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  • *Singapore oBike hopes to launch in Paris in coming weeks. Launched just last week, Hong Kong's Gobee.bike has already spread its bikes all over Paris and Chinese giants Ofo and Mobike, as well as Singapore startup oBike, see entering the French capital as a key step in their plans to conquer Europe's city centres. Paris deputy mayor for urban planning Jean-Louis...

  • BANGKOK— Facebook says its top executives aren't coming to Thailand, two days after the country's military ruler announced CEO Mark Zuckerberg would meet him this month. Facebook said in a one-sentence statement Thursday "There are no plans currently for any of our senior leaders to visit Thailand." Facebook has irked the Thai government by being a platform for...

  • BEIJING— Global stocks were mixed Tuesday after Wall Street hit new highs, as China prepared to open a key political meeting. KEEPING SCORE: In early trading, Germany's DAX lost 0.1 percent to 12,987.49 while France's CAC 40 was unchanged at 5,362.06 and London's FTSE 100 held steady at 7,525.48. On Monday, the CAC 40 gained 0.2 percent and the DAX added 0.1 percent...

  • HANOI, Oct 16- Vietnam braced for typhoon Khanun on Monday after destructive floods battered the country's north and centre last week, killing 72 people, the disaster prevention agency said. Vietnam is the world's third-largest exporter of rice and the second-biggest producer of coffee, although the floods have not affected the Southeast Asian nation's...

  • *Malaysia once a key source of revenue for North Korea. KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 13- Malaysia, which until recently had been one of Pyongyang's closest friends, has halted all imports from North Korea, as part of global efforts to cut off funding over its nuclear and missile programmes. Malaysia did not buy any goods from North Korea in June and July, after buying 20.6 million...

  • *Floods in north, central Vietnam kill 46. HANOI, Oct 12- Heavy rain in northern and central Vietnam triggered floods and landslides that killed 46 people and 33 people were missing in the worst such disaster in years, the search and rescue committee said on Thursday. Vietnam often suffers destructive storms and floods due to its long coastline.

  • BANGKOK, Oct 11- Thailand's top consumer goods manufacturer Saha Group expects sales to improve next year as government spending drives growth in Southeast Asia's second-largest economy, its chairman said. Thailand's cabinet recently approved a measure to accelerate a $45- billion Eastern Economic Corridor development plan, a project the ruling junta...

  • Aim Sinpeng, lecturer in Comparative Politics, University of Sydney, says remarks by the military-backed government in Thailand it will hold elections in 2018 should be taken with a grain of salt.

  • *Thailand will hold vote in Nov. 2018- PM. *Opposition Puea Thai Party skeptical of election date. BANGKOK, Oct 10- Thailand will hold a general election in November 2018, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan- ocha said on Tuesday, the most precise date he has given yet for the vote since taking power in a 2014 military coup.

  • Prayuth Chan-ocha, Thailand's prime minister, speaks during the 'Thailand's Big Strategic Move' forum in Bangkok, Thailand, on June 22, 2017.

    Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha gave his most precise date yet for the vote since taking power in a 2014 military coup.

  • BANGKOK, Oct 9- Thai airlines can now add flights to the growing China, South Korea and Japan markets after the U.N. International Civil Aviation Organization removed a red flag against Thailand over safety concerns, officials said on Monday. Thailand was downgraded in June 2015 after its regulator missed a deadline to resolve significant safety concerns,...

  • A bicycle from bike-sharing startup ofo in the Muslim Quarter of Xi’an, China.

    The World Bank raised its economic growth forecasts for developing East Asia and Pacific for this year and 2018

  • Thailand's election next year could present investment opportunities in banking, retail and infrastructure, says Invesco's Jalil Rasheed.

  • *Trump seeks to reduce U.S. trade deficit with Thailand. *Thailand is Washington's oldest ally in the Southeast Asia. WASHINGTON/ BANGKOK, Oct 3- President Donald Trump wants to reduce the U.S. trade deficit with Thailand, he told the country's prime minister on Monday in a meeting that marked another sign of warming ties between Washington and Bangkok.

  • *Trump seeks to reduce U.S. trade deficit with Thailand. *Thailand is Washington's oldest ally in the Southeast Asia. WASHINGTON/ BANGKOK, Oct 2- President Donald Trump wants to reduce the U.S. trade deficit with Thailand, he told the country's prime minister on Monday in a meeting that marked another sign of warming ties between Washington and Bangkok.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 2- President Donald Trump wants to reduce the U.S. trade deficit with Thailand, he told the country's prime minister on Monday in a meeting that marked another sign of warming ties between Washington and Bangkok. Trade Representative's office reported that the U.S. trade deficit with Thailand was $18.9 billion last year, the 11th largest faced by...

  • Matt Levatich, CEO of Harley-Davidson Motor Co.

    In celebration of its 115-year anniversary, Harley Davidson is releasing eight new motorcycles to inspire a new generation.

  • BUDAPEST- Hungarian Central Bank non-rate-setting meeting. SYDNEY- Reserve Bank of Australia monetary policy decision meeting- 0330 GMT. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5 MELBOURNE- Panel participation by Guy Debelle, Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, at the Melbourne Institute Macroeconomic Policy Meeting 0530 GMT.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 29- Southeast Asia is on the verge of a logistics "boom" thanks to e-commerce, but will require huge investment in cities and last-mile networks to cope, says Pierre Poignant, the man behind the systems that keep Alibaba-owned Lazada moving. Poignant, chief operating officer, said the Singapore- based marketplace, for its part, would continue to bet on...

  • This is a new two-wheeled animal, though, that millions of consumers in Beijing, Taipei, Singapore and cities across Asia are renting via phone apps to cover the last mile of journeys, leaving cars and motorcycles at home, and forgoing taxis. The two-year bike-share boom has put over 16 million bikes in China alone, according to its Ministry of Transport, with more...