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The Apple logo is seen on a window of the company's store in Bangkok on February 14, 2021. Apple issued alert messages on Wednesday to at least six activists and researchers who have been critical of Thailand's government, warning it believed their iPhones had been targeted by "state-sponsored attackers," according to activists and the alerts reviewed by Reuters. Apple and Thailand's Digital Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Prajak Kongkirati, a political scientist at Bangkok's Thammasat University, said he had received two emails from Apple warning it believed his iPhone and iCloud accounts had been targeted, along with a "threat notification" on his Apple account. The messages warned "if your device is compromised by a state-sponsored attacker, they may be able to remotely access your sensitive data, communications, or even the camera and microphone."
Persons: Prajak, Sarinee Achananuntakul, Yingcheep Atchanont, iLaw Organizations: Apple, Reuters, Thailand's Digital Ministry, Bangkok's Thammasat University Locations: Bangkok, Thai
Biden administration invites Taiwan to its Summit for Democracy
  + stars: | 2021-11-24 | by ( ) www.nbcnews.com   time to read: +2 min
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration has invited Taiwan to its "Summit for Democracy" next month, according to a list of participants published on Tuesday, a move likely to infuriate China, which views the democratically governed island as its territory. Self-ruling Taiwan says Beijing has no right to speak for it. Sharp differences over Taiwan persisted during a virtual meeting earlier this month between Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Rights groups question if Biden's Summit for Democracy can push those world leaders who are invited, some accused of harboring authoritarian tendencies, to take meaningful action. Representation from the Middle East will be slim, with Israel and Iraq the only two countries invited.
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Biden, Joe Biden's, Xi Jinping, Xi Organizations: Democracy, State, White, Xinhua, State Department, NATO Locations: Taiwan, China, United States, Russia, Beijing, Taipei, Taiwan Strait, France, Sweden, Philippines, India, Poland, Asia, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey, Israel, Iraq
REUTERS/Mike SegarBANGKOK, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Apple Inc issued on Wednesday alert messages to at least six Thai activists and researchers who have been critical of the government, warning it believed their iPhones had been targeted by "state-sponsored attackers", according to activists and the alerts reviewed by Reuters. Prajak Kongkirati, a political scientist at Bangkok's Thammasat University, said he had received two emails from Apple warning it believed his iPhone and iCloud accounts had been targeted, along with a "threat notification" on his Apple account. L4N2SE31TIn a statement on Tuesday, Apple said that the NSO group had created "state-sponsored surveillance technology" that had been aimed at "very small number of users". It was not immediately clear in Apple's alerts on Wednesday whether the company believed Thais were being targeted by Pegasus. Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com RegisterReporting by Panu Wongcha-Um and Fanny Potkin Editing by Ed DaviesOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Mike Segar, Prajak, Sarinee Achananuntakul, Yingcheep Atchanont, iLaw, Apple, Thais, Prayuth Chan, Panu Wongcha, Fanny Potkin, Ed Davies Organizations: Apple, REUTERS, Apple Inc, Reuters, Thailand's Digital Ministry, Bangkok's Thammasat University, Israeli, Group, OSY Technologies, U.S, Pegasus, NSO, Citizen, Thomson Locations: Manhattan , New York, U.S, Mike Segar BANGKOK, Thai, Thailand
Many people expect electric vehicles to be fixtures in a future world that relies on renewable energy. The biodiesel producer and renewable energy company branched into the commercial EV business in 2019. That would include not just private automobiles but commercial vehicles — delivery vans, trucks, buses and the like. He took the company public in Thailand in 2013 and began expanding into energy storage in 2016, when the company acquired shares in Taiwan-based Amita Technologies, an energy storage manufacturer. His focus on commercial vehicles is in line with Thailand's policy to put some 70,000 commercial electric vehicles on the road annually.
Persons: , Somphote Ahunai, Ahunai, CNBC's, Nicolas Axelrod Organizations: EV, Energy, Technologies, Bloomberg, Getty Locations: Bangkok, Thailand, Taiwan, Asia
Establishing a Thailand-based EV brand
  + stars: | 2021-11-23 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com   time to read: 1 min
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailEstablishing a Thailand-based EV brandSomphote Ahunai, founder and CEO of Energy Absolute, explains why the firm chose to focus on commercial EVs over the passenger segment.
