King Bhumibol Adulyadej
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Thailand's king calls for unity in birthday speech

5 December 2013 Last updated at 15:10 GMT

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand has urged people to support each other for the sake of the country, in his address to the nation on his birthday.

Thailand is marking the 86th birthday of the revered king amid a truce after days of violent protests in Bangkok.

Speaking at his palace in the coastal resort of Hua Hin, the king said that Thailand had been peaceful because of the unity of the people.

Jonathan Head reports.