New Delhi, Jan 22 (PTI) Following are the top foreign stories at 1700 hours



14 dead as ships with Indian, Turkish crews catch fire off Russia Moscow: Two ships carrying Indian, Turkish and Libyan crew members caught fire in the Kerch Strait separating Crimea from Russia, killing at least 14 sailors, according to media reports.


China reduces army by half; increases size of navy, air force in big way Beijing: China’s military, the world’s largest force, has cut the size of its land-based army by about 50 per cent and significantly boosted its navy and air force as part of an “unprecedented” strategic shift designed to transform the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) into a comprehensive modern force. By K J M Varma FGN16 US-HARRIS-LD INDIANAMERICANS

Kamala Harris’ 2020 US presidential bid excites Indian-Americans Washington: Kamala Harris’ plunge in the US presidential race has thrilled the Indian-American community which considers the first Indian-origin Senator’s “groundbreaking” announcement a “proud moment” and a reflection that Indian-Americans have finally arrived. By Lalit K Jha FGN15 PAK-SHARIF

Nawaz Sharif shifted to hospital from jail Lahore: Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who is serving a seven-year imprisonment in a Lahore jail, was rushed to a hospital on Tuesday after he complained of heart related complications. By M Zulqernain FGN18 CHINA-HUAWEI-US

China warns US, Canada against extradition of Huawei CFO to America Beijing: China on Tuesday warned the US and Canada that it will “take action” against them if they went ahead with the extradition of the CFO of Chinese telecom giant Huawei to America and accused both the countries of “abusing” their extradition treaty. By K J M Varma


At least 65 killed in Taliban attack on Afghan intel base: sources Ghazni: At least 65 people were killed in a Taliban-claimed attack on an Afghan intelligence base, security sources said Tuesday, raising the toll substantially from 12 announced previously. (AFP)

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