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FGN28 CHINA-POMPEO-REAX Stop sowing discord between China, regional countries: Beijing on Pompeo’s visit to India Beijing: China on Tuesday urged US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to stop sowing discord between Beijing and countries in the region, undermining the regional peace and stability, amidst his visit to India for a high-level dialogue aimed at further ramping up their overall defence and security ties, and boost strategic cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.

FGN24 PAK-2NDLD BLAST 7 killed, over 70 injured in bomb blast at seminary in Pakistan Peshawar: A powerful bomb blast ripped through a seminary in northwest Pakistan's Peshawar city just after the morning prayers on Tuesday, killing at least seven children and wounding over 70 others, senior police officials said.

FGN25 US-SENATE-3RDLD BARRETT President Trump's pick Amy Barrett sworn in as Supreme Court justice Washington: Conservative jurist Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in as a justice of the US Supreme Court, an hour after the Republican-controlled Senate confirmed her controversial nomination, handing President Donald Trump a major victory just a week before the election.

FGN29 LANKA-POMPEO Pompeo to hold talks with Lankan leadership during two-day Colombo visit Colombo: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Sri Lanka on Tuesday for a two-day visit during which he will hold talks with the top Lankan leadership, as America seeks to balance China's growing influence in the region and to advance the common goals for a free and open Indo-Pacific.

FGN26 VIRUS-IMMUNITY-STUDY Long-term immunity in doubt as UK study finds COVID-19 antibodies fall rapidly London: The hope for long-term immunity from COVID-19 was thrown into doubt on Tuesday as a large UK study concluded that protective antibodies in people fall 'quite rapidly' after a coronavirus infection.

FGN21 UN-INDIA-MIDEAST India calls for complete ceasing of support to terrorist forces in Middle East United Nations: India has called on all concerned parties to completely stop supporting terrorist forces, like the ISIL, while urging all stakeholders in the Middle East to work constructively for peace, stability and development.

FGN17 US-TRUMP-SOCIALISM US polls 2020: Trump seeks a 'rebuke of socialism' Martinsburg: US President Donald Trump has warned that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris plan to take the country on the path of socialism, unless voters use the November 3 elections to keep such ideologies at bay.

FGN16 US-TRUMP-ELECTION-PARTY Trump to hold election night party at his hotel in Washington: report New York: US President Donald Trump is expected to hold his election night party at his hotel in Washington even as there are limits on large gatherings in the city due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a media report.

FGN12 US-SENATORS-INDIA-PECANS US senators seek removal of high tariff on import of pecans from India Washington: A bipartisan group of five influential senators has urged the Trump administration to seek removal of high tariffs on import of pecans by India, asserting that it is impacting a large number of American farmers. PTI PMS PMS