Following are the top foreign stories at 1700 hours

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FGN15 US-TRUMP-LD-OFFICIAL Washington: President Donald Trump has fired a top Homeland Security official who contradicted his claims of voter fraud and asserted that the November 3 election was the most secure one in America's history. By Lalit K Jha FGN12 NEPAL-CPN-MEETING Kathmandu: The much-awaited crucial meeting of the Central Secretariat of the ruling Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) began on Wednesday amidst fears of splitting, days after rift resurfaced in the party following a meeting between Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and his rival Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda'. By Shirish B Pradhan FGN7 UN-INDIA-TERRORISM New York: The COVID-19 pandemic has not prevented some countries from supporting cross-border terrorism and spreading religious hatred, India has said at the UN, in an apparent reference to Pakistan, asserting that the United Nations must speak decisively and not take sides among religions or justify terrorism in any way. By Yoshita Singh FGN2 US-BIDEN-MODI Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden has said that he looks forward to working closely with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on shared global challenges, including containing COVID-19, launching the global economic recovery and maintaining a secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific region, according to his transition. By Lalit K Jha FGN17 US-FACEBOOK-TWITTER-REGULATION Washington: The CEOs of Facebook and Twitter have vehemently opposed any changes that would allow the US government to dictate content moderation, saying these platforms are a new industry and should have a different regulatory model. By Lalit K Jha FGN11 US-FB-TWITTER-CONGRESS Washington: The CEOs of Facebook and Twitter have testified before a powerful Senate Judiciary Committee of Congress where they defended their handling of disinformation in the closely-fought US presidential election. By Lalit K Jha FGN10 US-TRUMP-BIDEN-POWER Washington: The transfer of power from Donald Trump to Joe Biden’s administration would be 'orderly' and happen 'right on time,' according to a top Republican leader and Senator Mitch McConnell. By Lalit K Jha FGN14 UK-DIESEL-CARS-LD BAN London: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday unveiled plans for a new Green Industrial Revolution for the country, including a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 and new measures to become a world leader in carbon capture. By Aditi Khanna FGN9 US-CHINA-DALAI LAMA Washington: China has no theological basis to pick the next Dalai Lama, according to a top US diplomat, asserting that the Tibetan Buddhists have successfully picked their spiritual leader for hundreds of years. By Lalit K Jha FGN4 US-BIDEN-CABINET Washington: Two eminent India-Americans, including former US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, are among the potential Cabinet picks in the next Biden-Harris Administration, according to media reports. By Lalit K Jha FGN13 NZ-HIJAB-WOMAN Melbourne: Constable Zeena Ali is New Zealand Police's first member to wear a specially designed hijab introduced as part of the force's uniform to encourage more Muslim women to join the ranks.

FGN6 US-AFGHAN-IRAQ-TROOPS Washington: The US has announced to reduce the number of American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq to 2,500 each by January 15 next year, which drew sharp reaction from influential lawmakers across the aisle. By Lalit K Jha PTI RS RS