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Beyoncé’s Lion King album is more about her

Following in the footsteps of Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther, Beyoncé has released a 14-track album to accompany Disney’s remake of The Lion King. “This is sonic cinema,” said the star, who plays Nala in the film, as she announced the record, called The Gift. Many of her collaborators are familiar – from Jay-Z and Pharrell to her Lion King co-star ... Read More »

Ex Belgian king faces $5,000 fine daily over paternity test

By Emily Dixon and Samuel Quashie-Idun, CNN . (CNN)A Belgian court has ruled that Albert II, the former king of Belgium, will be fined €5,000 ($5,600) every day until he takes a DNA test to determine whether he fathered a child during an alleged affair. Delphine Boel, a Belgian artist and sculptor, claims the king had an affair with her ... Read More »

Thai king granted full ownership of family wealth

An estimated $30 billion in assets has been handed to Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn in a major shake-up of royal affairs. The move likely makes him the world’s richest monarch. Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been handed formal possession of the royal family’s vast wealth by the official agency that managed the fortune for the past 80 years. King Vajiralongkorn, ... Read More »

Saudi King reiterates Palestine support

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has reiterated the country’s support for Palestine in a phone call with US President Donald Trump after the heir to the throne issued comments appearing to acknowledge Israel’s right to a nation-state. The kingdom still does not officially recognise Israel and has stated for decades that normalising relations depends on Israel’s withdrawal from lands captured in ... Read More »

Saudi king has no plans to abdicate

Saudi monarch King Salman has no plans to abdicate in favour of his son, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, according to reports. “There is no possibility whatsoever that the king will abdicate,’’ the official said, citing the example of King Fahd who remained monarch until his death in 2005 despite being gravely ill in the finals years of his reign. Read More »

Thailand begins royal cremation for late King

Mourners in Thailand are marking the main part of the five-day funeral ceremony for the country’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The revered king died in October 2016 aged 88. A series of Buddhist rites began in the royal palace before the royal urn was moved onto a chariot to begin a large procession to the cremation site. Read More »

Thailand prepares for King Adulyadej’s funeral

Big crowds are gathering for a five-day funeral ceremony for Thailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died last October aged 88. The monarch will be cremated in Bangkok on Thursday, in a royal pyre representing heaven. Preparations – including the building of a vast cremation complex near the Grand Palace – took almost a year. Read More »