• The Associated Press


A boy with no official nationality who lives in Thailand took third place in a paper airplane contest in Chiba after his tearful pleas to be allowed to attend prompted authorities to grant him a rare temporary passport.

Mong Thongdee, 12, won a national paper airplane championship in Thailand in August 2008 after he threw a plane that flew for 12 seconds, and was later chosen to attend the Japanese contest. But Mong, who lives in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, is the son of Myanmar migrants who are stateless and so have no legal right to travel abroad.

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