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Thai king Vajiralongkorn marries bodyguard making her queen

The king is seen pouring sacred water on the head of Queen Suthida



The king of Thailand has married the deputy head of his personal security detail, and given her the title of queen, a royal statement said.

The surprise announcement comes before his elaborate coronation ceremonies begin on Saturday, when his position is consecrated.

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Naruhito: Japan's new emperor prays for peace in new era

Emperor Naruhito was accompanied by his wife, Empress Masako, as he spoke at the Imperial Palace



Japan's Emperor Naruhito has given his first address after ascending the throne, expressing his hope for happiness and world peace.

His ascension was formalised earlier on Wednesday in a ceremony that saw him inherit the Imperial Treasures.

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CentralWorld: Deadly blaze at Bangkok shopping complex

Hundreds of people were evacuated from the shopping centre and hotel



At least two people have died after a fire broke out at a major Bangkok shopping centre complex on Wednesday.

The fire, which has now been brought under control, reportedly started on the building's eighth floor at about 17:40 local time (10:40 GMT).

Read more: CentralWorld: Deadly blaze at Bangkok shopping complex


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