CNBC Asia-Pacific Highlights

Time for an Asian Pope? Friday, 1 Mar 2013 | 1:40 AM ET

Three Italians, three North Americans, and Luis Antonio Tagle, the archbishop of Manila, capital of the Philippines, Asia's only majority-Catholic nation, are among candidates to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. The New York Times reports.

Here's How Japan Can Bring Down the Aussie Dollar Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 | 11:56 PM ET

The recent weakness in the resilient Australian dollar, which is down from its multi-month highs, is not due to talk of a rate cut or worries over China's patchy economic recovery. The drop is thanks to Japanese investors.

Hong Kong, Asia's Equestrian Capital Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 | 8:52 PM ET
Horse 'Camelot' (L) ridden by jockey Joseph O'Brien heads the field to win the Derby race on Derby Day, the second day of the Epsom Derby horse racing festival, at Epsom in Surrey, southern England, on June 2, 2012 the first official day of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Hong Kong is playing host to Asia's highest level of show jumping, the Longines Hong Kong Masters. CNBC's Bernie Lo speaks to the organiser's vice president, Matthieu Gheysen.

Japanese Companies Fire Up Real Estate Market Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 | 6:22 PM ET
Tokyo, Japan

Japanese blue-chip firms, from electronics giants to brewers, are selling prime real estate to shore up battered balance sheets, stoking a resurgent property market.

Billionaire Population Hits 1,453—Or Maybe 4,000 Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 | 3:15 PM ET

Guessing the number of billionaires in the world (or even in a single country) is just that -- a guessing game. But it's a highly profitable and increasingly popular one.

India Launches First Smartphone Into Space Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 | 1:41 AM ET

As India launches the first smartphone into space, critics are questioning how a nation with so many people living in poverty should spend money to expand a space program. The GlobalPost reports.

Brits May Have to Work Until 75, Thanks to China Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | 9:43 PM ET
New Retirement Calculus Gives New Life to Tricky Annuities

A colossal savings glut in China, the world's second largest economy, means British workers in their twenties will only be able to retire at 75.

Japanese Pilots Lose Pay as Dreamliners Stay Idle Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | 8:43 PM ET
Capt. Randy Neville, left, a Boeing 787 test pilot, looks out the cockpit window as his Boeing 787 Dreamliner jumbo passenger jet taxis on the tarmac at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, Friday, March 9, 2012, in Phoenix.  Phoenix area Honeywell Aerospace workers were able to get a peek at the new plane that the company supplied a dozen systems for, including flight management, navigation and communications.  The 787 uses lighter carbon fiber for half its construction and is much more fuel-efficient t

The grounding of Boeing global fleet of 787 Dreamliner passenger jets due to undiagnosed battery problems is taking its toll on the hundreds of pilots.

Why China's Mobile Market Could Be Too Tough to Crack Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | 4:19 AM ET

More and more mobile companies are trying to gain a foothold in a country where white-label phones once ruled the roost, but some analysts say that attempts to crack what is now the world's largest market may be a waste of time.

Plastic Surgery, 'Gangnam-Style' Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | 2:34 AM ET

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.

Desperate Hunt for Day Care in Japan Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | 1:00 AM ET

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.

Asians Still Hugely Under Insured: AIA CEO Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 10:53 PM ET
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.

Foreign Autos Shut Out the Big 3 in New Report Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 12:47 PM ET
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

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.

Wealthy Chinese Shift Their Luxury Buying Overseas Monday, 25 Feb 2013 | 11:10 AM ET
Harrods, London

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

China Manufacturing Slips, but Don't Worry Yet Monday, 25 Feb 2013 | 1:44 AM ET

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.

Margin Squeeze Has Singapore Firms Packing Up Sunday, 24 Feb 2013 | 7:00 PM ET

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 May Actually Think a War Is Coming Friday, 22 Feb 2013 | 3:48 PM ET

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.

Britain to India: Diamond in Royal Crown Is Ours Friday, 22 Feb 2013 | 1:50 AM ET

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.

Also Made in China: the Titanic Friday, 22 Feb 2013 | 1:27 AM ET

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.

Japanese Turn Against Whaling Friday, 22 Feb 2013 | 12:20 AM ET
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.

Foreign Airlines See Beyond Clouds in India Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 | 11:11 PM ET
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.

Is This the Start of China's Tightening Cycle? Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 | 9:33 PM ET
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.

Marxist Zookeepers Wanted in China Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 | 1:43 AM ET
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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.

Turkey Lures Asian Investors as It Looks East for Capital Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 | 12:45 AM ET

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.

This Wealthy Nation Can't Afford to Retire Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 | 3:42 AM ET
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.

Hackers Doing No Favors for China's Image Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 | 1:47 AM ET

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.

For China's Internet Scrubbers, It's Dirty Business Tuesday, 19 Feb 2013 | 11:17 PM ET

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.

$50 Million in Diamonds Stolen in Less Than 5 Minutes Tuesday, 19 Feb 2013 | 7:55 PM ET
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.