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It is not the first time King Maha Vajiralongkorn has made his powerful presence felt since ascending the throne in 2016. Here are 5 ways royal power has been displayed under Thailand's new king so far.
Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi is dismissed from the rank of Chao Khun Phra – or noble consort – for 'disloyalty to the king' and 'acting against the appointment of the Queen (Suthida)...for her own ambitions'
Chinese tourists are usually present even during Phuket's low season, but that is 'not the case this year'
It takes 7 rescue workers one hour to pull out the 13-foot, 15-kilo king cobra
In the tourist island of Phuket, the nine-day Taoist 'Nine Emperor Gods' festival is in full swing. Hundreds of participants march down streets showcasing a dizzying variety of piercings.
Officials are able to rescue two elephants that were 'extremely distressed' because of the incident
Playing minus 4 key players, the Philippines bows to first-leg winner Thailand in straight sets
Kanakorn Pianchana shoots himself after acquitting 5 suspects of a murder case
The pick-up truck flips over while trying to change lanes
Demand for pangolins has penetrated even into villages deep in the Malaysian jungle. Near the Malaysia-Thai border, meanwhile, professional smugglers are hired to send the goods across the border.
Though Prayut Chan-O-Cha and his cabinet pledged loyalty to the king, they did not recite allegiance to the constitution upon being sworn in as the civilian premier in July
The floods leave more than 23,000 people in evacuation shelters as anger grows over the government's 'slow' emergency response
Pope Francis will travel to Thailand from November 20-23, and then to Japan on November 26, the Vatican says
Keeping a uniform typeface below graphic depictions of smoking-related illnesses will make the products less attractive to buyers, says Prakit Vathesatogkit, vice chair of the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance
Angkhana Neelapaijit, the wife of an enforced disappearance victim, receives the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2019 for being a champion of human rights in Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand tops the list for the 4th straight year with almost 23 million international visitors in 2018, beating Paris and London
The drills are aimed at strengthening alliances among the US and Southeast Asian navies for 'an unparalleled advantage that no competitor or rival can match,' says a US Navy officer
One comment online says: 'It's a pity for those who fed her milk and collected sea grass for their little daughter that we have to lose Mariam because of plastic waste'
Daniel Quizon, Ruelle Canino, Allaney Doroy, Mark Jay Bacojo, and Franiel Angela Magpily all triumph in the Eastern Asian Youth Chess Tournament
Thai authorities say there were 9 successful or attempted bomb blasts throughout Bangkok which left 4 wounded as the city hosted the ASEAN ministerial meeting
'Filipinos staying and traveling in Thailand are urged to remain calm, but take extra precautions,' the Department of Foreign Affairs says
This vocational training center in Bangkok aims to provide job opportunities for people with special needs
(3rd UPDATE) At least 4 people are wounded when several small bombs explode as the Thai capital hosts the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting
Militants strike at the remote base in Pattani province, throwing grenades and laying down nearly an hour of automatic fire, an army spokesman explains
Snails, once the scourge of rice farmers, are now prized in the multimillion-dollar global snail beauty market
The Department of Foreign Affairs says the two Filipinos were reportedly playing in the sea when they were swept away by waves during a heavy storm
The World Trade Organization rules in favor of the Philippines a third time in its decade-long cigarette export dispute against Thailand
A Thai court announces the verdict and sentences Ronnakorn Romruen, a 24-year-old garbage collector, to death on Wednesday, July 10
Prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha defends his original invoking of junta-era powers as a way of 'solving problems'
Thailand's beloved baby dugongs Mariam and Jamil can now be viewed through a 24-hour livestream
Coco Arayha Suparurk has since deleted the post but pageant fans aren't having it
The dugong or sea cow is under the care of Phuket Marine Biological Center, after being found with scratches on its back
Found stranded on a beach in May at 6 months old, the ocean mammal has been receiving daily care from park officials, local conservation groups, and veterinarians at Phuket Marine Biological Center
Thai Navy SEAL diver Saman Gunan died during the operation, the only fatality of the three-week ordeal at the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand
The President also calls on Thai companies to participate in his administration's Build, Build, Build
Their newfound fame has also forced silence on them, as the boys and their families can no longer talk freely about their ordeal – the result of exclusivity contracts that ban them from speaking to the press
The boat is discovered on June 11 in the Tarutao Marine National Park in southern Thailand, some 400 kilometers from the border of Myanmar
'I will promote a peaceful environment for a unified society based on love, unity and compassion,' Prayut says after the royal decree was read out at Government House
Tanwarin Sukkhapisit, a lawmaker for the progressive anti-junta Future Forward Party, is one of 4 transgender MPs in the house – pioneers in a society where discrimination in education, employment and at home persists
Prayut Chan-O-Cha sweeps aside his sole challenger, the charismatic 40-year-old billionaire Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit who led the anti-military bloc, comfortably passing the 375-vote threshold to win a majority
Prayut Chan-O-Cha, who seized power in 2014, is all but assured of completing his transformation from junta head to civilian leader with the support of 250 hand-picked senators
More arrests are expected as police in nearly 60 countries pursue investigations stemming from an Interpol operation launched two years ago into a hidden 'dark web' site with 63,000 users worldwide
The baby boy is healthy, recovering in hospital, and is so young he has no name yet
Technology is shifting the patterns of abuse in a region with growing access to broadband internet and encrypted technology
A Thailand deputy prime minister denies the missing activists are in government custody
Jatupat 'Pai Dao Din' Boonpatararaksa is greeted by hundreds of jubilant family and friends after leaving the Khon Kaen provincial prison
The Junta-linked Palang Pracharat party now has 115 seats in the lower house, only 11 votes shy of a majority in the combined parliament thanks to 250 military-appointed senators
'I want the unity shown here with this goodwill to be an encouraging sign for everybody, all sides to perform their duties for the prosperity of our country,' King Maha Vajiralongkorn says
(UPDATED) Thais wearing yellow shirts flock to the streets to witness King Rama X's procession
The king bestows royal titles on family members who crawl to his throne as he sits next to his new Queen Suthida.