Obama calls for calm from Thailand during Asia tour

Escalating violence between Israel and the Palestinians on Sunday nearly hijacked President Obama’s postelection trip to Southeast Asia, who arrived in Thailand on Sunday, — a tour billed as a diplomatic show of force in the region and part of the administration’s attempt to pivot U.S. focus to Asia after a decade of war in the Middle East.

U.S. President Barack Obama, right on red carpet, and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, left on red carpet, attend the arrival ceremony at Thai Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

U.S. President Barack Obama, right on red carpet, and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, left on red carpet, attend the arrival ceremony at Thai Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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