Thai king speaks for 1st time in political crisis

Supporters of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra gather under a giant portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej during a protest in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday evening, March 13, 2010. Thousands of red-shirted anti-government protesters converged on the Thai capital Saturday, giving the government an ultimatum to dissolve Parliament or face mass marches on key spots in the city. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

April 26, 2010 7:40:33 AM PDT
Thailand's ailing king spoke Monday for the first time since his country's political chaos began, but failed to directly address the sometimes violent crisis that has paralyzed Bangkok.

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