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Thailand’s former prime minister charged with murder

HONG KONG — The former prime minister of Thailand, Abhisit Vejjajiva, was charged with murder Thursday for his role in a military crackdown on antigovernment protesters in Bangkok 2½ years ago.

Tharit Pengdit, the director of Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation, said Abhisit and his deputy had issued ‘‘orders that caused the deaths of many people.’’

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