CNBC Asia-Pacific Highlights

Margaret Thatcher's Greatest Moments Monday, 8 Apr 2013 | 8:40 AM ET
Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1987.

A look at some of the greatest moments of Margaret Thatcher's time as UK prime minister.

Yen's Safe-Haven Status Called Into Question Monday, 8 Apr 2013 | 4:16 AM ET
Does the Yen’s Pullback Take the Heat Off Bank of Japan?

The safe-haven status of the Japanese yen is being called into question after it hit fresh multi-year lows on Monday.


Bollywood is branching out from its traditional song-and-dance dramas and slapstick comedies with its first zombie films which filmmakers hope will entice younger crowds back to Indian films from Hollywood's living dead.

Will Asian Currencies Forever Disappoint? Sunday, 7 Apr 2013 | 11:14 PM ET
Why Asian Currencies Should Celebrate Obama's Win

Most Asian currencies have found it impossible to carve out any sort of trend, regardless of a country's underlying fundamentals. A forex manager looks at the result.

North Korea to Become the Next Iran: Citi Friday, 5 Apr 2013 | 4:05 AM ET

Tensions in North Korea have overtaken Iran as the major geopolitical risk of the year, according to a report from Citi Research, a division of Citigroup Global Markets.

Three automobile engineers in India have created lingerie that shocks assailants. The GlobalPost reports.


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).

Singapore’s Dilemma: A Two-Speed Economy Thursday, 4 Apr 2013 | 11:05 PM ET

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?

China's Solar Sector, No Longer a Bright Light Thursday, 4 Apr 2013 | 8:50 PM ET
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.

New Bird Flu Cases Rise in China, Three Deaths Wednesday, 3 Apr 2013 | 8:21 PM ET

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.

China's Bling Shoppers Choose Asia Over Europe Wednesday, 3 Apr 2013 | 3:06 AM ET

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.

Innovation of the Day: Pay as You Weigh Wednesday, 3 Apr 2013 | 2:43 AM ET

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

Private Newspapers Return to Myanmar Tuesday, 2 Apr 2013 | 1:51 AM ET

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

Investors Shrug Off Singapore Property Curbs Tuesday, 2 Apr 2013 | 1:28 AM ET
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 Phone Announcement: What to Expect Monday, 1 Apr 2013 | 3:58 PM ET

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

How US Boom Could Rattle Global Order Monday, 1 Apr 2013 | 11:28 AM ET

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 in Beijing Monday, 1 Apr 2013 | 3:40 AM ET

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

Tokyo Bar Offers Cocktail of Booze and Buddhism Monday, 1 Apr 2013 | 2:09 AM ET

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

China's Urbanization Leaves Migrant Workers in the Cold Saturday, 30 Mar 2013 | 11:35 PM ET

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.

First Quarter Scorecard: How Asia Markets Fared Friday, 29 Mar 2013 | 2:32 AM ET

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 Create Harry Potter-like Invisibility Cloak Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 | 3:38 AM ET

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

US Leads the Green Race, but China Nipping on Heels Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 | 10:08 PM ET

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.

Hyundai Aims for Luxury League With Hermes Touch Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 | 9:48 PM ET
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.

Southeast Asia Ready to Build, Will Investors Come? Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 | 9:07 PM ET

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.

Did China Just Declare War on Apple? Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 | 7:49 PM ET

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: Rock 'n' Roll's Newest Home Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 | 7:48 PM ET

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.

Vera Wang Scraps 'Try-On Fee' at China Stores Wednesday, 27 Mar 2013 | 7:20 PM ET

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.