31 May '14, 2pm

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SINGAPORE (AFP) - US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Saturday urged Thailand's coup leaders to release detainees and call for elections soon. "We urge the Royal Thai Armed Forces to release those who have been detained, end restrictions on free expression, and move immediately to restore power to the people of Thailand, through free and fair elections," Mr Hagel said at the Shangri-La Dialogue, a top Asian security conference in Singapore. In his first televised national address after announcing the army takeover last week, Thai junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha said late on Friday that the new military regime planned to work towards returning the nation of 67 million people to democracy in around 15 months.

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