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Topic - Bhumibol Adulyadej
The general who led the military takeover of Thailand is known as an ardent defender of the monarchy, an adversary of the former prime minister at the center of the nation's political crisis, and a prickly personality prone to snap at unwanted questions.
An American who translated a banned biography of Thailand's king and posted the content online while living in Colorado was sentenced to 2½ years in a Thai prison Thursday for defaming the country's royal family.
As Thailand's ailing king surveys the calamitous scene from his 16th floor hospital window, the 83-year-old monarch encounters an element that has challenged, virtually obsessed, him most of his life: water.
Tiger Woods says he's looking forward to giving something back to Thailand when he makes a quick visit to his mother's home country for the first time in 10 years to play a one-day skins tournament next month.
The king backed the construction of the country's biggest dams, each bearing the name of a royal family member including his own, although he later acknowledged their dangers and began favoring small-scale dams and weirs.
"Implementation must remain with those in charge. If they are misinterpreted or mishandled, they are doomed," he said.