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  • FLORENCE, Italy— It's a sure-fire way to dampen the holiday cheers: Spend a week on a dream vacation abroad, then come back to find an additional several hundred dollars on your cellphone bill. Although some U.S. phone plans cover international travel, especially to Canada and Mexico, many don't. With the exception of Verizon, carriers typically block your phone...

  • BANGKOK— Even as Asia makes clear strides in taming hunger and famine, the rapidly modernizing continent needs to focus more on diversifying its diet or risk failing to quell malnutrition, with milk having the potential to help, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said in a report Tuesday. With greater political stability and modern farming techniques,...

  • BANGKOK— An apple a day kept the doctor away— but now in Asia, a cup of milk might do the trick. Milk and other dairy products have become an unexpected ally in the fight against Asia's newest dietary challenges: obesity, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies, according to a report by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization released Tuesday. With greater political...

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30- Human rights abuses at palm oil plantations are going unpunished by the industry watchdog due to weak rules, critics say, as an Amnesty International report on Wednesday exposed severe violations at Indonesian plantations. "Simply put, the RSPO does not protect workers and is unable to provide truly responsible palm oil," said Emma Lierley,...

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30- Human rights abuses at palm oil plantations are going unpunished by the industry watchdog due to weak rules, critics say, as an Amnesty International report on Wednesday exposed severe violations at Indonesian plantations. "Simply put, the RSPO does not protect workers and is unable to provide truly responsible palm oil," said Emma Lierley,...

  • Thailand's Crown Prince, Maha Vajiralongkorn, making a speech at a cultural event with local religious leaders in the southern Thai province of Pattani. He is widely expected to ascend the throne, following the death of the much loved king Bhumibol Adulyadej.

    Thailand's defense minister says the cabinet expects an audience with Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, who is expected to ascend the throne as early as this week.

  • Societe Generale's Xavier Denis explains that Thailand has a neutral rating, despite steady growth, because of political instability in recent years.

  • BEIJING— Asian stock markets were mixed Monday after oil prices slid on unease about this week's meeting of OPEC member to discuss possible output cuts. KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong's Hang Seng index advanced 0.9 percent to 22,926.19 and the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.5 percent to 3,280.77. Seoul's Kospi added 0.4 percent to 1,982.73 and benchmarks in New...

  • Illegal fishing, which includes catching undersized fish, exceeding quotas and casting nets in protected areas, leads to an estimated $23 billion in annual losses, according to the United Nations. Slavery has been documented in the fishing sectors of more than 50 countries, according to U.S. State Department reports. However, Phil Robertson, deputy Asia...

  • AirAsia plans to float a holding company that will tally all of its operations and entities under a HK listing for the Malaysia-based carrier.

  • Althea, a Seoul-based start-up, is trying to cash in on the trend by making inroads into southeast Asia's growing e-commerce market.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 7- Some activist groups are withdrawing support for the palm oil body that provides sustainability certificates for the industry, saying it is biased towards producers and its complaints panel is flawed. Aidenvironment, an Amsterdam- based green group, could become the latest to cut ties with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil over what it...

  • SINGAPORE/ JAKARTA, Nov 2- Indonesia and Vietnam are looking to join Thailand in blazing a trail for solar power in Southeast Asia, introducing targets to fire up green energy generation as a landmark global agreement to curb pollution is set to take effect. Indonesia and Vietnam aim to each have annual solar power capacity of at least 5 gigawatts from 2020, up...

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 2- Indonesia and Vietnam are looking to join Thailand in blazing a trail for solar power in Southeast Asia, introducing targets to fire up green energy generation as a landmark global agreement to curb pollution is set to take effect this week. The nation currently has the highest installed solar capacity in Southeast Asia, with a government...

  • Chinese financial powerhouse, Ant Financial, has ramped up its global expansion with an investment in Thailand's Ascend Money.

  • BANGKOK, Oct 31- Thailand's rice management committee said on Monday it will offer loans worth $1 billion to jasmine rice farmers struggling with falling prices, on a condition that they store the grain for six months to slow down market supply. Prices for jasmine rice, Thailand's highest quality rice, have tumbled to their lowest level in years, leaving the...

  • Migrant workers from Indonesia during a Labour Day rally in Hong Kong.

    Hong Kong, a city commonly associated with wealth, has one of the highest proportions of people enslaved across Asia, the SCMP reports.

  • *Says investors still have confidence in Thailand. BANGKOK, Oct 21- Thailand's economy is recovering gradually but is stronger than that of many countries, the central bank governor said on Friday, amid concerns that a year of mourning for revered King Bhumibol Adulaydej could affect tourism and consumption. Tourism accounts for about 10 percent of Thailand's...

  • Vendors selling black t-shirts to grieve Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

    Media, property and alcohol industries may feel the biggest pinch from a 30-day ban on "joyful events" after the death of its ninth monarch.

  • BANGKOK, Oct 19- Thais are crowding shopping malls and department stores to stock up on black clothes, as they begin a year of mourning for beloved King Bhumibol Adulaydej that could end up dampening consumption in Southeast Asia's second-biggest economy. The rush on retail outlets such Japan's Uniqlo, Tesco Lotus and BigC is in sharp contrast to thinning...