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Thai Buddhist monks call a pigeon on platform at Hua Lampong railway station in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

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Thai Buddhist monks call a pigeon on platform at Hua Lampong railway station in Bangkok 

Thai models use mobile phones as they wait for the start of a promotion event by Thailand's second largest mobile phone network, DTAC, at a shopping center in Bangkok, Thailand, 10 November 2014. More than 93.7 million mobile phone numbers are registered in  Thailand of which the old 2G service has about 50.8 million subscribers and 3G and 4G services has about 42.9 million subscribers while the population of Thailand is about 65 million people.

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Thai models wait for the start of a promotion event by Thailand’s second-largest mobile phone network, DTAC, at a shopping centre in Bangkok, Thailand.

Competitors show their tattoos at the MBK Tattoo Contest 2014 in a shopping mall in Bangkok October 23, 2014.

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Competitors show their tattoos at the MBK Tattoo Contest 2014 in a shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand.

Boys wearing horned helmets and body paint arrive for Chonburi's annual buffalo race festival, east of Bangkok. 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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Boys wear horned helmets and body paint for Chonburi’s annual buffalo race, east of Bangkok. The festival, which also celebrates the rice harvest, dates back to the buffalo trade in Chonburi, once the commercial centre of Thailand’s east

***BESTPIX***Crime Reduction Campaign In Pattaya Clamps Down On Thai Ladyboys...PATTAYA, THAILAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Thai ladyboys are detained inside a police van on their way to the police station September 21, 2014 in Pattaya, Thailand. Pattaya is tackling sex tourism and crime as the city attempts to clean up it's image doing nightly sweeps in the popular red-light district called the Walking Street. Ladyboy sex workers are being targeted by police who are assisted by members of the Foreign Tourist Police Assistants (FTPA). They are fined 300 Thai bhat ( almost $10 US). (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)***BESTPIX***

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Thai ladyboys are detained inside a police van on their way to the police station in Pattaya, Thailand. Pattaya is tackling sex tourism and crime as the city attempts to clean up it’s image doing nightly sweeps in the popular red-light district called the Walking Street. Ladyboy sex workers are being targeted by police who are assisted by members of the Foreign Tourist Police Assistants. They are fined 300 Thai bhat ( almost $10 US). 

Bryde's whale in the gulf of Thailand...epa04392189 A Bryde's whale and seagulls feast on anchovies in the Gulf of Thailand, 09 September 2014. Bryde's whale are a baleen medium seized whale with dark grey color and a white underbelly and live in tropical to temperate waters. An estimated population of 30 to 35 Bryde's whales are commonly seen along the upper Gulf of Thailand coastlines, between March and October. The Bryde's whale is listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) which prohibits international trade of any parts of the animal.  EPA/RUNGROJ YONGRIT

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A Bryde’s whale and seagulls feast on anchovies in the Gulf of Thailand. 

Elephants feast on a buffet of fruits an...Elephants feast on a buffet of fruits and vegetables as part of the annual King's Cup elephant polo tournament in Samut Prakan province on August 28, 2014.  The King's Cup elephant polo tournament, which is held annually to promote elephant projects and conservation, takes place from August 28 to 31.        AFP PHOTO / PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKULPORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images

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Elephants feast on a buffet of fruits and vegetables as part of the annual King’s Cup elephant polo tournament in Samut Prakan province, Thailand. The tournament, which is held annually to promote elephant projects and conservation, takes place from August 28 to 31.

Thailand economy escaped a technical recession...epa04359679 A Thai street tailor works next to portraits of King Bhumibol Adulyadej decorated at his stall in Bangkok, Thailand, 19 August 2014. Thailand's gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 0.4 percent year-on-year growth in the second quarter of 2014 after its shrink 0.5 percent in the first quarter, an unexpectedly upswing drive Thailand economy escaped a technical recession.  EPA/RUNGROJ YONGRIT

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A Thai street tailor works next to portraits of King Bhumibol Adulyadej decorated at his stall in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand’s gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 0.4 percent year-on-year growth in the second quarter of 2014 after its shrink 0.5 percent in the first quarter, an unexpectedly upswing drive Thailand economy escaped a technical recession. 

An Irrawaddy Dolphin is made to jump through hoops during a performance at Pattaya Dolphin World and Resort, in Pattaya, Thailand, about 170 km southeast of Bangkok 08 August 2014. The zoo runs multiple dolphin performances where captive endangered species dolphins are made to perform for bus loads of tourists. A number of populations of these dolphins in south-east Asia are listed as critically endangered.

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An Irrawaddy Dolphin is made to jump through hoops during a performance at Pattaya Dolphin World and Resort, in Pattaya, Thailand, about 170 km southeast of Bangkok. A number of populations of these dolphins in south-east Asia are listed as critically endangered

Military policemen hold their weapons as they are surrounded by a mob during a confrontation between anti-coup protesters and military at the Victory monument in Bangkok...Military policemen hold their weapons as they are surrounded by a mob during a confrontation between anti-coup protesters and military at the Victory monument in Bangkok May 28, 2014. There have been daily protests in Bangkok against the coup and on Wednesday about 200 people confronted troops and police at the Victory Monument. Protesters jeered and threw plastic water bottles and spray-painted "Get Out" and "No Coup" over an army Humvee.

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Military policemen hold their weapons as they are surrounded by a mob during a confrontation between anti-coup protesters and military at the Victory monument in Bangkok