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  • 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...

  • AHMEDABAD, India, Aug 31- A sword-wielding 22- year-old activist has emerged overnight as the most pressing political threat to Narendra Modi, accusing the Indian prime minister of breaking a promise to provide jobs that helped him win last year's general election. Hardik Patel, by his own admission, scraped through college and failed to land a steady job.

  • *UK stock market closed for holiday. LONDON, Aug 31- European shares fell on Monday, with Germany's DAX and France's CAC on track for their worst month in four years, hit by sliding Chinese stocks and prospects of a near-term U.S. rate increase. China is the catalyst, but the real reason for the sell-off is the nervousness about the first U.S. rate hike, "Koen De Leus, senior...

  • BEIJING, Aug 31- The outstanding amount of China's dollar-denominated Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor programme inched up to $76.7 billion as of August 28, from $76.6 billion at the end of July, the country's currency regulator said on Monday.

  • The Hang Seng index rose 0.3 percent, to 21,670.58, while the China Enterprises Index lost 0.1 percent, to 9,741.41 points. For the month, the Hang Seng index lost 12 percent, its fourth straight month of decline and the worst performance since September 2011. CITIC Securities shares slumped 5 percent, after four senior executives from China's largest brokerage...

  • LONDON, Aug 31- The dollar lost ground against the safe-haven yen and the low-yielding euro on Monday as global stock markets began the week in the red, prompting investors to trim bets against currencies popularly used to fund risky carry trades. European shares fell, with Germany's DAX and France's CAC on track for their worst month in four years.

  • SHANGHAI, Aug 31- China stocks fell sharply on Monday before recovering much of their losses as regulators cracked down on speculators which Beijing blames for a 40 percent crash in the country's stock markets since June. "A pull back in the market was to be expected as some investors are taking profits after the two-day rally," wrote Gerry Alfonso, director of...

  • LONDON, Aug 31- European shares fell on Monday, with Germany's DAX and France's CAC on track for their worst month in four years, plagued by sliding Chinese stocks and the threat of a U.S. rate increase as early as September. Volumes were likely to be thin with UK markets closed for a public holiday. Shanghai stocks, which have plunged more than 40 percent since...

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 31- Asian liquefied natural gas prices could fall a further 25 percent in coming months as new supply, falling demand and weaker oil prices put it on par with iron ore and coal as the worst performing commodity of recent years. Asia's LNG market has already fared worse than slumping oil markets, with spot prices down 60 percent since 2014 to $8 per...

  • BANGKOK, Aug 31- Police probing Thailand's deadliest bombing issued arrest warrants on Monday for two suspects after a raid on a suburban apartment block uncovered possible bomb-making materials. The Aug. 17 attack on a Bangkok Hindu shrine killed 20 people and injured more than 100.. Fourteen foreigners, seven from mainland China and Hong Kong, were among...

  • So the last week was spent riding the wave of volatility and now people are starting to have a deeper think about what the fall in China really means for Japan. " "Weak demand from China is expected to continue to weigh on Japan's production going forward so China worries may persist," said Masaru Hamasaki, head of market& investment information department at Amundi...

  • TOKYO, Aug 31- Japanese government bond prices firmed slightly on Monday on safety bids and month-end demand but many investors were reluctant to buy ahead of a 10- year bond auction on Tuesday. Mildly supporting the market, Japan's industrial production for July was weaker than expected, raising concerns that the economy may be still stagnating in the...

  • *Asia-Pacific index down 10 percent so far this month. *China stocks fall more than 3 percent after wild week. HONG KONG, Aug 31- Global financial markets looked set for another rough week on Monday, with stocks and commodities falling ahead of data that could give clues on when the U.S. will raise interest rates and surveys which are likely to point to further...

  • BERLIN, Aug 31- German retail sales rose month-on-month at their strongest pace in nine months in July, reinforcing expectations that private consumption will support growth in Europe's largest economy this year. The 1.4 percent increase, measured in real terms, was above a Reuters consensus forecast for a rise of 1.0 percent and the biggest monthly increase...

  • LONDON/ BOSTON, Aug 28- Investors are being poorly served by a haphazard approach from fund managers to the growing threat of cyber crime damaging the companies in which they invest, with a lack of clarity from the businesses themselves compounding the problem. "I don't see any visible stand asset managers are taking, like they do on other social responsibility...

  • Aug 31- Major films such as Hunger Games: Catching Fire, World War Z, and Transformers: Age of Extinction will move to online video service Hulu from Netflix starting in October when cable network Epix switches streaming partners. "While many of these movies are popular, they are also widely available on cable and other subscription platforms at the same time as...

  • BANGKOK, Aug 31- Thai police probing a deadly bombing two weeks ago issued arrest warrants on Monday for two new suspects after a raid on a suburban apartment block uncovered possible bomb-making materials, a spokesman said. Police were hunting for a 26- year-old Thai female and a foreign man after a weekend search on a property in the Min Buri district uncovered...

  • Imports by Iran's four biggest buyers- China, India, Japan and South Korea- totalled just over 1 million barrels per day last month, down 1.3 percent from a year earlier, government and tanker-tracking data showed. Under the accord reached in Vienna on July 14, Iran will be subject to longer-term restrictions on its nuclear programme in return for the removal of U.S.,...

  • THAI POLICE ISSUE ARREST WARRANT FOR FOREIGN MALE SUSPECT- SPOKESMAN.

  • THAI POLICE ISSUE ARREST WARRANT FOR FEMALE SUSPECT AFTER RAID FINDS BOMB-MAKING MATERIALS- SPOKESMAN.