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  • The battle to be the world's No. 1 restaurant once again felt like a tussle between Spain and Denmark, with Italy caught in the middle. El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, got the top spot on the annual The World's 50 Best Restaurants announced Monday in London, beating Noma, Rene Redzepi's daringly innovative Danish restaurant, which fell from first to third place.

  • *Don't single us out as cause of influx, says Myanmar. BANGKOK, May 29- Southeast Asian nations agreed on Friday to intensify search and rescue efforts to help vulnerable "boat people" stranded in the region's seas, as Myanmar said its navy had seized a vessel off its coast with more than 700 migrants aboard. More than 4,000 migrants have landed in Indonesia, Malaysia,...

  • JAKARTA, May 29- A slide in the Philippines' economic growth to its weakest in three years wraps up a slew of dismal data from Southeast Asia and adds pressure on governments to unleash some of their fiscal spending firepower given the limitation of monetary policy now. "Monetary policy has lost its punch... but we're not really seeing the fiscal authorities step up,"...

  • Etihad Airways profit jumps by over half to $73 million Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 4:53 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Etihad Airways, the United Arab Emirates' fast-growing national carrier, said Thursday its profit rose by more than half to $73 million last year but warned that "aggressive protectionist sentiment" in the West threatens its future prospects. The government-backed airline, which has bought up stakes in several foreign carriers...

  • BANGKOK, May 28- Thai factory output tumbled more than expected in April, the latest evidence that the country's key economic engines remain wobbly and the junta is struggling to move the economy forward. With exports and domestic demand still weak, Southeast Asia's second-largest economy has not regained traction one year after the army took power to end...

  • Global stocks mostly higher in quiet trading day Monday, 25 May 2015 | 4:49 AM ET

    BEIJING— Asian stocks were mostly higher Monday on a quiet trading day with Hong Kong, Wall Street and London closed for holidays. London and Frankfurt were closed for holidays. Wall Street is closed Monday for Memorial Day.

  • Migrant crisis: Malaysia finds 139 mass graves Monday, 25 May 2015 | 4:05 AM ET
    Malaysia Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar speaks to the media during press conference announcement of a suspected mass grave site of ethnic Rohingyas between the Malaysia-Thailand borders.

    Malaysia uncovers 139 graves thought to contain the remains of migrants scattered around suspected human trafficking camps.

  • BEIJING— All-expenses-paid trips to reward top salespeople aren't unusual, but direct marketing companies that are the Chinese versions of Amway, Avon and Herbalife are taking it to an extreme by sending thousands abroad on package tours. One company is sending 12,700 salespeople to Thailand on a tour that continues until next week. vice-chairman Xu Guowei...

  • Tuk-tuk taxi maker aims to make inroads in US Friday, 22 May 2015 | 2:24 AM ET

    DENVER— They're ubiquitous in Asia, swarming the bustling streets of Bangkok, New Delhi and Beijing. The Tuk Tuk Factory, based in Amsterdam, has signed a licensing agreement with Denver- based eTuk USA to allow the company to manufacture and sell an electric version of the vehicle. The three partners' other company, eTuk Denver, launched a call-and-demand shuttle...

  • Why Nomura cut its 2015 GDP forecast for Thailand   Friday, 22 May 2015 | 12:16 AM ET
    Why Nomura cut its 2015 GDP forecast for Thailand

    Rob Subbaraman, chief economist, Asia ex-Japan at Nomura, says the Bank of Thailand is "overburdened" and more measures to help the economy must come from the fiscal policy and reforms.

  • SET CEO: This is propping up Thai stocks   Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 11:40 PM ET
    SET CEO: This is propping up Thai stocks

    Kesara Manchusree, president & CEO of SET, says robust interest from Thailand's retail investors helped the benchmark SET index to withstand last year's political crisis.

  • TREA: Thai rice subsidy scheme was 'nonsense'   Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 11:24 PM ET
    TREA: Thai rice subsidy scheme was 'nonsense'

    Vichai Sriprasert, honorary president of Thai Rice Exporters Association (TREA), says prices of grains now adhere to market mechanisms after the military ended the controversial price-support scheme.

  • BOT: 'Happy with Thai baht at the moment'   Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 10:41 PM ET
    BOT: 'Happy with Thai baht at the moment'

    Prasarn Trairatvorakul, governor of Bank of Thailand, says the current levels of Thai baht is "more in line" with regional currencies.

  • Tracking the slowdown in Thai credit spending   Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 9:39 PM ET
    Tracking the slowdown in Thai credit spending

    Darren Buckley, President of AmCham and country head and country officer of Citibank Thailand, says there is a slowdown in credit card spending and a pick up in the delinquency rate in Thailand.

  • Why US investors are not deterred by Thai crisis   Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 9:34 PM ET
    Why US investors are not deterred by Thai crisis

    Darren Buckley, President of AmCham, explains why foreign direct investment from the U.S. into Thailand increased nearly 5-fold in 2014 despite the country's political instability.

  • Hana Electronics CEO: '2014 was a good year'   Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 8:35 PM ET
    Hana Electronics CEO: '2014 was a good year'

    Richard Han, CEO of Hana Electronics, says last year's military coup resulted in much-needed stability that allowed businesses to return to normal in Thailand.

  • BOT governor: There is still room for rate cut   Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 6:36 PM ET
    BOT governor: There is still room for rate cut

    Thailand's economy continues to stumble even though the central bank has cut rates twice in a row. CNBC asks Prasarn Trairatvorakul, governor of Bank of Thailand, whether he is running out of options.

  • The new arms race in the South China Sea Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 1:19 PM ET
    An Indonesian naval vessel.

    Defense spending among nations in the South China Sea region is rising, but most of it isn't going to the United States.

  • But move would be good for rice exporters Thailand, Vietnam. JAKARTA, May 21- Indonesia's president could be forced to backtrack on promises to curb rice imports, with analysts saying the country may ship in as much as 1.6 million tonnes of the staple grain this year due to soaring prices at home and the threat of a strong El Nino. "Sometimes Indonesia's policy isn't...

  • How should Southeast Asia respond to migrant boat crisis

    Syed Hamid Albar, former Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs, says countries such as Malaysia should allow asylum seekers to land on their shores before a serious humanitarian problem emerges.