Following are the top foreign stories at 2000 hours

FGN29 CHINA-VIRUS-LD INDIANS India prepares to evacuate its citizens from virus-hit Wuhan on Friday Beijing: India was preparing to evacuate its citizens on Friday from China's Wuhan city, the epicentre of the deadly coronavirus that has killed 170 people, infected 7,711 others and spread to at least 17 countries. By K J M Varma FGN36 PAK-VIRUS-CHINA Pak not to evacuate its citizens from virus-hit Wuhan to show 'solidarity' with China: official Islamabad: Pakistan government has decided not to evacuate its citizens from the coronavirus-hit Wuhan city to show 'solidarity' with its all-weather ally, a senior official announced on Thursday though four Pakistani nationals have contracted the deadly disease in China.

FGN33 NEPAL-INDIANS 4 Indians die of suffocation in Nepal Kathmandu: Four Indian nationals, including two children, belonging to the same family died of suffocation after they were crushed beneath a pile of gunny sacks in Nepal, the second tragedy to strike Indians in the Himalayan nations this month.

FGN38 PAK-SHARIF Wary Pak authorities seek medical reports from ex-pm Sharif over bail extension application Lahore: Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who is in London on bail on medical grounds, has been given three days by the Punjab government to submit the required reports as it deliberates on his application seeking an extension of his stay abroad.

FGN37 PAK-CHRISTIANS Pak's anti-terrorism court acquits over 80 Christians in lynching cases Lahore: An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has acquitted over 80 Christians after the complainant entered into a compromise with the accused who were allegedly involved in lynching of two Muslim men and vandalism following a suicide attack on twin churches in Lahore in 2015. By M Zulqernain FGN23 UK-LD NIRAV MODI PNB fraud case: Nirav Modi remanded until February 27 London: Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, fighting extradition to India on charges over the nearly USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case, was produced for a regular remand hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on Thursday and further remanded in custody until February 27. By Aditi Khanna FGN19 NZ-VOLCANO-INDIANS Indian-American couple killed in volcanic eruption in New Zealand, 3 children orphaned Wellington: An Indian-American businessman has become the latest victim of a massive volcanic eruption in New Zealand after he succumbed to his burn injuries, over a month after his wife died in the same tragedy, leaving their three children orphaned.

FGN18 EU-CAA-2NDLD VOTE European Parliament debates anti-CAA motion; vote delayed till March London: The European Parliament has postponed until March a vote on a joint motion, combining five different resolutions tabled by its members against India's Citizenship Amendment Act, which was debated at its Plenary session in Brussels. By Aditi Khanna FGN15 LANKA-ATTACK-LD SUSPECTS Easter attack: Lanka court extends remand of 61 NTJ terrorists till Feb 12 Colombo: The remand of 61 Islamic extremists, arrested in connection with Sri Lanka's worst attack on Easter Sunday, has been extended till February 12 by a court on Thursday.

FGN14 UN-THAI-INDIAN-LD APPOINTMENT Gita Sabharwal of India appointed UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand United Nations: The UN has appointed India's Gita Sabharwal, who has over two decades of experience in peacebuilding and social policy, as the Resident Coordinator in Thailand. By Yoshita Singh PTI CPS