New Delhi, Nov 9 (PTI): Following are the top foreign stories at 2000 hours
PM Modi to attend RCEP, ASEAN summits in Singapore next week
Singapore: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the Regional Economic Cooperation Partnership meeting and the ASEAN summit here next week and hold talks with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and other leaders. By Gurdip Singh
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
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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
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
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Afghan leaders, Taliban attend peace talks in Moscow; India participates at "non-official level"
Moscow: Russia on Friday said no one should play "geopolitical games" in Afghanistan as Moscow hosted a major conference to create "favourable conditions" for the start of direct peace talks with the Taliban whose representatives were present at the meeting which was attended by India for the first time.
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One knifed to death in Melbourne terror attack, IS claims responsibility
Melbourne: A Somali-origin man set a car on fire and stabbed three people, killing one of them, before being fatally shot in the Australian city of Melbourne, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State terror group to target foreigners. By Natasha Chaku
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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
China clinches multi-billion-dollar strategic port deal with Myanmar
Beijing: China has clinched a multi-billion-dollar deal to build a port at a strategic town along the coast of the Bay of Bengal in Myanmar, its third project in India's neighbourhood after Sri Lanka and Pakistan. By K J M Varma
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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.
Lanka crisis: Rajapaksa short of 'magic number' to prove premiership, says spokesperson
Colombo: Sri Lankan strongman and former president Mahinda Rajapaksa remains short of the 'magic number' 113 required to prove his majority in Parliament, his spokesman acknowledged Friday, days ahead of the floor test in the House.
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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
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Brent oil slides under USD 70
London: Brent crude oil sank Friday to a seven-month low under USD 70 on surging US energy stockpiles ahead of a weekend meeting of major oil producing nations. (AFP)
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Boeing jet crash-lands at Guyana airport, six injured: Minister
Georgetown: A Boeing jetliner carrying 126 people crash-landed at the airport in Guyana's capital Georgetown on Friday, injuring six people, the transport minister said. (AFP)
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)