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  • BANGKOK, March 1- China should supply the bulk of the investment needed for a planned railway from the Thai- Laos border to the Gulf of Thailand as the project will benefit Beijing, Thailand's transport minister said. The proposed line, part of China's efforts to expand infrastructure in Southeast Asia, would cover 845 kilometres from the Thai- Laos border to...

  • CEO Tevin Vongvanich talks to Managing Asia about the challenging business environment for PTT, Thailand's largest energy company.

  • MUMBAI/ SINGAPORE, Feb 26- As Apple Inc resists the U.S. government in a high profile stand-off over privacy, rival device makers are, for now, keeping a low profile. Only China's Huawei has publicly backed Apple CEO Tim Cook in his fight to resist demands to unlock an encrypted iPhone belonging to one of those who went on a shooting rampage in San Bernardino,...

  • Thai princess gets $40K toilet built for Cambodia visit

    The freestanding outhouse for Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand took two weeks to build.

  • *Scotiabank's strategy to exit Asia retail business-source. SINGAPORE/ HONG KONG, Feb 23- Canada's Bank of Nova Scotia has approached a unit of Bank of China, Maybank and two Japanese banks to gauge their interest in its $1.7 billion stake in Thai lender Thanachart, people familiar with the matter said. Scotiabank is the latest mid-sized Western bank in Asia to...

  • SINGAPORE/ HONG KONG, Feb 23- Canada's Bank of Nova Scotia has approached a unit of Bank of China, Fubon Financial Holdings, Maybank and Japanese lenders to gauge interest for its $1.7 billion stake in Thai lender Thanachart, people familiar with the matter said. The Canadian lender, which announced in December it was reviewing its Thanachart investment, wants to...

  • Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (R) and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (C) walk past honor guards upon her arrival at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on February 22, 2016.

    A toilet that costs about $40,000 has been built for the princess of Thailand for her Cambodia visit, according to The Guardian.

  • A worker grabs a nozzle at a PTT gas station in Bangkok, Thailand, January 5, 2016.

    The plunge in oil prices was supposed to help consumers by boosting their disposable incomes. Things aren't quite going according to plan.

  • Bangkok, Thailand.

    The Bank of Thailand stands ready to cut interest rates despite standing pat at the last six policy meetings, its governor told CNBC.

  • Bank of Thailand PKG

    The Bank of Thailand is ready to ease policy if global conditions move too far from its forecasts, Governor Veerathai Santiprabhob tells CNBC.

  • MANILA, Feb 19- Japanese housewife Noriko Iwamoto is clear on the reasons that led her to retire in the tropical Philippines, leaving behind a stagnant economy, deflation and a rigid Japanese workforce: it's cheap, and you can work. "I was looking forward to living somewhere outside Japan," said Iwamoto, 62, a widow and one-time vet from the port city of Nagoya, who now...

  • BANGKOK, Feb 15- Thailand reported economic growth of 2.8 percent in 2015, compared with 0.8 percent the previous year, but its recovery remains fragile as exports and domestic consumption are weak and political uncertainties linger. Fourth-quarter and full-year data released on Monday about Southeast Asia's second-largest economy was a mix of good and...

  • BANGKOK, Feb 15- Thailand's economy slightly less than expected in October-December and the outlook remains weak with exports still sluggish, putting pressure on the government to spend faster to boost domestic activity. Southeast Asia's second-largest economy grew 0.8 percent in the final quarter of 2015 from July-September on a seasonally-adjusted...

  • BANGKOK, Feb 11- Billions of dollars in government spending aimed at revitalising Thailand's ailing rural economy have failed to reach farmers hit by weak commodity prices and drought, fuelling disaffection with the military government ahead of elections expected next year. Over the past five months the government has announced measures worth around 258...

  • BANGKOK, Feb 8- Investors in Big C, one of Thailand's largest supermarket chains, cheered on Monday an up to $3.5 billion deal by France's Casino Group to sell its majority holding to TCC Group, owned by whiskey tycoon Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi. Shares in Big C Supercenter hit a 13- month high of 251 baht on Monday, just below the offer price of 252.88 baht, and jumped...

  • *Deal to boost tycoon Charoen's retail presence in Thailand. HONG KONG/ BANGKOK, Feb 7- France's Casino Group has agreed to sell its majority stake in Thai hypermarket operator Big C Supercenter for 3.1 billion euros excluding debt to Thailand's TCC Group, it said on Sunday. Casino announced a 4- billion-euro disposal plan in 2016, including the sale of its...

  • BEIJING, Feb 1- China's leading airlines joined forces on Monday to blacklist rowdy passengers who have become an increasing problem as the number of travellers grows. Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Hainan Airlines and Spring Air said they would share the names of passengers who misbehave and ban them from any of their flights. In July 2015, Chinese...

  • Thailand: Asia Pacific's most popular travel destination

    Bangkok was the most popular city by arrivals, total nights stayed and total amount spent, according to MasterCard.

  • 'Asia tourism growth momentum will continue'

    Matthew Driver from MasterCard talks about the findings from the inaugural Asia Pacific Destinations Index, which covers 167 locations.

  • The Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand

    Thailand dominated as the most popular regional travel destination in 2015, according to MasterCard's Asia Pacific Destinations Index 2015.