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Thai king strips consort of titles for 'disloyalty'



King Vajiralongkorn and his consort pose at the Grand Palace in Bangkok


Thailand's King Vajiralongkorn has stripped his royal consort of her rank and titles for "misbehaviour and disloyalty against the monarch".

An official announcement said Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi had been "ambitious" and tried to "elevate herself to the same state as the queen".

"The royal consort's behaviours were considered disrespectful," it said.

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Naruhito: Japan's emperor proclaims enthronement in ancient ceremony

Emperor Naruhito's ascension is now being formalised, months after his reign began



Japan's Emperor Naruhito has formally proclaimed his ascension to the throne in an elaborate ceremony.

The emperor, 59, officially began his reign in May after the abdication of his father, the then-Emperor Akihito.

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Japan ninja student gets top marks for writing essay in invisible ink

Eimi Haga became interested in ninjas by watching TV shows



A Japanese student of ninja history who handed in a blank paper was given top marks - after her professor realised the essay was written in invisible ink.

Eimi Haga followed the ninja technique of "aburidashi", spending hours soaking and crushing soybeans to make the ink.

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Swedish King Carl Gustaf removes grandchildren from royal house

The announcement marks a major change for Sweden's royal house




Sweden's king has removed five of his grandchildren from the royal house.

The decision by King Carl XVI Gustaf means the children no longer have the title of royal highness and are not expected to perform official royal duties.

Read more: Swedish King Carl Gustaf removes grandchildren from royal house



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