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Chuck Hagel urges Thailand to 'return to democracy'

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has called on Thailand to "return to democracy" during an Asia-Pacific security forum after the military took over control of the government in a coup.

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Army chief to lead Thailand as constitution is suspended

General Prayuth Chan-ocha pictured earlier this week. Credit: Reuters

Thailand's army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha will head the military council that is now in charge of the country, a spokesman said today.

The televised statement said the constitution was being suspended but the Senate upper house and all courts would continue to function.

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