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  • Thousands of angry textile workers demonstrated in the outskirts of Dhaka on Monday after a fire swept through a garment workshop at the weekend, killing more than 100 people in Bangladesh's worst-ever factory blaze.

  • Toyota Is Back, but Can It Stay on Top? Monday, 26 Nov 2012 | 11:56 AM ET
    Toyota Venza

    Competition will make it tough for Toyota to surge past Ford into 2nd place. If the economy perks up, so will truck sales and Ford should further strengthen its 15.5% market share.

  • Japan has a miserable future ahead of it without radical changes to the business climate, the former chief executive of camera and medical equipment maker Olympus has told CNBC.

  • Global financial markets don't pay much attention to the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They should. The central African country produces about half of the world’s tin, tungsten and cobalt output and about three percent of the world's copper and gold, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

  • Trouble Stirs in Thailand: Here’s Why Not to Fret Monday, 26 Nov 2012 | 12:26 AM ET

    Anti-government protests in Thailand over the weekend were a reminder of violent demonstrations in the recent past that have plunged the Southeast Asian state into instability. While the latest outrage was a cause of concern for investors, the risks appear to be contained, as of now, experts told CNBC.

  • Brixit: The European Buzzword for 2013 Sunday, 25 Nov 2012 | 8:56 PM ET

    Breaking up is hard to do. However, tough economic times appear to be encouraging people to try. Catalans are trying to break up with Spain. Scots want to ditch England. And the British are trying to leave the EU. The Globalpost reports.

  • China Versus US: Who’s Better for Africa? Sunday, 25 Nov 2012 | 8:35 PM ET

    Here’s why the answer might be neither. The Globalpost reports.

  • Phillip Chan, Director, Shenyin Wanguo Securities says that Hong Kong's A-Share market draws a lot of interest but due to QFII quotas, the index will probably trade sideways.

  • Lobbying, a Windfall, and a Leader's Family Sunday, 25 Nov 2012 | 2:46 AM ET

    The stock holdings of Prime Minister Wen Jiabao’s relatives took a solid jump after Ping An was granted a waiver to a rule that big financial companies be broken up. The NYT reports.

  • India Hits Back at China in Passports War Saturday, 24 Nov 2012 | 12:14 AM ET

    India has waded into the international row over the map in new Chinese passports, describing its inclusion of disputed territory along the two countries’ border as unacceptable. The FT reports.

  • GM’s Ally Deal Gives It a Big Global Foothold Friday, 23 Nov 2012 | 12:34 PM ET
    Signs stand in front of the General Motors world headquarters complex in Detroit, Michigan.

    General Motors, just three years out of bankruptcy, is taking a big step to bolster its captive finance operations overseas. The world’s largest automaker bought the international operations of Ally Financial for $4.2 Billion.

  • Is IPO Fever Returning to the Hong Kong Market? Friday, 23 Nov 2012 | 3:48 AM ET

    After months of lackluster activity, the buzz is back in Hong Kong’s IPO market as several big companies prepare to list in this once hot destination for raising capital.

  • Japanese consumer electronics firms Sony and Panasonic face another two to three years of “poor profitability” if they do not regain their technological edge, Matt Jamieson, head of APAC Research with Fitch’s corporate ratings group, told CNBC on Friday.

  • A Texas-born quickie mart chain explodes across tropical Asia.  The Global Post reports.

  • Asian Casinos Slowing Down: Pro     Thursday, 22 Nov 2012 | 5:20 AM ET

    Aaron Fischer, head of Asian consumer and gaming research at CLSA Asia Pacific Markets, tells CNBC that after years of explosive growth, Asian casinos are entering a period of less profitability.

  • How Long Will China Stocks Be Stuck in a Rut? Thursday, 22 Nov 2012 | 2:17 AM ET
    Investors watch the electronic board at a stock exchange hall in Huaibei, China.

    China’s stock market, which has shed 60 percent of its value since a 2007 peak, is once again languishing at 3-1/2 year lows and nothing it seems can push this market out of a rut, said analysts.

  • Asia's Hot Spot for Bank Jobs Gets Tough—for Expats Wednesday, 21 Nov 2012 | 10:24 PM ET

    One of the key destinations for financial jobs, Singapore is fast losing its lure as bank layoffs threaten the once robust job market in this Southeast Asian city state.

  • China Stamps Passports With Sea Claims Wednesday, 21 Nov 2012 | 6:40 PM ET

    Beijing has included its South China Sea territorial claims on maps printed inside new Chinese passports, infuriating at least one of its neighbours. The FT reports.

  • Australia's Central Bank Faces Currency Quandary Wednesday, 21 Nov 2012 | 4:25 AM ET

    A significant increase in the pace of foreign currency accumulation at the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) over the past three months has attracted plenty of comment and analysis, even though it amounts to a mere blip in the country’s foreign exchange flows.

  • Why All Is Not Lost for Greece, or the Euro...Yet Wednesday, 21 Nov 2012 | 3:45 AM ET

    Greece’s international lenders once again failed to reach an agreement on how to bring down its debt levels, delaying the release of vital aid to Athens and pushing the euro lower. Yet all is not lost for Greece and the single currency, analysts told CNBC.

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