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FGN93 US-CONGRESS-2NDLDALL BIDEN Trump supporters storm US Capitol; 4 dead in violence before Congress certifies Biden-Harris win Washington: In an unprecedented assault on democracy in the US, thousands of supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building here and clashed with police, resulting in four deaths and interrupting a constitutional process by Congress to affirm the victory of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in the election.

FGN88 CHINA-US-PROTEST-REAX China likens US riots to Hong Kong pro-democracy protests; Netizens say ‘Karma’ Beijing: China on Thursday likened a mob assault on the US Capitol Hill to that of Hong Kong protesters’ attack on the local legislative building in 2019 and questioned the contrasting reactions by the international community and the media, while the Chinese netizens cheered the incident in America with words like 'Karma', 'retribution' and 'deserving'.

FGN76 US-TRUMP-BIDEN Trump pledges 'orderly' transfer of power to Biden on January 20 Washington: Outgoing US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that there will be an 'orderly' transfer of power to Joe Biden on January 20.

FGN68 US-PROTEST-WORLD-3RDLD REAX Disgraceful, distressing, horrible: World leaders denounce violence in US Washington: World leaders and governments expressed shock, disbelief, and horror as unprecedented scenes unfolded in the heart of America after thousands of President Donald Trump's supporters stormed the US Capitol in an attempt to stop a peaceful transition of power.

FGN96 UK-NIRAV Nirav Modi’s lawyers rely on Julian Assange extradition block for his final hearings in UK London: Nirav Modi's lawyer raised a British court's judgment blocking the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US on mental health grounds, as the embattled diamond merchant appeared via videolink before a court here on Thursday for a two-day hearing of final submissions in his fight against being extradited to India.

FGN95 LANKA-JAISHANKAR Jaishankar wraps up visit to Sri Lanka; Indian mission describes his trip as 'huge success' Colombo: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday left for home after wrapping up his three-day visit to Sri Lanka during which he held 'constructive discussions' with the country's top leadership, which was described as a 'huge success'.

FGN89 VIRUS-SAFRICA-LD VACCINE S Africa to get 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines from India Johannesburg: South Africa will receive one million COVID-19 vaccines from the Pune-based Serum Institute of India this month, followed by an additional 500,000 doses in February, the health minister told Parliament on Thursday, amid a spike in coronavirus deaths and infections in the country.

FGN94 US-BIDEN-2NDLD AG Biden picks Indian-American Vanita Gupta as associate attorney general Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday nominated Indian-American Vanita Gupta to be the associate attorney general and roped in Judge Merrick Garland for the position of attorney general.

FGN91 UK-LD VACCINE Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine expands to General Practice services in UK London: Supplies of the Oxford University vaccine produced by AstraZeneca began expanding to General Practice (GP) led services in the UK from Thursday to make it easier to protect care home residents and other vulnerable people against COVID-19, the British government said.

FGN92 PAK-ROCKET-LD TEST Pakistan successfully test fires indigenously developed rocket system Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday successfully conducted the test-flight of an indigenously developed Guided Multi Launch Rocket System, capable of precisely delivering conventional warheads deep into 'enemy territory.' PTI PMS PMS