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Baht bounces after king’s death 

Thais are dressing largely in black. Source: YouTube Thailand's currency has strengthened against the US dollar for a second day running as the stock market surged to a four-day high.  Investors have been braced for a period of potential volatility following the death of King Bhumibol...

Thai economy remains stable

Thailand's business sector has had many years to prepare for this tragic day. Source: IHA The death of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej is raising further questions about the kingdom's creaking economy. Analysts fear his death could send Thailand into turmoil and deepen economic problems while the...

Galaxy Note 7 axe hits Vietnam

Vietnamese exports have become dependent on Samsung. Source: Wikimedia   The impact from Samsung’s move to scrap its Galaxy Note 7 phone is spreading to Vietnam, hurting an economy already hit by drought and lower fuel prices. Samsung, whose exports represent about a fifth of national shipments, announced this week that...

King health alert hits baht

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn during a recent public relations campaign. Source: Wikimedia     Thailand's stock exchange has plunged after the palace said ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej's health was "not stable". The 88-year-old is the world's longest-reigning monarch and hugely popular in Thailand. But he has not been seen...

Singapore makes Norway state visit

The northern lights in Tromsø. A far cry from equatorial Singapore. Source: Flickr Singapore’s president, Tony Tan Keng Yam, is today due to make the city-state’s first state visit to Norway at the invitation of King Harald V. Twelve agreements and memoranda of understanding are...

Tourist jailed for unplugging speaker

Klaas Haytema is led away after sentencing. Source: YouTube A Dutch tourist tearfully embraced his girlfriend as he was jailed for three months with hard labour in Myanmar for unplugging a loudspeaker during a Buddhist prayer service in Mandalay. Klaas Haytema, 30, pulled the power cable...

MPs scrap junta-era law

Insein Prison in Yangon. Source: Wikimedia Myanmar has scrapped a law used by its former military dictators to silence opposition. It could jail anyone who threatened “public morality” or execute citizens for damaging phone lines. The 1950 Emergency Provisions Act has been a target for the...

Duterte not to blame for slowdown: analysts

Hong Kong is a major destination for Filipino migrants. Source: Wikimedia  The Philippine economy is suffering amid the global turndown rather than as a reaction to new President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs, market analysts say. A slowdown in remittances from the Filipino diaspora, a...

Same, same: but different

The 1977 Pulitzer Prize-winning picture by Neal Ulevich of the Associated Press. Source: Flickr Forty years after the October 6, 1976, massacre of students at Thammasat University, one of the more gruesome chapters in Thailand’s recent history, few lessons appear to have been learned. The culprits...

Chinese frigates dock at Yangon 

China’s Navy is hoping to extend its links with Myanmar. Source: Wikimedia   Two naval vessels from China have arrived in Yangon for a five-day visit in the latest move to reinforce military ties with Myanmar.  China has been trying to bolster ties with the new government...

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