Following are the top foreign stories at 2000 hours

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FGN28 NEPAL-CPN-LD MEETING Kathmandu: The much-awaited crucial meeting of the Central Secretariat of the ruling Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) on Wednesday ended in a stalemate with Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli demanding ten days' time to present a separate political document in response to his rival Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda's' accusations that he was running the government without consulting the party. By Shirish B Pradhan FGN26 VIRUS-PFIZER-LD VACCINE New York: Global drugmakers Pfizer and BioNTech said on Wednesday their COVID-19 vaccine candidate is 95 per cent effective, including in adults over 65 years of age, a major announcement coming just two days after Moderna said its virus vaccine has an efficacy rate of 94.5 per cent. By Yoshita Singh FGN21CHINA-INDIA-LD VACCINE Beijing: Officials of China and India will discuss the modalities of cooperation to develop COVID-19 vaccine which was proposed by President Xi Jinping during the BRICS summit, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. By K J M Varma 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 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 PTI RS RS