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  • BANGKOK, July 31- Thailand's central bank on Thursday insisted that economic activity "likely" picked up in the second quarter, one day after weak data fuelled concerns the country may have slipped into a recession after months of political turmoil.

  • Thai junta sets plan for fast rail links to China Wednesday, 30 Jul 2014 | 6:21 AM ET

    BANGKOK— Thailand's military government approved a massive budget to upgrade the country's railways including high-speed rail that would eventually link with China as part of an eight-year plan to improve infrastructure, officials said Wednesday.

  • *Finance Ministry cuts 2014 GDP growth f'cast to 2 pct from 2.6 pct. The poor output figures increases worries that Southeast Asia's second-largest economy may have slipped into recession in the second quarter, though the Finance Ministry said there was a little growth in April-June.

  • BANGKOK, July 30- Thai factory output fell nearly twice as much as expected in June, the latest piece of data signaling that eased political tension is not yet generating a revival for the struggling economy. In June, factory output dropped 6.6 percent from a year earlier, the Industry Ministry said on Wednesday.

  • Thailand to re-launch women-only train carriages Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    BANGKOK— Thailand's railway authority said on Thursday it will re-launch women- and children-only carriages in main routes nationwide after a 13- year-old girl was raped and killed in her berth on an overnight train earlier this month.

  • *Mozambique coal ambitions face setback in depressed market. MAPUTO, July 22- A Thai-Mozambican consortium has set a 2018 target to commission a $4.5 billion coal export railway and port terminal project in central Mozambique, but the depressed global coal prices outlook made the timing "tough", the company's president said.

  • MUMBAI/ BANGKOK, July 21- Thailand is set to reclaim its status as the world's top rice exporter as weak monsoon rains curb India's crop, helping the Southeast Asian country's new military government offload bulging stockpiles.

  • *Qantas, British Airways among airlines to avoid Ukraine. SYDNEY, July 18- Qantas Airways and several other airlines altered their flight paths some time ago to avoid Ukrainian air space after fighting flared up in the region, raising questions about why others did not do the same.

  • *Qantas, Air Berlin among airlines to shift route ahead of crash. SYDNEY, July 18- Airlines including Qantas Airways and Air Berlin altered their flight paths months ago to avoid Ukrainian air space after fighting flared up in the region, raising questions about why others did not do the same.

  • Double disasters taint Malaysia Airlines Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 12:53 AM ET

    Just four months earlier, a Malaysia Airlines jetliner carrying 239 people disappeared about an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur. Even before the Flight 370 mystery, state-owned Malaysia Airlines was in serious financial trouble.

  • Common grade Thai 5 percent white rice was offered at $430 per tonne, up from $420 last week. In Vietnam, the price of low-quality 25- percent broken rice rose around 5 percent from $365 to $370 to $385 to $390 a tonne, the highest in nearly seven months, driven up by limited supply and regional buying, traders said.

  • Common grade Thai 5 percent white rice was offered at $430 per tonne, up from $420 last week. In Vietnam, the price of low-quality 25- percent broken rice rose around 5 percent from $365 to $370 to $385 to $390 a tonne, the highest in nearly seven months, driven up by limited supply and regional buying, traders said.

  • *CIMB plans seen highly likely to push Maybank towards a deal. *Maybank expected to wait first to see if CIMB clinches RHB. CIMB Group Holdings' proposal to buy RHB Capital Bhd and Malaysia Building Society Bhd would make it the country's biggest bank by assets and give it an enviable lead in domestic loans.

  • *Bangkok gender selection IVF seen affordable in China. SYDNEY/ BANGKOK, July 16- At 26, with a baby daughter, a Hong Kong mother and her husband wanted a second child.

  • The Australian Bureau of Meteorology this week said Pacific Ocean surface temperatures are at levels associated with a weak El Nino, but the threshold for the weather event has not yet been breached. El Nino could bring dry weather to Australia, which is already struggling with a drought, and it could also curb its wheat, sugar and cotton production.

  • TASIKMALAYA, Indonesia, July 7- The closest and dirtiest presidential race in Indonesia's young democracy could be decided on Wednesday among the mosques and rice paddies of West Java, the nation's most populous province.

  • BANGKOK, July 3- A university's index of consumer confidence in Thailand jumped in June, pointing to a possible improvement in domestic demand after the army took power and promised to revitalize a stumbling economy. The consumer confidence index of the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce rose to 75.1 in June, from 70.7 in May.

  • *Military seized power on May 22 after months of political unrest. BANGKOK, July 3- Data from University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce:. On May 22, the Thai army seized power.

  • *May current account deficit $664 mln, vs April's $643 mln deficit. BANGKOK, June 30- Thailand's central bank signalled on Monday that Southeast Asia's second-largest economy would avoid recession this quarter and said manufacturing and consumption "started to show signs of recovery" in May.

  • *Sees 2014 current account surplus at $11.7 bln vs $0.7 bln surplus earlier. BANGKOK, June 27- Thailand's central bank cut its export growth forecast for this year to 3.0 percent from 4.5 percent, raised its inflation forecast and said this year's current-account surplus should be much larger than earlier projected.