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Darunee Thitchan, 52, weeps after hearing of the demise of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Darunee Thitchan, 52, weeps after hearing of the demise of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Thais in Singapore mourn the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Fighting back tears, all Ms Darunee Thitchan could utter between sobs was "The King, the Thai King has passed away."

The 52-year-old Thai visitor, in Singapore to see her boyfriend, was among scores of Thai nationals having dinner at the Golden Mile Complex on Thursday night when news broke that their monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 88, had died after a long illness.

Business owners and customers at the popular hangout for Thai nationals had been checking their phones for updates all night and some burst into tears upon hearing he had died.

Ms Thitchan had planned to go home next month but will now fly home on Friday. "I loved him so much; he was like a father to me," she said.

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Michelle Obama leads charge against ‘disgraceful’ Donald Trump

Michelle Obama has said she looks forward to a quieter, calmer life after politics. But on Thursday she hit the campaign trail with a vengeance.

Her voice quivering with emotion, the wildly popular First Lady launched a blistering attack on Donald Trump’s sexually aggressive talk about women, calling it “disgraceful,” especially coming from a man running for president.

“This wasn’t locker room banter,” said the 52-year-old first lady, visibly incensed. “This was a powerful individual speaking freely and openly about sexually predatory behaviour. And actually bragging about kissing and groping women.”

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Baby offered for sale on eBay prompts German probe

German police said they were investigating a refugee couple after their one-month-old baby was put up for sale on the online auction platform eBay for €5,000 (S$7,600).

Police launched a probe into possible human trafficking after they were tipped off about the advertisement which appeared online for around 30 minutes on Tuesday.

Preliminary investigations show that the advertisement was put up using the Internet connection of the couple, identified by police only as "refugees".

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Female workers made to kiss boss every morning at Beijing firm

A video showing a strange morning ritual at a Beijing company has raised the heckles of Chinese netizens.

Every morning, female employees are required to queue up and kiss their boss before beginning work at a company selling home brewery equipment, the Shanghaiist reported.

A short video showing the kissing has taken the Internet by storm.

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Writers divided on whether Bob Dylan deserves Nobel prize

To say that singer Bob Dylan's lifting of the Nobel prize for literature came as a shock to the literary establishment is something of an understatement.

With the Syrian poet Adonis and the Kenyian novelist and critic Ngugi Wa Thiong'o widely seen as favourites if not shoo-ins, Dylan's triumph sparked a mixture of horror, head scratching and elation.

"Dylan's name has often been mentioned over the past few years but we always thought it was a joke," said the French novelist Pierre Assouline, who could not hide his fury at the Nobel committee.

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