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CNBC Asia-Pacific Highlights

Plastic surgery is a lucrative trade in South Korea, with citizens edging out Greece, Italy and the US as the most cosmetically enhanced people in the world. The GlobalPost reports.

Japan subsidizes day care for families of varied incomes, but as more women work, they find themselves forced into an annual competition for coveted slots for their children. The New York Times reports.

6 common myths about buying life insurance

The CEO of Asia's third largest insurance company AIA Group said the majority of Asian citizens are under insured despite soaring growth figures.

The residents of Manhattan’s 10274 zip code have some of the highest incomes in the U.S. However, that doesn’t mean that every one of them wants to drive a Beemer.Many residents of this area are perfectly happy to drive moderately-priced midsize cars, such as the $23,070 Honda Accord. It was the third most popular car in this zip code, according to TrueCar.com.

For the first time since 2007 the top ten vehicles picked by Consumer Reports does not include a model built by General Motors, Ford or Chrysler.

Harrods, London

Wealthy Chinese are buying more luxury goods — just not at home. Here's where they're spending their money.

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The latest measure of growth in China's vast manufacturing sector may have showed a pullback from two-year highs in February, but don't read too much into the data, economists told CNBC, who maintain that the workshop of the world is still expanding and will keeping growing.

The most widespread margin squeeze in at least a decade is pushing some Singapore companies out of the city state.

iPhone 5

As BlackBerry launches the first smartphone from its make-or-break BB10 line in India, one of its most loyal markets, the company faces new competition from a formidable rival.

North Korea's latest belligerent talk isn't just cheap rhetoric: North Korea is preparing for a war because, in their eyes, the US may really be planning an offensive.

British Prime Minister David Cameron says a giant diamond his country forced India to hand over in the colonial era that was set in a royal crown will not be returned.

The brainchild of eccentric Australian billionaire Clive Palmer, Titanic II aims to precisely replicate the experience of the doomed liner for a 21st century clientele — minus the iceberg.

Humpback whale

Japan's declining appetite for whale meat is nothing new; but is the country also losing patience with its whaling industry? The answer is yes, according to a new report that highlights the huge cost to the Japanese taxpayer of sustaining its whaling fleet. The GlobalPost reports.

Air Asia

Intense competition for the loyalties of highly price-sensitive travelers, coupled with some of the region's highest operating costs, led to losses and mounting debts for India's airlines. The Financial Times reports.

People's Bank of China in Beijing, China

China's central bank moved earlier this week to drain liquidity from the market for the first time in eight months, leading to speculation over whether the world's second largest economy has embarked on a tightening cycle.

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Guangzhou Zoo entrance exam evaluates potential zookeepers on their grasp of Marxist thought, as well as more menial animal care chores. The Global Post reports.

When Turkish conglomerate Anadolu Holding put its 75-percent stake in Alternatifbank up for sale last year, a distant potential suitor from Asia took a close look at the business.

Empty Nest

Singapore may boast of the highest percentage of millionaires in the world, but retiring here is becoming even more difficult for the common man.

The recent hacking allegations against China puts another negative mark on the country's image as new leader Xi Jinping has repeatedly vowed to fight corruption.

Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing's Cheung Kong Holdings just sold all 360 rooms in the budget range Apex Horizon hotel in Kowloon, to hundreds of enthusiastic buyers.

Flames of a public relations disaster were licking at the heels of a private equity firm when China's most notorious Internet-scrubbing company rode to the rescue. Caixin reports.

The 35-carat pear-shaped diamond Marie de Medici wore at her coronation in 1610, one of the world's most famous gems.

Armed robbers at Brussels airport stole roughly $50 million worth of diamonds in under five minutes.

Disneyland

It's been a long seven-year itch, but Hong Kong Disneyland is finally making some money. The park made $14 million in the last financial year, while this is only about a 2.5 percent return on revenues of $550 million, it's still a profit.

Scientists using a high-energy X-ray instrument say they have solved the long-running debate over what kind of paint Picasso used in his masterpieces. The New York Times reports.

As the Nikkei 225 scales a 33-month high, investors risk getting burnt as analysts warn of a correction.

In the past few weeks, several London developers have flown east to places like Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to persuade wealthy Asians to buy new residential sites in London as building there picks up after the financial crisis. The New York Times reports.

In a rare show of protest, Singaporeans staged a rally to reject new government population policies.

Owned by art, film and real estate mogul Zhang Baoquan, Tree Resort World on Sanya Bay bar marks the Chinese government's first tacit approval of a gaming concept outside of Macau.

Marc Cerny, lead architect of PlaySation 4, introduces the BioShock4, the new controller for Sony's PlayStation 4 at a news conference February 20, 2013 in New York.

The launch of PlayStation 4 this week is more than the start of a new cycle for Sony, it's an essential step in rebuilding the firm as a corporation.

The Singapore government, facing growing public opposition to the country's liberal immigration policies, has announced a slew of measures to limit the influx of foreign workers in the past year, a move that's costing local businesses.

Warren Buffett

Just take a look at his portfolio to find out. CNBC's Chloe Cho and Deirdre Wang-Morris discuss the wizard of Omaha's food-related stocks in light of his recent purchase of ketchup maker Heinz.

Authorities in Indonesia are reevaluating the use of speed bumps after local clerics demanded the traffic measure be considered 'haram,' i.e. forbidden. The Global Post reports.