Following are the top foreign stories at 1700 hours

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FGN25 PAK-JUD-SAEED Pakistan's anti-terror court sentences JuD chief Hafiz Saeed to 10 years in jail in two more cases Lahore: Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed was on Thursday sentenced to 10 years in jail by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan in two more terror cases.

FGN10 VIRUS-UN-ISRO UN report cites ISRO efforts in assisting Indian government to contain COVID19 pandemic United Nations: A report by the United Nations has cited efforts by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to leverage its geospatial tools in assisting the central and state governments towards containing the COVID-19 pandemic and supporting sustainable development projects in the country.

FGN9 US-CHINA-INDIA-REPORT China perceives rising India as 'rival'; wants to constraint its partnership with US, allies: report Washington: China perceives a rising India as a 'rival' and wants to constrain its strategic partnership with the US, its allies, and with other democracies, the State Department said in a report, emphasising that Beijing intends to displace America as the world’s foremost power.

FGN8 VIRUS-ISIS-UN-REPORT Groups associated with al-Qaeda, ISIS spread conspiracy theories about COVID-19: UN report United Nations: Groups associated with al-Qaeda and ISIS are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to spread conspiracy theories that the virus is 'punishing the unbelievers', is 'God's wrath upon the West' and incites terrorists to use it as a form of biological weapon, according to a UN report.

FGN21 VIRUS-OXFORD-LD VACCINE Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine ‘encouraging’ for older age groups London: The coronavirus vaccine developed by teams at the University of Oxford has been shown to trigger a robust immune response in healthy adults aged 56-69 and those over 70 years of age.

FGN17 VIRUS-US-TOLL US records more than 250,000 COVID deaths; situation to get worse: experts Washington: The US has recorded over 250,000 deaths from COVID-19, a bleak milestone as cases soar once again across the country, worst-hit by the deadly infectious disease that has claimed over 1,349,000 lives across the world.

FGN11 AUS-MILITARY-AFGHAN-LD KILLINGS Australian special forces unlawfully killed 39 people in Afghanistan: military report Melbourne: There is 'credible information' that at least 19 serving and former Australian special forces allegedly committed up to 39 unlawful murders during the conflict in Afghanistan, according to a long-awaited military report into war crimes released on Thursday.

FGN1 US-BIDEN-VIRUS-VACCINE Biden says delay in transition to put COVID-19 vaccination plan behind by 'weeks or months' Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden has warned that a delay in transition by the outgoing Trump administration will put behind the COVID-19 vaccination plan by 'weeks or months'.

FGN4 US-TIBET-RESOLUTION US House passes bipartisan resolution on Tibet Washington: A bipartisan resolution recognising the cultural and religious significance of an autonomous Tibet and seeking peaceful solutions to the conflict has been passed by the US House of Representatives. PTI NSA