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A Thai teen talks on a mobile phone as she walks past figures of characters from US film series Star Wars (R) and fictional superhero Iron Man (L) at a shopping center in Bangkok, Thailand, 25 August 2016. Thailand's economy is forecast to grow between 3.3 to 3.5 percent in 2016 following its gross domestic product growth expanded by 3.5 percent in the second quarter showing positive signs, which mainly boosted by public spending, an increase of activity in the tourism industry and accelerated investment into big infrastructure projects by the government due to political stability after a peaceful referendum.  EPA/RUNGROJ YONGRIT

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A Thai teen talks on a mobile phone as she walks past figures of characters from US film series Star Wars and fictional superhero Iron Man at a shopping centre in Bangkok 

A Thai dancer performer uses her mobile phone at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand. A bomb exploded at the Erawan Shrine on 17 August 2015 and killed 20 people and injured more than 100 while two foreign bomb suspect were arrested and under trial by the Thai military court. A series of bomb attacks on 12 August 2016 in major popular tourist towns killing four people and more than 20 people injured including foreign tourists will shake Thailand's tourism industry

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A Thai dancer performer uses her mobile phone at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, Thailand

A Thai well-wisher embroiders with golden thread on a seven meter long silk banner reading 'Long Live the Queen' as part of Thai Queen Sirikit's birthday preparations in Bangkok, Thailand

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A Thai well-wisher embroiders with golden thread on a seven meter long silk banner reading ‘Long Live the Queen’ as part of Thai Queen Sirikit’s birthday preparations in Bangkok, Thailand

PATTAYA,THAILAND -JULY 31, 2016:  Bar girls use their mobile phones outside a bar along the Walking Street where bars and sex scenes are a commonplace July 31, 2016 in Pattaya, Thailand. Thailand's first female minister of tourism would like the sex trade that is a huge business in the country to be banned. Tourists flock to Thailand for many sights including beautiful beaches but also for sex tourism. Cities like Bangkok and Pattaya are well known as hubs of the Southeast Asian sex trade, despite the fact that prostitution has been illegal in Thailand since 1960.(Photo by Paula Bronstein/ Getty Images)

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Bar girls use their mobile phones outside a bar along the Walking Street in Pattaya, Thailand. Thailand’s first female minister of tourism would like the sex trade that is a huge business in the country to be banned

The Wider Image: Inside Thailand's Klong Prem Prison

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Inmates sit on the floor during an inspection visit in the long-term sentence zone inside Klong Prem high-security prison in Bangkok, Thailand

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A Thai army officer adjusts the belt of a member of the honour guard in preparation for the arrival of Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith at the government house in Bangkok, Thailand, on Wednesday

Thai Buddhist monks queue to receive morning alms during a ceremony celebrating the 70th anniversary of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej's accession to the throne, at the Royal Palace compound in Bangkok, Thailand

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Thai Buddhist monks queue to receive morning alms during a ceremony celebrating the 70th anniversary of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s accession to the throne, at the Royal Palace compound in Bangkok, Thailand

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A Buddhist monk sleeps in a chair while monks and novices gather to receive alms at Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple outside Bangkok

Thailand hit by worst drought in decades...epa05210488 A photo made available on 14 March 2016 shows a Thai Buddhist novice monk walking on drought parched land at a ruined village which has been underwater after the Mae Chang reservoir dried up in Lampang province, northern Thailand, 12 March 2016. The ruined village including ancient temple had been underwater for 34 years since the Mae Chang reservoir was built in 1982, the area has now re-emerged after water in the reservoir dried up caused by the severe drought. Thailand is facing the worst drought in decades hardest hit by El Nino phenomenon combined with seasonal hot weather.  EPA/RUNGROJ YONGRIT

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A Thai Buddhist monk walks on drought parched land at the dried up Mae Chang reservoir in Lampang province, northern Thailand

Thailand's economy is forecast to grow at 3.7 percent in 2016...epa05140834 A street food vendor walks in front of a colorful graffiti painted on a wall in Bangkok, Thailand, 03 February 2016. Thailand's economy is forecast to grow at 3.7 percent in 2016 revised down from earlier projected of 3.8 percent driven by the private consumption and investment as well as government stimulus measures and billion-dollar investment in infrastructure project, according to the Fiscal Policy Office.  EPA/DIEGO AZUBEL

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A street food vendor walks in front of a colorful graffiti in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand’s economy is forecast to grow at 3.7 percent in 2016 revised down from earlier projected of 3.8 percent driven by the private consumption and investment as well as government stimulus measures and billion-dollar investment in infrastructure project, according to the Fiscal Policy Office.

Seagulls fly during sunset at Bang Pu seaside resort in Samut Prakan province on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand

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Seagulls fly during sunset at Bang Pu seaside resort in Samut Prakan province on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand's Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana waves to crowd as she cycles in the "Bike for Dad" event in Bangkok, Thailand, December 11, 2015. Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn led thousand of cyclists on a 29-km course in Bangkok to celebrate King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 88th birthday which fell on December 5.

