Following are the top foreign stories at 2000

FGN14 CHINA-INDIA-COMMANDER Amidst standoff, China appoints new commander for troops overseeing India border Beijing: China has appointed a new Army commander for its Western Theatre Command ground forces responsible for the Sino-India border, ahead of the key talks between senior Indian and Chinese military officials on Saturday to end the border standoff. By K J M Varma FGN12 CHINA-INDIA-TALKS China says committed to properly resolve border standoff with India ahead of key military talks Beijing: China on Friday said that it is committed to properly resolve the “relevant issue” with India ahead of the key talks between senior Indian and Chinese military officials on Saturday to end the border standoff. By K J M Varma FGN11 PAK-CRASH-PROBE-PILOT Pak govt seeks explanation from aviation body on letter about PIA pilot’s conduct prior to crash Islamabad: A peeved Pakistan government has sought an explanation from the country's aviation authority about its letter suggesting that the pilot of the PIA plane which crashed last month in Karachi did not follow the instructions of the air traffic controller for landing, saying such information should be first provided to the inquiry board. By Sajjad Hussain FGN10 VIRUS-LD PAK Pak reports record 4,896 infections, COVID-19 death toll reaches 1,838 Islamabad: Pakistan's coronavirus cases rose to 89,249 on Friday after a record 4,896 new infections were detected in the country, while the death toll due to COVID-19 has reached 1,838, according to the health ministry. By Sajjad Hussain FGN9 US-FLOYD-PROTESTS Thousands of Americans gather across country to remember Floyd after memorial Washington: Thousands of Americans carrying placards reading “black lives matter” and raising slogans such as “no justice, no peace” took to the streets in many US cities, demonstrating peacefully against the killing of unarmed African-American George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25.

FGN23 VIRUS-LD CHINA Beijing further relaxes COVID-19 curbs; Wuhan clears all patients By K J M Varma Beijing/Wuhan: Beijing on Friday decided to lower its COVID-19 emergency response, marking the return of normalcy in China's capital following the coronavirus outbreak, while the central city of Wuhan, the origin point of the pandemic, cleared all its confirmed cases. PTI TEAM NSA