Senior Thai Palace Aide Arrested on Royal Insult Charge

A senior Thai palace aide was arrested on Thursday for violating a controversial royal insult law. The arrest is rare in a country where palace goings-on are a carefully guarded secret. Police say the palace aide and three others are accused of defaming the royal family and abusing their royal connections for financial gain. The charges come at a sensitive time in Thailand, including heightened anxiety over the health of the revered but ailing 87-year-old King and nervousness about what a royal succession might bring.