TOPSHOT - People ride bicycles during a mass cycle event to honour King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Narathiwat, southern Thailand on December 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Madaree TOHLALA / AFP / MADAREE TOHLALA
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Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a rare public appearance Monday after failing to show up for nationwide celebrations marking his birthday earlier this month.The king was last seen in public on Sept. 1 and did not make an appearance on his birthday – the second year running he missed the celebrations he would usually take part in.The condition of the king, the world's longest serving monarch, is of huge public interest but cannot be discussed openly in the kingdom because the royal family is shielded by one of the world's toughest lese-majeste laws.Article 112 of the country's criminal code carries up to 15 years in jail for each count of insulting the king, queen, heir or regent.
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