Thai king urges stability amid political violence

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Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 12:00 am

BANGKOK (AP) - Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej marked his 86th birthday on Thursday with a call for national unity and stability, but offered no further guidance on how his polarized nation might find its way out of its bitter political standoff.

Many people had hoped the visibly infirm king would use his annual birthday speech to step in - as he has in the past - to broker peace in the conflict that has led to street fighting by anti-government mobs seeking to occupy the prime minister's office and other official buildings.

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