Following are the top foreign stories at 1700 hours

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FGN7 US-LD ASEAN US pitches for free and open Indo-Pacific in ASEAN Summit Washington: US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien has pitched for a free and open Indo-Pacific, a strategic region that has witnessed renewed global focus in view of China's expansionist behaviour. By Lalit K Jha FGN13 US-ELECTION-PROJECTIONS With historic win in Georgia, Biden's projected electoral college vote tally matches Trump's in 2016 Washington:President-elect Joe Biden has wrested Georgia and President Donald Trump has retained North Carolina, major US media outlets have projected, bringing the closely-fought and bitter 2020 presidential race to a close.

FGN8 US-BIDEN-INTELLIGENCE Biden transition team says Trump administration not sharing threat assessment, intelligence reports Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden's transition team has said that they are not getting access to real-time threat assessment and intelligence reports by the outgoing Trump administration.

FGN11 UK-PM-AIDE UK PM's adviser Cummings quits immediately amid Downing Street power struggle: reports London: Dominic Cummings, one of the most influential and high-profile aides of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has left Downing Street after a power struggle that has rocked the UK government, the media reports said on Saturday.

FGN1 UK-DIWALI UK PM Johnson, Prince Charles mark Diwali with victory of light over darkness messages London: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prince Charles used the analogy of victory of light over darkness as reflective of overcoming the coronavirus pandemic crisis as part of their annual messages to mark the festival of Diwali on Saturday. By Aditi Khanna FGN4 VIRUS-US-LOCKDOWN COVID-19: Trump sticks to 'no national lockdown' stance Washington: US President Donald Trump has ruled out a national lockdown under his administration to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, saying such a move costs lives, impacts the economy and 'the cure cannot be worse than the problem itself'. By Lalit K Jha FGN3 VIRUS-US-TRUMP Trump says US' Operation Warp Speed is unmatched in scale and speed to tackle COVID-19 outbreak Washington: US President Donald Trump said his administration had taken unprecedented measures to tackle the coronavirus outbreak in the last nine months, including a public-private partnership to develop, manufacture therapies and vaccines on a nation-wide scale. By Lalit K Jha FGN5 VIRUS-US-BIDEN Spike in COVID-19 cases is 'alarming', Trump admin needs to take urgent action: Biden Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden has described the spike in new coronavirus cases in the country as 'alarming', demanding the current administration led by President Donald Trump to take urgent action. By Lalit K Jha FGN6 US-NYC-DIWALI US: Iconic Empire State Building lit up in orange to commemorate Diwali New York: The iconic New York city destination Empire State Building was lit up in orange to commemorate Diwali -- the festival of lights. By Yoshita Singh MRJ