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  • A report commissioned by Swiss food giant Nestle SA released on Monday said its seafood supply chain in Thailand included slave labour, sparking renewed calls to clean up a $3 billion industry long dogged by allegations of abuse. And next month Thailand faces crucial judgments by international bodies that could threaten seafood exports and shake...

  • Thai poultry producers accused of labor abuses Thursday, 26 Nov 2015 | 7:33 AM ET

    BANGKOK— Poultry exported to Europe from factories in Thailand is sometimes prepared in conditions that violate labor rights, two Scandinavian groups promoting corporate responsibility charged Thursday. The claim comes as Thailand's seafood industry is reeling from allegations that its products are tainted by major labor abuses, including slavery on...

  • *TU plans to divest Chicken of the Sea to acquire Bumble Bee. BANGKOK, Nov 24- Thai Union Group, the world's largest canned tuna producer, said on Tuesday it expected U.S. authorities to decide on Dec. 18 whether to approve its proposed $1.5 billion acquisition of rival Bumble Bee Seafoods. Bumble Bee is the largest canned tuna and sardine producer in North America,...

  • International NY Times to end print edition in Thailand Thursday, 19 Nov 2015 | 8:02 AM ET

    BANGKOK— The International New York Times says it will cease printing and distributing its print edition in Thailand at the end of the year, attributing the decision to the rising cost of operating in the Southeast Asian country. Gordon said the print edition will still be available in six other Southeast Asian nations: Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, the...

  • *Suu Kyi's election win could prompt new wave of investment. YANGON, Nov 18- Aung San Suu Kyi's landslide election win might be bad news for Myanmar businessmen like construction magnate Khin Shwe, who lost his parliament seat and remains barred from doing business with U.S. nationals due to his ties to the former junta. Sitting comfortably on a beige leather sofa...

  • Southeast Asia's hazy politics of pollution Tuesday, 10 Nov 2015 | 10:20 PM ET
    Indonesian soldiers extinguish the fire on burned peatland and fields on October 2, 2015 in Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia.

    Countries have gone to war for less. But pollution from Indonesia's forest fires has received a relatively benign regional response.

  • How KTB plans to be most profitable bank in Thailand

    Vorapak Tanyawong, president and CEO of Krungthai Bank (KTB), says the bank is realigning its portfolio in order to become the most profitable bank in Thailand by 2018.

  • Super bear Marc Faber: I like Vietnam Monday, 2 Nov 2015 | 8:11 PM ET
    Super bear Marc Faber: I like Vietnam

    Marc Faber, editor & publisher, The Gloom, Boom and Doom Report, says Vietnam remains a bright spot amid a poor global environment.

  • BEIJING/ WASHINGTON, Nov 2- In August, foreign ministers from 10 nations blasted China for building artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea. WCRW is just one of a growing number of stations across the world through which Beijing is broadcasting China- friendly news and programming. Many of these stations primarily broadcast content created or...

  • How Thailand could really boost its economy Wednesday, 28 Oct 2015 | 12:28 PM ET
    Protesters confront soldiers in riot gear blocking the route of an anti-coup march on May 24, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand.

    Thailand's history of military coups has made policymakers too focused on political stability rather than foreign investment, according to experts.

  • Thailand plans tax revamp to spur investment Monday, 26 Oct 2015 | 9:17 PM ET
    Apisak Tantivorawong, Thailand's finance minister, attends a seminar at the Stock Exchange of Thailand in Bangkok, Thailand, on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015.

    Finance minister poised to propose tax incentives aimed at boosting private investment and reviving flagging economy.

  • BANGKOK, Oct 26- U.S. authorities are in Thailand to inspect progress made in aviation safety standards after it told the country to address shortcomings or face a downgrade, the transport minister said on Monday. Thailand faces a downgrade from a category 1 to a category 2 if it does not show improvement. Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said...

  • The poll also suggests that those few economies which have perked up this year, particularly the United States, the euro zone and Britain, are increasingly exposed to waning global demand and may not be able to maintain their momentum. "Worryingly, for the regions that have shown the most resilience- the U.S. and Europe- the outlook seems to become more clouded," wrote...

  • Meet graffiti artist Alec Monopoly Sunday, 11 Oct 2015 | 8:51 PM ET
    Meet graffiti artist Alec Monopoly

    CNBC speaks to graffiti artist Alec Monopoly about his street art pieces in Thailand and Singapore. He later discusses his collaborations with brands such as W Hotels.

  • Investors, beware these Southeast Asian countries Wednesday, 7 Oct 2015 | 6:40 PM ET
    Investors, beware these Southeast Asian countries

    Countries reliant on commodities and foreign debt, including Indonesia and Malaysia, are a concern, says Paul Gambles, co-founder of MBMG Group.

  • Rising anger in Thailand's boom-to-bust northeast Wednesday, 30 Sep 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    *Rising discontent in Thailand's northeast. KHON KAEN, Thailand, Oct 1- The rural heartland of Thailand's deposed leader Yingluck Shinawatra and her exiled billionaire brother Thaksin is hurting as a result of the military government's economic policies, stirring discontent and the threat of protests. The removal of generous agricultural subsidies has...

  • People here want a higher retirement age Monday, 28 Sep 2015 | 11:06 PM ET
    Elderly people work out with wooden dumb-bells in the grounds of a temple in Tokyo on September 21, 2015, to celebrate Japan's Respect for the Aged Day.

    Governments in much of the world face the daunting prospect of fierce opposition to raising retirement ages, but in Asia, many want to see increases.

  • Thai police declare Bangkok bomb case solved Monday, 28 Sep 2015 | 9:12 PM ET
    Onlookers near the site of a bomb explosion that took place on August 17, 2015 in Bangkok

    Thai police have declared Bangkok's worst-ever bombing solved, even as questions grow over the investigation, the FT reports.

  • *Downgraded forecasts suggest economy continues to struggle. BANGKOK, Sept 25- Thailand's central bank cut its 2015 economic growth forecast for the third time this year as the economy continues to struggle more than a year after an army coup ended political unrest but says it hopes government measures will lend support. The Bank of Thailand downgraded its...

  • ADB slices Asia growth forecasts Monday, 21 Sep 2015 | 9:31 PM ET
    A farmer harvests rice on a field next to residential buildings on the outskirts of Hanoi.

    Asia's growth outlook has taken a haircut from slowdowns in China and India as well as developed markets' soft recovery, the Asian Development Bank said.