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Thai king calls for unity in birthday speech

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Thailand's revered king called for unity and stability in the divided nation Wednesday as huge crowds of adoring, flag-waving citizens packed Bangkok for a rare speech to mark his 85th birthday. 

A portrait of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej (C) is held up as tens of thousands of Thais gather outside the Anantasamakom Throne Hall to celebrate the birthday of the King in Bangkok on December 5, 2012. Thailand's revered king called for unity and stability in the divided nation Wednesday as huge crowds of adoring, flag-waving citizens packed Bangkok

At least 200,000 people flooded the capital's historic district, with aerial television images showing a sea of yellow as supporters of King Bhumibol Adulyadej dressed up in the colour associated with his reign.

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