Following are the top foreign stories at 2000 hours

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FGN21 US-LD ELECTION No winner yet; vote counting continues in tense US presidential race Washington: Republican US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden have both claimed to be ahead in the closely fought presidential election, even as the final outcome hinged on a handful of states on Thursday where a flood of mail-in ballots triggered by the raging coronavirus pandemic remained to be counted.

FGN31 NEPAL-NARAVANE-HONOUR Gen Naravane conferred the honorary rank of General of Nepali Army by President Bhandari Kathmandu: Indian Army chief General M M Naravane was conferred the honorary rank of General of the Nepali Army by President Bidya Devi Bhandari at a special ceremony here on Thursday, a decades old tradition that reflects the strong ties between the two militaries.

FGN13 US-BIDEN-VOTES Biden wins more votes than any other presidential candidate in US history: Report New York: Democratic nominee Joe Biden has won more votes than any other presidential candidate in the US history, shattering a record set by former President Barack Obama, according to a media report. By Yoshita Singh FGN22 UK-CLIMATE-INDIA UK invites PM Modi to Climate Ambition Summit London/New Delhi: The UK has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Climate Ambition Summit scheduled next month, according to a British government statement on Thursday.

FGN23 UK-SHRINGLA-EXTRADITION India seeks expeditious extradition of Mallya, Nirav Modi from UK London: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla held talks with British Home Secretary Priti Patel in London during which he strongly underlined India's interest in the expeditious extradition of former Kingfisher Airlines chief Vijay Mallya, who has completed all the legal processes related to extradition from the UK, and fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi. By Aditi Khanna FGN24 NEPAL-INDIA-ARMY CHIEF Army Chief Gen Naravane meets Nepal counterpart,discusses ways to boost cooperation between armies Kathmandu: Indian Army Chief Gen. M M Naravane met his Nepalese counterpart Gen. Purna Chandra Thapa on Thursday and discussed measures to further bolster the existing bond of friendship and cooperation between the two armies. By Shirish B Pradhan FGN3 US-INDIAN-AMERICANS-SENATE Indian-origin candidates lose Senate races in Maine and New Jersey Washington: Indian-origin candidates Rikin Mehta and Sara Gideon have lost their Senate race from New Jersey and Maine respectively, according to projections made by the American media. By Lalit K Jha FGN18 US-ELECTION-MICHIGAN-INDIAN Indian-origin millionaire Thanedar elected to Michigan state legislature in US Houston: Shri Thanedar, an Indian-origin millionaire businessman who ran for Governor two years ago, has been elected to the House of Representatives in Michigan with 93 per cent votes. By Seema Hakhu Kachru FGN16 US-BIDEN-CLIMATE Biden vows to rejoin Paris Climate Agreement Washington: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has pledged that his administration would rejoin the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. By Lalit K Jha FGN7 US-INDIAN AMERICANS Over dozen Indian Americans, including 5 women, win state polls; another 4 re-elected to Congress Washington: More than a dozen Indian Americans, including five women, have won state-level elections, marking a first for the community in many instances. By Lalit K Jha FGN14 US-ELECTION-INDIANS-ADVOCACY Leading advocacy committee applauds 'historic election” of Indian-Americans in 2020 Election New York: A leading Indian-American advocacy and political action committee has applauded the “historic election” of Indian-American candidates in the 2020 US elections, saying voters and candidates from the community demonstrated their burgeoning power and influence across key battleground states. By Yoshita Singh FGN26 CHINA-US-POLLS Wary China hopes for smooth ending to US Presidential poll amid grim forecast of ties Beijing: A wary China on Thursday hoped the presidential poll process in the US would end smoothly and successfully and said that there is a room for cooperation between the two nations despite 'some differences,' as observers forecast heightening of the rivalry between the top two economies no matter whoever emerges victorious. By K J M Varma FGN25 PAK-BLASPHEMY Pakistan National Bank’s manager shot dead by security guard over ‘blasphemy’ Lahore: A senior manager of the state-run National Bank of Pakistan was killed by the bank's security guard over the allegation of “blasphemy” in the country’s Punjab province, the police said on Thursday. By M Zulqernain FGN29 UK-VIRUS-LOCKDOWN UK minister warns of tough fines as England enters second lockdown London: The UK government on Thursday reminded people about the tough fines in place over severe breaches as England entered its second stay-at-home lockdown in order to try and control the rapid spread of COVID-19 infections, expected to last at least until December 2.

FGN30 AUS-ADANI-REBRANDING Australia Adani changes name to Bravus Melbourne: Indian energy giant Adani Group, which has been at the centre of controversy over its Carmichael mine in central Queensland, on Thursday changed the name of its Australian mining division to Bravus Mining and Resources. PTI TEAM NSA