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  • Inside North Korea's not so isolated economy Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 2:24 PM ET
    Kim Jong-Un and Dennis Rodman at a basketball game in North Korea in February 2013

    As Dennis Rodman was scheduled to return to North Korea, the NBA star's trip sheds light on the totalitarian state, where—surprise!—pockets of capitalism have emerged.

  • When travelers attack: China tackles 'air rage' Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 11:21 AM ET
    Stranded travellers arguing with police (R) and airline personnel at Changshui International Airport in Kunming, China, January, 2013.

    Chinese travelers frustrated by chronic delays seem to be on the verge of rebellion: attacking flight attendants, ignoring security protocols and engaging in screaming matches with airline staff.

  • No need to doubt our reform vow: Japan minister Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 6:59 AM ET

    Japan remains committed to transforming its economy, which has suffered from years of deflation and weak growth, Toshimutsu Motegi, the country's minister of the economy, trade and industry told CNBC.

  • Business sentiment in this city-state is on the rise Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 4:49 AM ET
    Singapore's business district skyline at dusk

    Businesses confidence in Singapore rose in the first half of the year on the back of improving access to capital and a brighter economic outlook, a survey published by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) on Thursday showed.

  • It seems the only way is down for the Aussie Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 4:28 AM ET

    The battered Aussie hit a three-year low of $0.90 on Thursday, and there seems no end to its vicious slump, with some analysts pointing to a 20 percent decline in the coming years.

  • Inside Europe's commercial property boom Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 3:29 AM ET

    Chinese and Korean investors are snapping up commercial real estate in major European countries, helping drive investment in the region, according to Jones Lang LaSalle.

  • Will DBS, Danamon deal collapse curb Indonesia M&A? Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 3:22 AM ET

    A decision by Southeast Asia's biggest bank to quit a year-long pursuit of Indonesia's Bank Danamon could deter other foreign banks from the banking sector.

  • The positive surprise in China's official PMI is a result of improving business sentiment on the back of Beijing's recent stimulus announcement, analysts told CNBC.

  • Are fears over China government debt overblown? Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 12:49 AM ET

    Beijing's nation-wide audit of China's local government loans has fueled fears over the severity of the state's colossal debt pile, but BAML says the concerns are overblown.

  • China's manufacturing sector managed to stay in expansionary phase in July, according to official government data on Thursday, defying forecasts of a contraction.

  • Shanghai suffers hottest July in more than 100 years Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | 10:08 PM ET
    Thousands of people escape the heat and enjoy the water at the Chinese Dead Sea tourist resort as the temperature reaches 38 degrees celsius on July 28, 2013 in Suining, China.

    A deadly persistent heat wave sweeping southern China has led authorities to issue the first-ever, second-highest heat alert across the country, according to local media reports.

  • Dying out? China's young shun family business Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | 8:05 PM ET

    As China's first-generation entrepreneurs hit retirement age, more than 3 million private businesses will have to deal with succession issues in the next 3-8 years.

  • Once leading handset maker exits smartphone business Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | 8:00 PM ET

    NEC said that it would quit making smartphones, acknowledging that it had lost sight of the development of mobile technology. The New York Times reports.

  • Vancouver Olympic silver medallist Mao Asada

    Tokyo is one of three cities in the running to host the 2020 Olympic Games and there are a number of Japanese stocks that could do well if Tokyo wins the bid.

  • The stock market that's on 'fire' Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | 7:37 AM ET

    Stellar gains in Australia's benchmark stock index have taken traders by surprise this month and analysts say the market finally appears to be reacting to a weak Australian dollar.

  • As the world turns, BRICs no longer a slam dunk Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | 3:57 AM ET

    The tables appear to have "flipped" for BRIC nations, analysts say, with one market watcher predicting a recession for the economies once famous for their fast growth.

  • Chinese mystic draws fury from Communist Party Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | 3:45 AM ET

    The Communist Party has accused qigong exponent Wang Lin, who has fled to Hong Kong, of using superstition to draw in gullible citizens and officials. The New York Times reports.

  • Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC is the "biggest victim" of the intensifying battle in the premium handset space, and there could be little scope for it to stage a turnaround.

  • Macau tycoon David Chow aims to return to the spotlight of the world's largest gambling hub with a new casino resort boasting an opera house and dinosaur museum.

  • Japan's robots eye autos to take up smartphone slack Tuesday, 30 Jul 2013 | 8:49 PM ET
    Arm robots assemble parts at Nissan Motor's Tochigi Plant in Japan.

    As the breakneck growth in the global smartphone market eases, Japanese companies that make the robots that build the phones are looking to automakers to take up the slack.

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