Following are the top foreign stories at 2030 hours

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FGN15 US-BIDEN-CHINA China will have to play by rules; US to rejoin WHO: Biden Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden has said that he wants to make sure that China plays by the rules and announced that his administration will rejoin the World Health Organisation.

FGN37 UK-PATEL UK PM Johnson backs Priti Patel as minister despite bullying claims London, Nov 20 (PTI) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday backed his Cabinet minister Priti Patel, despite a Cabinet Office inquiry into allegations of bullying concluding that she had breached the Ministerial Code, albeit “unintentionally”.

FGN38 UK-INDIAN-PEER-RESIGNATION Indian-origin peer Lord Meghnad Desai resigns from Labour Party over racism London: Indian-origin economist, author and peer Lord Meghnad Desai has resigned as a member of the UK's Opposition Labour Party over its failure to effectively tackle antisemitic racism within its ranks.

FGN14 UK-BOOKER-LD WINNER Douglas Stuart’s 'Shuggie Bain' wins 2020 Booker Prize, Indian-origin Avni Doshi misses out London: New York-based Scottish writer Douglas Stuart has won the prestigious 50,000-pound Booker Prize for his autobiographical debut novel 'Shuggie Bain', a coming of age tale of love and alcoholism set in 1980s Glasgow and 'destined to be a classic', beating Indian-origin author Avni Doshi's 'Burnt Sugar'.

FGN23 US-H1B-LAWSUIT Lawsuit now covers H-1B petitions for market research analyst positions filed by US businesses Washington: A federal judge has granted class certification in a lawsuit challenging the alleged pattern and practice of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services arbitrarily denying H-1B non-immigrant employment-based petitions for market research analyst positions filed by businesses in this country.

FGN31 PAK-CRASH-PROBE PIA engineers blamed for 2016 crash in probe report Islamabad: Nearly four years after a Pakistan International Airlines’ flight crashed in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, killing 47 people, a probe report has said that the aircraft had three “technical anomalies” for which the airline’s engineers were responsible, according to a media report.

FGN30 PAK-TECH-REGULATION Draconian' data regulations will make operations difficult in Pakistan: Tech firms to govt Islamabad: Global technology companies have told the Pakistan government that its 'draconian' data regulations would make it extremely difficult for them to continue their operations, two days after the IT ministry notified rules to define how social media will be governed in the country, according to a media report on Friday.

FGN27 PAK-HINDU-TEMPLE Ancient Hindu temple discovered in northwest Pakistan Peshawar: A Hindu temple, believed to have been constructed 1,300 years ago, has been discovered by Pakistani and Italian archaeological experts at a mountain in northwest Pakistan's Swat district.

FGN19 INDIAN-SELFIES-STUDY Indians emerging as prolific users of filters in selfies: study Washington: The use of filters to enhance selfies is widespread in India and the US, according to a global study conducted by Google which says selfie-taking and sharing is such a big part of Indian women's lives that it affects their behaviour and household economics.

FGN11 TRUMP-INDIAN-AMERICANS Trump gains ground among Indian-Americans, Asian Pacific Americans: campaign officials Washington: Indian-Americans supported Donald Trump in large numbers in the US election, especially in the battleground states than they did four years ago, the president's supporters have said, with his party claiming that the Democrats have lost ground to the Republicans when it comes to Asian Pacific Americans.

FGN8 US-ELECTION-LD GEORGIA Biden wins Republican stronghold Georgia Washington: President-elect Joe Biden has won the Republican stronghold of Georgia, a top state official said after a manual recount, becoming the first Democrat to have won the key battleground state since 1992.

FGN4 US-LD BIDEN Trump sending damaging message to the world by not conceding election results: Biden Washington: US President Donald Trump is sending an incredibly damaging message to the international community by not conceding the election results, President-elect Joe Biden said on Thursday.

FGN5 VIRUS-US-BIDEN Biden rules out national shutdown, insists on national mask mandate to combat COVID-19 Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday ruled out a nationwide shutdown to fight COVID-19, but insisted on a national mask mandate as part of the efforts to prevent the spread of the deadly virus which has so far taken the lives of 2,50,000 Americans. PTI NSA