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Revered Thai king ‘improving’ after gallbladder surgery

Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Thailand’s revered 86-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej has had his gallbladder removed, the palace said Monday, two days after he was rushed to hospital sparking fears for his health in the politically turbulent nation.

Posted: October 6th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Spain’s new King Felipe VI faces divided kingdom

Spain Abdication

Spain’s King Felipe VI begins a new reign Thursday already facing a threat to the unity of his kingdom as the northeastern region of Catalonia fights to hold an independence referendum on November 9.

Posted: June 19th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Tearful Spanish king quits throne

Queen Sofia, left, Spain’s King Juan Carlos, 2nd left, Spain's Crown Prince Felipe, 3rd left and Princess Letizia stand during a ceremony where King Juan Carlos signed an abdication law at the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday June 18, 2014. The 76-year-old monarch says he wants to step aside after a four-decade reign so that younger royal blood can rally a country beset by economic problems, including an unemployment rate of 25 percent.  AP PHOTO/ALBERTO MARTIN

A teary-eyed King Juan Carlos sealed his abdication of the Spanish crown on Wednesday after a four-decade reign, clearing the throne for his 46-year-old son, Felipe VI.

Posted: June 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Japan’s prince Katsura dies at 66


Prince Katsura, a cousin of Japanese Emperor Akihito, died Sunday of acute heart failure after years of struggling with ill health, the palace said. He was 66.

Posted: June 8th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Spain ponders historic abdication

In this photo released by the Royal Palace on Monday, June 2, 2014, Spain's King Juan Carlos signs a document in the Zarzuela Palace opening the way for his abdication. Spain's King Juan Carlos plans to abdicate and pave the way for his son, Crown Prince Felipe, to take over, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told the country Monday in an announcement broadcast nationwide. The 76-year-old Juan Carlos oversaw his country's transition from dictatorship to democracy but has had repeated health problems in recent years. (AP Photo/Spanish Royal Palace)

Spain set its future King Felipe VI on the path to the throne on Tuesday, launching an unprecedented handover of the crown amid antiroyalist protests in the economically troubled, divided realm.

Posted: June 4th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »