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CNBC Asia-Pacific Highlights

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Chinese tourists have overtaken Germans as the world's biggest-spending travelers after a decade of robust growth in the number of Chinese holidaying abroad, reports the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

The curious characteristic of the Singaporean economy is that while some sectors are clearly going through a soft patch others like property are booming. How can this island state reconcile this dilemma?

Solar field, France

China's solar energy sector is no longer a bright spot as overcapacity hits firms. Eunice Yoon reports.

El Bulli chef Ferran Adria

One Asian bidder dropped big bucks to dine with famed chef Ferran Adria of the elBulli restaurant.

The 287-room Lemon Tree Premier hotel at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport features a dramatic view of planes landing and taking off, but it has no guests to see them.

China has found two more cases of a new strain of bird flu and one of the victims has died, bringing to nine the number of confirmed human infections from the previously unknown flu type.

Rich Chinese tourists are now looking to spend their mega bucks closer home, choosing Hong Kong and Singapore over London and New York to get their luxury fix, according to an HSBC report.

To combat aircraft balance issues, one airline is penalizing obesity. The more you weigh, the more you pay. The GlobalPost reports.

Privately owned daily newspapers have returned to Myanmar's news stands after an absence of almost 50 years. The GlobalPost reports.

Singapore, a scene of the street

Despite multiple rounds of curbs by the Singapore government to cool the red-hot real estate sector, investors remain unfazed with some buyers purchasing multiple homes, believing that prices will still head higher.

Air pollution is driving expatriates out of Beijing and making it harder for companies to recruit international talent. The FT reports.

Facebook is expected to unveil new operating system for the android phone, and the consensus of analysts appears to be positive.

A dramatic shift in how energy is being produced and consumed around the world could lead to far-reaching changes in the geopolitical order.

Beethoven is celebrated as the best-loved Western composer in China, where his music occupies a special place. Caixin reports.

At the "Vowz Bar" in Tokyo, Buddhist chants replace karaoke songs and sermons are served alongside drinks.

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.

Stock indexes in the U.S. have repeatedly hit fresh highs in the first quarter of 2013 providing stiff competition to Asian equity markets, which have had a disappointing year so far, in comparison.

Scientists have created a miniature version of Harry Potter's invisibility cloak, although so far it only works in microwave light.

The world's two biggest economies are very close in the Green Race. While many assume that the U.S. will retain its lead in innovation, China is closing in very fast and could even take the lead.

FILE - In this July 26, 2012 file photo, the logo of Hyundai Motor Co. is seen on its car at the company's showroom in Seoul, South Korea.  Hyundai Motor Co. is recalling some Santa Fe SUVs and Sonata sedans because of problems with their air bags. The Santa Fe recall involves nearly 200,000 vehicles in the 2007 to 2009 model years. Hyundai dealers will reprogram the front passenger air bag sensors so they will accurately detect when a small adult is seated. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor hopes a touch of Hermes will make its priciest sedan as desirable as the French retailer's exclusive handbags and catapult its cachet into the same league as luxury rivals.

Jakarta

Indonesia is seeking investors for $9 billion worth of water, road, air and seaport projects in what will be a litmus test of Southeast Asian countries' ability to seize on ripe financial conditions to upgrade decrepit infrastructure.

The Chinese are no exception when it comes to Apple users' loyalty, and they're coming to the iPhone maker's defense following a widespread state media campaign accusing Apple of greed and arrogance. The Global Post reports.

Singapore may be known for its rules and regulations, but the city-state is looking to transform itself into a rock and roll hub. CNBC's Deirdre-Wang Morris investigates.

In response to global outcry, the queen of bridal couture, Vera Wang, is abolishing the near $500 fee for Chinese brides-to-be to try on garments at her Shanghai bridal boutique.

Millions of migrant workers, on whose labour China's economic boom depends, are forced into a seedy and unregulated world of back ally "black clinics" if they fall ill.

The chairman of CITIC Securities is busy remodeling China's biggest brokerage after Goldman by expanding into asset management, trading complex derivatives instruments and nurturing overseas deals.

Meet Alejandro Cao de Benós, the only non-Korean employee of North Korea’s foreign ministry. The Spaniard is taking the PR message of North Korea's greatness across Europe. The Christian Science Monitor reports.

Chinese workers in the Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, in southern China's Guangdong province.

As Apple's sales outlook slows down, what happens to the tech giant's suppliers? CNBC's Eunice Yoon has more.

A smaller Asian country is ahead of China in terms of the size of its direct foreign investment into Africa and the gap is widening, according to United Nations data published Monday.

DJs, volleyball, a sand-sculpting contest and concerts - not your usual welcome for the annual BRICS summit. The GlobalPost reports.

India's IT outsourcers are promoting "mini CEOs" capable of running businesses on their own, while trimming down on the entry-level computer coders they normally hire.