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  • A poster at a protest against the gang rape of a 23-year-old in New Delhi, India

    The gang rape of a 23-year old student has invoked a new political voice from middle class Indians who consider gender rights as important as poverty alleviation.

  • World's No. 2 Economy Is Setting Up for Solid 2013 Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 | 1:48 AM ET
    Shanghai

    Following a year tainted by heightened economic uncertainty, the world's second largest economy is setting itself up for a positive 2013, say analysts, pointing to China's latest economic data and stellar equity market performance.

  • Thailand's Inflation Jumps 3.6% in December Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 | 1:40 AM ET
    Night market in Soi Texas, Chinatown, Thailand.

    Thailand's annual inflation rate jumped to 3.63 percent in December, up almost one percentage point from November, but core inflation is comfortably within the central bank's target range, putting it under no pressure to raise interest rates.

  • US Arms Sales to Asia Set to Boom on Pacific 'Pivot' Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 | 12:52 AM ET
    f-35 JSF

    U.S. sales of warplanes, anti-missile systems and other costly weapons to China's and North Korea's neighbors appear set for significant growth amid regional security jitters.

  • World's Biggest Casino Market Hits Jackpot Wednesday, 2 Jan 2013 | 12:52 AM ET

    Macau, the world's largest casino market, raked in $38 billion in annual gambling revenues in 2012 after monthly revenues for December hit a record, a signal of sustained strength in the only place in China where visitors are able to legally gamble in casinos.

  • Why 2013 Will See Faster, Stronger Global Growth Tuesday, 1 Jan 2013 | 10:44 PM ET

    Barring major geopolitical shocks, the world economy in 2013 should mark the beginning of sustainably faster growth, one expert believes.

  • Rocky Path Ahead Even as Markets Cheer Fiscal Deal Tuesday, 1 Jan 2013 | 10:10 PM ET

    Markets are relieved that the U.S. Congress has approved a deal to avert a "fiscal cliff", but analysts warn that investors now face a rocky two months ahead as negotiations over the debt ceiling begin.

  • South Korea's Output Up For First Time in 7 Months Tuesday, 1 Jan 2013 | 10:00 PM ET

    South Korea's manufacturing sector expanded in December for the first time in seven months but new export orders fell, a private survey showed on Wednesday, underscoring a still fragile recovery in Asia's fourth-largest economy.

  • Lakshmi Mittal

    ArcelorMittal, the world's biggest steelmaker, will sell a $1.1 billion stake in a Canadian iron ore mine operator to a consortium that includes South Korean steelmaker POSCO and Taiwan-listed China Steel Corp, China Steel said in a statement.

  • South Korea's Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors are targeting a 4 percent increase in global sales this year to a combined 7.41 million vehicles, their slowest growth since 2003.

  • Singapore Economy Grew 1.2% in 2012: PM Tuesday, 1 Jan 2013 | 6:14 PM ET

    Singapore's economy grew by 1.2 percent in 2012, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Monday, indicating the city-state slipped into a recession in the last three months of the year.

  • North Korea Seeks End to Confrontation With South Tuesday, 1 Jan 2013 | 6:06 PM ET
    South Korean conservative activists burn anti-North Korean placards during a protest denouncing North Korea's rocket launch, in Seoul on December 12, 2012.

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called for an end to confrontation between the two Koreas, technically still at war in the absence of a peace treaty to end their 1950-53 conflict, in a surprise New Year's broadcast on state media.

  • US Clears DNA Firm’s Acquisition by Chinese Monday, 31 Dec 2012 | 11:56 AM ET

    The U.S. has given national security clearance to the purchase of an American DNA sequencing company by a Chinese firm, The New York Times reports.

  • New China Government Won't Alter Monetary Policy Monday, 31 Dec 2012 | 11:08 AM ET

    China will stick to a prudent monetary policy next year and keep consumer prices stable, its outgoing central bank governor, Zhou Xiaochuan, said on Monday.

  • A poster at a protest against the gang rape of a 23-year-old in New Delhi, India

    One of hundreds of attacks reported in New Delhi each year, the brutal gang rape and murder of a young medical student in a private bus this month caught authorities and political parties flat-footed, slow to appreciate it had become symbolic of all the others.

  • 'Violent Revolution' If No Reform in China: Academics Sunday, 30 Dec 2012 | 11:26 PM ET

    A prominent group of Chinese academics has warned in a bold open letter that the country risks "violent revolution" if the government does not respond to public pressure and allow long-stalled political reforms.

  • China Factory Sector Strongest Since May 2011: Report Sunday, 30 Dec 2012 | 10:50 PM ET
    Diggers are seen during the Samsung China Semiconductor's groundbreaking ceremony for a new advanced memory fabrication line.

    Activity in China's vast manufacturing sector hit its fastest pace in December since May 2011, a survey of private factory managers showed, with a sub-index for new orders pointing to continued strength in the new year.

  • China Should Cut RRR, Widen Yuan Band in 2013: Report Sunday, 30 Dec 2012 | 10:27 PM ET

    China should cut banks' reserve requirement ratios (RRR) in 2013 to support economic growth while widening the yuan's floating range to make it more flexible, the head of the cabinet's think-tank said in comments published on Monday.

  • Asian stocks have made hefty gains this year despite global economic uncertainty, but in the weeks ahead, analysts warn against a possible pull-back in equities if the U.S. is unable to avert the "fiscal cliff" – a series of tax hikes and spending cuts that could tip the world's largest economy into recession.

  • Hollywood, California

    China's 2012 box office was dominated by foreign films for the first time in four years as a deal cemented earlier this year saw more Hollywood film screened on the mainland, squeezing out domestic competition.

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