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A Royal Thai Air Force BT-67 plane sprays 800 gallons (3,000 liters) of water hoping to control heavy smog Bangkok, Thailand. Unusually high levels of smog worsened by weather patterns are raising alarm across Asia.

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Bangkok road crews spray water in hopes to control heavy smog in Bangkok, Thailand. Unusually high levels of smog worsened by weather patterns are raising alarm across Asia.

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Demonstrators rally to demand the general election not be postponed in Bangkok. Demonstrators are reacting to the possibility that the scheduled Feb. 24, 2019, general elections may be postponed. Poster reads "No postponement of election."

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Monks drape a cloth over worshippers lying coffins at the Takien temple in suburban Bangkok, Thailand. Worshippers believe that the coffin ceremony – symbolizing death and rebirth – helps them rid themselves of bad luck and are born again for a fresh start in the new year.

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If we Indians think that, other than Venezuela and Colombia, our girls are top cats at Miss Universe, we’re wrong. The Philippines has four crowns now, the latest being Catriona Gray, here being cro­wned by 2017 queen Demi-Leigh Nel Peters (you admiring her still?). Miss Spain Angela Ponce, the first transgender contestant, failed to break into the top 20.

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Miss Philippines Catriona Gray, second from left, is interviewed by the host during the final of 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green on stage during the final of 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Finalists on swimsuit stand on stage during the final of 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Venezuela Sthefany Gutierrez, right, reacts during the final round of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Philippines Catriona Gray, left, and Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green holds hands as they wait for the winner to be announced during the final round of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Philippines Catriona Gray walks on the stage during the final of 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Catriona Gray of the Philippines waves to the audience after being crowned the new Miss Universe 2018 during the final round of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Catriona Gray of the Philippines, left, reacts as she is crowned the new Miss Universe 2018 by Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters during the final round of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Contestants congratulate new Miss Universe Catriona Gray, center, from Philippines during the final round of 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Spain Angela Ponce participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Russia Yulia Polyachikhina participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Switzerland Jastina Doreen Riederer participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Iceland Katrin Lea Elenudottir participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss India Nehal Chudasama participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Brazil Mayra Dias participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Russia Yulia Polyachikhina participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Netherlands Rahima Dirkse participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Germany Celine Willers participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Great Britain Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Ecuador Virginia Limongi walks during the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Korea Ji Hyun Baek, front, and Miss Kosovo Zana Berisha, left, participate in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Italy Erica De Matteis participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Colombia Valeria Morales participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Denmark Helena Heuser participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Hungary Eniko Kecskes participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss New Zealand Estelle Curd, left and Miss Netherlands Rahima Dirkse, right, participate in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Spain Angela Ponce participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Iceland Katrin Lea Elenudottir participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss France Eva Colas, left, Miss Finland Alina Voronkova, center and Miss El Salvador Marisela de Montecristo, right participate in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss India Nehal Chudasama participates in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Contesters participate in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Contesters participate in the swimsuit and evening gown stage of the 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, center, poses for a group picture with the President of Miss Universe Organization, Paula Shugart, center left, Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa, center right, and some of Miss Universe 2018 contestants after their meeting for promote the Miss Universe 2018 event, at the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Universe 2018 contestants pose as they visit the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Miss Spain Angela Ponce adjusts her hair on her arrival in Bangkok, Thailand. Ponce is the first transgender who participates in the final competition of the Miss Universe scheduled on Dec. 17, 2018 in Bangkok.

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Miss Honduras Vanessa Villars, Miss South Africa Tamarind Green, Miss Thailand Sophia Kanchanrin, Miss United State Sarah Summers, Miss Indonesia Sonia Citra, and Miss Angola Ana Lilianaaviao pose during a press conference in Bangkok, Thailand. The final competition for Miss Universe is set for Dec. 17, 2018, in Bangkok.

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A tourist views Bangkok from the glass bottom deck of the King Power Mahanakhon building Bangkok, Thailand.

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Tourists pose for photos lying down on the new glass deck of the King Power Mahanakhon building Bangkok, Thailand.

