Articles By Geetha Pillai
Taiwanese iPhone manufacturer has spoken to agents for Samsung Electronics, Panasonic and Sony as part of probe.
Hiring is expected to pick up in 2013 as eurozone crisis fears have reduced.
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision broadens guidelines on "liquidity coverage ratio" for full Basel-III compliance.
The notice follows failed negotiations with Vodafone officials, according to a report.
Germany plans to implement more austerity measures that may affect social spending.
Minutes of the Federal Reserve's December policy meeting reflect members' concerns over continuation of the asset-purchasing programme.
Concerns over the future of Fed's asset purchase programme trigger fresh uncertainties in the financial markets.
Schmidt will be the first high-profile US executive to visit Pyongyang in recent times.
Starbucks is on an aggressive expansion in the Asia-Pacific region to counter stagnant growth in the US.
The deal helps China Steel and Posco to secure long-term iron ore supply.