King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Man accused by brother of insulting Thai king acquitted

Yuthapoom Martnok

A Thai court yesterday acquitted a man whose own brother accused him of defaming the country's monarch - an extraordinarily grave charge punishable by up to 15 years in jail - in a private conversation.

Saturday, 14 September, 2013, 3:00am

Briefs, December 27, 2012

Myanmar President Thein Sein addresses to government department officials in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Photo: Xinhua

Myanmar's president has voiced rare public criticism of his government, saying rampant corruption, bribery and inefficiency were getting in the way of the country's much-touted reform process. 

27 Dec 2012 - 3:36am

Thai king urges unity in speech to mark his 85th birthday

The king at the Anantasamakom Throne Hall. Photo: AFP

Thailand's revered king called for unity and stability in the divided nation as huge crowds of adoring, flag-waving citizens packed Bangkok for a rare speech to mark his 85th birthday.

At least 200,000 people flooded the capital's historic district yesterday as supporters of King Bhumibol Adulyadej dressed up in the colour associated with his reign.

6 Dec 2012 - 4:10am

Thais pack Bangkok for king’s birthday celebration

Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej departs Siriraj hospital to grant an audience on his 85th birthday celebrations in Bangkok on Wednesday. Photo: EPA

Tens of thousands of Thais crowded central Bangkok on Wednesday for a rare address by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest reigning monarch, as part of celebrations for his 85th birthday.

Television images showed a sea of supporters of the revered king, many wearing yellow symbolising Monday, the day of his birth, and waving royal and Thai flags.

5 Dec 2012 - 4:00pm