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Airbnb Launches New Features in Thailand, Remains Totally Illegal

BANGKOK — Airbnb announced new additions to its service in Thailand on Wednesday, even as a representative of the hospitality giant sidestepped questions about...

China Raises Short-Term Interest Rate Follow US Increase

BEIJING — China's central bank raised short-term interest rates Thursday following the U.S. rate increase as Beijing tries to shore up the value of its currency and stanch an outflow of money.

Junta Backs Off From VAT Hike, Blames Fake News

BANGKOK — Public outrage over a proposed increase to the value-added tax, or VAT, led to the military government shelving the idea and blaming the media Friday for spreading fake news.

BBC Shortwave Towers Shut Down in Thailand

BANGKOK — Britain's BBC announced Wednesday it is ending its shortwave transmissions from Thailand after 20 years of operation because it failed to reach...

Japan’s Economic Growth Below Estimates in Last Quarter

TOKYO — Revised data show Japan's economy expanded at a slower than hoped for 1.2 percent annual pace in the last quarter of 2016.

Koh Tao Resort Accused of Land Encroachment

KOH TAO — A popular cliffside resort on Koh Tao famous for its water slide has been accused of land encroachment, authorities said Wednesday.

AISflix: Mobile Operator AIS with Netflix

BANGKOK — Customers of the nation’s largest service provider will soon be able to watch “Orange is the New Black” and Marvel’s “Daredevil” using its streaming service.

Higher Booze Tax Doesn’t Mean Higher Booze Tax: Tax Office

BANGKOK — Changes to alcohol taxes won’t leave a sour taste for consumers, tax authorities said Monday.

Fake Tickets Pour Cold Water on Lottery Fever (Photos)

CHANTHABURI — A rash of fake lottery tickets earlier this month in several provinces prompted a surge of distrust that has vendors seeking to repair confidence two days before the next big draw.

Phi Phi Park Chief Denies Being Forced Out Over ‘Farang Pricing’

KRABI — The chief of a national park that includes the renowned Phi Phi Islands on Thursday said he resigned solely for personal health reasons and not conflicts with local business groups as some have speculated.

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