CNBC Asia-Pacific Highlights

Italy's top three leagues and 680 matches worldwide are considered suspicious by European law enforcement. Investigators believe a man from Singapore named Tan Seet Eng is a common link in many of them. The New York Times reports.


The lovestruck aren't the only ones making Valentine's Day a profitable holiday. CNBC's Sri Jegarajah investigates how the lovelorn are celebrating in their own way as well.

Sick of emailing your resume? Form a mass rally, that's what new graduates in Tokyo are doing.

Chocolate hearts for loved ones on Valentine's Day are so last year - at least in Japan where one Tokyo design firm offered up its 3D scanner to make miniature chocolate replicas of faces.

Big Mac

Venezuela might have the world's cheapest gas. But if you are heading through a McDonald's drive-thru, don't expect the same deal: It's got the most expensive Big Mac in the world. The Christian Science Monitor reports.

Qin Yufei forgoes a high-paying career in New York or Beijing to lead a rural Chinese village, setting an example for corruption-free local government. The Christian Science Monitor reports.

India's online retail market may be growing at an unprecedented pace, but challenges like the lack of profitability among online retailers could mean it may be up to another five years before the sector truly takes off in the Asia's third largest economy.

Domino's CEO on Rising Food Costs, Sandy's Impact

Mobile devices and other digital platforms are the future of pizza, with a growing number of Australians and New Zealanders using their mobile phones to make an order.

French-style seafood was always the big seller at Toshio Tanabe's Tokyo restaurant, but the chef's long interest in soil cuisine has finally culminated in a feast he's been offering to customers the last few weeks, starting with an amuse bouche of soil soup and ending with a soil sorbet.

Korean pop sensation Psy danced right into the middle of Malaysia's increasingly fractious politics as he performed during an event for the nation's governing coalition, known as the National Front, ahead of elections expected to be the closest-fought in Malaysia's history.

Hong Kong, China Wanchai District

In Hong Kong, the tensions between residents and mainland Chinese visitors dominate the headlines of the city's papers, with mainlanders blamed for a shortage of school slots, bad manners in stores and a hypercharged property market. The New York Times reports.

Pablo Picasso's Femme pres d'une fenetre

The art market is to experience a "10- year boom" according to an expert, as investors from China and the Middle East drive demand towards unprecedented levels.

Chinese authorities' crackdown on 'gift giving' will create further pain for wine and spirits companies prominent in the world's second largest economy, analysts say.

A scene of the Chinese New Year decorations in China.

The Year of the Snake, which starts on February 10, may prove more successful for those born in the Year of the Rabbit, according to research firm Wealth-X, which says rabbits dominate the ranks of those globally with wealth of $30 million or more.

Whether it is sexy and sophisticated, colorful and playful or bold and edgy, Korean fashion designers showing their fall and winter 2013 collections at New York Fashion Week on Thursday brought an Asian flair to the runway.

The Great Depression in 1929, the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941 and the dot-com bubble bursting in 2001 – all these events happened during the year of the snake. So, should we be worried about what 2013 - the latest Chinese Year of the Black Water Snake – has in store for us? The annual Feng Shui Index brought out by Asian brokerage CLSA gives some clues.

Some manufacturers of New Year fireworks are profiting from strong anti-Japanese sentiment related to territorial disputes. Just check out the names of certain pyrotechnics for sale on Beijing streets. The Christian Science Monitor reports.

Pineapple tarts, red paper lanterns and delicacies such as abalone – just some examples of the traditional goods that China's shoppers snap up ahead of the Chinese New Year.

The recent strength in the euro is reigniting concerns over the health of the euro zone, with analysts questioning whether too strong a currency could derail Europe's recovery by dampening export demand.

Is China's Gold Fever Over? World Demand Slides

Chinese radio and television stations are to ban advertisements for expensive gifts such as watches, rare stamps and gold coins, the Xinhua state news agency said on Wednesday, as part of a push by the government to crack down on extravagance and waste.

Nepal and India kicked off a historic joint tiger census on Tuesday, sending out experts to count the number of endangered Royal Bengal tigers living in their shared border region. The Global Post reports.

The unprecedented surge of the South Korean won against the yen could put a substantial dent in exports for Asia's fourth largest economy, a report from the South Korean Hyundai Research Institute has shown.

Every winter, a heavy haze of pollution envelops many Asian cities. Reduced visibility grounded planes in New Delhi in December, while toxic amounts of particulate matter kept Beijing residents indoors several days last month. The Christian Science Monitor reports.

Chinese mobile game operators like Guangzhou Gude Network Technology had reason to cheer in 2012, as it and many other industry players enjoyed rapid growth. CaiXin Online reports.

Pimco's Bill Gross sees a "supernova" lurking in investing universe that could see investors lost in space.

A new survey from Spectrem Group finds that only 20 percent of affluent and wealthy investors agree that "money can buy happiness."

While Asia's major equity markets have delivered strong gains since the start of 2013, one frontier market has been quietly outperforming - rising 17 percent - making it the best performer in the region.

A sharp rise in the cost of onions – a vegetable of volatile price that is credited with toppling two Indian governments since 1980 – has sent jitters through the Congress-led coalition government of Manmohan Singh, the prime minister. FT reports.

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Japanese automobile giant Honda disappointed markets with a trimmed forecast for 2013 this week, but the negative number masks signs of a recovery for the automaker and the rest of the nation's battered sector, said analysts.

Millions of smartphone users around the world who are now viewing Samsung's mobile devices in a new light and opting for them over Apple's devices.

Thorsten Heins, CEO, Research In Motion

Even after Canada-based Blackberry launched it's anticipated line-up of revamped smartphones and their surprise name change, investors were unimpressed as its stock slumped 12 percent.