1. LOWER IMMIGRATION IF UK PM JOHNSON WINS ELECTION
LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised lower immigration if he wins power in an election on Thursday, but said he was not opposed to foreigners working and living in Britain overall.
Britain votes on Dec. 12 in an election will decide the fate of Brexit and the world’s fifth-largest economy with a stark choice between Johnson’s pro-market Conservatives and the socialist-led opposition Labour Party.
Johnson has promised a points-based approach to control immigration.
He said, his focus would be cutting down on unskilled migration, however, he said, there would be scope for high skilled and other workers to come to Britain.
2. NORTH KOREA CARRIES OUT ‘VERY IMPORTANT’ TEST AT SOHAE LAUNCH SITE
SEOUL: North Korea has carried out a “very important” test earlier today, at its Sohae satellite launch site, a rocket testing ground that U.S. officials once said Pyongyang had promised to close.
According to missile experts, it appeared likely a static test of a rocket engine by the North Koreans, rather than a missile launch, which is usually quickly detected by neighboring South Korea and Japan.
Vipin Narang, a nuclear affairs expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States said, the test could be a very credible signal of what might await the world after the New Year.
3. UNITED STATES AND IRAN SWAP PRISONERS IN RARE ACT OF COOPERATION
WASHINGTON: The United States and Iran each freed a prisoner on Saturday in a rare act of cooperation between two longtime foes whose ties have worsened since President Donald Trump took office.
Iran released Xiyue Wang, a U.S. citizen who had been held for three years on spying charges, while the United States freed Iranian Massoud Soleimani who was charged of violating U.S. sanctions against Tehran.
A senior U.S. official said Washington was hopeful that Wang’s release would lead to the freeing of other Americans held in Iran and that it was a sign Tehran was willing to discuss other issues.
Trump thanked Iran on Twitter for what he called a “very fair negotiation” that led to the exchange, saying that the swap showed the United States and Iran “can make a deal together”.