Festival begins for Thai king's birthday

BANGKOK, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Thailand Thursday kicked off a nine-day period of official festivities in celebration of the 83rd birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, officials said.

Thailand after Bhumibol

WASHINGTON, March 22 (UPI) -- The question on many people's minds is: Can Thailand's unstable democracy outlive its beloved king?
STANLEY A. WEISS, UPI Outside View Commentator

Thai king hospitalized with fever, fatigue

BANGKOK, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The king of Thailand has been hospitalized with fever and fatigue, the royal household announced Sunday evening.

Writer sentenced for Thai king 'insult'

BANGKOK, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- An Australian writer has drawn a three-year jail sentence for insulting Thailand's king, observers said Monday.

Thai king supports proposed Cabinet

BANGKOK, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej said Saturday he supports Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's proposed members of the Thai Cabinet.

Thai king ill, cancels anticipated speech

BANGKOK, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej canceled an annual speech he usually gives on the eve of his birthday because he was ill, his son said Thursday.

Thaksin supporters fill new Thai gov't

BANGKOK, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Supporters of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra have been included in Thailand's new government, which was sworn in Wednesday by King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Thai king urges unity on 80th birthday

BANGKOK, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand urged unity among the country's citizens during a short speech marking his 80th birthday.

Thai king ready for therapy

BANGKOK, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was admitted for weakness on his right side, has reportedly regained strength in his right arm and right leg.

Thai king undergoes blood clot surgery

BANGKOK, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej was in surgery for nearly eight hours Saturday after a blood clot in his leg began restricting blood flow to his brain.

Thailand lifts YouTube ban

BANGKOK, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Thailand’s military-installed government has lifted its five-month ban on the U.S.-based, video-sharing Web site, YouTube, Financial Times reported Friday.

Thailand blocks YouTube over video

BANGKOK, April 4 (UPI) -- Thailand's military-appointed government blocked access to YouTube Wednesday because a Web site video depicted the country's monarch with clown features.

Police recommend ex-Thai P.M. prosecution

BANGKOK, March 20 (UPI) -- Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra could be charged with demeaning the king if prosecutors agree with police recommendations made public Tuesday.

Jail for insulting king of Thailand

BANGKOK, March 12 (UPI) -- A Swiss man has learned that insulting the king of Thailand can land you in jail for a lifetime. Oliver Jufer, 57, faces a maximum penalty of 75 years in prison after being convicted of spray-painting several portraits of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the BBC

Thai king endorses assembly members

BANGKOK, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej signed a command appointing nearly 2,000 members of the National People's Assembly, paving the way for a new constitution.
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King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Bhumibol Adulyadej (Royal Institute: Phumiphon Adunyadet; Thai: ภูมิพลอดุลยเดช, pronounced   ( listen); see full title below; born 5 December 1927) is the current King of Thailand. He is known as Rama IX (and within the Thai royal family and to close associates simply as Lek). Having reigned since 9 June 1946, he is the world's longest-serving current head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history. He was admitted to Siriraj Hospital in September 2009 for flu and pneumonia and has been confined there since. Rumors about his ill-health caused Thai financial markets to tumble in October 2009.

Although Bhumibol is legally a constitutional monarch, he has made several decisive interventions in Thai politics. He was credited with facilitating Thailand's transition to democracy in the 1990s, although he has supported numerous military regimes, including Sarit Dhanarajata's during the 1960s and the Council for National Security in 2006-2008. During his long reign he has seen over 15 coups, 16 constitutions, and 27 changes of prime ministers. He has also used his influence to stop military coups, including attempts in 1981 and 1985.

Bhumibol is revered by many Thais, despite what the Thai government claims are serious threats to overthrow the monarchy. Bhumibol is legally considered "inviolable", and insults, claims that he is involved in politics, and criticism of him can result in three to fifteen years in jail, though he claimed in his 2005 birthday speech that he would not take lèse majesté seriously.

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