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CNBC Asia-Pacific Highlights

Durable Goods a Mixed Bag; Confidence Gauge Shows Lift

Hong Kong residents are obsessed with property, and I'm no exception. But I never thought my dank, dark car park space in the building where I live would turn out to be my best investment ever. I bought it four years ago for $90,000. Recent deals indicate it's now worth $167,000, an 85 percent increase.

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Gold and platinum have been locked in a tight race for the past month, with both trading currently around $1,680 an ounce, prompting the question – which precious metal will win the race to $2,000?

Severe Air Pollution Continuous In Beijing

China's foulest fortnight for air pollution in memory has rekindled a tongue-in-cheek campaign by a multimillionaire with a streak of showmanship who is selling canned fresh air.

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'Gangnam Style,' made famous by Korean pop star Psy, is now being used to market new cigarettes in Canada. The Global Post reports.

The Helix Bridge and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore

As rising prices threaten high living standards, this Asian financial hub may be at risk of becoming a victim of its own success.

Two movie production-distribution companies plan to expand if allowed to raise funds on the Shanghai exchange.

Brace yourself for a costlier latte. Coffee leaf rust - a fungus-borne disease devastating to plantations - has returned to plague crops in Central America, a region supplying 14 percent of the world's global production.

Asia's financial capital Hong Kong retained its top spot as the world's most expensive city to rent a high-end apartment as robust demand on the island, a popular destination for employees looking to relocate overseas, and constrained supply, kept prices elevated.

The Nintendo Wii U is a new video game console that was unveiled during Nintendo’s press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2011.

Hints at a removal of the Chinese government's decade long ban on video-gaming have excited technology investors over potential gains for the industry, but analysts have warned the impact could be muted.

The long-awaited rate cut comes as a relief for the nation's consumers, who have been hoping for cheaper financing in their next property or car purchase.

Bulls Roll the Dice on MGM Resorts

Ruchir Sharma of Morgan Stanley tells us which global stock markets could surprise us this year, and it may not always be a pleasant one.

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Summer Palace, a restaurant tucked inside one of the capital's most expensive hotels, offers the standard selection of Chinese delicacies: abalone, braised sea cucumber and imperial bird's nest soup, which sells for about 700 renminbi, or more than $100, a serving. Noticeably absent, however, is a mainstay of Chinese cuisine — shark fin soup. The NYT reports.

One-third of China's workforce is made of migrants, many of whom have effectively become second-class citizens in their own country. The GlobalPost reports.

Growing optimism about the economic outlook and a string of upbeat earnings has put global equity markets on a strong footing at the start of the year.But hold on, say strategists, pointing to a risk that investors are underestimating: a U.S. budget sequester.

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The biggest global alcohol companies are sizing up buyout and tie-up opportunities in China, India, South Korea and Vietnam, keen to profit from a $258 billion Asian market that is growing twice as fast as the rest of the world.

Beef is a delicacy in Bangladesh, but Hindu-majority India refuses to sell their sacred cows. The demand is so high, however, that a dangerous $920 million cow smuggling trade has popped up. CSM reports.

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The official news agency of the Chinese government has published an editorial urging Chinese government officials to avoid sex scandals and be "superheroes" when it comes to fighting corruption.

Why Asian Currencies Should Celebrate Obama's Win

The Bank of Japan's decision to adopt a more aggressive monetary policy has not gone down well with South Korea, whose currency has strengthened rapidly as a consequence. Its central bank head tells CNBC that countries trying to weaken their currencies will not succeed in the long run.

Seoul is full of untapped customers eager to tie the knot with northern beauties. The GlobalPost reports.

Here's where the experts say Apple is going next.

Korean rapper Psy (C) teaches Red Bull Racing drivers Mark Webber (L) and Sebastian Vettel (R) the Gangnam Style dance before the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at the Korea International Circuit on October 14, 2012 in Yeongam-gun, South Korea.

Even as the South Korean economy struggled in 2012, there was one bright spot-K-Pop sensation Psy's "Gangnam Style" video–that helped bring a record number of tourists boosting revenues to a new high.

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Japan has one of the world’s highest suicide rates. But last year the number of suicides fell below 30,000 for the first time in 15 years, thanks in part to community efforts. The CSM reports.

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A group of workers in central China staged a "Gangnam Style" protest to shame a construction company into paying more than $37,000 in unpaid wages. The Global Post reports.

What If…Mumbai Gets Hit by a Storm Like Sandy?

India's finance minister hinted at a tough budget and said ratings agencies could be forced to change their minds.

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While the banking industry is being "attacked" from all sides, Standard Chartered's CEO tells CNBC that the Asia-focused bank is looking forward to the year, which has got off to a good start.

Women in India's capital are taking self-defence classes, snapping up pepper sprays, booking cabs with female drivers or leaving work early, all signs of growing insecurity following the brutal gang rape and murder of a student last month.

Witnessing friends' vacations, love lives and work successes on Facebook can cause envy and trigger feelings of misery and loneliness, according to German researchers.

Guo Shuqing, Chairman of China's Securities Regulatory Commission

How close is China to driving financial reform and opening up its markets? Perhaps the answer lies not with the country's new leaders, who are being watched closely for their willingness to bring reforms, but with Beijing technocrats who appear to be pushing ahead with change.

While India raised taxes on gold imports, demand is expected to remain resilient. Find out why.

Top Chinese doctor says expats insult capital by using term 'Beijing Cough.' The Global Post reports.

China could be considering relaxing its harsh one-child policy because of women like Hu Yanqin, who lives in a village at the edge of the Gobi desert.