Following are the top foreign stories at 2000 hours

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FGN23 US-INDIA-DEFENCE-LD SALE US approves sale of USD 90 mn worth of military equipment and services to India Washington: The US has approved the sale of USD 90 million worth of military hardware and services to India in support of its fleet of C-130J Super Hercules military transport aircraft. FGN28 PAK-JUD-SENTENCE Lahore: A Pakistani anti-terrorism court has sentenced three more leaders of Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) to 15 years imprisonment each in two more terror financing cases.

FGN36 US-LD CHINA China 'greatest threat' to democracy, freedom since WW-II: Trump's intelligence chief Washington: China is the 'greatest threat' to democracy and freedom since World War II and Beijing was preparing for confrontation with the US and intended to dominate the world 'economically, militarily and technologically', according to America's top intelligence official.

FGN16 US-INDIAN-SURGEON GENERAL Biden taps Indian-American Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General: Media report Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden has tapped his key COVID-19 advisor Dr Vivek Murthy as the next Surgeon General, a role for which he was appointed during the Obama administration and had to leave abruptly during the current Trump administration, according to a media report.

FGN32 UK-AMBEDKAR-HOUSE London council clears Ambedkar House for operation as museum London: Local authorities in north London have formally cleared the operation of Ambedkar House as a museum in honour of the architect of the Indian Constitution after it was approved as a landmark associated with 'one of the founding fathers of modern India' earlier in the year.

FGN34 SAFRICA-ACTIVIST Veteran Indian-origin activist Rashid 'Ram' Salojee passes away in South Africa Johannesburg: Prominent Indian-origin apartheid-era activist Dr Rashid Ahmed Mahmood has died in South Africa. He was 87.

FGN12 US-FACEBOOK-2NDLD LAWSUIT US govt sues Facebook, alleges bias against American workers in favour of H-1B visa holders Washington: The US government has filed a lawsuit against Facebook, accusing the social media giant of 'intentional and widespread' violations of the laws to discriminate against American workers and favour H-1B visa holders.

FGN27 UK-CLIMATE-JOHNSON UK PM sets ‘ambitious’ new emissions cut target for 2030 London: Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday announced an “ambitious” new target to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 68 per cent by 2030 compared to the levels in 1990.

FGN24 VIRUS-UK-VACCINE-FAUCI Anthony Fauci apologises for implying UK ‘rushed’ COVID vaccine approval London: Dr Anthony Fauci, America's top infectious diseases expert, has apologised after his remarks created a bit of a stir here for implying that the UK’s regulator had “rushed” the process when it became the first country to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech for rollout.

FGN26 PAK-BLAST One killed, seven injured in blast in Pakistan's garrison city of Rawalpindi Islamabad: A blast ripped through Pakistan's garrison city of Rawalpindi on Friday, killing at least one person and injuring seven others.

FGN22 VIRUS-PAK-DEBT Cash-strapped Pakistan seeks debt suspension for some nations till COVID crisis gets over Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has requested the international community for debt suspension till the end of the coronavirus pandemic for low-income and most affected countries as well as cancellation of debt of least developed nations, according to a media report on Friday.

FGN19 US-HARRIS-TEAM Kamala Harris chooses all-women team for Chief of Staff, NSA, Domestic Policy Advisor Washington: US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has named her Chief of Staff, Domestic Policy Advisor and National Security Advisor -- an all-women team -- which she said has the experience to hit the ground from day one.

FGN18 US-VISA-DISCRIMINATION 'Bill ending per-country cap for employment-based visas ends discrimination in legal immigration' Washington: The bill passed by the US Senate to eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrant visas, a legislation that will hugely benefit Indian professionals in America, ends a major 'nationality discrimination' in legal immigration, according to a top Senator.

FGN13 CHINA-LUNAR-MISSION China's spacecraft takes off from moon with lunar samples Beijing: A Chinese spacecraft carrying the country's first lunar samples has started its return journey from the moon, according to the country's space authority.

FGN11 US-TRUMP Trump alleges his votes started 'miraculously disappearing' on election night Washington: US President Donald Trump has alleged that his votes started 'miraculously disappearing' on the election night, reiterating his unsubstantiated claims about widespread voter fraud in the presidential polls. FGN7 US-GANDHI-LEGISLATION US House of Representatives passes legislation to promote Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr's legacies Washington: The US House of Representatives has passed a legislation that would establish an exchange initiative between the US and India to study the work and legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. PTI TEAM NSA