Organizations: Energy Locations: Thailand
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailThailand's Ricult on creating a 'robo-advisor' for the farming communityAukrit Unahalekhaka of Ricult says the firm's technology has helped farmers increase their income by "at least 50%."
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The deal, subject to regulatory approvals, will see Telenor and CP Group each owning a third of the combined company, with stock market investors holding the rest. read moreTelenor and CP Group will have equal influence over the new business, the Norwegian firm's CEO said. The tie-up between True and Dtac is set to become the third biggest merger deal between Thai companies, according to Refinitiv data. CP Group will also inject cash, albeit a smaller amount, Telenor said, ensuring the two end up holding equal stakes. Citi is advising Telenor and JPMorgan is advising CP Group.
Persons: Ints, Sigve Brekke, Brekke, Thapana Phanich, Hegland Bachke, Dtac, Chayut, Anshuman, Terje Solsvik, Radhika Anilkumar, Muralikumar Anantharaman, Mark Potter Organizations: Telenor, REUTERS, True Corp, Norway's Telenor, Charoen Pokphand, CP, CP Group, Info Service Pcl, AIS, 5G, reuters.com, CP Group's True Corporation, Reuters, Gulf Energy Development, Intouch Holdings, Gulf Energy, CP Group's, ASEAN subsidiary's, Jefferies, TISCO Securities, Dtac, Citi, JPMorgan, Victoria Klesty, Thomson Locations: Fornebu, Norway, BANGKOK, Thailand, Norwegian, Intouch, Thai, Malaysia, Asia, Pakistan, Oslo, Bangkok, Singapore, Bengaluru
Telenor, CP Group to merge Thai telecom units in $8.6 bln deal
  + stars: | 2021-11-22 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File PhotoBANGKOK, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Norway's Telenor (TEL.OL) and Thailand's Charoen Pokphand Group (CP Group) have agreed to merge their telecom units in Thailand in a deal valued at 282.8 billion baht ($8.6 billion) to create a new market leader in the Southeast Asian country. The deal, which Telenor flagged on Friday, would merge the operations of Telenor's Total Access Communication (DTAC) (DTAC.BK) and CP Group's True Corporation (TRUE.BK). read moreThe announcement by the companies sent shares of DTAC and True Corp up 10% and 11.5%, respectively, on Monday. "We need to enable faster and more value-creation from the network, delivering new technologies and innovations to customers," CP Group CEO Suphachai Chearavanont said. Telenor and CP Group will aim for an ownership share of around one-third each in the merged entity, the companies said.
Persons: Ints, Suphachai Chearavanont, Radhika Anilkumar, Muralikumar Anantharaman, Himani Organizations: Telenor, REUTERS, Norway's Telenor, Pokphand, CP, Group's True Corporation, True Corp, CP Group, Service Pcl, AIS, Thomson Locations: Fornebu, Norway, BANGKOK, Thailand, Bengaluru, Chayut, Bangkok
Telenor and CP Group to merge Thai telecom units for $8.6 bln
  + stars: | 2021-11-22 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File PhotoNov 22 (Reuters) - Norway's Telenor (TEL.OL) and Thailand's Charoen Pokphand Group (CP Group) have agreed to merge their telecom units in Thailand, the Oslo-based company said in a statement on Monday, in a deal valued at about 282.8 billion baht ($8.61 billion). The deal, which Telenor had flagged on Friday, would merge the telecom operations of Telenor's Total Access Communication (Dtac) (DTAC.BK) and CP Group's True Corporation (TRUE.BK). Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com RegisterTelenor and C.P. group will aim for an ownership share of around one-third each in the merged entity, the company said. ($1 = 32.8600 baht)Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com RegisterReporting by Radhika Anilkumar in Bengaluru; Editing by Muralikumar AnantharamanOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Ints, Radhika Anilkumar, Muralikumar Organizations: Telenor, REUTERS, Norway's Telenor, Pokphand, CP, Group's True Corporation, reuters.com, C.P, Thomson Locations: Fornebu, Norway, Thailand, Oslo, Bengaluru
As more Filipino chefs gain international recognition, the popularity of Philippines cuisine is gaining traction. Sarsa's motto is "Filipino Food Forward." Yet insiders say struggles to popularize Filipino food come from stereotypes abroad as well as issues within the Philippines. What exactly is 'Filipino food?' "Filipino cuisine can include a peach mango pie from homegrown fast-food chain Jollibee, even if we don't have peaches," said Navarra.
