French emergency could be extended
PARIS • The French government will propose extending the country's state of emergency until July 15 next year due to presidential and parliamentary elections in spring, Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said yesterday.
The extension must be approved by Parliament, which will debate the proposal on Tuesday. The Senate will review it on Thursday.
Erdogan may rule till 2029 under reforms
ANKARA • Turkey's ruling AK Party yesterday submitted to Parliament a package of constitutional reform proposals that would expand the president's powers, party officials said, in a move that could potentially see President Tayyip Erdogan govern until 2029.
The package would also bring structural changes to Turkey's security and judiciary, implementing criminal liability for the president, who previously was immune from all crimes except treason.
Dreamworld reopens without fatal ride
SYDNEY • Australia's biggest theme park reopened quietly yesterday without the water ride that killed four people and faces demolition.
Two women and two men died on the Thunder River Rapids attraction at the Dreamworld tourist resort on the Gold Coast on Oct 25.
Samsung to disable Note7 phones in US
WASHINGTON • Samsung has announced it will disable its Galaxy Note7 smartphones in the US to force remaining owners to stop using the devices.
The South Korean giant said 93 per cent of Note7 phones in the US had been returned after its recall earlier this year. But to get any remaining devices off the market, Samsung said on Friday it would deliver an over-the-air update that prevents the phones from charging.
Japan flights axed due to heavy snow
TOKYO • ANA Holdings and Japan Airlines, the nation's largest carriers, cancelled 185 domestic flights as the weather agency yesterday issued heavy snow warnings for parts of Japan's northern island of Hokkaido.
ANA cancelled 83 flights affecting about 10,000 passengers, while Japan Airlines cut 102 flights affecting about 10,490 passengers.