• Supporters surrounding former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban at an intra-party voting centre yesterday. He promised not to rejoin politics after leading the 2014 street protests.
BANGKOK • Former central bank governor Chatumongkol Sonakul was picked to lead the new Action for Coalition for Thailand (ACT) party yesterday but the retired 75-year-old told The Sunday Times: "I'm not actually actively leading the party as such, day to day."


  • The coastal sea wall in Kali Baru, North Jakarta. The structure is part of the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development project to reduce coastal flooding in Jakarta. Above: An aerial view of the $55 billion land reclamation project in Jakarta
The project, more popularly known as the Giant Sea Wall, is located beside Tanjung Priok, Indonesia's biggest port. When fully completed, it will have a nearly 8km coastal sea wall and a 33km outer sea wall. 
Many agrarian families find it hard to access financial assistance from institutional banks, especially if they have existing loans. They are often forced to borrow from unregulated moneylenders whose interest rates could go as high as 36 per cent.
  • Employees from a garment factory in Guangzhou sitting behind handwritten signs that say in Chinese, ''Looking for customers". As China's economy slows sharply, factories such as this one (above) in Dongguan, Guangdong province, are closing. And they
DONGGUAN (China) • China's consumers and businesses are losing confidence. Car sales have plunged. The housing market is stumbling. Some factories are letting workers off for the Chinese New Year holiday two months early.
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