Lawyer confident of testimony to clear Myanmar duo of Britons' murders


BANGKOK - A lawyer for two Myanmar nationals indicted over the murder of two British tourists on a Thai holiday island said on Friday he was confident of persuading scared witnesses to testify and exonerate the accused.

Thai leader cites China as positive example in year-end message

BANGKOK - Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha cited China as a good example of economic development in a year-end speech to government officials seven months after he seized power in a military coup.

World, China, 25 Dec 2014

U.S. calls planned Thai poll delay to 2016 'unwise'

BANGKOK/WASHINGTON - A general election to return Thailand to democracy will be held in February 2016 at the earliest, a deputy prime minister said after talks with a U.S. diplomat on Tuesday, a delay Washington later called "unwise and unjustified."

World, 23 Dec 2014

Exclusive: Thai police see little hope of putting names to about 370 tsunami victims

TAKUA PA, Thailand (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With the bodies of almost 400 victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami still unidentified a decade on, Thai police were holding out little hope of gleaning any new information from opening a cargo container packed with unclaimed personal items.

World, Natural Disasters, 23 Dec 2014

China offers $3 billion in aid and loans to neighbors: Xinhua

BANGKOK/SHANGHAI - China has offered more than $3 billion in loans and aid to neighbors Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand and Laos to improve infrastructure and production, and to fight poverty, state media reported on Saturday.

World, China, Myanmar 20 Dec 2014

Thai Union Frozen to buy U.S. tuna firm Bumble Bee for $1.5 billion

BANGKOK - Thai Union Frozen Products PCL , the world's biggest producer of canned tuna, has agreed to buy U.S. competitor Bumble Bee Seafoods for $1.5 billion as part of a plan to double revenue through overseas acquisitions.

Deals, 19 Dec 2014