 - 1:20 PM

A visibly emotional Yingluck reacted angrily to protesters calls that her family be removed from Thailand

DEFIANT. Caretaker Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra speaks to media during a press conference at the Thai Army Club in Bangkok, Thailand, 10 December 2013. EPA/Narong Sangnak

Thai PM calls polls; 140,000 join protest

Dec 09, 2013 - 9:51 AM

UPDATED Protesters vowed to keep up their fight to topple Yingluck Shinawatra s government with a major rally described as judgement day

BACK IN THE STREETS. Thai anti government protesters wave national flags as they rally during a demonstration at Government Complex in Bangkok on December 9, 2013. AFP / Pornchai Kittiwongsakul

Temporary Thai truce on eve of king's birthday

Dec 04, 2013 - 2:40 PM

The overwhelming mood was calm in the capital as demonstrators joined Bangkok authorities to clean up the area around Democracy Monument

CLEANUP. Anti-government supporters clean the road around Democracy Monument in Bangkok on December 4, 2013. AFP/Indranil Mukherjee

Thai police yield to protesters ahead of king's birthday

Dec 03, 2013 - 10:31 PM

Thai police abandoned their defense of the government headquarters against a siege by protesters trying to topple the prime minister a dramatic move that eased tensions before the revered king s birthday

DEFIANCE. An anti-government protester stand alone with a national flag infront of a riot police barricade outside the police headquarters during an ongoing rally in Bangkok on December 2, 2013. AFP/ Nicolas Asfouri

Thai PM vows to meet protesters with pacifism

Nov 30, 2013 - 8:50 PM

Thousands of anti government protesters are scattered in pockets across the city diluting their demos but adding to their potential unpredictability

PACIFISM? Red Shirt pro-Thaksin supporters cheer after the constitution court ruling, during their rally in support of the government at Rajamangala National Staduim in Bangkok, Thailand, 30 November 2013. Photo by EPA/PONGMANAT TASIRI

Obama in Thailand to kick off Asian tour

Nov 18, 2012 - 2:28 PM

UPDATED President Barack Obama arrived in Bangkok to intensify a US foreign policy pivot towards the fast rising region on his first overseas trip since re election