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    Thailand's embattled leader struggled to keep the peace and his grip on power Tuesday after declaring a state of emergency that was openly flouted by thousands of anti-government protesters in the capital.

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    Thailand's prime minister declared a state of emergency in the capital Tuesday after street fighting overnight between opponents and supporters of the government left one man dead and dozens of people injured.

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    Emerging markets investment guru Mark Mobius told CNBC's Asia Squawk Box that he's bullish on Thailand as an investment destination long term. But he's also looking for a 20% to 30% correction in the market. Let's see whether the charts agree.

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    Several Thai politicians at an extended parliamentary debate on how to end anti-government protests joined demonstrators occupying the prime minister's office in calling for his resignation, but a confident Samak Sundaravej insisted he would keep the reins of power.

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    Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej is set to unveil a new package of tax cuts and cash handouts on Tuesday in a bid to revive a struggling economy and his government's flagging popularity.

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    Just five months after a military junta handed back power through a parliamentary election, Thailand’s latest try at democracy is being severely tested by street demonstrations and a barrage of court cases.

  • Protests against surging fuel prices which have triggered fears of political instability and a global economic downturn expanded in Europe and Asia on Monday, and Colombian truckers said they would join the wave of strikes.

  • The governments of Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar are weighing the creating of a rice exporting cartel.

  • Best Buy earnings Wednesday may offer a window into health of tech spending. What will they say about TV and computer sales and what does it mean for Corning, Dell and all the major players? Also the global markets trade.

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    Ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra returned home from exile on Thursday swearing to stay out of politics, although most analysts suspect he will be running the country from behind the scenes.

  • Thailand's rival political parties began battling Monday to cobble together a coalition government after loyalists of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra emerged victors but failed to gain an absolute majority in parliamentary elections.

  • Thailand's political parties got down to hard bargaining on Monday after voters roundly rejected last year's military coup but failed to give the party backing ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra an outright majority.

  • Singapore's state investor Temasek Holdings will adopt a three-pronged strategy to counter the rising tide of nationalism against sovereign wealth funds, a local newspaper said on Friday.

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    First, apologies to those of you trying to click and play the vlog from Friday. No, it wasn't another pathetic bait-and-switch by me to drive up traffic, like when I posted Erin Burnett's picture for no particular reason. There seemed to be some technical issues. Rumors that management yanked it for not being appropriate are allegedly not true.

  • Thailand's voters approved a new army-drafted constitution on Sunday, paving the way to elections in December, but a large number of "No" votes suggested ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra remains a political force.

  • Thailand's central bank is seeking approval for private businesses to hold dollars indefinitely in a bid to curb a surging baht, Governor Tarisa Watanagase said on Thursday.

  • The Bank of Thailand cut its benchmark 1-day repurchase rate by 25 basis points to 3.25% on Wednesday, confounding the majority of economists who had expected no change.

  • This week marks the tenth anniversary of the Asian Financial Crisis.  As part of CNBC.com’s review of the Asian Financial Crisis, A Fund Affair features the Templeton Thailand Fund.  Why this particular fund?  Templeton, for better or for worse, launched its Thail fund on 20 June 1997, just two weeks before the crisis hit. But before we go into the fund’s details, let’s take a look at what happened ten years past.

  • Ten years removed from the Asian financial crisis of 1997 the countries which were most affected by the event have rebounded and then some, and market pros say the risk of similar events in the future have decreased now and emerging markets continue to look like a good long-term bet.