CNBC - Asia News Samsung Electronics sees stronger earnings from chips, phones after Q1 profit jump 2017-04-27T00:22:00.000000000+00:00 Strong memory chip earnings propelled tech giant Samsung Electronics to its best quarterly profit in more than 3 years. Macau market improving but Las Vegas Sands misses on first-quarter earnings 2017-04-27T00:12:00.000000000+00:00 Las Vegas Sands missed on its earnings but said it was optimistic about possible Japanese casino opportunities. China launches first home-built aircraft carrier in latest display of growing naval power 2017-04-26T23:53:00.000000000+00:00 China's first domestically built aircraft carrier was launched on Wednesday, the SCMP reports. S.Korea Q1 GDP beats expectations with 0.9% gain 2017-04-26T23:48:00.000000000+00:00 South Korea's first quarter GDP beat expectations on strong exports and capital investment. North Korea is a direct threat to our national security, former Defense secretary says 2017-04-26T21:33:00.000000000+00:00 It's also a complicated issue that will take a lot of continuing work because of the consequences of direct military action, Panetta said. Trump is still open to talks on North Korea, but is 'prepared to defend' US, allies 2017-04-26T21:07:00.000000000+00:00 President Donald Trump invited all 100 members of the Senate to attend a briefing on North Korea. Saudi Arabia says foils bombing attempt on Aramco fuel distribution terminal 2017-04-26T14:11:00.000000000+00:00 Saudi forces says that they foiled an attempt from Yemen to blow up an Aramco fuel terminal in the southern Jazan province using an explosive-laden boat. China continues to lead global wind energy market, says new report 2017-04-26T11:09:00.000000000+00:00 A new report shows that more than 54 gigawatts of wind power were installed in 2016. Singapore ranked world's top maritime capital, but another city is quickly on the ascent 2017-04-26T08:19:00.000000000+00:00 Singapore is the world's top maritime capital in a report launched today, by Norwegian consulting firm Menon Economics. Netflix has a foot in the door in China, but it might not be a big deal 2017-04-26T07:16:00.000000000+00:00 Netflix might have just secured a foothold in China but that could be a immaterial, for now.