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Yugoslavia's last king, Petar II Karadjordjevic, laid to rest in Serbia

Yugoslavia's last king - Petar II Karadjordjevic, who fled the Nazi occupation of his country just days after being proclaimed monarch at the age of 17 - was reburied with state honours in Serbia.

Monday, 27 May, 2013, 5:59am

I'm not a protocol fetishist, says Dutch Crown Prince

Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander has vowed to be an approachable, 21st century monarch, insisting less than two weeks before becoming king that he is not a "protocol fetishist". Currently known as the Prince of Orange, Willem-Alexander, 45, will be enthroned on April 30 as the first Dutch king in more than a century. He succeeds his mother, Queen Beatrix, 75.

19 Apr 2013 - 4:10am

Cambodian factory fires Chinese supervisor in Sihanouk faux pas

Factory managers expressed regret and dismissed a Chinese supervisor yesterday after angry Cambodian garment factory workers demanded that she be punished for tearing up a poster of their late former king.

23 Oct 2012 - 11:18am

The flawed legacy of Norodom Sihanouk

A wise ruler, the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu wrote, is selfless, hard working, honest, able to time when to act, fair in handling conflict and willing to empower others. Even if Norodom Sihanouk, Cambodia's former king who died in Beijing on Monday aged 89, had been hugely blessed with these traits, greatness would have eluded him and his people.

18 Oct 2012 - 2:29am

A happy island of remote isolation where old ways thrive

Money, an old saying goes, can't buy happiness. But that doesn't stop many people from looking for happiness by buying lavish apartments, brand-name fashion items and fancy cars.

Not in Bhutan, though. Bhutan is one of the world's smallest and least-developed nations. Yet it's also one of the happiest.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Royalty and democracy make an unhappy match

On Sunday, Thailand will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the abolition of absolute monarchy. After so long, however, not only has democracy struggled to take root, the monarchy has refused to step aside. Instead, it continues to dominate the political body and obstruct democratisation, deepening political polarisation.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Family seeks Beijing's help in Saudi murder

The family of a local engineer who was murdered in Saudi Arabia last year hope to secure Beijing's assistance after getting little from Hong Kong's government.

Relatives of Francis Leung Kar-keung are looking this week to meet Lu Xinhua, the city's outgoing commissioner of the mainland's foreign ministry.

16 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Time to revamp land licensing

The administration of government land is a sensitive issue in Hong Kong. Inadequate supply, legacy issues and zoning restrictions mean land abuses are common. The situation in the New Territories is particularly serious due to slack enforcement and a low level of awareness of regulations. Outdated policies and red tape have aggravated the problem.

14 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Verdict on domestic helper's right of abode

29 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

HK underdogs face tough rematch

Hong Kong coach Liu Chun-fai conceded they would be fighting a losing battle in the return leg of their 2014 World Cup Asian Zone qualifier against Saudi Arabia at Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground tonight.

With his side having lost the away leg 3-0 in Dammam on Sunday, Liu (pictured) said the odds were heavily stacked against them, despite having home advantage.

28 Jul 2011 - 12:00am