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  • BANGKOK— In a Sept. 8 story about a photojournalist, Hok Chun Anthony Kwan, being detained in Thailand for possessing body armor, The Associated Press reported erroneously that he is American. BANGKOK— A Hong Kong photojournalist arrested in Thailand for possessing a bulletproof vest and helmet expressed relief Tuesday after a court granted him permission to...

  • BANGKOK— A Thai court on Monday decided to put a Hong Kong photojournalist on trial for possession of a bulletproof vest and a helmet, which are considered weapons in Thailand. Hok Chun Anthony Kwan, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, was detained when he was about to board a plane on Aug. 23 after covering the aftermath of a deadly bomb explosion at a shrine in Bangkok.

  • Every day, it alone determines which city will be shrouded by peaty white smoke blowing from burning forests in Indonesia. Like neighbors who must tolerate the bad habits of the family next door, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand have endured the annual problem of smoke that stings the eyes, irritates the throats and shuts down schools and airports.

  • The EU is expected to rule by the end of the year whether to impose an EU seafood import ban on Thailand and is in negotiations with Bangkok on amending a series of fishing practices which it considers as seriously contributing to the depletion of fish stocks. The EU has successfully forced several nations to change its fisheries policies, but in the case of...

  • Critics compare the plan to China's "Great Firewall" and systems in other countries such as Iran where the flow of information is tightly controlled. Information and Communication Technology Minister Uttama Savanayana, a major proponent of the plan, has suggested that having a sole gateway under the control of state-owned telecommunication companies CAT...

  • 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...

  • *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.

  • DIARY-Emerging Markets Economic Events to Oct 5 Monday, 21 Sep 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde will speak at the Brookings Institute- 1530 GMT. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble, Luxembourg Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna, Polish Finance Minister Mateusz Szczurek and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker are the key speakers.

  • *Uber's highest average trips per user is in Vietnam. HO CHI MINH CITY, Sept 22- A young, tech-savvy population short on cars but big on smartphones is driving double-digit growth for ride-hailing apps Uber and GrabTaxi in Vietnam, and inspiring some executives to dream of replacing private car ownership altogether. Uber launched its service in Vietnam three...

  • *UK govt says ready to assist workers where necessary. LONDON/ BANGKOK, Sept 18- Britain's second-largest steelmaker, SSI UK, said on Friday it was halting operations at its Redcar plant in northeast England, calling into question the future of its business and putting 2,000 jobs at risk. Thai banking sources told Reuters that SSI has debts of about 47- 48 billion...

  • This Thai builder takes aim at new heights Friday, 18 Sep 2015 | 5:30 AM ET
    This Thai builder takes aim at new heights

    Sorapoj Techakraisri, CEO of PACE Development Corporation, tells CNBC the challenges of building Thailand's tallest skyscraper.

  • Roomorama: A different short-term accommodation Tuesday, 15 Sep 2015 | 11:47 PM ET
    Roomorama: A different short-term accommodation

    CNBC speaks to Jia En Teo, COO & co-founder of Singapore-based Roomorama which offers professionally managed properties as short-term stay options.

  • Why the BOT needs to cut rates soon Tuesday, 15 Sep 2015 | 9:41 PM ET
    Why the BOT needs to cut rates soon

    Kasem Prunratanamala, head of Thailand Research at CIMB, says the Bank of Thailand needs to cut rates soon as a Fed rate hike will likely induce more volatility in the Thai baht.

  • How political uncertainty is hurting Thailand Sunday, 6 Sep 2015 | 11:24 PM ET
    How political uncertainty is hurting Thailand

    Kobsidth Silpachai, head of Capital Markets Research at Kasikornbank, discusses the outlook for Thailand's economy amid political uncertainty in the country.

  • Thai junta revisits 'Thaksinomics' as economy ails Sunday, 6 Sep 2015 | 8:25 PM ET
    BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2015/08/27: Somkid Jatusripitak (C) special lecture on stage  "Economic Policy organized by the three institutions, the private sector committee in Dusit Thani Hotel.

    The generals have had to bite the bullet and reopen the populist playbook of the Shinawatra family whose governments they have twice overthrown.

  • *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.

  • 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...