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  • India's top court has dealt a serious blow to Western pharmaceutical firms who are increasingly focusing on India to drive sales.

  • South Korea Vows Fast Response If North Strikes Monday, 1 Apr 2013 | 3:10 AM ET
    North Korean soldiers.

    South Korea will strike back if the North stages any attack on its territory, the new president warned, as tensions ratcheted higher on the Korean peninsula amid shrill rhetoric from Pyongyang and the U.S. deployment of radar-evading fighters.

  • OMG, Google to Shut Down YouTube!? April Fools! Monday, 1 Apr 2013 | 3:03 AM ET
    Google, which owns Youtube, is considering a plan to sell cablelike services via the Internet.

    Google, getting a headstart on the annual tradition of April Fools' pranks, released a YouTube clip on Sunday declaring that the world's most popular video website will shut down at midnight.

  • Decoding Chinese PMI—Watch Key Thresholds Monday, 1 Apr 2013 | 2:13 AM ET

    To gauge the strength of the recovery in the "workshop of the world," there are three key thresholds investors should monitor, says one economist.

  • Singapore Property Prices Cool in the First Quarter Monday, 1 Apr 2013 | 12:14 AM ET

    Private property prices in Singapore rose at a much slower rate in the first three months of this year compared to the quarter before, as government property curbs announced in January to cool the market dampened demand.

  • Panasonic Unit in US Bribery Investigation: Report Sunday, 31 Mar 2013 | 10:48 PM ET

    A unit of Japan's Panasonic is under investigation by U.S. authorities looking at whether the company paid bribes overseas to airline employees or government officials to help land business.

  • China Deaths Spark Fresh Bird Flu Fears Sunday, 31 Mar 2013 | 9:27 PM ET

    Two people in Shanghai, one of China's largest cities, died this month after contracting a strain of avian influenza that had never been passed to humans before.

  • China Financials Still a Slow Boat for Reforms Sunday, 31 Mar 2013 | 9:12 PM ET

    China's financial reform campaign has indeed chalked up considerable victories, but it appears more time will be needed before additional and necessary reform measures take root. The Caixin reports.

  • Japan Just Might Be Set to Open a New Chapter Sunday, 31 Mar 2013 | 4:57 PM ET
    The Bank of Japan headquarters in Tokyo, Japan

    If the Bank of Japan meets expectations and embarks this week on a radical policy shift to crush deflation, the meeting will go down as historic.

  • China's Urbanization Leaves Migrant Workers in the Cold Saturday, 30 Mar 2013 | 11:35 PM ET

    Cheap neighborhoods in China are being cleared as part of a "urbanization" campaign. But in an ironic twist, the clearance of these "villages within cities" removes cheap housing for the very people targeted to fuel that migration.

  • Bank of Cyprus Big Savers to Lose Up to 60 Percent Saturday, 30 Mar 2013 | 4:16 PM ET

    Big depositors at Cyprus' largest bank may be forced to accept losses of up to 60 percent, far more than initially estimated under the European rescue package to save the country from bankruptcy.

  • Big Depositors in Cyprus to Lose Far More Than Feared Saturday, 30 Mar 2013 | 3:48 AM ET

    Under conditions to be announced Saturday, depositors in Bank of Cyprus will get shares in the bank worth 37.5 percent of their deposits over 100,000 euros, while the rest may never be paid back.

  • North Korea to Enter 'State of War' With South Korea Friday, 29 Mar 2013 | 10:29 PM ET
    A missile unit of Korean People's Army (KPA) (F) saluting during a grand military parad

    North Korea said on Saturday it was entering a "state of war" with South Korea in a continuing escalation of tough rhetoric against Seoul and Washington.

  • Lessons From China's Rooftops Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | 10:41 PM ET

    Environmentalist Terry Tamminen argues companies do better when government uses its considerable buying power to help make the sustainable product market.

  • China Factory Profits Up 17% as Recovery Picks Up Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | 10:38 PM ET
    A welder works at Sulzer AG's factory in Shanghai, China.

    China's industrial profits grew 17.2 percent in the first two months of this year from a year ago, official data showed on Thursday, adding to signs that a burgeoning macro economic recovery is being felt.

  • Trade Pacts: Not Too Exciting, but This One May Be Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | 7:36 PM ET

    Free-trade agreements are usually not the sort of thing that get markets excited, so should the Trans-Pacific Partnership being negotiated be any different? If you're Japan, then perhaps the answer is yes.

  • A day after the Philippines got its first investment grade rating from Fitch, the Southeast Asian country's central bank governor told CNBC the upgrade was a "seal of good housekeeping."

  • China Bank Stocks Dumped on Tighter Regulations Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | 3:00 AM ET

    China's financial stocks slumped on Thursday after Beijing's banking regulator unveiled new restrictions on wealth management products (WMPs) on Wednesday in order to reduce risk taking.

  • BOJ's Kuroda: Asset Purchase Limit Already Broken Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | 2:40 AM ET
    Haruhiko Kuroda

    The Bank of Japan will not bankroll government spending, but it has already exceeded self-imposed limits on asset purchases and will continue to do so, in a signal intended to deliver on promises of overhauling policy.

  • European Default Has to Happen: Mark Mobius Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | 2:18 AM ET
    Mark Mobius, executive chairman of Templeton Asset Management's Emerging Markets Group

    As fears grow that the Cyprus crisis could spread to other parts of the euro zone, renowned investor Mark Mobius says that a default is the only way to solve the single-currency bloc's problems.

Charting Asia with Daryl Guppy

  • A pedestrian walks past an electronic stock board displaying the figure of the Nikkei 225 Stock Average.

    Japan's Nikkei had a huge day on Monday, surging 4 percent in 16 months, as investors scooped up bargains after a rout last week.

  • The Dow Jones entered negative territory, while the S&P 500 and NASDAQ posted their worst weeks since 2012, leading traders to warn of a correction.

  • Nymex crude oil fell below $90 per barrel for the first time in 17 month last week amid signs of a supply glut, and charts suggest further downside.