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Sultan Qaboos of Oman dies aged 79 (2020)

Sultan Qaboos completely dominated the political life of Oman for almost 50 years



Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman, the Arab world's longest-serving ruler, has died aged 79.

"With great sorrow and deep sadness... the royal court mourns His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who passed away on Friday," a court statement said.

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Reynhard Sinaga: Father of rapist says ‘punishment fits his crimes’

A judge said Reynhard Sinaga would "never be safe to be released"

 

The father of Reynhard Sinaga, the worst rapist in British legal history, has said his son's punishment "fits his crimes" after he was jailed for life.

Sinaga, a 36-year-old PhD student from Indonesia, was found guilty of 159 sexual offences against 48 men.

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80s singer Datuk Nassier Wahab has passed away (2019)


Datuk Nassier Wahab died at University Malaya Medical Centre last night



KUALA LUMPUR: Popular singer in the 80s Datuk Nassier Wahab has passed away at University Malaya Medical Centre at 12.45 last night. He was 57.

The news on his passing was informed by singer and Nassier’s close friend Zur Eda via WhatsApp to other fellow artistes.

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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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