Following are the top foreign stories at 2000 hrs

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FGN55 US-ELECTION-2NDLDALL BIDEN Joe Biden pledges to unite America; calls for an end to 'grim era of demonisation' Washington: Pledging to be the president of all Americans, Joe Biden has sought an immediate end to the 'grim era of demonisation' in the deeply-polarised nation, as he and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris celebrated their historic triumph over Donald Trump in a bitter and closely-fought presidential election.

FGN64 CHINA-US-BIDEN-OBSERVERS Biden may bring respite to China-US ‘Cold War’, but rivalry to continue: Chinese observers Beijing: The victory of Joe Biden in the US presidential election may provide a respite to China from President Donald Trump’s declaration of the “Cold War” and offer a limited chance to reset the turbulent ties even as high-intensity rivalry is expected to continue, Chinese observers said on Sunday.

FGN62 CHINA-XI-TIBET-RAILWAY President Xi orders advancing construction of rail line in Tibet, close to Arunachal Pradesh Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday instructed officials to expedite the construction of the new USD 47.8 billion railway project connecting the country’s southwest Sichuan province to Linzhi in Tibet close to the Indian border in Arunachal Pradesh, saying it would play a key role in safeguarding stability in the border areas.

FGN63 US-HARRIS-HUSBAND Kamala Harris' husband Douglas Emhoff will be America's first 'Second Gentleman' New York: With the historic electoral win by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, her husband Douglas Emhoff also scripted history as he will be the first ‘Second Gentleman’ - the first male spouse of a vice president in the US when she takes the oath of office in January.

FGN46 BIDEN-HARRIS-WORLD-REAX World leaders underline 'shared' priorities and values as they wish Biden and Harris Washington: Underlining the 'shared' values and priorities -- from climate change to trade and security -- leaders across the globe cheered the victory of US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as they look forward to work together with America to combat the world's greatest challenges.

FGN44 US-ELECTION-TRUMP-KUSHNER Jared Kushner has approached President Trump about conceding the election: Reports Washington: Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, has approached the President about conceding the closely-fought election to his Democratic rival Joe Biden, according to media reports on Sunday.

FGN43 WORLD-POLITICIANS-INDIANS Harris' victory latest in growing circle of Indian-origin lawmakers taking prominent roles across the globe New York: Kamala Harris, daughter of immigrants, scripted history as she broke the glass ceiling in the world's oldest democracy to be elected America's first Black and South Asian-descent woman Vice President, the latest entrant to a growing list of Indian-origin lawmakers rising the political ladder and occupying influential positions in governments across the world. FGN36 US-BIDEN-DEMOCRACY-SUMMIT Joe Biden plans to host a global Summit for Democracy in first year of presidency: policy paper Washington: During his first year of presidency, Joe Biden plans to bring together the democracies of the world by hosting a global Summit for Democracy to “renew the spirit and shared purpose” of the nations of the Free World, according to a policy paper issued by his campaign during the US presidential election.

FGN35 US-BIDEN-INDIANS-CITIZENSHIP Biden administration likely to provide US citizenship to over 500,000 Indians Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden will work towards providing a roadmap to American citizenship for nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants, including over 500,000 from India, and will also establish a minimum admission number of 95,000 refugees annually.

FGN28 US-BIDEN-VIRUS-TASKFORCE Indian-American Vivek Murthy expected to co-chair President-elect Biden’s coronavirus task force Washington: Indian-American physician Dr Vivek Murthy is expected to co-chair the coronavirus task force which President-elect Joe Biden is going to announce on Monday.

FGN27 US-BIDEN-H1B Biden plans to increase H-1B visa limit and remove country quota for green cards Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden plans to increase the number of high-skilled visas, including the H-1B, and eliminate the limit on employment-based visas by country, both of which are expected to benefit tens of thousands of Indian professionals impacted by some immigration policies of the outgoing Trump administration.

FGN58 US-BIDEN-DOGS POTUS-elect Biden to bring ‘DOTUS - Dogs of the United States’, to White House Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill will bring two German Shepherds, including a rescue dog, to live with them in the White House, the first time in four years when pets are heading back to the famous Washington DC address.

FGN54 TRUMP-JERUSALEM-JOB Jerusalem Municipality offers Trump new employment options Jerusalem: With Donald Trump on his way out of the White House, Jerusalem Municipality has urged him 'not to worry' as it may have a number of open positions that he could be eligible to apply for, a media report here said. PTI PMS PMS