Following are the top foreign stories at 2000 HRS

    India rejects “lies and half-truths” on J&K penned by Pakistani envoy to China
    Beijing: India on Thursday slammed Pakistani Ambassador to China Moin-ul-Haque for his “lies and half-truths” on Jammu and Kashmir, and said terrorists “recruited, trained and armed” by Islamabad have disturbed peace and order in the Union Territory which is an integral part of India.

    Biden, Harris shred Trump’s White House record in first joint appearance as running mates    
     Washington: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden made a maiden public appearance with his running mate Kamala Harris on Wednesday during which the Indian-American shredded Donald Trump’s White House record, saying that the president is not “up to the job.”

    Trump calls Biden’s pick Kamala Harris as ‘very unusual’ and ‘risky’
    Washington: President Donald Trump has said that Indian-origin Senator Kamala Harris is a “very unusual” and “risky” pick as a running mate by Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

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    Trump administration allows certain exemptions in H-1B, L-1 travel ban
    Washington: In a move that could help Indian IT professionals and those working in the healthcare sector, the Trump Administration has announced certain exemptions in H-1B and L-1 travel ban for those continuing employment with the same employer.

    Indian parents plead for return of children from foster care in UK
    London: An Indian couple who won a major UK court appeal recently that prevented their children from losing their Indian citizenship are now appealing for authorities in Britain to allow their two minor children in foster care in Britain to be reunited with their family to live in India.

    Pak court suspends one-year jail sentence of 2 senior JuD leaders
    By M Zulqernain
    Lahore, Aug 13 (PTI) A Pakistani court on Thursday suspended a one-year jail sentence of two senior leaders of the Jamaat-ud-Dawah and close aides of mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack Hafiz Saeed in a terror-financing case.

    UK lowers COVID-19 toll by 5,000 after adopting new official counting methodology
    By Aditi Khanna
    London, Aug 13 (PTI) A new government-approved methodology put in place following an urgent review of England’s COVID-19 death toll, recorded 41,329 deaths from the deadly coronavirus on Thursday – down 5,000 from the previous analysis.
China launches ‘Clean Your Plate Campaign’ to avert food crisis
    Beijing: China has officially launched a new version of “Clean Your Plate Campaign” flagged by Chinese President Xi Jinping, sparking speculation that the world’s most populous country faces food crisis following the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Singapore-developed COVID-19 vaccine injected into first group of volunteers
    Singapore: The first batch of volunteers aged between 21 and 55 in Singapore have received a dose of a potential coronavirus vaccine being developed in the country.
    Major antibody home test study finds 6% of England COVID-19 infected
    By Aditi Khanna
    London, Aug 13 (PTI) An estimated 3.4 million people in England, or around 6 per cent of the population, have contracted coronavirus so far, a new study involving antibody home tests concluded on Thursday.
    Bangla court indicts country’s first Hindu Chief Justice, 10 others in graft case
    Dhaka: A Dhaka court on Thursday indicted Bangladesh’s first Hindu Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha and 10 others on charges of embezzling 40 million taka from a bank, a court official said. PTI PMS

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