Turkey takes key step to expanding Erdogan powers
Turkey was a key step closer on Monday to dramatically expanding the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after parliament approved, on first reading, a bill critics fear will lead to one-man rule. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) mustered the necessary 330 or more votes -- a three-fifths majority -- needed to adopt the constitutional change and send it to a referendum for final approval.
German ministers reject Trump remarks on car tariffs
UN agency chiefs urge access for aid to civilians in Syria
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) ? The heads of major U.N. organizations on Monday called for access to civilians cut off from humanitarian aid in Syria, saying the world "must not stand silent" even though the high-profile siege of the Syrian city of Aleppo is over.
European eyewear giant in merger of Luxottica and Essilor
PARIS (AP) ? A new European eyewear giant worth more than 50 billion euros ($52.5 billion) is set to emerge as Italy's Luxottica ? maker of brands like Ray-Ban and Oakley ? merges with French lens manufacturer Essilor.
Egypt court rules against handing islands to Saudi Arabia
Muted reaction in Russia to Trump's talk of nuclear arms cut
In final ruling, Egypt court rejects transfer of Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia
CAIRO (Reuters) - A top Egyptian court issued a final ruling on Monday rejecting a government plan to transfer two uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia in a deal that had provoked outrage among Egyptians and prompted rare protests. Cheers broke out in the Cairo courtroom as the judge read out the verdict confirming Egyptian sovereignty over Tiran and Sanafir and saying that the government had failed to provide evidence that the islands were Saudi. (Reporting by Asma Alsharif and Lin Noueihed)
'One China principle' not negotiable, China tells Trump
BEIJING (AP) ? Responding to remarks by Donald Trump, China's Foreign Ministry on Monday said the country's "one-China principle" regarding Taiwan is not negotiable and any attempt to reconsider the issue would be self-defeating.
Eight men own same as poorest half of world: Oxfam
Eight men own the same wealth as the poorest half of the world's population, a level of inequality which "threatens to pull our societies apart", Oxfam said on Monday ahead of the World Economic Forum opening in Davos. Picked from Forbes' billionaires list, they include Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg who co-founded Facebook, and Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon. Oxfam pointed to a link between the vast gap between rich and poor and growing discontent with mainstream politics around the world.
South Korea prosecutor seeks arrest of Samsung chief for bribery
By Ju-min Park and Se Young Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's special prosecutor on Monday sought a warrant to arrest the head of Samsung Group [SAGR.UL], the country's largest conglomerate, accusing him of paying multi-million dollar bribes to a friend of President Park Geun-hye. Investigators had grilled Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee for 22 straight hours last week as a suspect in a corruption scandal, which last month led to parliament impeaching Park. The special prosecutor's office accused Lee of paying bribes total 43 billion won ($36.42 million) to organizations linked to Choi Soon-sil, a friend of the president who is at the center of the scandal, in order to secure the 2015 merger of two affiliates and cement his control of the family business.