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    Thailand Mourns the Death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

    The whole country is wearing black. Thailand is beginning 30 days of mourning for its ruler of 70 years after his death at a Bangkok hospital yesterday. The monarchy is revered in Thailand — public criticism is punishable with jail time — and the king withstood multiple coup attempts in his lifetime. Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, 64, will succeed him — but the prince has asked for a delay before that happens, and many are watching the next monarch closely for clues about how he’ll shake up Thailand’s governance.

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