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Reuters World News Summary

Updated: 19-02-2019 05:24 IST
Reuters World News Summary

Following is a summary of current world news briefs. Venezuela stages own concerts in response to Branson's Live Aid show

Venezuela's government will stage two concerts on the Colombian border this weekend to compete with a "Live Aid"-style show announced by British billionaire Richard Branson to raise funds for food and medicine for the South American country. Increasingly internationally isolated President Nicolas Maduro, who denies there is a humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, says Western relief efforts coordinated by the opposition are part of a U.S.-orchestrated coup to overthrow him. No need for Shinzo Abe: Trump already nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is not saying whether or not he nominated Donald Trump for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, but the question may be moot: the U.S. president has been put forward by others for the prestigious award. During a White House news conference on Friday, Trump said the Japanese premier had given him "the most beautiful copy" of a five-page nomination letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Canada PM's chief secretary resigns amid SNC-Lavalin controversy

A top aide to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau resigned unexpectedly on Monday amid allegations Trudeau's office had pressured the former justice minister to help construction firm SNC-Lavalin Group Inc avoid criminal prosecution. Gerald Butts, Trudeau's principal private secretary and a key architect of the Liberals' 2015 election victory, said in a statement he did not pressure then-Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould over SNC-Lavalin. Brazil's Bolsonaro fires senior minister, investor sentiment sours

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday fired one of his most senior aides and cabinet members, Gustavo Bebianno, amid a scandal involving campaign financing for some of his party's congressional candidates. Bebianno was secretary general of the president's office. His departure punctuated Bolsonaro's first cabinet crisis since he took office on Jan. 1 and has cast a shadow over the young government's plans. Two policemen killed in blast in central Cairo: ministry

Two policemen were killed and three wounded when an explosive device carried by a militant they were pursuing detonated in the heart of the Egyptian capital on Monday, an interior ministry statement said. According to the ministry, security forces were pursuing the man in the search for the perpetrator of an attempted attack against a police patrol in western Cairo on Friday. Trump urges Venezuelan military to abandon Maduro or 'lose everything'

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday warned members of Venezuela's military who remain loyal to socialist President Nicolas Maduro that they are risking their future and their lives and urged them to allow humanitarian aid into the country. Speaking to a cheering crowd mostly of Venezuelan and Cuban immigrants in Miami, Trump said if the Venezuelan military continues supporting Maduro, "you will find no safe harbor, no easy exit and no way out. You’ll lose everything.” U.S.-backed Syrian forces call for 1,500 coalition troops to stay

The commander of U.S.-backed forces in Syria called on Monday for about 1,000 to 1,500 international forces to remain in Syria to help fight Islamic State and expressed hope that the United States, in particular, would halt plans for a total pullout. "We would like to have air cover, air support and a force on the ground to coordinate with us," Mazloum Kobani, the commander-in-chief of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, told a small group of reporters in Syria after talks with senior U.S. generals. Americans among group arrested in Haiti with arsenal of guns: media

Haitian police arrested a group of foreign nationals, including five Americans, armed with semi-automatic weapons, Haitian newspapers reported on Monday, adding to uncertainty in the impoverished Caribbean country after days of anti-government protests. The U.S. State Department was aware that Haitian police arrested a group that included U.S. citizens, an official at the department said on Monday. Haitian police did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Clean-up ongoing at site of Manitoba train derailment

Canadian National Railway Co on Monday said its environmental experts are continuing the clean-up of a site in Western Canada where one of its trains derailed on Saturday. Thirty-seven tank cars derailed near St-Lazare, Manitoba, close to Assiniboine River, leaking an undetermined volume of crude oil. Seven lawmakers quit UK Labour Party citing Brexit 'betrayal', anti-Semitism

Seven Labour lawmakers quit on Monday over leader Jeremy Corbyn's approach to Brexit and a row over anti-Semitism, saying Britain's main opposition party had been "hijacked by the machine politics of the hard left". In a direct challenge to Corbyn, the seven centrist MPs said they were courting others from across parliament to join their group, saying "enough is enough" in keeping silent over their doubts about the Labour leader's fitness for office.