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Princess Ubolratana Mahidol hopes to shatter a long-observed division between royalty and politics. But the king, her brother, says her candidacy is "inappropriate." Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images hide caption

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Thailand's Pollution Control Department declared air quality in the the Thai capital unhealthy, leading to the closure of 400 public schools through the end of the week. Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun on her mobile phone as she sat barricaded in a hotel room in Thailand's international airport in Bangkok on Monday. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun/Human Rights Watch via AP hide caption

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Chinese border patrol gunboats come downriver from the Yunnan province about once a month in a show of force to keep the Mekong River safe, as China's Xinhua News Agency puts it. Michael Sullivan for NPR hide caption

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China Reshapes The Vital Mekong River To Power Its Expansion

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Rescued Thai boys and members of the "Wild Boars" football team were ordained as novice Buddhist monks in a ceremony Wednesday. Their coach, Ekapol Chanthawong (left), was ordained as a monk. Panumas Sanguanwong/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A hotel employee prepares coconut husks for recycling into rope at the luxury Soneva Fushi island resort in the Maldives. It's just one of many initiatives the resort is taking to reduce food waste. Amal Jayasinghe/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Twelve boys and their soccer coach, rescued from a flooded cave in northern Thailand, described their ordeal at a news conference in Chiang Rai on Wednesday, after they left the hospital. Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Tourists eat fried insects, including locusts, bamboo worms, dragonfly larvae, silkworm chrysalises and more during a competition in Lijiang, China. For Westerners, eating insects means getting over the ick factor. VCG/Getty Images hide caption

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk called a British diver involved in the rescue of the Thailand soccer team "a pedo guy" on Twitter after the diver criticized the billionaire's minisubmarine plan. Kiichiro Sato/AP hide caption

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Rohingya children carrying firewood into the Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh. Refugees have stripped almost all the area vegetation to use in cooking fires. Allison Joyce for NPR hide caption

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An emergency team rushes to a helicopter believed to be carrying one of the rescued boys from a flooded cave on Tuesday. Divers extracted the last of the 12 boys and their coach who were trapped at Tham Luang Nang Non cave system in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand. Vincent Thian/AP hide caption

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The boys and their soccer coach, seen in partially flooded cave in northern Thailand on Monday. Found after more than a week of searching, they are mostly in stable medical condition and have received high-protein liquid food, officials said Tuesday. Tham Luang Rescue Operation Center/AP hide caption

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A happy family member shows the latest pictures of the missing boys taken by rescue divers inside Tham Luang cave when all members of children's soccer team and their coach were found alive on Monday. Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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British cave-diver John Volanthen walks out of the flooded Tham Luang cave on Thursday. Rescue teams in Thailand have been working around the clock to save 12 boys and their soccer coach who went missing Saturday evening. Linh Pham/Getty Images hide caption

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Rescue teams in Thailand gather in a cave where a group of boys and their soccer coach went missing on Saturday afternoon. Despite heavy rains that have obstructed searches, officials believe they are still alive. Krit Promsakla Na Sakolnakorn/AP hide caption

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Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan raises his hand to shade the sun, revealing a luxury watch and diamond ring, during a Dec. 4 ceremony at Government House. The expensive jewelry set off an outraged reaction in Thailand. Krit Phromsakla Na Sakolnakorn/AP hide caption

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Will A Scandal Over Expensive Watches Bring Down Thailand's Government?

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Thailand's fishing industry remains the home of widespread labor and rights abuses, Human Rights Watch says. In this photo from 2016, a fisherman is seen in the freezer hold of a boat unloading fish after arriving at a Thai port. Paula Bronstein/Getty Images hide caption

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In this image from video, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha (left) waves and walks off as a life-sized cardboard cut-out figure of himself is placed next to the microphone during a media conference in Bangkok on Monday. TPBS/AP hide caption

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