Following are the top foreign stories at 1730 hours

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FGN11 US-MODI-LD AWARD Trump presents Legion of Merit to PM Modi Washington: President Donald Trump has conferred the Legion of Merit, one of the highest military honours of the US, on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his leadership in elevating bilateral strategic partnership and accelerating emergence of India as a global power. By Lalit K Jha FGN19 NEPAL-LD POLITICS Nepal's ruling party appears headed for split; Oli forms new general convention committee Kathmandu: The ruling Nepal Communist Party on Tuesday appeared to be headed for a split after the warring factions held separate Central Committee meetings, with Prime Minister K P Sharma announcing a new 1,199-member committee to organise the party's general convention in an effort to strengthen his hold on it. By Shirish B Pradhan FGN20 UK-VIRUS-CHILDREN UK scientists probe new coronavirus variant's spread in children London: Scientists in the UK are investigating the impact of a new mutant variant of coronavirus, named VUI-202012/01, on children and whether its faster transmission in parts of England is down to the younger segment of the population. By Aditi Khanna FGN8 YEAR-US 2020: A milestone in India-US ties Washington: India-US ties were elevated to 'comprehensive global strategic partnership' during President Donald Trump's visit to India in 2020, a year when the two countries solidified their relationship at an unprecedented scale and pace despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the domestic political stalemate due to the presidential elections here. By Lalit K Jha FGN16 CHINA-ROCKET China's new space carrier rocket successfully launches five satellites on its maiden flight Beijing: China's new medium-lift carrier rocket Long March-8 made its maiden flight on Tuesday, sending five satellites successfully into planned orbit, the country's space agency said. By K J M Varma FGN4 BIDEN-VACCINE Biden publicly receives COVID-19 vaccine Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden on Monday publicly received the COVID-19 vaccine and said he was doing this to demonstrate that people should be ready to take the vaccine when it is available. By Lalit K Jha PTI RS RS