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The newly crowned king of Thailand, Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, 64, pays his respects before a portrait of his parents at the Dusit Palace in Bangkok on Dec 1, 2016.
The newly crowned king of Thailand, Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, 64, pays his respects before a portrait of his parents at the Dusit Palace in Bangkok on Dec 1, 2016.PHOTO: NYTIMES

Thailand has new King after Crown Prince assents to taking the throne

Thailand’s Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn has assumed the reins of one of the world’s most high profile monarchies.

“I accept the invitation to fulfil His Majesty (King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s) desire and for the benefit of all Thais,” he said, in reference to his late father.

The 64-year-old monarch, who will now go by the name of King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, was formally made King on Thursday evening after an audience with National Legislative Assembly president Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, supreme court president Veerapol Tungsuwan and erstwhile regent Prem Tinsulanonda.

In a televised statement late on Thursday night, General Prayut said the new monarch’s coronation will be held at the latter’s discretion, after the cremation of his father.


Grim Francois Hollande says he won’t seek second term as French president

President Francois Hollande shocked France by announcing he would not seek a second term next year, acknowledging his deep unpopularity and making way for another leftist candidate to take on conservative Francois Fillon and far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

The surprise announcement – effectively an admission that by running again he would hurt his Socialist party’s chances - marks the first time since France’s fifth Republic was created in 1958 that an incumbent president has not sought a second mandate.

“I am aware today of the risk that going down a route that would not gather sufficient support would entail, so I have decided not to be a candidate in the presidential election,” a sombre-looking Hollande said in a televised address.


Dutch alcoholic, 41, chooses lethal injection to end 'unbearable' life

A Dutch long-term alcoholic chose to end his life by lethal injection saying he could no longer go on, his brother has revealed in a moving tribute.

Mark Langedijk was 41 and the father of two small sons when he decided the only solution to end his pain and suffering was euthanasia, which was carried out earlier this year in The Netherlands at his parents' home.

"My little brother is dead," wrote Marcel Langedijk, a freelance journalist, in an article for the Dutch magazine Linda.


Golf: Tiger fires one-over 73 in return from 16-month layoff

Showing flashes of the form that made him a 14-time major champion before stumbling late, Tiger Woods fired a one-over-par 73 at the Hero World Challenge in his long-awaited return to competition.

Woods, who has missed 16 months following back surgery, reeled off three consecutive birdies to share the lead at four under after his first eight holes of the 18-man invitational event he hosts in the Bahamas.

But Woods went five over from there and a closing double bogey left him nine strokes adrift of leader J.B. Holmes.


Selena Gomez the master of Instagram in 2016

Pop star Selena Gomez dominated Instagram in 2016, enjoying more followers than any other celebrity and accounting for the site's most popular photos.

The photo-sharing site, releasing its figures for the year so far, found that young female celebrities were the most adept at the platform..

Gomez had more than 103 million followers, more than any user except Instagram itself, which selects intriguing postings from around the world.