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Thai Prime Minister Prayut takes 'sole responsibility' for incomplete oath

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has said that he will take sole responsibility for failing to recite the full oath of allegiance when he and his Cabinet were sworn in. In an official ceremony in July, Mr Prayut and 35 ministers had omitted the last sentence of the oath about upholding and complying with the Constitution. No explanation was given as to why this happened. Thai opposition politicians have raised the issue, saying that the mistake could render the current government illegitimate.

US will not ask Southeast Asian allies to take sides: Mike Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted that Washington would never ask Southeast Asian allies to take sides as tensions continued to rise with its rival China. He made the remarks after meeting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers meeting in Bangkok on Aug 1. The pair discussed bilateral relations, the One China policy and denuclearisation talks with North Korea. Both sides said the talks were positive.

Thai cave rescue, one year on: Recovery under the glare of public attention

The daring rescue of 12 boys and their football coach from the Tham Luang Cave in northern Thailand last year made them world-famous overnight. But over the past 12 months, they've had to balance their recovery with immense public attention. Barely out of the cave, the Wild Boars were thrust into the spotlight in the following weeks, attending one publicity event after another.