18 Dec 2013 : BRUSSELS - European Union states and lawmakers agreed on Wednesday to regulate the booming e-cigarette market and discourage smoking by increasing the size of health warnings on packets.
18 Dec 2013 : Two local journalists reported to Phuket police on Wednesday to hear criminal defamation charges made against them by the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) regarding coverage of Rohingya boat people, causing another dent in the fragile press freedom of Thailand.
18 Dec 2013 : TOKYO - The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ said Wednesday it has acquired a 72.01% stake in Bank of Ayudhya for 536 billion yen (167.9 billion baht) and turned the bank into a subsidiary to expand its operations in the country and other Southeast Asian economies.
18 Dec 2013 : KUALA LUMPUR - The approval rating of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has hit the lowest point since he took office in 2009, according to survey results released Wednesday.
18 Dec 2013 : Novak Djokovic has hired German tennis legend Boris Becker as his head coach ahead of the Australian open in January, the Serbian player announced on his website Wednesday.
18 Dec 2013 : Anti-government demonstrators on Wednesday warned the Democrat Party it would lose their support and all of its credibility if it decided to field candidates in the national election.
18 Dec 2013 : Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra disappointed supporters and opponents waiting for her at Surin railway station on Wednesday after worried advisers rerouted her to another depot.
18 Dec 2013 : NARATHIWAT ― Two police officers were injured when a powerful bomb buried under a village road detonated in the path of their vehicle on Wednesday.
18 Dec 2013 : A total of 57 juvenile delinquents have submitted prosecution requests to wear electronic tagging instead of going to prison, according to the Ministry of Justice’s Department of Probation.
18 Dec 2013 : Seven private organisations support the election under the democratic system as they feel the country can reach 5% GDP growth in 2014 if there is no political hiccup. However, GDP growth may drop to only 3% next year if political turbulence continues.