Dictionary raises Thai hackles

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A new edition of an English dictionary has caused offence in Thailand by describing the capital, Bangkok, as being well- known for its prostitutes, Reuter reports from Bangkok.

Ministers said yesterday that Thailand would protest to Longman's, and ask for the entry to be deleted. The entry for Bangkok in Longman's Dictionary of English Language and Culture says it 'is famous for its temples and other beautiful buildings, and is also often mentioned as a place where there are a lot of prostitutes'.