CNBC Asia-Pacific Highlights

Nepal and India Count their Bengals in Tiger Census Tuesday, 5 Feb 2013 | 9:47 PM ET

Nepal and India kicked off a historic joint tiger census on Tuesday, sending out experts to count the number of endangered Royal Bengal tigers living in their shared border region. The Global Post reports.

How Badly Will a Strong Won Hurt South Korea? Monday, 4 Feb 2013 | 10:38 PM ET

The unprecedented surge of the South Korean won against the yen could put a substantial dent in exports for Asia's fourth largest economy, a report from the South Korean Hyundai Research Institute has shown.

Can India Sweep Up Its 'Soot' Pollution Challenge? Monday, 4 Feb 2013 | 6:59 PM ET

Every winter, a heavy haze of pollution envelops many Asian cities. Reduced visibility grounded planes in New Delhi in December, while toxic amounts of particulate matter kept Beijing residents indoors several days last month. The Christian Science Monitor reports.

It's Game On for Firms in Mobile Device Industry Monday, 4 Feb 2013 | 6:19 PM ET

Chinese mobile game operators like Guangzhou Gude Network Technology had reason to cheer in 2012, as it and many other industry players enjoyed rapid growth. CaiXin Online reports.

Beware 'Credit Supernova': Gross Monday, 4 Feb 2013 | 12:02 PM ET

Pimco's Bill Gross sees a "supernova" lurking in investing universe that could see investors lost in space.

Who Says Money Doesn't Buy Happiness? Monday, 4 Feb 2013 | 10:50 AM ET

A new survey from Spectrem Group finds that only 20 percent of affluent and wealthy investors agree that "money can buy happiness."

In Case You Missed This: Vietnam Stocks Up 17% Monday, 4 Feb 2013 | 3:35 AM ET

While Asia's major equity markets have delivered strong gains since the start of 2013, one frontier market has been quietly outperforming - rising 17 percent - making it the best performer in the region.

Could This Bring the Indian Government Down? Saturday, 2 Feb 2013 | 1:24 AM ET

A sharp rise in the cost of onions – a vegetable of volatile price that is credited with toppling two Indian governments since 1980 – has sent jitters through the Congress-led coalition government of Manmohan Singh, the prime minister. FT reports.

Japan's Autos Are Finally Shrugging Off China Blues Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | 3:20 AM ET
japan honda-283381090_v2.jpg

Japanese automobile giant Honda disappointed markets with a trimmed forecast for 2013 this week, but the negative number masks signs of a recovery for the automaker and the rest of the nation's battered sector, said analysts.

Is Samsung Closing the Image Gap With Apple? Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 | 10:13 PM ET

Millions of smartphone users around the world who are now viewing Samsung's mobile devices in a new light and opting for them over Apple's devices.

Can a Rimless Blackberry Avoid Extinction? Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 | 3:10 AM ET
Thorsten Heins, CEO, Research In Motion

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.

Hong Kong, Where Parking Is Free… Almost Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 | 2:32 AM ET
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.

Gold or Platinum—Which Will Get to $2,000 First? Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 | 12:01 AM ET
No Title_42892611

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?

Chinese Millionaire Fights Pollution With Thin Air Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 | 11:10 PM ET
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.

'Gangnam Style' Cigarettes to Debut in Canada Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 | 10:52 PM ET

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

Singapore’s High Cost of Living Comes at a Cost Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 | 2:32 AM ET
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.

Lights, Camera, Pending IPOs for Filmmakers Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 | 12:41 AM ET

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

Latte Prices May Get Frothy as Coffee 'Rust' Blights Crop Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 | 12:03 AM ET

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.

World's Most Expensive City to Rent Is... Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 | 2:05 AM ET

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.

China May End Ban on Videogames, but So What? Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 | 1:26 AM ET
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.

India's Rate Cut Has Got Consumers Excited Tuesday, 29 Jan 2013 | 1:15 AM ET

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.

Unlikely Market Scenarios Could Spring on Us in 2013 Monday, 28 Jan 2013 | 9:55 PM ET
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.

Taste for Shark Fin Fades Slightly in China Monday, 28 Jan 2013 | 8:57 PM ET
No Title_42744452

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.

This Is What Could Knock Euphoric Global Markets Sunday, 27 Jan 2013 | 9:38 PM ET

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.

Happy Hour in Asia as Global Booze Makers Eye Deals Sunday, 27 Jan 2013 | 9:17 PM ET

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.

Cow Smuggling ... It's How Bangladesh Gets Its Beef Sunday, 27 Jan 2013 | 7:46 PM ET

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.

China Tells Its Own Officials to Avoid Sex Scandals Friday, 25 Jan 2013 | 10:47 AM ET

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.

Currency Wars Can’t Be Won: Bank of Korea Chief Friday, 25 Jan 2013 | 3:52 AM ET
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.

Love Across the DMZ: Matchmaking, North Korea-Style Thursday, 24 Jan 2013 | 8:05 PM ET

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