• THAI CURFEW LIFTED IN THREE TOURIST HOTSPOTS

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    BANGKOK: Thailand’s junta said on Tuesday that it was scrapping a curfew in three major beach resorts to woo back tourists in the wake of last month’s military coup. The measure will be lifted for Pattaya, Koh Samui and Phuket “to create a favourable climate for tourism,” the military said in a televised announcement. “The rest of the country remains under curfew,” it added. The measure was initially introduced after the May 22 coup for the whole country for 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., to the dismay of the owners of bars and other late-night businesses. The junta shortened it to midnight until 4 a.m. late last month. Months of bloody political unrest have dealt a heavy blow to the key tourism industry in the “Land of Smiles,” which welcomed a record 26.5 million foreign visitors in 2013.

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