Hundreds of thousands of well-wishers packed Bangkok's Royal Plaza Wednesday to celebrate the 85th birthday of their ailing monarch.
President Barack Obama left Saturday on a three-day trip to southeast Asia that will make him the first U.S. president to visit Myanmar.
Bangkok police contained a confrontation of government and opposition supporters who clashed over an investigation under the country's lese-majeste law.
Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej has recovered from minor bleeding in his brain, the Royal Household Bureau said.
Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej was recovering from a small subdural brain hemorrhage and suspended his royal activities, the royal household said Friday.
A Thai-born American sentenced in 2011 to 21/2 years in prison for insulting the monarchy has received a royal pardon, the man's lawyer said Wednesday.
Government critics are questioning whether a man jailed for criticizing the monarchy died in hospital because he was given inadequate medical attention.
Thailand's army will help local police during New Year period in case of threats to public order, especially protests over the restrictive lese majeste laws.
About 1,000 people gathered outside Lumphini Park in Bangkok to protest a royal pardon for former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's jail term.
Thailand needs to amend its laws that impose jail terms of as long as 15 years on anyone defaming the royal family, a U.N. human rights expert said.
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