Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej a no-show for his 87th birthday

December 5, 2014 1:46 PM

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Bangkok: Thailand's ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej has cancelled plans to hold a public annual audience marking his 87th birthday on his doctors' advice, heightening anxiety in the deeply divided kingdom over the leader's health.

The world's longest-serving monarch has been seen by Thais as a unifying father figure throughout a turbulent six-decade rule, and his absence on Friday comes at a time of profound concern over the kingdom's future as his reign enters its twilight years.

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