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  • Athens needs the lenders to approve a proposed package of spending cuts and tax hikes to receive the next installment of emergency loans intended to keep Greece from defaulting on its massive debts. Britain's FTSE 100 rose 1 percent to 5,801.13. In Asia, markets in China, Hong Kong and South Korea were closed for public holidays.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 1- Australian shares ended flat on Monday, giving up early gains after data showing China's manufacturing sector remained in contraction in September fuelled investor worries about weak global growth. Mining and steel maker Arrium.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 1- Australian shares finished flat on Monday, after data showing that while China's manufacturing sector had improved somewhat in September, it remained in contraction, heightening investors' worries about weak global economic growth.

  • BANGKOK, Oct 1- Thailand's headline inflation rate rose more than expected in September but that was partly due to a low base last year, so the central bank is unlikely to change its stance of leaving policy on hold for now as risks to economic growth remain high.

  • Shares in KCE Electronics Pcl fell more than 4 percent, underperforming the sector, as flooding at Bangkok's Lad Krabang industrial estate near the electronic component manufacturer's plants kept markets cautious.

  • Benchmark oil for November delivery was down 12 cents to $92.07 per barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude was down 21 cents to $112.18 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.

  • BANGKOK-- Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index fell Monday after a closely watched survey showed confidence in the economy weakening. Toyota Motor Corp. lost 2.3 percent and Nishimatsu Construction Co. slid 4.2 percent. Stan Shamu of IG Markets in Melbourne, Australia said that investors are still concerned about Spain's financial health.

  • BANGKOK, Oct 1- Annual inflation in Thailand jumped to 3.38 percent in September from 2.69 percent in August but that was due in part to a low base last year and inflationary pressures are generally under control, so economists do not expect interest rates to rise.

  • BANGKOK, Oct 1- Annual inflation in Thailand jumped to 3.38 percent in September from 2.69 percent in August but that was due in part to a low base last year and inflationary pressures are generally under control, so economists do not expect interest rates to rise.

  • BANGKOK, Oct 1- Annual inflation in Thailand jumped to 3.38 percent in September from 2.69 percent in August but that was due in part to a low base last year and inflationary pressures are generally under control, so economists see no reason to raise rates.

  • BANGKOK, Oct 1- Data from the Commerce Ministry:. -Thailand's inflation has been relatively contained, held down by government price controls and subsidies on energy, utilities and public transport, plus a slowdown in the global economy. -The Bank of Thailand has forecast headline inflation of 2.9 percent for this year and core inflation of 2.2 percent.

  • A lone Chinese investor talks on the phone as he monitors his stock prices at a security firm in Hefei, east China's Anhui province.

    Asian equity markets, which have had a stellar rally this year with gains of more than 10 percent in much of the region, are now starting to lose their shine as the outlook for regional exports deteriorates, analysts told CNBC.

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  • A forest burns during a backburn operation to fight the Wallow Firen in Nutrioso, Arizona.

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  • Prasarn Trairatvorakul, governor of the Bank of Thailand

    The U.S. Federal Reserve is widely expected to announce a third round of quantitative easing (QE3) later Thursday, but it is unlikely to result in huge capital inflows into Asia, the Bank of Thailand’s Governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul told CNBC.

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    Think Asian currencies are primed to rise? Think again.

  • Bangkok Bank

    Thailand’s rising banking shares could jump a further 30 percent over the next 12 months as profitability soars on strong investment and corporate lending growth, according to Japanese brokerage Nomura.

  • The Return Of Thaksin A Liability To Thailand?

    Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra remains a divisive figure in the Kingdom, 6 years after being deposed. Parvin Chachawanpongpan, Associate Professor at the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University says Thaksin is still manipulating the ruling government but Prime Minister Yingluck has stepped up and showed her leadership.

  • Ford ASEAN President: Firing on All Cylinders

    Peter Fleet, President, ASEAN at Ford says the automaker is recovering from the Thai floods and seeing strong demand for its vehicles.