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Japan Emperor turns 84, thanks people over abdication plans

TOKYO /December 22, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — Japan’s Emperor Akihito marked his 84th birthday on Saturday with a pledge to fulfill his duties until the day of his abdication in 2019, and to prepare for “passing the torch to the next era.” Akihito waved to thousands of well-wishers from a balcony of the royal palace. He … Continue reading Japan Emperor turns 84, thanks people over abdication plans

5 things to know about King Michael’s funeral in Romania

BUCHAREST, Romania / December 16, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — King Michael, who ruled Romania twice before being forced to abdicate by the communists in 1947, died at age 96 in Switzerland this month. The late monarch’s remains were flown by military plane to Romania this week and received with great fanfare. Romanian politicians, diplomats and tens … Continue reading 5 things to know about King Michael’s funeral in Romania

Romania: Applause greets ex-king’s coffin at Royal Palace

BUCHAREST, Romania /December 14, 2017 (STL.News) —A coffin carrying the body of Romania’s late King Michael I arrived Wednesday at the Royal Palace in Bucharest, where it was met by applause and will lie in state ahead of his funeral this weekend. The former king, who ruled Romania twice and was forced to abdicate by … Continue reading Romania: Applause greets ex-king’s coffin at Royal Palace