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Thailand to insist on Pokemon-free zones

BANGKOK -- Thailand's telecom regulator wants the developer of "Pokemon Go" to keep the game's cartoon monsters away from certain places, due to "safety and national security concerns."

The National Broadcasting and Communications Commission intends to ask U.S.-based Niantic to remove Pokemon characters from four types of locations: historic and religious sites, dangerous spots such as narrow footpaths and rivers, government facilities and private property. Likewise, the regulator does not want any of these places to be so-called Pokestops, where players can collect virtual items for use in the augmented reality smartphone game.

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