Persons: , Tonyboy Escalante —, sizzling, Scott A, Woodward, James Beard, Tom Cunanan, Bon Appetit, Manila's Margarita Fores, Paris Cheryl Tiu, We've, Erica Paredes, Paredes, Chele Gonzalez, Carlos, Chele, Chef Jordy, Jordy Navarra, Woodward Chef, Toyo, Navarra, Gonzalez, Chele's Organizations: D.C, U.K, Toyo, Chele, Jordy, Galleon Locations: Philippines, Manila, Washington, America, Miami, Paris, Chele's, Woodward Basque, Jordy Navarra, it's, Chef Jordy Navarra, Panaderya Toyo, Malay, Acapulco, Spain, United States, Spanish, Navarra, Thailand, France, Philippine, Luzon, Scott
Yet while some Asian nations vaccinated the majority of their populations months ago, they are only now reopening to international travel — just before the winter holidays. The city-state has fully vaccinated nearly 92 percent of its population, the highest rate in the world, according to Our World in Data. In Cambodia, which is reporting one of the world’s highest vaccination rates, fully vaccinated travelers no longer have to quarantine starting this week. India reopened its borders to most international travelers this week after 20 months of restricted travel. The country has fully vaccinated just 29 percent of its population and plans to open travel bubbles with 99 countries.
Persons: Roslan Rahman, China —, , Ong Ye King, Covid, Vu Duc, Rick Paddock, Read Organizations: Agence France, ., New York Times, Tourism Ministry Locations: Marina Bay, Singapore, Asia, China, Pacific, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Korea, Cambodia, Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand, Southeast Asia, Vietnam, Phu Quoc, Quang Nam Province
Thailand's floating basket festival
  + stars: | 2021-11-19 | by ( Teresa Barbieri | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: 1 min
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt halted the high-profile execution of death-row inmate Julius Jones, hours before he was scheduled to die for a 22-year-old murder in which doubts about his guilt have been raised.
Persons: Kevin Stitt, Julius Jones Organizations: Oklahoma
GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — In the torturous history of the U.S. government’s black sites, the F.B.I. Its agents, disgusted with the violence they saw at a secret C.I.A. But new information that emerged this week in the Sept. 11 case undermines that F.B.I. operatives in the overseas prison network where the spy agency used torture to interrogate its prisoners. At issue is whether the military judge will exclude from the eventual trial the testimony of F.B.I.
Persons: Cuba —, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, , F.B.I Locations: GUANTÁNAMO, Cuba, Thailand, Guantánamo
The Thai baht led gains with a 0.3% jump, hitting a more than two-month high. The dollar hovered below a 16-month peak it had been scaling in the past few sessions, while U.S. Treasury yields fell amid tepid demand at its 20-year auction. Stock markets in the region slipped, as uncertain outlook over interest rates and growth drove investors towards safe haven assets such as gold and government bonds. Shares in Indonesia and the Philippines shed around 0.7% each, as their central banks stood pat on interest rates to aid pandemic recovery, as expected. South Korean shares fell for a third straight session, after the country reported a record high 3,292 new COVID-19 cases.
Persons: Arundhati Dutta, Poon Panichpibool, Charles Evans, Duncan Tan, Philip Wee, ines, Rashmi Aich Organizations: South Korean, U.S, Treasury, Krung Thai Bank, Stock, Chicago Federal Reserve, DBS, JK, TI Locations: Indonesia, Philippine, Thailand, Philippines, Asia, Philip Wee . South, Japan, China, India, Taiwan, Bengaluru
(Adds detail, quotes)BANGKOK, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Thailand’s economic engines may not be as strong as before and the country’s important tourism sector may take longer to normalise, its central bank governor said on Thursday. Thailand’s exports and foreign direct investment have lagged behind Vietnam, while its ageing population will also weigh on growth,” Sethaput said. “If we don’t rush to upgrade these economic engines, we may see the economy growing at a slower rate,” he said. The public sector will have to adjust to facilitator mode with clear policies while letting market forces drive the business sector and the economy, Sethaput said. The central bank will also be a facilitator, relaxing strict rules to support businesses and a shifting of focus next year towards “resiliency” to meet the needs of financial users, he added.
