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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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Former PM Shinawatra 'released from custody'

Former Thailand PM Yingluck Shinawatra. Credit: Soeren Stache/DPA

Former Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been released from military custody, an aide has claimed.

According to the Associated Press, the anonymous aide said she had returned home.

Shinawatra had been forced from power earlier this month and was being held at an undisclosed location since Friday.

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