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Thai banks set for slower profit growth as consumers struggle to repay loans

BANGKOK: An unexpected spike in bad loans at Thailand's banks in the latest quarter is set to crimp earnings growth in the sector, the latest symptom of a household debt malaise that also threatens consumer spending in Southeast Asia's second-largest economy.

World

Greece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for police

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece will propose legislation this week to scrap academic sanctuary, a law that was designed to protect protesting students and freedom of ideas but which the new government says is used as a cover for lawlessness.

Books

Charmaine Craig’s epic novel 'Miss Burma' based on her own mother

Charmaine Craig reveals how her new book, about a beauty queen of Karen ethnicity who becomes a political revolutionary with a price on her head, is based on her mother,

Environment

Thailand’s Maya Bay begins restoration

Just like Boracay in the Philippines, the ailing Thai beach – Maya Bay – has closed its doors to tourists in a bid to restore the place to its beautiful state once again.

Travel

Female motortaxi drivers on the rise in Bangkok

More female motortaxi drivers are choosing to brave the risky traffic-logged roads of Bangkok and discrimination for the flexible work schedule, which allows them ownership over their lives.

Books

Booked Out: How and when you're introduced to an author’s work matters

Sometimes, how and when you are first introduced to an author’s works matter. Young adult fiction works by Isabel Allende influenced the columnist's opinion of Allende's great work, 'The House Of The Spirits' when she read it as an adult.