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Thai Junta Focuses on Economy

Thai military and business groups hope to revive the country’s battered economy, now in recession due in large part to more than six months of political turmoil and violent protests.   In a step aimed at winning public support and bolstering the economy, the military government this week moved quickly to pay some $3 billion in overdue payments to some 800,000 rice farmers.   The money is from a controversial scheme by the former Pheu Thai Party-led government that paid above...

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