Following are the top foreign stories at 1700 hours

    New Delhi, Nov 9 (PTI): Following are the top foreign stories at 1700 hours

    US Vice President Pence to meet PM Modi next week: White House
    Washington: US Vice President Mike Pence would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his four-nation trip next week, during which he will also attend the US-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit in Singapore, the White House has said. By Lalit K Jha
    Trump wants H-1B visas in more highly-skilled as opposed to outsourcing roles: White House
    Washington: The Donald Trump administration wants to make changes in the existing H-1B provisions for it to play a better role in attracting highly skilled foreign workers as opposed to the what it has now evolved into an "outsourcing" role, the White House said Thursday. By Lalit K Jha

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    Will take public opinion on H-4 visa revocation proposal: Trump administration
    Washington: The Trump administration has assured lawmakers and the American corporate sector that the public would get an opportunity to respond to its proposal of revoking work authorisation to H-4 spouse visas after they raised their concerns over the move, which will impact thousands of Indians. By Lalit K Jha
    Russia hosts Af meeting to create 'favourable conditions for direct talks' with Taliban
    Moscow: Russia on Friday hosted a conference on Afghanistan to create "favourable conditions for the start of direct talks" with the Taliban whose representatives were present at the high-profile meeting which was attended by India for the first time.
    Deadly Melbourne knife attack 'act of terror': Police
    Melbourne: A man set a car on fire and stabbed three people, killing one of them, before being fatally shot in central Melbourne, in an attack described by the Australian police as an "act of terror." By Natasha Chaku
    2,714 people killed in 409 US drone attacks in Pakistan since January 2004: Report
    Islamabad: The US has carried out a total of 409 drone attacks in Pakistan targeting suspected militants since January 2004, killing 2,714 people and injuring 728 others, a media report said on Friday. By Sajjad Hussain

    Pichai announces revamped sexual harassment policies at Google after global walkout by staff
    San Francisco: Google CEO Sundar Pichai has promised changes to the tech giant's sexual harassment policies, a week after thousands of its employees across the world, including in India, walked out in protest against the company reportedly shielding some top executives accused of sexual misconduct.
    No snap election, no referendum to end political crisis in Lanka: President's aide
    Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena has decided that there will be no snap elections or a national referendum to end the current political and constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka, according to his close aide.
    Trump administration blocks asylum claims by those crossing US southern border illegally
    Washington: In another controversial move, the Trump administration has decided to restrict the entry of illegal migrants who cross the southern border with Mexico to seek asylum in the US. By Lalit K Jha
    US court halts construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline
    Washington: A federal judge on Thursday halted construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, arguing that President Donald Trump's administration had failed to adequately explain why it had lifted a ban on the project. (AFP)