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  • The Dragon Extends Its Influence on Global Economy Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 | 1:30 AM ET

    China's growing influence means it is useful to think about the world economy in terms of two separate narratives, one expert explains.

  • What's Behind China's Blowout Trade Figures? Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 | 12:49 AM ET

    China's exports in December blew past expectations, rising over 14 percent year on year, compared with forecasts for an increase of just 4 percent. What was behind these blowout trade numbers?

  • World's Oldest Person: China Versus Japan Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 | 12:43 AM ET

    As if China and Japan didn't have enough to fight about, the two nations are now squabbling about which nation holds the record for the world's oldest person. The Global Post reports.

  • Nikkei's Stunning Rally—Why It’s Time to Be Cautious Thursday, 10 Jan 2013 | 12:35 AM ET

    Japan's stock market has had a blistering run,climbing 20 percent in less than two months on a weakening yen and expectations of aggressive monetary easing. Further gains now come down to the new government and whether it can come true on its pledge to revive an economy in recession, analysts said.

  • Sony

    Sony has put a one of its main buildings in central Tokyo up for sale in a deal that could raise as much as 100 billion yen ($1.14 billion) as the company seeks to sell non-core assets to generate cash to improve its balance sheet, people with direct knowledge of the deal said.

  • Chinese Paper at Center of Protests Hits Newsstands Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 11:15 PM ET
    A supporter of Southern Weekly protests outside the newspaper's offices in Guangdong.

    The latest issue of a Chinese newspaper at the center of anti-censorship protests appeared on newsstands in Beijing and Shanghai on Thursday as usual, but not its home city Guangzhou.

  • China Exports Expand at Fastest Pace in 7 Months Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 10:00 PM ET

    China's export growth rebounded more strongly than expected in December from a three-month low, expanding at the fastest rate in seven months, although the outlook for 2013 remains cloudy with U.S. and European demand for Chinese goods still subdued.

  • Cyclone Gathers Strength Off Australia's West Coast Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 9:11 PM ET

    Australia's first cyclone of the storm season is intensifying off the country's northwest and is expected to start affecting coastal areas in mining powerhouse Western Australia state as soon as Friday, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said.

  • Dreamliner Glitches: How Serious Are the Problems? Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 9:00 PM ET

    Boeing faces a short term public-relations battle after a string of problems with its new 787 Dreamliner jet, but experts suggest that, so far, the glitches don't appear to be anything out of the ordinary for a new and highly complex aircraft.

  • Australia Home Building Continues Slow Recovery Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 8:59 PM ET
    'For Sale' sign is seen outside a property in Sydney, Australia.

    Approvals to build new homes in Australia rose moderately in November thanks to an ongoing shift to apartment living, while lower mortgage rates and a growing population augur well for a further recovery this year.

  • Focus on Rape in India Ignores Global Problem Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 8:46 PM ET

    The brutal rape and ensuing death of a 23-year-old woman in Delhi — now known as Damini ("lightning" in Hindi) — along with concurrent massive civil society mobilization in India around these events, has ignited a flurry of speculation and analysis within Western media about why India is such a dangerous place for women. The Global Post reports.

  • Suspended for Facebook Post About Ho Chi Minh Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 8:07 PM ET
    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    School authorities in Vietnam have suspended an eighth-grade student for one year after she posted a parody of a speech by revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh on Facebook.

  • India Hikes Railway Passenger Fares After 9-Year Gap Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 7:34 PM ET

    The Indian government moved on Wednesday to mend its strained finances, which have hit capital investment and put its sovereign credit ratings in peril.

  • Echoes of Tiananmen Resound in China Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 6:50 PM ET
    A supporter of Southern Weekly protests outside the newspaper's offices in Guangdong.

    The revolt among Chinese journalists spread to a second newspaper on Wednesday amid mounting public anger over heavy-handed government censorship and even echoes of the democracy struggle of 1989. The FT reports.

  • Samsung Seeks Broader Chip Base as Apple Cuts Loose Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 6:45 PM ET

    Samsung Electronics is looking to supply chips to more Chinese and other emerging smartphone makers, the head of its system chip business said, to counter any fall-off in demand from Apple, which is weaning itself off Samsung chips used in its iPhones and iPads.

  • Boeing Confident About 787 Despite 'Teething Problems' Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 4:04 PM ET
    United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner

    A senior Boeing engineer said Wednesday the plane maker has "extreme confidence" in the 787 Dreamliner, despite three of mishaps this week, including a battery fire.

  • China Tightens Grip on IPO Listings Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 3:58 AM ET

    China's securities regulator is requiring underwriters and auditors of all applicants for domestic initial public offerings to re-examine their financial statements as part of efforts to boost the quality of listed companies, four sources with knowledge of the plan told Reuters on Wednesday.

  • Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh shakes hands with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari.

    India slammed arch-rival Pakistan on Wednesday over a firefight in the disputed territory of Kashmir in which two of its soldiers were killed, and said the mutilation of one of the bodies was "inhuman".

  • South Korean men spent a whopping $495.4 million on skincare products in 2011, as makeup and cosmetics become more culturally acceptable. The Global Post reports.

  • Are China Stocks Overbought Already? Wednesday, 9 Jan 2013 | 1:55 AM ET
    Shanghai stock exchange

    Chinese equities have entered deeper into "overbought" territory, prompting strategists to turn cautious on the market in the near-term.

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