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A woman lies on the glass bottom deck of the King Power Mahanakhon building high above Bangkok, Thailand. The King Power Mahanakhon building, currently Thailand's tallest at 314 meters (1,030 feet) with 78 floors, has a 360-degree view of Bangkok.

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We’ve expended ink on this before...these age-defying visitations from Rekha. The IIFA Awards in Bangkok will now be remembered not for the mandatory waffling of tired actors mewling stilted jokes, but for the prima donna in her anarkali, as perfectly preserved as she was in Umrao Jaan, as nimble on her feet while the nostalgic tunes played out. The aud­ience was overwhelmed; the whole galaxy of male stars swirling at her feet only marked her pull.

Bollywood actress Rekha performs with other actors and actresses at the closing of the IIFA Awards function at the Siam Niramit Theatre in Bangkok.

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Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui (L) receives the award for best male actor from Rekha during the IIFA Awards function at the Siam Niramit Theatre in Bangkok.

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Bollywood actress Rekha performs during the IIFA Awards function at the Siam Niramit Theatre in Bangkok.

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Anupam Kher receives the outstanding achievement award in Indian cinema while presentor Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor looks on during the IIFA Awards function at the Siam Niramit Theatre in Bangkok.

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Bollywood film producer Boney Kapoor (L) receives the award for best performance in a leading role - female in behalf of his late wife and actress Sridevi for her role in 'Mom' during the IIFA Awards function at the Siam Niramit Theatre in Bangkok.

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Bollywood actress Zaira Wasim poses on the green carpet of 19th edition of International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor poses on the green carpet at 19th edition of International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Bollywood actress Dia Mirza poses on the green carpet at 19th edition of International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor poses on the green carpet at 19th edition of International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Bollywood actress Kriti Sanon poses on the green carpet at 19th edition of International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor poses on the green carpet at 19th edition of International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan performs during the IIFA Rocks 2018, in Bangkok.

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Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor during the IIFA Rocks 2018, in Bangkok.

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Bollywood actress Radhika Apte poses on the green carpet at 19th edition of International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor poses on the green carpet of 19th edition of International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Bollywood actress Rekha poses on the green carpet at 19th edition of International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Bollywood actor Shradha Kapoor performs during the IIFA Rocks 2018, in Bangkok.

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Bollywood actor Dia Mirza walks the ramp during the IIFA Rocks 2018, in Bangkok.

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Bollywood actress Mouni Roy poses on the green carpet at 19th edition of International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Bangkok, Thailand.

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A migrant worker kicks a rattan ball during a game of Chinlone in a field flooded by rain water in Bangkok, Thailand. The popular Burmese sport Chinlone, a combination of sport and dance played between two six person teams, passes a rattan ball back and forth with feet, knees and heads.

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Polo players behind mahouts sit astride each elephants as they vie for the ball during the King's Cup Elephant Polo tournament in Bangkok, Thailand. The annual elephant polo charity event raises funds for projects that better the lives of Thailand's wild and domesticated elephant population.

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Thai customs officials display seized ivory during a press conference in Bangkok, Thailand. Thai authorities seized 148 kilograms full elephant tusk and 31 tusk fragments originating from Nigeria destined for China worth over 15 million baht ($469,800).

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand during a meeting in Bangkok.

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An artillery gun is fired at the funeral procession and royal cremation ceremony of late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in Bangkok, Thailand.

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The ceremonial urn of Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej arrives at the crematorium during the funeral procession as royal crematorium is seen in the background in Bangkok, Thailand.

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The royal guards walk in front of the Grand Palace during the royal funeral for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Soldiers pay their respects at the funeral procession and royal cremation ceremony of late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Thai mourners, carrying a portrait of late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej gather in front of a replica of the royal crematorium in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn takes part in the funeral of late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok, Thailand. A ceremony in an ornate throne hall began the transfer of the remains of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej to his spectacular golden crematorium in the royal quarter of Bangkok after a year of mourning for the monarch Thais hailed as "Father."

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Thai mourners pray in front of a replica of the royal crematorium in Bangkok, Thailand.

