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  • *Aug index at 72.3, lowest since May 2014, vs July's 73.4. BANGKOK, Sept 3- Thai consumer confidence fell for the eighth successive month in August to a 15- month low, as weak exports and a deadly bomb blast in the capital Bangkok hold back economic recovery, a university survey showed on Thursday. The consumer confidence index of the University of the Thai Chamber of...

  • BANGKOK, Sept 1- Police hunting those responsible for Thailand's deadliest bombing arrested a second foreign suspect on Tuesday, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan- ocha said. The man was arrested in Sa Kaeo province, on the border with Cambodia east of Bangkok. The suspect was being transferred to Bangkok for questioning.

  • PHUKET, Thailand— An Australian journalist and his Thai colleague were acquitted Tuesday in a criminal defamation lawsuit filed by Thailand's navy over an online news report about the trafficking of refugees from Myanmar. Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian were facing up to seven years in prison over a report in their online news website "Phuketwan" saying...

  • BANGKOK, Aug 31- Thailand's private consumption and investment slipped in July, central bank data showed on Monday, adding to the pessimism over weak exports that suggests a still fragile economic recovery. Southeast Asia's second-largest economy is struggling to recover after an army coup in May 2014 ended months of street protests with exports...

  • US stocks open modestly lower, led by energy sector Monday, 31 Aug 2015 | 1:12 AM ET

    BEIJING— Global stocks mostly fell on Monday after a U.S. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, France's CAC-40 fell 0.6 percent to 4,647.27 and Germany's DAX lost 0.5 percent to 10,245.92. The U.K. was closed for a holiday.



  • In private and in public at last week's global central banking conference in Jackson Hole, the message from visiting policymakers was that the Fed has telegraphed an initial monetary tightening and, following a year-long rise in the dollar, financial markets globally are as ready as they can be. But for Agustin Carstens, the top central banker in Mexico, a rate...

  • BANGKOK, Aug 30- Police probing Thailand's deadliest bombing raided a second location and widened their search for more suspects on Sunday after a foreigner was arrested and stacks of fake passports and bomb-making materials found at a Bangkok apartment block. The bombing killed 20 people and stunned Thailand. Fourteen foreigners, seven from mainland China...

  • BANGKOK, Aug 30- The evidence seized by police investigating Thailand's deadliest bombing includes an apparently damning trove of explosives, fertiliser, and piles of fake passports, but the shabby-looking foreigner they arrested on Saturday remains a mystery. There has been no word of his nationality, affiliation or whether the evidence seized in a shabby...

  • *The Aug. 17 bomb in Bangkok killed 20 people. BANGKOK, Aug 29- Police hunting for the perpetrators of Thailand's deadliest bombing arrested a foreign man on Saturday they said fitted the description of a suspect seen leaving a rucksack at the site of the Bangkok blast nearly two weeks ago. Among the dead were 14 foreigners, including seven from mainland China and...

  • BANGKOK, Aug 29- A suspect arrested in Thailand's capital on Saturday in connection with a bombing that killed 20 in Bangkok 12 days ago was a foreign national, a police spokesman said. Several television channels showed an image of a passport they said was found at the apartment in the northern Bangkok suburb where the man was arrested during a police raid.

  • BANGKOK, Aug 29- Police hunting for the perpetrators of Thailand's deadliest bombing arrested a suspect on Saturday they said fitted the description of a man seen on security cameras leaving a rucksack at the site of the Aug. 17 Bangkok blast. Police raided an apartment in a northern suburb of the capital on Saturday afternoon and discovered possible...

  • BANGKOK, Aug 28- Thai factory output fell less than expected in July on strong growth in the auto sector, but a fifth month of persistently weak production will be a challenge for the new economic team tasked with revitalising Thailand's economy. With exports and domestic demand sluggish, Southeast Asia's second-largest economy has failed to emerge from a...

  • US stocks open higher after Chinese market surges Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 3:29 AM ET

    BEIJING— China's main stock index surged 5.3 percent Thursday, its biggest gain in eight weeks, as markets across Asia advanced in the wake of Wall Street's rebound, giving investors some relief after gut-wrenching global losses. Elsewhere in Asia, Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 2.9 percent to 21,697.31 and Tokyo's Nikkei 225 added 1.1 percent to 18,574.44.

  • Approach Thai stocks cautiously: Aberdeen Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 11:16 PM ET
    Approach Thai stocks cautiously: Aberdeen

    Adithep Vanabriksha, chief investment officer for Thailand at Aberdeen Asset Management, expects the deadly bomb attack to be a big hit on Thailand's tourism industry and consumer confidence.

  • Bomb attack has unified Thailand: Politician Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 10:31 PM ET
    Bomb attack has unified Thailand: Politician

    Korn Chatikavanij, deputy leader of the Democrat Party of Thailand, says the deadly explosion has "brought the Thai people together in a way that haven't been seen in years."

  • After Bangkok blast, apprehensiveness lurks Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 8:32 PM ET
    After Bangkok blast, apprehensiveness lurks

    Thitinan Pongsudhirak, director of the institute of security and international studies at the Chulalongkorn University, analyzes the possible ramifications of this week's deadly explosion in Bangkok.

  • 'Foreigner' identified as suspect for Bangkok blast Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 8:30 PM ET
    'Foreigner' identified as suspect for Bangkok blast

    Thai police are hunting for a "foreigner" and at least two other men suspected of carrying out the deadly bombing in central Bangkok. CNBC's Sri Jegarajah reports.

  • Bangkok blast was a 'well-calculated' attack: CLSA Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 12:33 AM ET
    Bangkok blast was a 'well-calculated' attack: CLSA

    Apart from happening during the peak hour, the attack was carried out one day after the Mother's Day celebrations, catching the police off guard, says Prinn Panitchpakdi, country head, Thailand at CLSA Securities.