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  • BANGKOK, Oct 31- Thailand's factory output fell but exports and consumption rose on Friday, suggesting the economy is struggling to gain momentum after a coup ended months of political unrest five months ago. "Overall, Thailand's economy is seeing a gradual recovery but the environment is still weak in terms of household spending and private investment," said...

  • After 40 years, a look at Hello Kitty's success Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 4:34 AM ET

    Only a handful of characters last so long, especially in Japan, where thousands come and go in a highly competitive market. Hello Kitty's company, Sanrio Co., which specializes in designing and making a wide range of products in the booming "cute" business, created her as a character 40 years ago. According to Sanrio, her real name is Kitty White, born Nov. 1— no year is...

  • BANGKOK, Oct 30- Sixteen years old and studying 13 hours a day, high school pupil Worapot doesn't have time to waste matching up to a military-led government's idea of what makes a good Thai. "Now the system might get even worse," said Worapot, as he sat on the steps of a language school in a bustling Bangkok shopping district where he is taking extra lessons in English.

  • Thai court dismisses case against British activist Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 12:17 AM ET

    Hall's legal troubles began after the activist helped author a report last year for the Finland- based watchdog Finnwatch that detailed what it said were poor labor conditions in seafood and pineapple export companies in Thailand. On Wednesday, a judge said the case was dismissed because the interview took place in Myanmar and the office of Thailand's...

  • Thai court dismisses case against British activist Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 11:42 PM ET

    Andy Hall still faces charges in three other cases filed by company Natural Fruit Co. Ltd. The next trial begins Thursday. Hall's troubles began after he helped author a report last year for the Finland- based watchdog Finnwatch on what it called poor labor conditions in seafood and pineapple export companies in Thailand, including Natural Fruit.

  • Myanmar army kills journalist it calls Karen rebel Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 4:23 AM ET

    YANGON, Myanmar— Myanmar's army shot dead a journalist who was detained while covering clashes between the army and ethnic rebels at the rugged border, saying he reached for a soldier's gun during an attempted escape, the press council said Friday. It released a military statement that said Aung Naing was arrested Sept. 30 after an attack on the army near...

  • British woman dies during Thai cosmetic surgery Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 3:56 AM ET

    BANGKOK— A British woman has died under anesthesia during a cosmetic procedure by an uncertified surgeon at a clinic in Thailand's capital, authorities said Friday. The 24- year-old patient stopped breathing after receiving an anesthetic during the operation Thursday night, said Boonruang Triruangworawat, director-general of the Health Service Support...

  • *Thailand is world's biggest exporter, producer of rubber. BANGKOK, Oct 17- Thailand's government has announced a series of measures to support rubber farmers reeling from a slump in global prices to five-year lows, helping push up futures in Tokyo and Shanghai by almost 5 percent at one stage on Friday. The steps announced late on Thursday include nearly $1...

  • *Thailand is world's biggest exporter, producer of rubber. BANGKOK, Oct 17- Thailand's government has announced a series of measures to help rubber farmers reeling from a slump in global prices to five-year lows, helping push up futures in Tokyo and Shanghai by nearly 5 percent on Friday. The steps include nearly a billion dollars in funds to finance rubber...

  • Global sugar mills retrench as depressed prices take toll Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 11:36 AM ET

    LONDON/ SAO PAULO, Oct 8- Squeezed margins in sugar mills, caused by depressed prices after years of global over-supply, are hastening closures and consolidation in the sector, potentially eroding global output and supporting prices. Faced with declining revenues, more sugar mills in top producer Brazil are expected to shut in the coming months, while...

  • KUALA LUMPUR/ JAKARTA, Oct 3- September marked a turning point for Southeast Asia's foreign exchange and stock markets, ending a six-month run of capital inflows as the dollar's broad rally drew investors' attention to the currency risk and exalted valuations in these markets. Even though the cumulative net foreign investment was positive in the four...

  • BANGKOK, Oct 2- Consumer confidence in Thailand dropped in September for the first time since May's military coup, a university survey showed, adding to evidence that authorities haven't yet been able to get an economic recovery on track. Consumption is a pivotal engine of growth in Thailand, so getting Thais to spend more is crucial for reaching the growth...

  • "Given its size, economic potential and its strategic position between China and India, Myanmar is forecast to be one of the fastest growing economies in the region over the medium term," Andrew Geczy, CEO of international and institutional banking for Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, said in a statement.

  • YANGON, Oct 1- Myanmar has granted nine foreign banks, including three Japanese lenders and Australia's ANZ, approval to operate on a limited basis- a move aimed at spurring foreign investment in an economy emerging from decades of military rule.

  • TOKYO/ BANGKOK, Oct 1- Three major Japanese banks are among foreign banks that have been granted limited operating licences in Myanmar, a move that Myanmar's government hopes will spur foreign investment in an economy emerging from decades of military rule.

  • BANGKOK, Sept 30- Thai factory output dropped for a 17th straight month and a central bank index showed consumption slipped in August, the latest signs that the country's economy is still sputtering.

  • *Commerce Ministry sees 2014 exports up 0.5-1.0 pct, not 3.5 pct. BANGKOK, Sept 29- Thai exports unexpectedly fell the most in August since flooding in late 2011 paralyzed the economy, putting pressure on the military government to speed up stimulus measures.

  • *Customs-cleared exports -7.4 pct y/y in Aug, poll saw -3.6 pct. BANGKOK, Sept 29- Thai exports in August fell by the biggest percentage since bad flooding in late 2011, confirming that a key engine of the country's economy is not firing.

  • BANGKOK, Sept 26- Thailand's central bank said on Friday the country's pivotal exports won't grow at all this year, but maintained the economy can still grow 1.5 percent in 2014 assuming the government can jack up spending in the last quarter.

  • *Army seized power in May to end protracted political tensions. BANGKOK, Sept 17- Thailand's central bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged on Wednesday, as expected, repeating that it believes the current level supports moves to spur an economic recovery.