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The two Myanmar migrant workers accused of the Koh Tao beach murders have pleaded not guilty to charges including murder and rape connected, said a migrant rights activist in Thailand.

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(London) AFP - The families of two Britons murdered in Thailand said evidence against Myanmar migrants accused of the crime is convincing, in statements supportive of a much-criticised police investigation on November 5.

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Singapore (AFP) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was named "Asian of the Year" on November 5 by a Singapore press group to mark the significant impact his landslide election victory has had on the region.

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Thai well-wishers try and get a glimpse of King Bhumibol Adulyadej as they gather at Siriraj Hospital where the king has spent most of the last few months, on the occasion of his 87th birthday in Bangkok on December 5, 2014.  AFP PHOTO/Christophe ARCHAMBAULT

Bangkok (AFP) - Thailand's ailing but much adored King Bhumibol Adulyadej has been advised by doctors to cancel an annual appearance to mark his 87th birthday on November 5, the palace said.

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Police in Malaysia say revenge has emerged as the main motive in the killings of at least 18 Myanmar nationals in Penang since the start of the year, a newspaper has reported.

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Bangkok (AFP) - A lawyer for the two Myanmar migrants accused of murdering a pair of British holidaymakers on November 4 said key witnesses are too afraid to come forward, hampering his clients' defence as they prepare to enter a plea.