Following are the top foreign stories at 2000 hours

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FGN35 US-TIBET-LD MEETING Top Tibetan political leader visits White House for first time in 6 decades Washington: The head of the Tibetan government in exile has visited the White House for the first time in six decades and met the newly appointed senior US official on Tibetan issues, the Central Tibetan Administration said on Saturday, a development that could enrage Beijing, which has accused the US of trying to interfere in China’s internal affairs.

FGN28 US-TRUMP-LD TRANSITION Washington: The Trump administration has done 'everything statutorily required' to do in the event of a transition, the White House has said, asserting that a constitutional process is being played out to determine the winner of the November 3 presidential election. By Lalit K Jha FGN23 UN-GUTERRES-VIRUS-VACCINE United Nations: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has described the recent breakthroughs towards development of COVID-19 vaccines as a 'ray of hope” that needs to reach everyone and called on the G-20 nations to support the global collaboration to accelerate development of coronavirus treatments and drugs. By Yoshita Singh FGN30 TWITTER-BIDEN-POTUS Los Angeles: Micro-blogging site Twitter will hand control of the presidential @POTUS account to President-elect Joe Biden the moment he is sworn in on inauguration day on January 20, even if President Donald Trump has not conceded his election loss, the company has said.

FGN25 CANADA-INDIA-STATUE Toronto: A Canadian university will soon return to India a unique statue of Hindu goddess Annapoorna that was stolen from a shrine in Varanasi over a century ago and found its way to the varsity's art gallery, in an attempt to 'right historical wrongs' and help overcome the 'damaging legacy of colonialism'.

FGN19 VIRUS-TRUMP-2NDLD SON Washington: Donald Trump Jr, the eldest son of US President Donald Trump, has tested positive for COVID-19, his spokesperson said, latest in the First Family to have been infected by the deadly virus. By Lalit K Jha FGN21 INDIAN-AUTHORS-NYT-LIST New York: Critically-acclaimed books by three Indian writers have featured among this year's '100 Notable Books' list of The New York Times that also includes former US president Barack Obama's newly released memoir 'A Promised Land'. By Yoshita Singh FGN20 AUS-PM-AFGHAN-REPORT Melbourne: Australia will respond 'very seriously' to war crime allegations against its defence personnel, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has assured the people of Afghanistan, a day after a long-awaited military report said the country's special forces unlawfully killed 39 people in the war-torn nation. By Natasha Chaku FGN10 VIRUS-INDIAN-TREATMENT Washington: An Indian-American scientist has discovered a potential strategy to prevent life-threatening inflammation, lung damage and organ failure in patients diagnosed with COVID-19. By Lalit K Jha FGN6 US-TRUMP-PHARMA Washington: US President Donald Trump on Friday alleged that big pharma companies ran millions of dollars of negative advertisement against him during the just concluded presidential elections. By Lalit K Jha PTI NSA