JD.com, Central in talks for e-commerce venture

JD.com, Central in talks for e-commerce venture

A sign of China’s e-commerce company JD is seen Consumer Electronics Show Asia 2016 in Shanghai on May 12, 2016. (Reuters photo) China’s JD Inc is in advanced talks with Central Group to launch an e-commerce joint venture in Thailand with a planned total investment of $500 million (16.7 billion baht), people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The venture will help China’s second largest e-commerce retailer expand its overseas […]

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Saudi teen arrested for dancing to ‘Macarena’

Saudi teen arrested for dancing to ‘Macarena’

A screenshot captured from a video clip shows a 14-year-old boy dancing to the Macarena at an intersection in the Red Sea city of Jiddah. He was arrested later. DUBAI – Saudi police arrested a 14-year-old boy who was filmed dancing to Macarena at an intersection in the Red Sea city of Jiddah, according to local media reports on Wednesday. The video, which went viral on social media in the kingdom, […]

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Cambodia, KrisEnergy sign deal to develop offshore oil field

Cambodia, KrisEnergy sign deal to develop offshore oil field

Chief operating officer for the KrisEnergy Group and president of KrisEnergy Cambodia Kevin Tang (second from left) shakes hands with Cambodian Minister of Economy and Finance Aun Pornmoniroth as chairman of the KrisEnergy Group Tan Ek Kia (left) looks on after a signing ceremony in Phnom Penh on Wednesday. (Reuters photo) PHNOM PENH – Cambodia signed an agreement with Singapore-listed KrisEnergy Ltd on Wednesday to develop an offshore oil field […]

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Robot-for-hire programmed to perform Buddhist funeral rites

Robot-for-hire programmed to perform Buddhist funeral rites

A ‘robot priest’ wearing a Buddhist robe chants sutras during its demonstration at Life Ending Industry Expo 2017 in Tokyo on Wednesday. (Reuters photo) TOKYO – A Japanese company has introduced a new role for SoftBank’s humanoid robot “Pepper” – a Buddhist priest for hire at funerals. Chanting sutras in a computerised voice while tapping a drum, the robot was on display on Wednesday at a funeral industry fair – […]

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Krabi massacre case forwarded to prosecutors

Krabi massacre case forwarded to prosecutors

Police have forwarded the mass killing case, led by alleged mastermind Surikfat Bannopwongsakul, to prosecutors on Wednesday. (Royal Thai Police photo) Police have sent the family murder case in Krabi to prosecutors after spending a month collecting evidence and questioning witnesses. The investigators, led by deputy police chief Pol Lt Gen Chalermkiat Srivorakan, handed over the charge report containing more than 2,300 pages to Somnuek Siangkong, a spokesman for the […]

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Wayne Rooney announces international retirement

Wayne Rooney announces international retirement

Wayne Rooney applauds fans after the game between England and Scotland at Wembley on Nov 11, 2016. (Reuters photo) Former England captain Wayne Rooney announced his retirement from international football on Wednesday, ending a 14-year career in which he became the country’s top goalscorer with 53 goals. Rooney earned his first cap against Australia in 2003 at the age of 17 years and 111 days to become the youngest player, […]

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Defamation trial of BBC reporter begins

Defamation trial of BBC reporter begins

British correspondent Jonathan Head enters the provincial court at the start of his trial in Phuket on Wednesday. (AP photo) The trial has begun of a British correspondent charged with criminal defamation and computer crime over a report on alleged fraud. Jonathan Head, ‘s Southeast Asia correspondent, was charged in February over a report alleging that a British expatriate’s Thai wife defrauded him of property on the southern resort island […]

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Three caught, 1m speed pills, 10kg of crystal meth seized

Three caught, 1m speed pills, 10kg of crystal meth seized

More than 1 million speed pills, wrapped in packs, and 10kg of crystal methamphetamine seized in Phrae on Wednesday morning in which three men are caught. (Photo by Taweeporn Sukkasem) PHRAE – Three men were arrested and more than 1 million speed pills and 10kg of crystal methamphetamine seized in two simultaneous operations in Wang Chin district on Wednesday. A team of police signalled a suspected pickup truck for a […]

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Indonesia stocks up on rate cut, other SE Asia markets cautious

Indonesia stocks up on rate cut, other SE Asia markets cautious

Visitors stand next to an electronic stock board at the Indonesia Stock Exchange in Jakarta. (Reuters file photo) Indonesian shares ended higher on Wednesday after the central bank unexpectedly cut the interest rate to boost sluggish lending and growth while most other Southeast Asian stock markets were cautious ahead of a gathering of central bank chiefs hosted by the US Federal Reserve. Indonesia became the second major Asian economy after […]

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Defendants plead not guilty to murdering karaoke bar girl

Defendants plead not guilty to murdering karaoke bar girl

Suspects in the trial of the murder of Warisara Klinjui on their way to the Khon Kaen provincial court on Wednesday. (Photos by Jakkrapan Nathanri) KHON KAEN – Four suspects in the karaoke bar girl dismemberment case entered pleas of not guilty to murder in Khon Kaen Court on Wednesday, but admitted to concealing her body – in a bid to avoid the death penalty and get a short prison […]

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