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  • 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.

  • BANGKOK, June 26- Thai exports and factory output fell more than expected in May, showing that pillars of the economy remain weak and underscoring the tough task the military government faces kick-starting growth after seven months of political turmoil.

  • BANGKOK, June 26- Thai exports fell more than expected in May, showing that a pillar of the economy remains weak and underscoring the tough task the military government faces kick-starting growth after seven months of political turmoil.

  • *May had trade deficit of $810 mln, poll predicted $300 mln surplus. BANGKOK, June 26- Thai exports fell more than expected in May, showing that a pillar of the economy remains weak and underscoring the tough task the military government faces kick-starting growth after seven months of political turmoil.

  • WASHINGTON, June 25- Military rule in Thailand is likely to last longer than expected and has been more repressive than after the country's last coup in 2006, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.

  • WASHINGTON, June 20- The United States downgraded Thailand, Malaysia and Venezuela on Friday to its list of the world's worst centers of human trafficking, opening up the countries to possible sanctions and dumping them in the same category as North Korea and Syria.

  • WASHINGTON, June 20- The U.S. State Department downgraded Thailand, Malaysia and Venezuela on Friday to its list of the world's worst centers of human trafficking, opening up the countries to possible sanctions and dumping them in the same category as North Korea and Syria.

  • *Rocket Internet building online empire outside US, China. Rocket Internet is bidding to create the largest internet empire outside the United States and China, seeking to replicate the success of Amazon and Alibaba in markets the U.S. and Chinese e-commerce groups have yet to dominate, such as Africa, Latin America and Russia.

  • BANGKOK, June 18- Thailand's central bank cut this year's growth forecast nearly by half to 1.5 percent but sees a much brighter 2015 as the new military government tries to reinvigorate the economy after prolonged political turmoil.

  • BANGKOK, June 18- Thailand's central bank left its key interest rate unchanged on Wednesday, as expected, and cut its economic growth forecast for 2014 nearly by half to 1.5 percent.

  • Expect a rate cut from BOT: Morgan Stanley     Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | 12:34 AM ET

    Deyi Tan, Executive Director at Morgan Stanley Research, says a sluggish growth forecast may prompt the Bank of Thailand to announce a 25 basis point rate cut on Wednesday.