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  • Samsung in Talks to Settle EU Antitrust Case Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013 | 6:21 AM ET

    Samsung Electronics is in early talks with the EU antitrust regulator to settle charges that it abused its market position by barring Apple from using an essential mobile phone patent. The talks come after the European Commission told Samsung it was acting unfairly by seeking injunctions against Apple.

  • Bank Outages Exacerbate China's Credit Crunch Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013 | 3:19 AM ET

    System outages at several Chinese banks have exacerbated concerns amongst the public about a credit crunch, after the central bank tightened the availability of funds.

  • Meltdown in China Stocks About to Get Worse? Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013 | 3:04 AM ET

    The Shanghai Composite may have erased most of Tuesday's steep losses by the end of the session, but analysts say there is more pain to come.

  • China Bears Return With Vengeance Tuesday, 25 Jun 2013 | 2:25 AM ET

    Less than a week after talk of tapering of U.S. monetary stimulus rattled markets, worries about a credit crunch in China suggest risk appetite may take time to return.

  • Is China Right to Brush Aside Credit Squeeze? Monday, 24 Jun 2013 | 11:15 PM ET

    China's central bank is right to stand its ground even as its decision to tolerate a credit squeeze that raises the prospect of slower growth in the world's second biggest economy rattles markets, strategists told CNBC.

  • China Cash Crunch Already Being Felt on the Ground Monday, 24 Jun 2013 | 11:00 PM ET

    There are some signs of distress among Chinese firms because of tighter liquidity conditions, according to one survey.

  • Indonesia President on Hazardous Smog: I'm Sorry Monday, 24 Jun 2013 | 9:41 PM ET
    Singapore city skyline filled with smog. The Pollution Standard Index (PSI) hit a record high of 400 on Friday, in the hazardous range.

    Indonesia's president has apologized for the forest fires that have blanketed Singapore and Malaysia with thick smog in Southeast Asia's worst air pollution crisis in 16 years.

  • Chinese No Longer Hot for Hong Kong Property Monday, 24 Jun 2013 | 8:49 PM ET

    Cash-rich mainland Chinese, have fled Hong Kong's real estate market, scared off by cooling measures that have sent them scouring overseas for better options.

  • US Lashes Out at China as Snowden Stays Free Monday, 24 Jun 2013 | 8:01 PM ET
    Protesters in Hong Kong hold placards during a rally in support of Edward Snowden.

    The White House issued a blistering criticism of China over its decision to let Snowden leave Hong Kong, as his whereabouts remained uncertain. The Financial Times reports.

  • A sale pending sign is posted in front of a home for sale in San Francisco, California.

    Japan's public pension fund of $1.1 trillion may start buying real estate to boost returns in a move that could involve tens of billions pouring into cities such as London and Paris, property consultant CBRE said.

  • Mobius: China's Problems as Big as US Subprime Monday, 24 Jun 2013 | 7:04 AM ET
    Mark Mobius

    While China's housing market problems are similar in scale to those faced during the U.S. subprime mortgage bubble and its banks are rife with bad loans, it won't lead to another Lehman-style crash, Mark Mobius told CNBC.

  • Crumbling Aussie—Why Economists Aren't Worried Monday, 24 Jun 2013 | 4:35 AM ET

    As the rout in the Australian dollar continues, economists say that further pressure on the currency is good news for the economy, which has been held back by its strength.

  • Will China Central Bank's Hardball Stance Backfire? Monday, 24 Jun 2013 | 3:37 AM ET

    The Chinese central bank's hands-off approach to a credit crunch, which pushed short-term interest rates to record highs last week, could pose a serious threat to the financial system in the world's second largest economy.

  • China’s Credit Squeeze Deals Fresh Blow to Stocks Monday, 24 Jun 2013 | 3:09 AM ET

    China's equity markets are not having a good year: first there were worries about weak data and now a credit squeeze that is making investors steer clear of Chinese stocks.

  • Goldman Joins Bandwagon, Downgrades China Sunday, 23 Jun 2013 | 11:57 PM ET
    An investor watches the electronic board at a stock exchange hall in Huaibei, China.

    Goldman Sachs became the latest bank to downgrade China's economic growth, saying tighter financial conditions and reforms are downside risks for the world's second largest economy.

  • Is the Rebound in Japanese Stocks for Real? Sunday, 23 Jun 2013 | 11:19 PM ET

    While stocks globally took a beating last week on worries about U.S. monetary stimulus ending and a slowing Chinese economy, one major market staged a quiet comeback.

  • Are Geeks Taking Over Australia as Miners Falter? Sunday, 23 Jun 2013 | 11:11 PM ET

    In a country synonymous with larger-than-life mining tycoons and Outback heroes, the geeks are quietly inheriting the earth.

  • This Country Is Now World's Biggest Property Investor Sunday, 23 Jun 2013 | 10:00 PM ET
    Cheonggyecheon Stream runs through an urban park in Seoul.

    South Korea is now the largest property investor so far in 2013 after a jump in tensions with North Korea has fed a tenfold surge in overseas commercial property spending.

  • Brace for Data Deluge From Japan This Week Sunday, 23 Jun 2013 | 9:20 PM ET

    Japanese economic data are likely to be watched closely this week for solid signs of whether efforts to revive the world's third largest economy are starting to work.

  • Time for China's Central Bank to Change Tack? Sunday, 23 Jun 2013 | 7:45 PM ET
    Beijing, China

    The PBOC rarely explains its actions in public and keeps markets guessing on policy, but angst created by its stand off in the money markets is prompting calls for it to change.

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