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Thailand’s Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana waves to crowd as she cycles in the “Bike for Dad” event in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday. Thai Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn led thousand of cyclists on a 29-km course in Bangkok to celebrate King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 88th birthday

Royal cavalry soldiers parade in front of the Grand Palace as part of celebrations of the 88th birthday of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok on Thursday. Thai King Bhumibol, the world's longest reigning monarch who is regarded as a demi-god by many Thais and considered a unifying force in a politically turbulent nation, will turn 88 on December 5, 2015.

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Royal cavalry soldiers parade in front of the Grand Palace as part of celebrations of the 88th birthday of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok on Thursday

A handler puts his head between the gaping fangs of a crocodile during a show at the Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo, Samutprakarn province, outside Bangkok, Thailand. The farm and zoo claims to be the world's largest crocodile farm with more than 80,000 freshwater and marine crocodiles, and offers shows such as crocodile wrestling to attract tourists

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A handler puts his head between the gaping fangs of a crocodile during a show at the Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo, Samutprakarn province, outside Bangkok, Thailand

Two Chinese J-10 aircraft from the People's Liberation Army Air Force cross each other during the combined exercise ''Falcon Strike 2015'' at the Wing 1 Korat air base in Korat on Tuesday. Thailand and China have been conducting their first ever joint air force drill, a symbol of the blossoming military and political ties between junta-run kingdom and its huge northern neighbour

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Two Chinese J-10 aircraft from the People’s Liberation Army Air Force cross each other during the combined exercise ”Falcon Strike 2015” at the Wing 1 Korat air base in Korat on Tuesday. Thailand and China have been conducting their first ever joint air force drill, a symbol of the blossoming military and political ties between junta-run kingdom and its huge northern neighbour

Jockeys compete in Chonburi's annual buffalo race festival, in Chonburi province, Thailand on Monday. The event, which also celebrates the rice harvest, dates back to the buffalo trade in Chonburi, once the commercial centre of Thailand's east.

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Jockeys compete in Chonburi’s annual buffalo race festival, in Chonburi province, Thailand on Monday. The event, which also celebrates the rice harvest, dates back to the buffalo trade in Chonburi, once the commercial centre of Thailand’s east

Muslim students wear face masks as they leave school at Muang district in the troubled southern province of Yala, Thailand, October 22, 2015. REUTERS/Surapan Boonthanom

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Muslim students wear face masks as they leave school, Muang district, Yala, Thailand

A suspect of the Aug. 17 Bangkok blast who was arrested last week near the border with Cambodia points as he stands next to police officers during a crime re-enactment at an apartment, where police raided and found possible bomb-making materials last month, in Nongjok district, on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand, September 8, 2015

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A suspect of the August Bangkok blast who was arrested last week near the border with Cambodia points as he stands next to police officers during a crime re-enactment at an apartment, where police raided and found possible bomb-making materials last month, in Nongjok district, on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand

People pray at the Erawan Shrine after Brahmin priests performed a religious ceremony to worship the Lord Brahma statue after it was renovated following the deadly bombing of 17 August, in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday. The casualty figures from the deadly attack outside the Erawan Shrine on 17 August stood at 20 dead and 123 injured according to the Erawan Medical Centre

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People pray at the Erawan Shrine after Brahmin priests performed a religious ceremony to worship the Lord Brahma statue after it was renovated following the deadly bombing last month, in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday

Thai veterinarians and wildlife officers collect blood sample during a health examination at Kao Pratubchang Conservation Centre in Ratchaburi...Thai veterinarians and wildlife officers collect blood sample during a health examination at Kao Pratubchang Conservation Centre in Ratchaburi, Thailand, August 27, 2015. Thai veterinarians from the Department of National Park Wildlife, and Plant Conservation conducted a health check of 14 orangutans for preparation for the repatriation to their country of origin, Indonesia. Most of Sumatran and Borneo Kalimantan orangutans, were confiscated from entertainment businesses in Phuket province since 2008. Authorities said the orangutans are being examined to ensure they are free from diseases such as Rabies, Foot and Mouth disease, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis and Herpes. Thai officials said the orangutans are expected to return to Indonesia in September. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

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Thai veterinarians and wildlife officers collect blood sample during a health examination at Kao Pratubchang Conservation Centre in Ratchaburi, Thailand. Thai veterinarians from the Department of National Park Wildlife, and Plant Conservation conducted a health check of 14 orangutans for preparation for the repatriation to their country of origin, Indonesia. Authorities said the orangutans are being examined to ensure they are free from diseases such as Rabies, Foot and Mouth disease, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis and Herpes. Thai officials said the orangutans are expected to return to Indonesia in September