Latest Monarchy Stories
By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi backed away from a pledge to change the law to let women inherit the throne on Wednesday, one day after sudden news that a royal princess was pregnant revived hopes for a male heir.
Japan's Princess Kiko is probably pregnant, officials said on Tuesday, raising the possibility of a male heir for the imperial family just as parliament is planning to debate whether women should be allowed to inherit the throne.
TOKYO (Reuters) - The wife of the second son of Japanese Emperor Akihito is pregnant with her third child, Japanese media said on Tuesday, as the country debates whether to allow women to inherit the imperial throne.
By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - Slowly but surely, ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia appears to be loosening the bonds of its strictly controlled society, in spite of the absence of big government initiatives on political reform.
Slowly but surely, ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia appears to be loosening the bonds of its strictly controlled society, in spite of the absence of big government initiatives on political reform.
KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait's parliament on Sunday unanimously confirmed Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah as emir of the Gulf state, replacing the ailing ruler who had been voted out, the speaker of the house said.
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KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait's ailing emir Sheikh Saad al-Abdulla al-Sabah will abdicate on Tuesday in favor of Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, ruling family sources said on Monday. "The emir, Sheikh Saad, will step down tomorrow," one source in the ruling family circle told Reuters.
By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - Gay teenagers, predatory lesbians, women drinking alcohol at weddings, husbands with unsavoury sexual demands.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Emperor Akihito has urged the Japanese to understand their country's history accurately, in an apparent reference to simmering disputes with China and South Korea over Japan's past militarism.
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