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BANGKOK – Thailand’s Senate delayed a vote Friday on the fate of a contentious amnesty bill that could pave the way for the return from exile of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was deposed by a 2006 military coup.

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An anti-riot police officer, center, takes a photograph of anti-government demonstrators from his position during a rally against an amnesty bill in Bangkok, Thailand Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Protesters rallied in downtown Bangkok on Thursday on the eve of a key vote on a bill that would grant amnesty to leaders and others involved in often-violent political conflicts since 2004. The Senate announced it would move up the vote to Friday from Monday in an attempt to ease rising tension over the bill, which has already passed the more powerful lower house. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

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