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    Profit at India's top mobile network operator Bharti Airtel fell for the twelfth successive quarter, with higher costs dragging its results well below market expectations.

  • Sharp Rebounds, Makes a Profit in December Quarter Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | 1:47 AM ET

    Sharp rebounded to a third-quarter operating profit on Friday, improving the bailed-out consumer electroncs maker's chances of convincing lenders and shareholders that it is a viable company.

  • In China, Any US Degree Just Won't Do Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | 1:32 AM ET

    More Chinese students are enrolled at American colleges than ever before, but US degrees that are not from Harvard aren't widely valued at home. The Christian Science Monitor reports

  • Toyota Top Auto Brand, Tesla Gaining: Survey Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 | 11:53 PM ET

    It's becoming routine for Toyota. The latest survey of how Americans perceive various car brands ranks the Japanese auto maker as number one.

  • Korea Becomes the Red Flag for Asia's Currency War Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 | 10:57 PM ET

    South Korea's threat to impose a broad tax on financial transactions is the first sign of deepening concern in Asia that speculation of competitive currency devaluations is prompting investors to head for the exit.

  • Why Talk of a ‘Great Rotation’ May Be Overblown Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 | 10:48 PM ET

    Talk of a "Great Rotation" into equities from bonds this year as risk appetite returns is overblown, say analysts, adding that a big shift in market positioning is unlikely to come until stronger signs emerge that the global economy has turned a corner.

  • China's official purchasing managers' index (PMI) eased to 50.4 in January, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Friday, missing market expectations and underscoring that the economy is making only a mild recovery from its weakest year since 1999.

  • Beijing's Housing Market Surges in January Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 | 7:55 PM ET
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    Some 11,156 homes were sold in the capital from the beginning of the year to January 28, a 570 percent increase compared to the same period in 2012, a property agency says. However, supply could become a problem. CaiXin Online reports.

  • India’s Air the World’s Unhealthiest Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 | 7:06 PM ET

    India has the worst air pollution in the entire world, beating China, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh, according to a study released during this year's World Economic Forum in Davos. The New York Times reports.

  • Iran Oil Exports to Asia Fell by a Quarter in 2012 Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 | 7:04 PM ET
    FILE - An Iranian oil technician makes his way to the oil separator facilities in Iran's Azadegan oil field southwest of Tehran.

    Iran's crude exports to its biggest customer, Asia, fell by a quarter in 2012 and shipments this year are expected to drop by at least 12 percent under U.S. sanctions pressure, but ample alternative supplies will keep refiners flush with oil.

  • China’s Workers Endure Unhappy New Year Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 | 6:38 PM ET

    Nothing offends a Chinese employee more than cancelling the annual lunar new year party – a rare chance to eat, drink and win a free iPad or iPhone, courtesy of the boss. The Financial Times reports.

  • Apple Loses Appeals Bid for Samsung Sales Ban Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 | 2:07 PM ET
    An Apple iPad 2 and iPhone 4S smartphone, left, and a Samsung Electronics Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet computer and Galaxy S III smartphone.

    A U.S. appeals court on Thursday rejected Apple request to revive its bid for a sales ban on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone.

  • P. Chidambaram, India's Finance Minister

    India's finance minister is putting welfare, defense and road projects on the chopping block in a last-ditch attempt to hit a tough fiscal deficit target by March, risking short-term economic growth and angering cabinet colleagues.

  • Can a Rimless Blackberry Avoid Extinction? Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 | 3:10 AM ET
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    Even after Canada-based Blackberry launched it's anticipated line-up of revamped smartphones and their surprise name change, investors were unimpressed as its stock slumped 12 percent.

  • Honda Trims Full-Year Profit Forecast on China Hit Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 | 1:45 AM ET
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    Honda Motors trimmed its annual net profit forecast by 1.3 percent to 370 billion yen after car sales have been knocked in China, and as it continues to struggle in Europe.

  • Philippine Q4 GDP Beats Forecasts, Strong Peso a Concern Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 | 11:01 PM ET

    The Philippine economy grew faster than expected in the last quarter of 2012 on robust domestic demand, bolstering expectations the central bank will keep its key policy rate steady at a record low in the early part of the year.

  • Taiwan raised its economic growth forecast for 2013 on Thursday, after the fourth quarter expanded faster than expected and posted its best growth in five quarters on improved demand for the island's electronics exports and stronger consumption.

  • Hackers in China Attacked The Times for Last 4 Months Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 | 10:05 PM ET

    For the last four months, Chinese hackers have persistently attacked The New York Times, infiltrating its computer systems and getting passwords for its reporters and other employees. The New York Times reports.

  • Chinalco Unit Drops 7% in HK Debut After $400 Million IPO Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 | 9:46 PM ET

    Shares of Chinalco Mining Corp International, a unit of China's top aluminium group, Aluminum Corp of China (Chinalco), fell as much as 11.4 percent on their Hong Kong debut on Thursday, a week after pricing its $400 million initial public offering near the mid-point of an indicative range.

  • New Rio Tinto Chief Faces First Difficult Decision Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 | 8:04 PM ET

    Rio Tinto's Sam Walsh faces his first difficult decision as chief executive -- whether to shut the 1,400-staff Gove alumina refinery in Australia -- as under-performing units come under tougher scrutiny following $14 billion in writedowns this month.