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THAILAND MILITARY RULERS TO BROADCAST ALL WORLD CUP MATCHES "LIVE" FOR FREE

In a bid to live up to its motto of "Bringing happiness back to Thai people", the junta managed to pull off a deal for the live telecast of all World Cup 2014 matches on free-to-air TV, which will bring joy to 22 million households. A press conference titled "TV5 returns happiness to Thai people to join the World Cup spirit" will be held on Thursday at the Army's TV5 headquarters. "It is public money. It's not that we have money and wake up one day and spend money to buy anything (we want). Unless we spend it for disaster cause," she tweeted. Social media users on Wednesday also voiced their disagreement. They said the NBTC should not use taxpayers' money to pay RS for the telecast rights.

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Thai ministry says blocks Facebook to stem anti-coup criticism

Thailand's information technology ministry blocked Facebook on Wednesday and planned to hold talks with other social networking sites to stem protests against the military government, a senior official said. "We have blocked Facebook temporarily and tomorrow we will call a meeting with other social media, like Twitter and Instagram, to ask for cooperation from them," Surachai Srisaracam, permanent secretary of the Information and Communications Technology Ministry, told Reuters.

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