Following are the top foreign stories at 2030 hours

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FGN31 VIRUS-MODERNA-2NDLD VACCINE Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine candidate is 94.5% effective New York: US-based biotechnology giant Moderna announced on Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine has shown to be 94.5 per cent effective in preventing the deadly disease, bringing a glimmer of hope to a world ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic.

FGN32 TRUMP-TWEET-ELECTION President Trump again refuses to acknowledge his defeat to Biden Washington: President Donald Trump on Monday again refused to acknowledge his defeat by Democrat challenger Joe Biden and insisted that he 'won' the November 3 presidential election.

FGN26 CHINA-INDIA-PAK China silent on Pak’s allegations against India on terrorism; calls for effective security for CPEC Beijing: China on Monday evaded a direct response to Pakistan’s allegations that India was behind some of the terror attacks in that country, as Beijing put the onus of providing effective security for the USD 60 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on Islamabad.

FGN34 PAK-GB-2NDLD POLLS Imran Khan's party wins 8 seats in Gilgit-Baltistan polls; Opposition says election 'stolen' Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Monday won eight of 23 constituencies and was leading in one seat in the legislative assembly polls in Gilgit-Baltistan, prompting Opposition parties to dub the election as 'stolen.' FGN21 US-TRUMP-ELECTION-MEDIA Why does ‘fake media’ continuously assume Biden will ascend to Presidency, asks Trump Washington: President Donald Trump has accused the mainstream American media of taking sides and not reflecting on his side of the story, asking as to why does the “Fake News Media” continuously assume that President-elect Joe Biden will ascend to the presidency next January.

FGN29 CHINA-RCEP China terms RCEP as 'milestone of great significance' Beijing: China on Monday termed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement to create the world's biggest free trade bloc as a 'milestone of great significance', while studies showed that the deal is more of a strategic significance to Beijing providing marginal economic impact.

FGN22 VIRUS-UK-3RDLD JOHNSON I feel great, says UK PM Boris Johnson as he remains in COVID-19 self-isolation London: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday said that he feels “great” as he remains in self-isolation at 10 Downing Street here after coming in contact with an MP who later tested positive for COVID-19.

FGN15 US-OBAMA-VOTERS Not just politicians, even voters are divided now: Obama Washington: Former US president Barack Obama has said that not just politicians, even the voters are divided now as the priority is to 'beat the other guy' rather than discussing issues, facts and policies, and the current media environment adds to that greatly.

FGN11 US-OBAMA-TRUMP It is time for Trump to concede: Obama Washington: It's time for US President Donald Trump to concede to President-elect Joe Biden, as there is no scenario to reverse the outcome of the election, his predecessor Barack Obama has said.

FGN13 PAK-FIA-SHAHBAZ Pak's FIA files case against Shahbaz Sharif, PM Khan's friend, others in multi-billion sugar scam Lahore: Pakistan’s top investigative body has registered an FIR against top Opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s friend and three others in a multi-billion sugar scam.

FGN20 VIRUS-US-MURTHY-WINTER COVID-19: Easier to spread indoors than outdoors; winter perfect set-up for contagion: Dr Murthy Washington: It is easier for coronavirus to spread indoors than outdoors as people stay inside their homes during winter which is a perfect set-up for the contagion, according to Dr Vivek Murthy, the top Indian-American advisor to President-elect Joe Biden on COVID-19. PTI PMS PMS