20190822 Global Hot News Review

  1. 1. Iran ready to work on French nuclear deal proposals, does not want war: foreign minister
The domestically built mobile missile defence system Bavar-373 is displayed on the National Defence Industry Day in Tehran, Iran August 22, 2019. Tasnim News Agency/Handout via REUTERS

Iran is prepared to work on French proposals to salvage the international nuclear deal that Tehran signed with world powers in 2015 but it will not tolerate U.S. interference in the Gulf, its foreign minister said on Thursday.

2. South Korea to scrap intelligence-sharing pact with Japan amid row over history

SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) – South Korea said on Thursday it will scrap an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, drawing a swift protest from Tokyo and deepening a decades-old row over history that has hit trade and undercut security cooperation over North Korea.

3. Italy’s PD raises the bar for possible government with 5-Star

Leaders of Brothers of Italy party Luca Ciriani, Giorgia Meloni and Tommaso Foti meet with Italian President Sergio Mattarella for consultations in Rome, Italy, August 22, 2019. Paolo Giandotti/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

Italy’s center-left Democratic Party on Thursday set tough new conditions for forming a coalition with the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, making a deal between the traditional foes look more elusive and raising the chance of snap elections.

4. Immigration to Britain falls to five-year low ahead of Brexit: ONS

FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators form a chain between Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament as they take part in a protest by groups representing EU citizens living in the UK, in Westminster, London, Britain, November 5, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) – Net immigration to Britain sank to its lowest since 2013 during the year to the end of March, driven by a sustained fall in the number of immigrants from the European Union since 2016’s Brexit referendum, official figures showed on Thursday.

5. Britain presses for information on HK consulate worker detained in China

FILE PHOTO: A demonstrator puts a poster on the wall of British Consulate-general office, next to the image of Simon Cheng, a staff member at the consulate who went missing on August 9 after visiting the neighbouring mainland city of Shenzhen, during a protest outside in Hong Kong, China, August 21, 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

BEIJING (Reuters) – Britain’s Foreign Office continues to “urgently seek further information” about an employee of its Hong Kong consulate who was detained in China, it said on Thursday.

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