Indian giants set to move in on Cove

The battle for Cove Energy is heating up after two Indian oil giants said they were seeking to trump two earlier offers for the East Africa-focused explorer by preparing an estimated £1.25bn bid.

Three more Iranians held over Thailand bomb plot

The skidding story of the Bangkok bomb plot took another twist yesterday when police revealed they were questioning another Iranian whom they believe could be involved.

Security footage from Bangkok shows the three Iranian bomb suspects, from left, Mohammad Khazaei, Saied Moradi – who blew off his legs in the explosions – and Masoud Sedaghat Zadeh

How bright lights of Pattaya seduced Iran's bungling Bangkok bombers

Numerous clues were left in the red-light district of the Thai resort by terror team. Peter Popham reports

Guitar hero Clapton takes home £4m

Eric Clapton proved himself no slow hand in the moneymaking stakes again last year as he took a salary of nearly £4m out of his music business.

American jailed for defaming Thai king

An American was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in a Thailand prison yesterday after he pleaded guilty to defaming the country's king in material he posted on the internet while living thousands of miles away in Colorado.

Thaksin to get his passport back

Thaksin Shinawatra, the fugitive former Prime Minister, could be reissued his Thai passport within weeks as a "New Year present" from the government, Thailand's Foreign Minister said yesterday.

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is shown respect, and returns it, to a Thai flood victim during her visit

Clinton greets Thai flood victims in evacuation unit

The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, visited an evacuation centre for Thai flood victims yesterday, a day after announcing a $10m aid package.

Thaksin's sister becomes Thailand's first woman PM

Yingluck Shinawatra, the sister of an ousted Thai leader, is vowing to work for national reconciliation after formally becoming the country's first female prime minister.

Thaksin's sister appointed PM

Thailand's parliament has elected the businesswoman Yingluck Shinawatra as the country's first female Prime Minister, setting the stage for the 44-year-old political novice to take charge of a volatile nation deeply divided since her older brother Thaksin was ousted in a coup in 2006.

Life After Tesco: What Sir Terry did next

Leaving the supermarket giant allowed its former boss to focus on start-up businesses. He talks to James Thompson

Robbie Fowler joins team in Thailand

Former England and Liverpool forward Robbie Fowler has joined Muangthong United and will be formally unveiled on Sunday, the Thai Premier League (TPL) club said in a statement today.

Students killed in Thailand bus crash

Three British gap-year students travelling through Thailand have been killed in a bus crash.

Andrew MacGregor Marshall: Why I decided to jeopardise my career and publish secrets

Thailand is sliding backwards into repression – one stark indication of this is that just saying it is illegal

Robson steps down as Thailand coach

Bryan Robson has resigned as Thailand's national coach, the country's football association president has said.

Writer seized over insults in Thailand

Thai authorities said yesterday that they had arrested an American on charges he insulted the country's monarchy, in part by posting a link on his blog four years ago to a banned book about the South-east Asian nation's ailing king.

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