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  • Yet it has taken until this week for Thailand to host its first major MMA event. Initially, there was concern and resistance among the guardians of Thai kickboxing— or Muay Thai as it is known locally— who feared the culturally important martial art would be subsumed by the brash newcomer, draining away fan interest and fighters. The lingering concerns of the...

  • MONDAY, MAY 23 BEIJING- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard gives Beijing City Lecture on the U.S. economy and monetary policy before the Official Monetary and Financial Institution Forum- 0930 GMT. ROME- IMF head of mission Rishi Goyal and vice director for Europe Thanos Arvanitis hold a news conference to discuss their latest annual...

  • SINGAPORE, May 20- Donald Trump's "isolationist" foreign policy pronouncements are feeding insecurity in some Asian nations fearful of China's growing power, and risk emboldening nationalists and authoritarians in the region. Trump has said U.S. allies like Japan and South Korea should pay more towards their defence, warned he could withdraw U.S. troops from...

  • SINGAPORE, May 20- Donald Trump's "isolationist" foreign policy pronouncements are feeding insecurity in some Asian nations fearful of China's growing power, and risk emboldening nationalists and authoritarians in the region. Overall, his comments have sounded like a death knell for the "pivot to Asia" strategy adopted by President Barack Obama five years ago.

  • BANGKOK— Traveling on two wheels is often the best way to maneuver through Thailand's notorious traffic. However, the Department of Land Transport has put the brakes on motorbike-hailing services offered by Uber and Grab barely two months after they started. Department of Land Transport official Nanthapong Cherdchoo said both UberMoto and Singapore- based...

  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 MOSCOW- The Credit Suisse 2016 Emerging Markets Conference- Russia: Gloom or Bloom. Speakers: Russian Deputy Finance Minister Maxim Oreshkin, Bank of Russia First Deputy Governor Ksenia Yudaeva and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich. Speakers: Bank of Slovenia Governor Bostjan Jazbec, National Bank of Belgium Governor Jan Smets,...

  • SINGAPORE, May 17- Low-cost airline groups and manufacturers of smaller passenger aircraft will be among the main winners after Southeast Asia's open skies agreement finally came into effect last month, although airport capacity constraints could limit the benefits. Ratification of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations open skies agreements by...

  • SINGAPORE— Singapore's Land Transport Authority said Tuesday it is investigating Hyundai vehicles following reports of accidents involving sudden acceleration while reversing. In a statement, the authority said it was looking into cases of Hyundai vehicles having "unintended acceleration in reverse gear." It is Singapore's largest taxi operator with a...

  • *Q1 GDP +0.9 pct q/q, vs +0.6 pct in Reuters poll. BANGKOK, May 16- Thailand's economy outpaced expectations in the first quarter to expand at the fastest annual rate in three years, providing some relief for a military government that has struggled to stimulate growth in the two years since it seized power. Southeast Asia's second-largest economy grew a...

  • By Orathai Sriring and Kitiphong Thaichareon. BANGKOK, May 16- Thailand's economy outpaced expectations in the first quarter to expand at the fastest annual rate in three years, providing some relief for a military government that has struggled to stimulate growth in the two years since it seized power. On an annual basis, growth was 3.2 percent, the highest in 12...

  • SEJONG, South Korea- The state-run Korea Development Institute and the finance ministry will host an OECD seminar in Sejong in light of the OECD's publication of a report on the South Korean economy- 0100 GMT. ACCRA- The Bank of Ghana announces rate decision- 1100 GMT. TUESDAY, MAY 17 BELGRADE- The National Bank of Serbia announces rate decision- 1000 GMT.

  • NEW DELHI/ BEIJING, May 13- Despite years of trying, Asia's fast-growing emerging markets have proved elusive for Japan's Nissan Motor Co, one reason behind its $2.2 billion move this week to take control of scandal-hit Mitsubishi Motors Corp.. Nissan has invested aggressively in countries including Indonesia, deploying targeted models and beefing up...

  • It will likely be business as usual after Filippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte takes office, says the country's central banker Amando Tetangco.

    Amando Tetangco expects Duterte to continue adopting economic policies that in recent years have driven high growth while keeping inflation low.

  • BANGKOK— Facebook is seeking to reassure Thai users that it safeguards their private data, after a series of arrests raised concerns the social network had failed to protect personal information from Thailand's military government. A statement by Facebook's Asia-Pacific spokeswoman, Charlene Chian, said the company has not given any account information...

  • BANGKOK— Glasses with embedded cameras and smartwatches with stored information seem like regular spy equipment for the likes of James Bond, but for three students applying to medical school in Thailand, they were high-technology cheating devices. Bangkok's Rangsit University canceled its examinations on Saturday and Sunday for admission to its medical...

  • *Top producers India, Thailand and Vietnam suffer severe drought. A heat wave is sweeping top rice exporter India, while the No.2 supplier Thailand is facing a second year of drought. "As of now we haven't seen a large price reaction to hot and dry weather because we have had such significant surplus stocks in India and Thailand.

  • BANGKOK, May 1- Japan's foreign minister arrived in Bangkok on Sunday aiming to reaffirm economic ties after Japanese investments in Thailand slumped last year amid political concerns as well as stiff competition emerging from more nimble neighbours. Japan has historically been the largest investor in Thailand, Southeast Asia's second biggest economy,...

  • *Central beats rival TCC to win Vietnam business. *Vietnam deal takes Casino asset sales to 4.2 bln euros. Casino, facing weak markets in Brazil and fierce competition in France, has said it aimed to raise around 4 billion euros this year by selling off businesses in Thailand and Vietnam plus the sale of real estate assets in Latin America.

  • THURSDAY, APRIL 28 MAKATI CITY, Philippines- Central Bank of Philippines Governor Amando Tetangco to attend a financial inclusion summit- 0100 GMT. PARIS- Czech National Bank board member Kamil Janacek to attend a Economic and Development Review committee meeting. PRAGUE- Czech Banking Association holds a press conference to update macroeconomic forecast-...

  • BANGKOK, April 26- Thailand is on course for economic growth of 3.1 percent in 2016 despite the lacklustre global economy and delays in state spending, so there is no need for a change in the country's monetary policy, a senior central bank official said on Tuesday. When the Bank of Thailand cut its 2016 growth projection to 3.1 percent last month, it said the economy...