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  • Is There Truth in Muddy Waters’ Report on Olam? Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 | 11:34 PM ET

    The ongoing tussle between Muddy Waters and Singapore commodities firm Olam International further heated up after the short-seller published a much-awaited 133-page report on Tuesday detailing “shocking” accounting gaffes at the trading firm, prompting Olam to respond with a 45-page rebuttal on Wednesday.

  • Asean Chief Warns on South China Sea Disputes Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 | 10:28 PM ET

    Southeast Asia’s top diplomat has warned that the South China Sea disputes risk becoming “Asia’s Palestine”, deteriorating into a violent conflict that draws sharp dividing lines between nations and destabilises the whole region. The FT reports.

  • A New Party Emerges in World's Biggest Democracy Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 | 9:53 PM ET

    The world's largest democracy gave birth to a new political party today, this one focused on fighting corruption. The Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • The Korea Times thinks the North Korean leader really IS the sexiest man alive. The GlobalPost reports.

  • Calls for government officials to disclose personal and family assets are growing louder, as a large number of corruption cases are uncovered every year. Caixin reports.

  • Asian Cyclical Economies to Lead Growth: Citi     Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 | 7:20 PM ET

    Johanna Chua, Chief Economist, Asia Pacific, Citi says Asia's growth will pick up to 6.6% next year from 6.%, with cyclical economies like Taiwan and South Korea leading the charge.

  • Arjuna Mahendran, MD & Head of Investment Strategy Asia, HSBC Private Bank says regardless of the outcome of the fiscal cliff negotiations, growth in spending by American consumers is going to slow for the next 3 to 4 years, and that has significant implications for Asia.

  • China's Passport Propaganda Baffles Experts Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 | 6:49 PM ET

    China’s neighbors are seething with anger over new Beijing-issued passports that they see as the latest, underhand, Chinese jab in an ongoing regional row about maritime territory. The Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Short-seller Muddy Waters published a long-awaited report on Olam International with detailed attacks on acquisitions and accounting at the Singapore commodities firm it has said may fail, but Olam dismissed the latest salvo as lacking substance.

  • Seoul Warns of North Korean Rocket Launch Plan Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 | 6:22 PM ET

    Seoul believes North Korea is preparing to launch a ballistic missile, posing a possible new threat to stability on the peninsula ahead of South Korea’s presidential election in December. The FT reports.

  • Gold Will Soon Break to the Upside: Pro     Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 | 5:40 PM ET

    Juerg Kiener, MD & CIO, Swiss Asia Capital, says that huge derivatives positions are currently capping gold prices but explains why the bullion will soon break to the upside.

  • US Withholds Blame for China's 'Undervalued' Yuan Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 | 4:51 PM ET

    The U.S. Treasury on Tuesday said China's currency remained undervalued, but stopped short of labeling the world's second-biggest economy a currency manipulator.

  • Joe Tanious, JPMorgan Funds, explains why he is "not yet quite comfortable" investing in Europe, despite seeing a value opportunity there. He also says he believes that in the end, rationality will prevail.

  • Global Markets Update     Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 | 6:10 AM ET

    CNBC's Kelly Evans reports on all the market moving events from Europe, including

  • Chinese Auction Houses Go Global Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 | 1:33 AM ET

    The international art auction world has long been dominated by Sotheby’s and Christie’s which have more than 500 years of history between them. But recent Hong Kong auctions have heralded the emergence of two new rivals – from China. The FT reports.

  • Australian Mining Heiress Hero Worships Her Father Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 | 1:16 AM ET

    Australian mining magnate Gina Rinehart, one of the world's wealthiest people, has displayed a trait rarely revealed publicly among the super-rich: insecurity.

  • Tsunami Watch: Japan's Floating Junkyard Approaches Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 | 1:15 AM ET

    Japan's environment ministry expects about 33,000 tons of tsunami debris to reach the western coast of North America by next June. The GlobalPost reports.

  • Debt Reduction Alone Will Not Help Greece: Dallara Monday, 26 Nov 2012 | 9:43 PM ET

    A cloud of uncertainty has been lifted as Greece’s lenders agree on new debt targets, paving the way for the country to receive another tranche of aid, but one expert says Greece needs growth.

  • China's Ping An Eyes Legal Action After NYT Monday, 26 Nov 2012 | 8:18 PM ET
    Peter Ma

    China's second-biggest insurance company has threatened to take legal action against the New York Times for reports that Premier Wen Jiabao's relatives had accumulated massive wealth, largely through holdings in the firm.

  • Samsung Reveals Chinese Labor Breaches Monday, 26 Nov 2012 | 7:58 PM ET

    Samsung Electronics has admitted breaches of labor regulations at its plants in China, as well as at those of outside suppliers. The FT reports.

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