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Thai Dissidents Disappear Or Turn Up Dead, Even After Escaping Nation

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Thailand's major parties are vying to control its government, after mixed tallies in early election results. Here, Sudarat Keyuraphan, the Pheu Thai party's prime minister candidate, is seen after a news conference in Bangkok Monday. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha, who ousted Thailand's elected government in 2014, speaks in Bangkok on Friday during the his last major campaign rally ahead of this weekend's elections. Lilllian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison fastens an Australian flag pin on Hakeem al-Araibi, a Bahraini refugee soccer player who was granted citizenship in the country on Tuesday in Melbourne. Stefan Postles/Getty Images hide caption

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Preechapol Pongpanich, leader of the Thai Raksa Chart political party, speaks with media at the Constitutional Court in Bangkok on Thursday. The court ordered the dissolution of the party, days before Thailand's elections. Sakchai Lalit/AP hide caption

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Dissident Bahraini soccer player Hakeem al-Araibi, photographed Feb.4 as he left court in Bangkok, was released a week later after prosecutors said they were no longer seeking his extradition to Bahrain. Sakchai Lalit/AP hide caption

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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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