** China's Economic Growth Slows to 3-Year Low**
Chinese officials say economic growth has slumped to a three-year low, dragged down by global economic uncertainties.
The National Bureau of Statistics reported Friday that the economy grew by 7.6 percent in the second quarter of 2012, sharply slowing from a 9.7 percent growth rate in the same quarter of 2011.
The figure was the lowest recorded since the 6.1 percent increase seen in the second quarter of 2009.
Lower demand in other countries for Chinese exports as well as weak domestic demand has been blamed for weakened growth.
** Thailand High Court to Rule on Constitutional Amendments**
Thailand's Constitutional Court will decide on Friday whether government plans to amend the constitution are legal.
The current constitution was drawn up by the military, which deposed former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and the party of current prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra -- Thaksin's sister -- says the amendments are needed to bring more democracy to Thailand.
However, opposition Democrats say the changes would threaten the role of the revered monarchy and allow the exiled Thaksin Shinawatra back into the country without doing jail time for a conviction on corruption charges.
A ruling either way could spark a return to street violence that paralyzed Bangkok in April and May of 2010.