New Delhi, Mar 13 (PTI) Following are the top foreign stories at 2000 hours:


Trump sacks Tillerson; appoints CIA chief as new Secretary of State Washington: After a series of public spats, US President Donald Trump fired his beleaguered Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. By Lalit K Jha FGN47 NEPAL-LD CRASH

Death toll in Nepal crash rises to 51, Bangladeshi experts join probe Kathmandu: The toll in Nepal’s worst aviation disaster rose to 51 with the death of two more passengers, as Bangladeshi experts joined the probe amid reports of an apparent confusion between the pilot and air traffic control over the runway.


Bhandari relected as Nepal president

Kathmandu: Nepal’s first woman president Bidya Devi Bhandari was today relected for a second term in office.


Russian spy case: UK ‘encouraged’ by international support London: The UK government today said that it was “encouraged” by the support offered by its international allies over the poisoning of a UK-based Russian spy, even as Russia denied any role in the deadly nerve agent attack. By Aditi Khanna FGN14 US-UK-3RDLD SPY

Russia is irresponsible force of instability in world: Tillerson Washington: Russia is an irresponsible force of instability” in the world, says US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as he slammed Moscow over its alleged involvement in an ‘outrageous’ nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in the UK. By Lalit K Jha FGN26 CHINA-INDIA

Indian envoy meets top CPC official ahead of Sitharaman’s visit Beijing: Indian Ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale held talks with a top official of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) ahead of high-level visits including that of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to Beijing next month. By K J M Varma FGN27 PAK-SAEED-MANIFESTO

JuD chief Saeed’s new political party to launch manifesto Lahore: Milli Muslim League (MML), JuD chief and Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s new political party, says it will launch its manifesto here on March 23, following a Pakistani court’s decision upholding its registration as a political party ahead of polls this year. By M Zulqernain FGN41 PAK-CONTEMPT

Pakistan’s apex court indicts minister in contempt case Islamabad, Mar 13 (PTI) Pakistan’s Supreme court today indicted a minister in a contempt case for making critical speeches against the judicary after the apex court disqualified former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in the Panama Papers scandal. By Sajjad Hussain FGN17 US-LD NKOREA

Trump-Kim meeting only if N Korea fulfils promises: WH Washington: The US makes it clear that the meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would happen only if Pyongyang sticks to the promises over its missiles and nuclear programme. By Lalit K Jha FGN18 SAFRICA-BOB-GUPTAS

Court allows Bank of Baroda to leave S Africa over Gupta links Johannesburg: A top South African court allows Bank of Baroda to close its operations in the country next month, over its links with the controversial India-born Gupta brothers who are facing massive corruption allegations. By Fakir Hassen FGN28 LANKA-OMP

Office on missing persons in Lanka becomes operational Colombo: Sri Lanka operationalises the Office on Missing Persons, an special office set up for determining the status of all persons who went “missing” during the brutal civil war against the LTTE. UZM UZM

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