Following are the top foreign stories at 2020 hours

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FGN27: US-CHINA-LD BIDEN Washington/Beijing: Describing an 'aggressive' China as the 'most serious competitor' to the US, President Joe Biden has said that his administration will take on the challenges posed by Beijing directly, but will not hesitate to work with it when it is in America's interest to do so.

FGN32: UK-NIRAV London: Wanted diamond merchant Nirav Modi appeared via videolink from his London prison for a regular call-over hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday, when he was further remanded in custody until February 25 when the judgment in his extradition case is to be handed down.

FGN23: UK-SANJAY BHANDARI London: A UK court presiding over the extradition case of Sanjay Bhandari, an accused arms dealer and “proclaimed offender” wanted in India on money laundering charges, extended his bail until April 9 at a case management hearing in London on Friday.

FGN30: PAK-BLAST Quetta: At least 16 people, including two children, were injured when unknown miscreants lobbed a hand grenade at a busy market area in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province on Friday, according to media reports.

FGN19: US-INDIA-PROFESSIONALS-ENVOY Washington: Observing that people-to-people contacts and growing business linkages, especially in the technology and innovation sectors, are important aspects of expanding India-US strategic partnership, New Delhi’s top diplomat here has exuded confidence that Indian professionals will continue to be welcomed in America.

FGN18: UN-INDIA-MYANMAR-COUP United Nations: India engaged constructively and acted as an 'important bridge' during deliberations over the UN Security Council’s statement on the situation in Myanmar, ensuring it strongly underlined the importance of the democratic process and transition while not being 'condemnatory' in nature, sources said.

FGN15: US-H1B Washington: The Biden administration has announced that it is delaying the H-1B policy of the previous Trump administration on allocation of the popular foreign work visas by continuing with the lottery system until December 31, 2021, to give the immigration agency more time to develop, test and implement the modifications to the registration system.

FGN17: US-BIDEN-LD WORLD Washington: Declaring that 'America is back,' President Joe Biden has said that his administration will 'repair' the country's strained relations with its allies during the previous Trump administration and engage with the world once again.

FGN16: US-HARRIS-PORTRAIT Washington: Celebrating Kamala Harris as America's first woman vice president, a unique glass portrait in her honour has been unveiled in front of the historic Lincoln Memorial here.

FGN10: US-MUMBAI-RANA-EXTRADITION Washington: Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana, a key accused in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, has opposed his extradition to India, arguing that he has previously been acquitted of the offences for which his extradition is sought.

FGN9: US-LD TRUMP Washington: House impeachment managers asked former US president Donald Trump on Thursday to testify during the Senate impeachment trial about his conduct on January 6. The move was immediately described as a 'public relations stunt' by his lawyers. PTI SCY