CNBC Asia-Pacific Highlights

David Beckham

David Beckham is retiring from soccer after the season, ending a career in which he become a global superstar since starting his career at Manchester United.

Dubai Police appear to have secured a rare Bugatti Veyron to add to its supercar fleet, making headlines over the last few weeks. Police Chief Dhahi Khalfan Tamim tweeted a picture of the 1001 horsepower car on his verified account.

Health-care firm owners  surveyed by CNBC and SurveyMonkey express more worry and expectations of pain than owners in other small-business sectors.

These five CNBC Disruptors are making health care more accessible and less expensive: 23andMe, Audax Health, Castlight Health, Ginger.io, and ZocDoc.

First milk, butter, coffee and cornmeal ran short. Now Venezuela is running out of the most basic of necessities - toilet paper.

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras headed to China on Wednesday, amid hopes that the world's second largest economy can revive one of the euro zone's most debt laden countries.

The weaker-than-expected Malaysian GDP figure for the first quarter prompted analysts to revise their growth forecasts downwards, even as a recent election win by the country's ruling party sparked optimism about the country's outlook.

An Air India aircraft prepares to land at the international airport in Mumbai

An Air India jet was diverted to Bhopal after the pilot was locked out of cockpit, forcing the co-pilot to make an emergency landing. The GlobalPost reports.

Norwegian Cruise Lines Breakaway

On the first episode of CNBC.com's "It's a Trip," the Norwegian Cruise Lines CEO talks about the most exclusive areas of their newest ship, the Breakaway.

Gold is a "classic bubble" and could go drop to $500 an ounce, Fortress Investment's Michael Novogratz tells CNBC. "Once bubbles pop, they go all the way down," he says.

The world's wealthy are pouring more of their fortunes into prime vineyards, and brokers say demand is rising for raw acreage as well, prompting Christie's to start a new real estate service.

Property markets in Hong Kong and Singapore have turned red hot in recent times raising fears of a bubble. But research from real estate services firm Jones Lang LaSalle suggests some of this heat could be coming off.

Hong Kong was in shock and deep sadness last night as revelations of the demise of the now-famous "Rubber Ducky" came to light, as the local media were swamped by pictures of Ducky listing mournfully on his left side.

Hong Kong's beloved giant rubber ducky has met a rather unceremonious end in the city's harbor.

A victory by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Pakistan's general election has lifted stocks to an all-time high - a sign that investors, which include Goldman Sachs and Mark Mobius of Templeton, are betting on further market gains.

The media industry is under attack. There isn't a silo within media where an incumbent is safe from the power of disruptors to rapidly and thoroughly upend the established order.

A Fisker electric car displayed at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Fisker Karmas, which sold new for $103,000 just a year ago, are now being sold for roughly half that price. In some cases, the model can't even fetch eBay bids above $50,000.

Japan's radical monetary policies has created the most volatile government bond market in the world, analysts say.

A new willingness to spend among the growing affluent class in India has lured high-end automakers to India. But driving supercars there can be a challenge.The New York Times reports.

Gold imports into the world's largest consumer of the precious metal surged 138 percent in April, widening the already ballooning current account and trade deficits. But, economists say this could be a one-off.

Communities making and selling. Social sharing as shopping. Retail is invoking the rhetoric of democratization. Introducing CNBC's Retail Disruptors.

A buyer looks at a Brazilian international soccer jersey at Sotheby's in London

Are investors in Britain and beyond beginning to put their money into sporting memorabilia that isn't as vulnerable to market movements?

Virgin chief executive Richard Branson made his debut as a female flight attendant this weekend, donning a stewardess' uniform and serving drinks to passengers after he lost a bet with a fellow airline magnate.

Pedestrians walk past stores on Russell Street in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong, China.

Hong Kong in the first quarter kept its crown as having the world's highest rent for prime retail properties.

Standard Chartered's asset quality is deteriorating and investors are miscalculating risk in the loan book of the British lender, according to Carson Block, founder of U.S.-based short seller Muddy Waters.

The world's largest auction houses will host "blockbuster" sales of contemporary art this week, as buyers' tastes shift away from pre-19th century "Old Masters", a fine art expert told CNBC.

A shopper picks up two boxes of PT Indofood at a supermarket in Jakarta.

Slower economic growth is dulling the outlook for equities, but consumer sector stays appealing in the long term.

5 ways to fall victim to credit card fraud

Two companies with major operations in India were the weak links that opened the door to a $45 million global cyber heist brought to light by U.S. authorities this week.

Chinese-owned companies are investing in American businesses and hiring experienced engineers and designers in an effort to soak up the talent of domestic automakers and their suppliers. The New York Times reports.

The government has quietly started putting into place its new Central Monitoring System, a project that will give it access to its citizens' telephone calls, texts, and online activities.

Warren Buffett

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China's fast-growing economy has been forecast to overtake the U.S. as the world's biggest economy as early as 2016, but economists now say this is unlikely to happen.