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  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Worst is over for Thai markets: Analyst

    Funds are expected to flow back into Thailand given the steadily growing economy and solid corporate earnings growth, says CIMB's Kasem Prunratanamala.

  • Thai Prime Minister, General Prayuth Chan-o-cha, attends the royal bathing ceremony at The Grand Palace on October 14, 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand after the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

    Thailand's junta sought to dispel concern about a royal succession after the Crown Prince delayed his ascension to the throne.

  • Mourners sit on the street with images of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej outside Bangkok's Siriraj Hospita on October 14.

    It is hard to make a cold-eyed assessment of Thailand's King Bhumibol, partly because of the country's draconian lese majeste laws.

  • LONDON, Oct 14- Emerging stocks rose on Friday but were set to end the week in the red while a strong dollar kept currencies under pressure, including China's yuan which posted its biggest weekly loss since January. Bangkok markets meanwhile steadied after days of volatility, with stocks rising 4 percent and the baht up half a percent as it looked likely that the...

  • Travelling to Thailand? You NEED to know this!

    As the country mourns the passing of their beloved King, here's what you need to know if you're planning a trip to Thailand.

  • Even as the country began its official mourning, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan- ocha urged businesses to stay active, and on Friday most Bangkok shops were open, including the city's shopping malls. Grissarin Chungsiriwat, due to be married in Bangkok in early November, said her wedding was likely to be postponed. Thailand's economy grew an annual 3.5 percent in the...