Following are the top foreign stories at 1700 hours

Gandhi takes jibe at PM Modi, says does not want to tell his 'Mann Ki Baat'
    Dubai: Taking a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday told Indian workers here that he wants to listen to their problems instead of telling his "Mann Ki Baat".

Brother of slain Indian-origin cop supports Prez Trump's plan to bolster border security
    Washington: Reggie Singh, the brother of Indian-origin police officer Ronil "Ron" Singh killed in California and described a "national hero" by Donald Trump, has said his family fully supported the President's efforts to bolster border security so that others do not experience what they have been going through since the tragedy. By Lalit K Jha

US-led coalition says Syria withdrawal has begun
    Beirut: The US-led military coalition in Syria has begun pulling out troops, a spokesman said on Friday without elaborating on locations or timetables. (AFP)
Trump tours border, repeats threat to declare national emergency
    Washington: US President Donald Trump on Friday appeared to be inching closer to imposing a national emergency that could allow him to bypass Congress to fund a controversial wall along the US-Mexico border that has led to a bitter political impasse and a 21-day government shutdown. By Lalit K Jha

Myanmar Reuters journalists lose appeal against 7-year sentence
    Yangon: Two Reuters journalists jailed for seven years while investigating atrocities committed against the Rohingya in Myanmar had their appeal dismissed Friday, dismaying colleagues and tearful family members who had held slim hopes they would walk free. (AFP)

Ghosn hit with more charges, release unlikely
    Tokyo: Tokyo prosecutors on Friday filed two new charges of financial misconduct against former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, meaning the auto tycoon is unlikely to be leaving his jail cell soon. (AFP)

Thai police: Canada, Australia willing to accept Saudi woman
    Bangkok: Several countries including Canada and Australia are in talks with the UN refugee agency to accept a Saudi asylum seeker who fled alleged abuse from her family, Thai police said Friday. (AP) MRJ