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Compiled by Ravi Agrawal and Madalina Iacob
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(CNN) -- Following the coup in Thailand, The Nation, a major Thai daily, says:"The coupmakers are luckier than those before them in that much of society now believes they have done the wrong thing for the right reason.

"Public trust in power in the hands of men with guns can last as long as the smoke that follows when a shot is fired.

"Today, he is seen as a seriously flawed political leader, who had tried to propagate and perpetuate a culture of corruption and deceit that threatened to undermine democracy as we knew it."

The New York Times calls on Thailand's General Sonthi Boonyaratglin to return power to a constitutional civilian leadership, an opinion echoed by The Times of London.

"There are two issues fuelling the current unrest in Thailand: Allegations of widespread corruption by Mr. Thaksin, his family and his cronies; and the Muslim rebellion in the three southernmost provinces that has turned a separatist movement into a full military confrontation, with bloody clashes and the threat of Islamist terrorism.

"Mr. Thaksin's handling of both has been lamentable. But that does not justify an illegal attempt to force him from power. The army must return to barracks immediately."

Farewell 'Crocodile Hunter'

Thousands gathered in front of the Australia Zoo for memorial service to commemorate the life of crocodile hunter Steve Irwin took, according to the New Zealand Herald.

"Of all the tributes being delivered at the memorial service to crocodile hunter Steve Irwin, it was perhaps the one read out by Steve's daughter Bindi which proved the most touching to the huge crowd at Australia Zoo.

"Bindi spoke of how he was her hero and she hopes his work will continue. Bindi, 8, read a tribute to her father, saying he had wanted to change the world so that 'everyone loved wildlife as much as he did.'"

Sizing up politicians

"Nobody can escape the eye of the psychologist," Dr. Peter Collett, formerly of Oxford University, told a science festival, according to Canada's Globe and Mail newspaper.

"Tony Blair unconsciously fiddles with his little finger whenever an opponent makes him anxious. Bill Clinton tends to bite his lip when he wants to appear emotional.

"George W. Bush walks like a body builder, hanging his palms to the rear as though laden down by huge muscles, to imply that he's larger than he actually is."

Music to your ears -- and brain

A report in the UK's "Daily Mail" says "unique brain testing shows how musical training improves memory and I.Q.

"Even children as young as four years old can benefit, not only in playing and understanding music but also in developing other mental skills, say Canadian-based researchers."


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