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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Thai army chief assumes role as crisis mediator

A Thai woman take pictures with soldiers stationed outside Thai police headquarters Tuesday in Bangkok. Thailand's army declared martial law before dawn Tuesday in a surprise announcement it said was aimed at keeping the country stable after six months of sometimes violent political unrest. The military, however, denied a coup d'etat was under way.