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A Thai volunteer pushes a cart of a mourner in black near the Royal Crematorium and funeral complex to take a part ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand. The funeral of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who reigned for 70 years before his death on Oct. 13, 2016. Bhumibol will be honored in an elaborate royal cremation ceremony from Oct. 25 to 29.

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Thai mourners hold up portraits of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej near Grand Palace to take part in the Royal Cremation ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand. Bhumibol's death at age 88 on Oct. 13, 2016 after a reign of seven decades sparked a national outpouring of grief and a year of mourning. Bhumibol will be honored in an elaborate royal cremation ceremony from Oct. 25 to 29.

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Afternoon light fades behind the warmly lit royal crematorium and funeral complex for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej Bangkok, Thailand.

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Afternoon light fades behind the completed royal crematorium and funeral complex for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej Bangkok, Thailand.

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Dusk light fades behind the warmly illuminated royal crematorium and funeral complex for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej Bangkok, Thailand. Thai artists and craftsmen have put the finishing touches on the elaborate crematorium complex ahead of the funeral of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who reigned for 70 years before his death on Oct. 13, 2016. Bhumibol will be honored in an elaborate royal cremation ceremony from Oct. 25 to 29.

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Elephants doused in powder to appear an auspicious white, stand to attention and trumpet at a ceremony to mark one year since King Bhumibol Adulyadej's death, in the ancient royal capital Ayuttahya, Thailand.

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Candles are held during a vigil marking one year since the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok, Thailand. Bhumibol's death at age 88 after a reign of seven decades sparked a national outpouring of grief and a year of mourning that will culminate with his cremation on Oct. 26.

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Jockeys compete during the annual water buffalo race in Chonburi Province, south of Bangkok, Thailand.

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A jockey competes during the annual water buffalo race in Chonburi Province, south of Bangkok, Thailand. The annual race is a celebration among rice farmers before the harvest.

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Thai policemen and soldiers gather in front of the house of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra with search warrant Bangkok, Thailand. Police in Thailand have executed a search warrant on the home of Yingluck, who is believed to be in Dubai after fleeing before a criminal conviction.

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A supporter of Thai former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra wears a mask outside the Supreme Court in Bangkok, Thailand. The court is expected to deliver verdict on case against Yingluck Shinawatra

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Thai workers remove a Buddha statue at a shop in Bangkok, Thailand, in preparation for the upcoming Buddhist Lent. Buddhist monks return to their monasteries to study the teachings of Lord Buddha during the three-month long Buddhist Lent, which starts on July 9, 2017.

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A Thai worker puts the final touch on a statue of the Buddha at a shop in Bangkok, Thailand, in preparation for the upcoming Buddhist Lent. Buddhist monks return to their monasteries to study the teachings of Lord Buddha during the three-month long Buddhist Lent, which starts on July 9, 2017.

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Thai Customs officer display seized rhino horns during a press conference at the customs office in Suvarnabhumi airport, Bangkok, Thailand. Thai authorities have seized 21 "beautiful" rhinoceros horns smuggled from Ethiopia worth almost five million dollars, customs officials said Tuesday.

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25-year-old green sea turtle "Bank" receives rehabilitation treatment at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Veterinarians operated on Bank to remove 915 coins weighing 5 kilograms (11 pounds) from her stomach, which she swallowed after misguided human passers-by tossed coin into her pool for good luck in eastern Thailand.

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Indian Women cricket captain Harmanpreet Kaur (R) celebrates with the trophy after winning the Women's T20 Asia Cup final match against Pakistan, in Bangkok.

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Indian Women cricket team players and support staff pose with the trophy after winning the Women's T20 Asia Cup final match against Pakistan, in Bangkok.

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Indian Women cricket team players celebrates after winning the Women's T20 Asia Cup final match against Pakistan, in Bangkok.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi departs for Japan after a brief stop-over, in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Mahouts lead a procession of 11 white elephants past the Grand Palace in honor of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok, Thailand. King Bhumibol died on Oct. 13 after reigning for 70 years, plunging the country into grief and extended mourning.

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A Thai soldier salutes by people paying their last respects as a convoy carrying the remains of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej heads to Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Thai people stand in lines to offer condolences for Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand.

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