Persons: Sethaput Suthiwartnarueput, , ” Sethaput, Sethaput, , Orathai Sriring, Martin Petty Organizations: Bank of Thailand Locations: BANGKOK, Vietnam, Tourism
(Reuters) - Bullish bets on the Chinese yuan hit a more than five-month high despite risks from a slowing property sector, while the prospect of an economic rebound led investors to unwind bearish positions in Thailand’s baht, a Reuters poll showed on Thursday. Traders said the meeting had raised the chances of partial tariff removals, following which the yuan climbed to a 5-1/2-month high. Short bets on the baht, among the region’s worst performing currencies this year, fell back to their lowest since Sept. 9. Investors slightly raised long positions in Indonesia’s rupiah and remained modestly bearish on the Philippine peso. The poll uses estimates of net long or short positions on a scale of minus 3 to plus 3.
Persons: unwind, Thomas White, bearish, Joe Biden, Xi Jinping, Chua Han Teng, , Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, South Korean, Singapore, China Evergrande Group, Traders, DBS, Consumer, Malaysian Locations: Thailand’s, China, Philippine, United States, Thailand, Taiwan
BANGKOK, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Thailand’s economic engines may not be as strong as before and the country’s important tourism sector may take longer to normalise, its central bank governor said on Thursday. Factors that will be key to future growth are the digital economy and sustainability, Bank of Thailand Governor Sethaput Suthiwartnarueput told a business seminar, discussing the post-pandemic economy. (Reporting by Orathai Sriring and Kitiphong Thaichareon; Editing by Martin Petty)
Persons: Sethaput Suthiwartnarueput, Orathai Sriring, Martin Petty Organizations: Bank of Thailand Locations: BANGKOK
A beautiful cove in Thailand made famous in the Leonardo DiCaprio movie "The Beach" will reopen to the public almost three years after it was closed because of environmental damage, authorities said Wednesday. With its white sand and crystal clear waters, Maya Bay became a popular tourist destination after the film, based on the novel by Alex Garland, was released in 2000. Although it was originally supposed to close for four months, Maya Bay, which is a part of the Hat Noppharat Thara — Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park, remained closed to help its environmental recovery. "The closure of Maya Bay was to rehabilitate its natural resources. Now the natural resources are rehabilitated back to the good level," Varawut Silpa-archa, Thailand’s minister of natural resources and environment, said in a statement Monday.
Persons: Leonardo DiCaprio, Bay, Alex Garland, Thon, Organizations: Ko Phi Phi National, Department of National, , Wildlife, Plant, NBC, Kasetsart University Locations: Thailand, Thailand’s, Bangkok
The won weakened by 0.2% and closed onshore trade at its lowest since Nov. 8. Both central banks are expected to hold interest rates to aid pandemic recovery, according to Reuters polls. Since the pandemic started, Bank Indonesia has slashed rates by 150 basis points and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has cut rates by 200 basis points. But if the Fed starts tightening policy sooner than expected, they will be pressured to follow suit. South Korean stocks ended 1.2% lower after the country reported 3,187 new infections for Tuesday, the second-highest since the pandemic began.
Persons: Arundhati Dutta, Fiona Lim, They've, Nicholas Mapa, ines, Subhranshu Sahu Organizations: S.Korean, Treasury, South Korean, Malaysian, Federal Reserve, quicken, Bank Indonesia, ng Pilipinas, ING, Logistics Trust, Wilmar International, JK, TI Locations: Indonesia, Philippine, United States, ., Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, Asia, Japan, China, India, Bengaluru
The won weakened by as much as 0.5%, followed by the Indonesian rupiah and the Malaysian ringgit shedding 0.3% each. A run of strong economic data in the U.S., including a surge in October retail sales, has kept the dollar hovering close to a 1-1/2-year peak for the past few days. U.S. bond yields rose overnight ahead of the U.S. Treasury's sale of 20-year paper later in the day. Singaporean stocks shed 0.4%, even as the city-state's October non-oil domestic exports (NODX) jumped 17.9% from a year earlier, beating forecasts. Investors will now turn their focus to policy reviews by the Indonesian and Philippine central banks on Thursday.
