Xinhua world news summary at 0130 GMT, Oct. 19

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RABAT -- The Moroccan navy rescued 310 illegal immigrants from Oct. 16 to 18 off the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts, the Moroccan news agency MAP reported Monday.

Most of the illegal immigrants are Sub-Saharans, including 23 women and nine minors, it added. (Morocco-Illegal Immigrants-Rescue)

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LONDON -- Another 49,156 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, marking the largest daily rise since lockdown rules ended in England three months ago, according to official figures released Monday.

For the sixth consecutive day, more than 40,000 new cases have been reported in Britain, where the accumulative number of cases has risen to 8,497,868. (UK-COVID-19)

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PARIS -- The French Foreign Ministry said on Monday that its ambassador to Belarus Nicolas de Lacoste had returned to France on Sunday, following the unilateral decision of the Belarusian authorities demanding his departure.

According to the ministry, the French ambassador was asked to leave the country due to his "failure to present his credentials" to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. (France-Belarus-Ambassador)

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TEHRAN -- Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi said Monday that Washington should show its seriousness on the revival of the Iran nuclear deal by lifting anti-Iran sanctions.

"We are serious about outcome-oriented negotiations, and there must be a sign on the other side that is serious about lifting the sanctions," Raisi said in an interview with Iran's state TV. (Iran-U.S.-Nuke Talks) Enditem

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