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Reuters World News Summary

Updated: 05-02-2019 18:27 IST
Reuters World News Summary

Following is a summary of current world news briefs. Blaze kills 10 in Paris apartment block, arson suspected

Flames tore through an apartment block in Paris, killing at least 10 residents in the early hours of Tuesday, after what prosecutors said looked like an arson attack. Police said they arrested a 40-year-old woman who lived in the building on suspicion of starting the blaze in the upscale 16th arrondissement. Reunified Germany is in no rush to help reconcile Korea

Politicians and campaigners are urging Germany to use the lessons of its own reunification to help bring North and South Korea together, but Berlin is in no rush to take up the challenge. A second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un planned for later this month has raised hopes for lasting peace on a peninsula divided since war there ended in a truce more than 65 years ago. Iran dismisses EU concern about missile tests as 'non-constructive': Tasnim news

Iran dismissed on Tuesday a European Union statement about its missile program, regional policies, rights abuses and assassination plots in Europe, calling it "baseless" and "non-constructive". The European Union said on Monday it was gravely concerned by Iran's ballistic missile launches and tests and called on it to stop activity that deepened mistrust and destabilized the region. Russia plans new missile systems to counter U.S. by 2021

Russia will race to develop two new land-based missile launch systems before 2021 to respond to Washington's planned exit from a landmark nuclear arms control pact, it said on Tuesday. President Vladimir Putin said at the weekend that Russia had suspended the Cold War-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), which bans both nations from stationing short- and intermediate-range land-based missiles in Europe. U.N. envoy says Yemen prisoner swap would help peace process

A U.N. special envoy told warring Yemenis on Tuesday that rapid implementation of a prisoner swap deal would help advance efforts at a political settlement of a nearly four-year-old war. The envoy, Martin Griffiths, said finalizing a list of the thousands of prisoners should be completed by the end of three days of talks in Amman between teams from the Saudi-backed government and their Iranian-aligned Houthi adversaries. Turkey's Erdogan says no satisfactory plan yet on north Syria safe zone

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he had not yet seen an acceptable plan from the United States for the creation of a safe zone in northeastern Syria, three weeks after President Donald Trump suggested establishing the zone. "There is no satisfactory plan that is put before us concretely yet," Erdogan told a parliamentary meeting of his AK Party. "Of course we are loyal to our agreements, our promise is a promise. But our patience is not limitless." After deadly Syrian battle, evidence of Russian losses was obscured

The last contact Grigoriy Gancherov and his wife had with their son, a Russian private military contractor fighting in Syria, was on Feb. 4 last year. The father subsequently learned from a friend and fellow fighter of Sergei's that the 25-year-old had died several days later in a major battle against U.S.-led forces in the Deir al-Zor region. Shackled Bahraini footballer in Thailand 'upsetting': Australia PM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday he was "disturbed" to see Bahraini refugee footballer Hakeem Al Araibi in shackles in Thailand and had told its prime minister this was a serious issue for Australians. Pressure is mounting on Bangkok to free Araibi, who was arrested in Thailand in November on behalf of the Bahraini government, with Canberra and soccer's world governing body FIFA demanding his return to Australia where he plays. In France's Basque region, police grapple with new migration flashpoint

In the Basque Country town of Bayonne, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, French police are struggling to stem a growing flow of migrants crossing the snow-capped mountains that straddle the border between France and Spain. Spain became a major entry point for Africans fleeing war and poverty after a populist government took power in Italy early last year and largely shut down ports to migrants. Northern Irish kingmakers demand 'toxic' Brexit backstop be replaced

The Northern Irish party which props up Prime Minister Theresa May's minority government demanded on Tuesday that the European Union replace the "toxic" Irish border backstop she agreed, so that the United Kingdom can quit the bloc in an orderly fashion. With the United Kingdom due to leave the EU in just 52 days, London and Brussels are arguing over whether the deal clinched in November can be changed, raising the possibility of a delay to Brexit, a last-minute deal or a no-deal exit.