Persons: Arundhati Dutta, Fiona Lim, They've, Rong Yeap, ines, Shri Navaratnam Organizations: Treasury, South Korean, Federal Reserve, quicken, Fed, South, IG, Investors, Logistics Trust, Wilmar, JK, TI Locations: Indonesia, Philippine, U.S, Malaysian, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesian, Asia, Japan, China, India, Bengaluru
Ayuda is capable of facial recognition, voice recognition, voice chat, video chat, QR-code reading, and even the detection of human forms. Acer Medical, Cyberlink, and Syscom were recently recognized by the Taiwan Excellence Awards. Each year, the Taiwan Excellence Awards select the most innovative products in Taiwan across four major categories: research and development, design, quality, and marketing. Learn more about how the Taiwan Excellence Awards support businesses and promote innovation and excellence. This post was created by Insider Studios with Taiwan Excellence.
Persons: retinopathy, FaceMe Organizations: Acer Medical, COVID, Syscom, Acer, Taiwan, country's Ministry of Economic Affairs, Insider Studios Locations: Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines
Pfizer said it would ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other regulators to authorize the pill as soon as possible. Britain authorized the Merck’s Covid-19 pill earlier this month, and it is pending approval elsewhere. In a similar deal with the Medicines Patent Pool announced in October, Merck agreed to let other drugmakers make its Covid-19 pill, molnupiravir, available in 105 poorer countries. The decisions by Pfizer and Merck to share their Covid-19 drug patents stands in stark contrast to the refusal of Pfizer and other vaccine-makers to release their vaccine recipes for wider production. A hub set up by the World Health Organization in South Africa intended to share messenger RNA vaccine recipes and technologies has not enticed a single pharmaceutical to join.
Persons: ” Esteban Burrone, , ” Burrone, Merck, , Yuanqiong Hu Organizations: Pfizer Inc, Pfizer, Medicines, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, Merck, World Health Organization Locations: Geneva, Brazilian, Brazil, Covid, U.S, Britain, China, Argentina, Thailand, South Africa
Jinping and Biden opened talks warmly and stressed their responsibility to avoid conflict. They are expected to discuss a range of issues including tariffs on China imposed by former U.S. President Donald Trump. Thai stocks led gains in the region, up 0.5%, followed by the Philippines , Malaysia and Taiwan indexes gaining around 0.3% each. Meanwhile, most regional currencies gave up early gains as the U.S. dollar held near a 16-month peak, even as the yuan touched a five-month high. The Philippine central bank is expected to stand pat on interest rates when it meets on Thursday for a policy review, according to a separate Reuters poll.
Persons: Arundhati Dutta, Xi Jinping, Joe Biden, Jinping, Biden, Donald Trump, Kelvin Wong, Goldman Sachs, Sherry Jacob, Phillips Organizations: U.S, CMC, Investors, . Federal, U.S ., South Korean, Malaysian, FX Locations: Indonesia, Philippine, China, Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Bangkok, Jakarta, Asia, Japan, India, Singapore, Bengaluru
They are expected to discuss a range of issues including tariffs on China imposed by former U.S. President Donald Trump. The Thai baht and the Singapore dollar firmed 0.1% each, while the South Korean won rose as much as 0.3%. The Indonesian rupiah swung between small gains and losses as investors awaited Bank Indonesia's (BI) policy meeting on Thursday. Thai stocks extended gains to a fourth session and hit their highest in nearly a month after the government on Monday forecast higher growth for 2021, with more stimulus set to be introduced. On the downside, losses in local industrial stocks dragged the Philippine stock benchmark by 0.5%, while the peso weakened 0.3%.
Persons: Arundhati Dutta, Xi Jinping, Joe Biden, Jinping, Biden, Donald Trump, Vishnu Varathan, Goldman Sachs, Ana Nicolaci da Organizations: South Korean, U.S, Singapore, Mizuho, Bank, . Federal, Equity Ventures, San Miguel Corp, FX Locations: Indonesia, Philippine, China, Taiwan, South China, Hong Kong, Jakarta, South Korea, Singapore, India, Asia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Bengaluru, Ana Nicolaci da Costa
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Persons: Jay Suggs, She's, Lauryn Haas, I've, vlog, , I'd, monique 💕, ake, ictures, reece, romo, arn, orth, ike, hank y, ree, er. Organizations: Walt Disney Company, Disney, SeaWorld, YouTube, ust, aris Locations: Savannah , Georgia, Orlando , Florida, Bahamas, Mexico, Thailand, oman, ried, ife
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