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Athanase Teiri. Photo courtesy of tahiti-infos.com
Self-styled Polynesian 'king' convicted for issuing fake money

A self-styled "king" who claims to rule over an unrecognised "republic" in French Polynesia was convicted by a Tahiti court Wednesday for issuing fake money.

Self-styled Polynesian 'king' convicted for issuing fake money
Spanish prince's star rises as monarchy stumbles
Spanish prince's star rises as monarchy stumbles

As Spain's royal family reels from scandals and its elderly king leans on crutches after numerous operations, one figure is standing tall, offering the monarchy hope: heir apparent Prince Felipe.

Spanish prince's star rises as monarchy stumbles
Hollande tackles Middle Eastern crises on Saudi visit
Hollande tackles Middle Eastern crises on Saudi visit

French President Francois Hollande and Saudi King Abdullah on Sunday held talks on escalating tensions in the Middle East, with a focus on Lebanon and Syria, during a visit also aimed at boosting commercial ties.

Hollande tackles Middle Eastern crises on Saudi visit
Tense Thailand braces for new protests
Tense Thailand braces for new protests

Thai opposition protesters were preparing Friday to relaunch their campaign to overthrow the government after a temporary truce in the strife-hit capital for the birthday of the country's revered king.

Tense Thailand braces for new protests
Cartier the 'King of Jewellers' shines in Paris expo
Cartier the 'King of Jewellers' shines in Paris expo

From the royal diadem worn by Kate Middleton at her wedding to an outsized maharaja's necklace, hundreds of glimmering treasures go on show this week in a major Paris exhibit on Cartier.

Cartier the 'King of Jewellers' shines in Paris expo
Obama praises leadership of Morocco's Mohammed VI
Obama praises leadership of Morocco's Mohammed VI

President Barack Obama praised the "leadership" of Morocco's King Mohammed VI on Friday after holding wide-ranging talks with the North African monarch for the first time at the White House.

Obama praises leadership of Morocco's Mohammed VI
Lost kingdom: Myanmar's forgotten royals
Lost kingdom: Myanmar's forgotten royals

In a modest Yangon apartment, the granddaughter of Myanmar's last king lives poor and unrecognised by her neighbours -- a far cry from the power and riches of her ancestor.

Lost kingdom: Myanmar's forgotten royals
Saudi king holds audience after absence sparks rumours
Saudi king holds audience after absence sparks rumours

Saudi Arabia's ageing King Abdullah, whose reduced public appearances have sparked health scares, held an audience in the Red Sea resort of Jeddah Sunday.

Saudi king holds audience after absence sparks rumours
Naked protest as Spanish king undergoes hip operation
Naked protest as Spanish king undergoes hip operation

Spain's King Juan Carlos underwent a hip-replacement operation Tuesday, his eighth operation in just three years, but this time with the spectacle of a naked protester outside his Madrid hospital.

Naked protest as Spanish king undergoes hip operation
Mswati III, King of Swaziland. ©REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine
Swaziland is a 'monarchial democracy', says king

Africa's last absolute monarch King Mswati III has declared his tiny mountain kingdom has a new political system -- a "monarchial democracy".

Swaziland is a 'monarchial democracy', says king
Monasteries decline as TV and smartphones grip Bhutan
Monasteries decline as TV and smartphones grip Bhutan

Kencho Tshering, a red-robed Buddhist monk, takes a call from the King of Bhutan's office, then duly dashes off to start a ceremony praying for a break in the monsoon rains.

Monasteries decline as TV and smartphones grip Bhutan
Fresh protests in Morocco over Spanish paedophile pardon
Fresh protests in Morocco over Spanish paedophile pardon

Several hundred Moroccans took to the streets late Wednesday to protest against the king's pardon of a convicted Spanish paedophile and demand more independence for the judiciary.

Fresh protests in Morocco over Spanish paedophile pardon
New Belgian king inherits political timebomb
New Belgian king inherits political timebomb

In Belgium's papers, King Albert II has been portrayed by the country's most fabled cartoonist for the past 20 years as just out of bed and lounging about in a dressing-gown and slippers.

New Belgian king inherits political timebomb
More modern monarchs choose not to rule until death
More modern monarchs choose not to rule until death

Retirement is not traditionally on the cards for queens, kings or popes, but in recent months many are choosing to step aside instead of labouring on until death.

More modern monarchs choose not to rule until death
Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife Crown Princess Maxima. ©REUTERS/Laurent Dubrule
Dutch enthrone '21st-century king' Willem-Alexander

Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander becomes Europe's youngest monarch on Tuesday when his mother, Queen Beatrix, abdicates and his country hails the avowedly 21st-century king with a massive, orange-hued party.

Dutch enthrone '21st-century king' Willem-Alexander
Dutch crown prince vows less protocol as 21st century king
Dutch crown prince vows less protocol as 21st century king

Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander vowed to be an approachable, 21st century monarch, insisting in a wide-ranging interview.

Dutch crown prince vows less protocol as 21st century king
Nursultan Nazarbayev meets with Spain's top officials
Nursultan Nazarbayev meets with Spain's top officials

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev met with King of Spain Juan Carlos I and Prime-Minister Mariano Rajoy during his visit to Spain.

Nursultan Nazarbayev meets with Spain's top officials
Cambodia's king is dead, long live the PM
Cambodia's king is dead, long live the PM

He towered over his kingdom through tumultuous decades. Yet when Cambodia's "king father" Norodom Sihanouk finally ceded power.

Cambodia's king is dead, long live the PM
Cambodians mass for cremation of beloved ex-king
Cambodians mass for cremation of beloved ex-king

Thousands of Cambodians dressed in black and white gathered Monday ahead of the cremation of revered former king Norodom Sihanouk, who steered the war-ravaged kingdom through six turbulent decades.

Cambodians mass for cremation of beloved ex-king
Skull found in Britain could be King Richard III's
Skull found in Britain could be King Richard III's

British archaelogists hunting for the lost remains of King Richard III on Monday revealed the first image of a battle-scarred skull found at a car park ahead of what they said would be a "major announcement" about their findings.

Skull found in Britain could be King Richard III's