Following are the top foreign stories at 2000 hours

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FGN3 US-VACCINE-LD MODERNA Moderna gets emergency use authorisation for its COVID-19 vaccine in US Washington: Moderna has become the second company to get emergency use authorisation for its anti-coronavirus vaccine from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a week after the one developed by Pfizer received a similar approval.

FGN13 US-RANA Extradition case of 26/11 accused Tahawwur Rana to continue till April 22 Washington: The case of extradition of Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana, a key accused in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, to India will continue till April 22, a federal US judge has determined.

FGN19 UK-MALLYA-BANKS Indian banks pursue UK bankruptcy order against Vijay Mallya London: A consortium of Indian banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI) returned to the High Court in London for a bankruptcy application hearing against liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya, as they pursue the recovery of debt from loans paid out to his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines.

FGN18 UK-OXFORD-VACCINE Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine set for clearance by year-end: Report London: The Oxford University vaccine against COVID-19 being produced by AstraZeneca is likely to get regulatory approval from the UK’s independent regulator by the end of this year for a rollout to begin in early 2021, according to a UK media report.

FGN7 BIDEN-WH-PRESS-VEDANT Biden names Indian-American Vedant Patel as Assistant WH Press Secretary Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden has named Indian-American Vedant Patel to be the Assistant Press Secretary as he announced the additional members of the White House Communications and Press Staff.

FGN17 BANGLA-ACCIDENT 12 killed, 6 injured as train hits bus in Bangladesh Dhaka: At least 12 people were killed and six others injured when a train ploughed into a bus at a railway crossing in Bangladesh on Saturday, according to media reports.

FGN16 PAK-IMRAN-ARMY PM Khan says Pak Army is a state institution which works under him Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has asserted that the Army is a state institution which works under him, amidst Opposition's allegations of the powerful military establishment's interference in the country's politics and elections.

FGN15 VIRUS-CHINA-LD VACCINATION China to inoculate frontline workers first with COVID-19 vaccines Beijing: China will begin its COVID-19 inoculation programme by first vaccinating some key priority groups, including those involved in medical treatment and disease control, within the winter-spring period, before starting a mass roll out, the National Health Commission (NHC) said on Saturday.

FGN14 CHINA-MOON-SAMPLES China’s space probe brought 1,731 grams of samples from the moon Beijing: China's Chang'e-5 probe, which successfully returned to earth this week, has retrieved about 1,731 grams of samples from the moon, the country's space agency said on Saturday.

FGN11 US-BIDEN-VACCINE Approval of 2nd COVID-19 vaccine another milestone in US' fight against pandemic: Biden Washington: The approval of the second COVID-19 vaccine is another milestone in the US' fight against the deadly pandemic, President-elect Joe Biden has said, announcing that he would receive the jab publicly on Monday to boost Americans' confidence in the scientific process.

FGN10 UN-COVAX Global partnership COVAX secures two billion COVID-19 vaccine doses United Nations: Global vaccine partnership COVAX has lined up almost two billion doses of existing and candidate COVID-19 vaccines for use worldwide, including 200 million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine through an agreement between the Vaccine Alliance Gavi, the Serum Institute of India and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

FGN9 VIRUS-US-CHINA COVID-19: US accuses China of 'obstructing' WHO probe, 'peddling' questionable vaccines Washington: Urging the international community to demand transparency from China about the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the US has accused Beijing of 'obstructing' a WHO probe into the origin of the deadly virus in the central Chinese city of Wuhan and 'peddling' questionable vaccines one year after the disease broke out. PTI TEAM NSA NSA