Following are the top foreign stories at 1700 hours

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FGN11 VIRUS-UK-LD LOCKDOWN England set for tougher tiered measures when lockdown ends on Dec 2 London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out a 'COVID Winter Plan' to control the spread of coronavirus in a speech on Monday, when he is expected to set out some tougher tiered measures to come in as England’s lockdown officially ends on December 2.

FGN10 PAK-PDM-RALLY Pak opposition alliance PDM to hold anti-govt rally despite permission row: Report Peshawar: The newly-formed Pakistan Democratic Movement, an alliance of 11 Opposition parties, will hold its anti-government rally here on Sunday, despite being denied permission by the city administration owing to a spike in COVID-19 cases in the country.

FGN8 US-BIDEN-INDIAN Joe Biden appoints Indian-American Mala Adiga as policy director of incoming First Lady Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden has appointed Indian-American Mala Adiga as the policy director of his wife Jill, choosing an experienced education policy hand as the incoming First Lady focuses on education and plans to continue teaching community college classes.

FGN7 TRUMP-GEORGIA-RECOUNT Trump campaign files for recount of votes in Georgia Washington: The Trump Campaign has filed a petition for recount of votes in Georgia, days after US President-elect Joe Biden wrested the Republican stronghold by a little over 12,000 votes.

FGN6 US-BIDEN-INDIA Biden administration will have more deliberate, thoughtful engagement with India: expert Washington: The incoming Biden administration will have a more deliberate and thoughtful engagement with India, a noted foreign policy expert has said, asserting that there will be an opportunity to work with New Delhi to balance the burgeoning influence of China in the region. PTI NSA