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CNBC Asia-Pacific Highlights

It is likely to be tough, but China's new leadership needs to do less and not more if it wants an economy driven by consumption rather than investment and exports.

Pedestrians walk on a roadside past a power sub-station in the outskirts of Kolkata.

Electricity shortages are emerging as one of the biggest brakes on India's ambitions to rise up the ranks of the world's major economies, and match regional rival China as a manufacturing powerhouse.

Singapore

Singapore is the most innovative city in the Asia Pacific region, according to a study by consultancy Solidiance.

Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman's trip to North Korea was the latest in a line of artists, musicians, scientists and athletes to visit this "hermit state," helping to open the Asian dictatorship to the world. The GlobalPost reports.

The weak yen could do more harm than good to Japan's economy, one economist warns.

What China's New Leadership Means for the Property Market

Recent real estate cooling measures in China, Hong Kong and Singapore may help to remove speculators from the markets, but analysts say there's not much more governments can do to suppress prices.

China's increasingly vocal army of netizens could pose one of the biggest challenges to the new leadership.

Kia Provo concept automobile, produced by Kia Motors.

Kia has touched off an unexpected firestorm in Northern Ireland over the name of its new car.

The legislature of the world's last major communist country is almost certainly the wealthiest in the world, according to a popular rich list that names 83 dollar billionaires among the delegates to China's parliament. The Financial Times reports.

Rumors are surfacing that The Pirate Bay, one of the world's biggest file-sharing websites, has recently been invited by North Korean leader Kim-Jong Un to set-up virtual shop in the country. The Global Post reports.

China's property sector is not headed for a U.S. style crash, said Fang Fang, chief executive officer for China investment banking at JPMorgan Chase.

Malaysian casino operator Genting envisions red and gold pagodas and a panda exhibit on the 87-acre plot of Las Vegas land it bought this week, a new gambling playground for rich Chinese.

Chinese have been scrambling for ways to get around the new housing tax, including, getting a divorce.

China's ascent to the top of the global economy is not a certainty. Many hidden structural dangers exist. Among the most important factors is the state of its healthcare system.

It's already home to some of the world's most expensive properties and considered one of the most costly places to live in. Now, this island state is also one of the priciest places to own a car.

Asia Squawk Box anchors tell you how to offer presents in China without being called out for bribery.

Samsung's next smartphone may have some eye-catching new software.

Groupe of people at an internet cafe in Jiashen, east China's Zhejiang province.

The village of Huangjiawa has shot to national prominence as an online media campaign highlighting its plight has sparked a debate about groundwater contamination that has ricocheted all the way to Beijing. The Financial Times reports.

The world's second largest wine company Treasury Wine Estates sees the strong Aussie dollar as a headwind, but has hit a sweet spot in China.

The tobacco industry remains very powerful in Indonesia, with one of the world's highest smoking rates and where consumer companies are scrambling to boost profits from a growing middle class. The Christian Science Monitor reports.

One of Asia's top performing equity markets last year Hong Kong has so far underperformed in 2013, but analysts told CNBC that the Hang Seng index will get its mojo back before the end of the year.

Nehru Place, India's largest market for software and computers, is also one of the top 30 most notorious hubs of piracy in the world. The GlobalPost reports.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.