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  • BEIJING— Global stocks were lackluster Friday after Japan reported mixed economic data and investors waited for revised U.S. growth figures. KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, France's CAC-40 was little changed at 4,911.03 and Germany's DAX gained 0.05 percent to 11,332.45. Britain's FTSE 100 was steady at 6,949.04.

  • *GM to stop car manufacturing in Indonesia. GM Indonesia to shutter assembly plant, axe 500 jobs. Feb 27- A day after announcing it is to stop making GM-branded cars in Indonesia, General Motors said on Friday it would cease production of its Chevrolet Sonic in Thailand by the middle of this year.

  • Thai Airways plane hits turbulence, 11 on board injured Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 8:33 AM ET

    BANGKOK— A Thai Airways plane hit severe turbulence over Thailand that injured 11 people Thursday, the airline said. The Airbus A340-600 landed safely at its destination, Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport, according to airline President Jarumporn Chotikasathein. The extent of their injuries was unclear, and Thai Airways has not specified the...

  • Overfishing driving slavery on Thailand's seafood boats Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 5:19 AM ET

    SAMUT SAKHON, Thailand— Urine pools under a bed where an emaciated Burmese man lies wearing only a T-shirt and a diaper. He is just one of countless hidden casualties from the fishing industry in Thailand, the world's third-largest seafood exporter. The group estimates that up to half of all fish labeled a "product of Thailand" is sourced from outside its borders—...

  • *Shipments to China -20 pct, to Japan -7.5 pct. BANGKOK, Feb 25- Thai exports were far weaker than expected in January, which will renew pressure on the military-led government to boost economic stimulus and on the central bank to cut rates. Exports, worth more than 60 percent of the economy, fell 3.46 percent in January on the year, the Commerce Ministry said on...

  • *CVC, shareholders to offer 645 mln shares in HK $8- 9/ each range. HONG KONG, Feb 23- HKBN Ltd, Hong Kong's second-largest broadband Internet provider, will launch its IPO on Tuesday, with shareholders including CVC Capital Partners looking to raise up to $750 million, sources familiar with the IPO plans said. At the top of its indicative range, the IPO would be the...

  • Drug-resistant malaria spreads: Study Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 7:41 AM ET
    File photo: A malaria victim rests at a small medical center in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    The drug that has saved millions from malaria is losing its efficacy in a much larger swath of territory than was previously known. The NYT reports.

  • The law, which prohibits the act of hiring women commercially to carry fetuses to term, aims to stop Thailand from being a surrogacy hub for foreign couples, or from becoming "the wombs of the world," National Legislative Assembly member Wanlop Tangkananurak told The Associated Press on Friday. Thailand was rocked by several surrogacy scandals last year.

  • Thailand plans to end "rent-a-womb" tourism Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 12:53 AM ET
    The entrance of New Life IVF clinic shows its closed doors in Bangkok on August 15, 2014.

    Thailand's interim parliament has passed a law banning foreigners from seeking surrogacy services to end a "rent-a-womb" fertility-tourism industry.

  • JAKARTA, Feb 18- They might be late to the party, but central banks in Southeast Asia are joining the global rush of easier policy, as deflationary pressures create room for them to prop up faltering growth without weakening defences against capital outflows. Indonesia surprised markets with a rate cut on Tuesday, and Singapore eased its policy in January.

  • *Japan ended Indonesia imports about 10 yrs ago on bird-flu worry. JAKARTA, Feb 18- Indonesian poultry suppliers are weeks away from making their first exports of processed chicken to Japan in a decade, an endorsement of quality that will boost the Southeast Asian nation's push into a regional market dominated by Thailand. Hit by scares over chicken meat safety...

  • Credit Suisse is 'cautious' on Thailand  Sunday, 15 Feb 2015 | 8:45 PM ET

    Santitarn Sathirathai, head of Southeast Asia and India Economics Research at Credit Suisse, says Thailand has been seeing a sluggish recovery and outlines the weakest links in the economy.

  • Bank of Thailand: Rate cut is an option  Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 6:44 PM ET

    Prasarn Trairatvorakul, Governor of the Bank of Thailand, says the central bank has space to ease policy if economic data worsens.

  • *Dec private consumption -0.7 pct m/m, investment +0.1 pct- c.bank. *Dec current account surplus a record high $5.52 bln. BANGKOK, Jan 30- Thailand's private consumption contracted in December and investment stalled, the latest evidence that the country's growth engines remain shaky and the economy is not back on track.

  • Migrant laborers at work on the pier in front of a Thai fishing boat in Sattahip, Thailand's Rayong province in 2011

    A motley group of Thai civilians frustrated by their government's lackluster response to human trafficking have taken up arms to patrol a smuggling route.

  • BANGKOK, Jan 29- Thailand's finance ministry again trimmed its growth forecasts for this year and the last on Thursday, when fresh factory output data provided more evidence that the economy remains wobbly. For 2014, whose full-year GDP growth rate will be announced on Feb. 16, the ministry reduced its projection to just 0.7 percent, from 1 percent in December.

  • By Yantoultra Ngui and Fransiska Nangoy KUALA LUMPUR/ JAKARTA, Jan 29- Indonesia narrowed the gap in car output with Thailand, Southeast Asia's automaking hub, to its smallest ever last year in percentage terms and is expected to overtake the Thai industry within a decade. Indonesia, Southeast Asia's largest economy, has already surpassed Thailand as the...

  • BANGKOK, Jan 28- Thailand's central bank on Wednesday left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 2.0 percent, a level that still "supports" a struggling economy that it asserted is improving. But a recent wave of monetary easing in the face of disinflation, including an unexpected move by Singapore early on Wednesday, created some uncertainty about the Thai...

  • Yingluck's impeachment is a 'non-event': Pro  Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 10:07 PM ET

    The rise in Thai shares on Monday shows that markets view former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's impeachment as a "side show" and the country's political situation remains fairly stable, says Paul Gambles, Co-Founder of MBMG Group.

  • *China factory activity contracts for 2nd month. BEIJING/ SEOUL, Jan 23- Chinese factories were forced to cut prices for the sixth straight month in January to sell their products, while economic growth in South Korea slowed sharply, raising the prospect of more policy easing from major central banks in Asia. The weak manufacturing reading from China added to...