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Thailand Is Running Out of Black Clothes

Government warns against price-gouging

(Newser) - A lot of people in Thailand have apparently discovered that they don't have enough black clothing in their wardrobes for a full year of mourning . Vendors across the country are struggling to cope with a surge in demand for black clothes after the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej , and... More »

Thailand's People Asked to Avoid 'Joyful' Events

All TV broadcasts switched to black and white in wake of king's death

(Newser) - Thailand has declared a full year of mourning for King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who was the world's longest-reigning monarch before his death on Thursday at the age of 88. The AP reports that a public holiday was declared Friday, the country's first day without a king in 70 years,... More »

What Happens After Thailand's King Dies?

88-year-old King Bhumibol reportedly 'not stable' after latest medical procedure

(Newser) - Despite years of political instability in Thailand, one thing has remained constant in the country's government for more than 70 years: the monarchy, led by beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The king's visage adorns Thailand's money, posters of him hang everywhere, and a tribute to him plays before... More »

Thai Woman Gets 7 Years for Facebook Post

She said a coup was coming: lawyer

(Newser) - Thailand's controversial laws banning insults toward the monarchy have claimed another victim: A single mom, identified only as Chayapha, has been sentenced to seven years in prison "for posting on Facebook that a counter-coup against the junta was imminent," her lawyer tells the Bangkok Post . He adds... More »

Thai Civil War Fears Grow

Protests spread from Bangkok to provinces

(Newser) - The unrest in Thailand is rapidly spreading from Bangkok to the provinces, raising fears that widespread civil conflict looms. Supporters of anti-government Red Shirt protesters have been blocking roads around the country to prevent reinforcements of police and soldiers reaching the capital, the BBC reports. Protesters in Bangkok caused chaos... More »

King's Illness Complicates Thai Tensions

Monarch fails to appear as politicians battle for control

(Newser) - Politicians in Thailand are squabbling as they seek to form a new government, days after a court barred the prime minister and other leading figures from holding office. But as many Thais looked to their long-serving king for guidance, the revered 81-year-old monarch canceled his traditional birthday speech yesterday, citing... More »

3K Stranded in Bangkok as PM Refuses to Step Down

Army pressures government as violence grows between factions

(Newser) - Thailand’s government today rejected a top general’s demand it dissolve parliament and hold elections, the Guardian reports, as protesters demand that Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat step down entirely. Wongsawat snuck back into Thailand today and plans to meet with the king, whom protesters support; a pro-government gang killed... More »

Insult This Man, Spend 15 Years in the Pokey

Thai pols accuse foes of slighting king to hamstring them

(Newser) - The crime of insulting a king sounds like a medieval holdover—but in Thailand, an unkind word about King Bhumibol Adulyadej can land you in prison for 15 years. The country's recent political upheaval has coincided with a spike in accusations of maligning the monarch, the Wall Street Journal reports—... More »

In Thailand, Everyone Wants to Be in the Pink

The king goes pastel; a fashion craze is born

(Newser) - On the advice of royal astrologers, the ailing Thai king has added pink to his wardrobe, sparking a national fashion trend. The chromatic rush had one clothing chain selling 40,000 pink shirts this month, BBC reports. A woman camping out in a line to buy one said, “Wearing... More »

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