New Delhi, Oct 16 (PTI) Following are the top foreign stories at 2000 hours



China justifies re-education camps in Xinjiang; says it prevented terror attacks Beijing: Amid global criticism, China on Tuesday justified its controversial move to keep thousands of Uygur Muslims in “vocational training institutions” in the volatile Xinjiang region, insisting that its stringent measures have prevented terror attacks in the province in the last 21 months. By K J M Varma FGN23 CHINA-LD GENERALS China’s Communist party expels 2 former generals Beijing: China’s ruling Communist Party expelled two top former Generals, including one who committed suicide following allegations of corruption, and referred the graft case of the second general who served as the People’s Liberation Army chief to a military court for trial, state media reported Tuesday. By K J M Varma FGN26 SAUDI-POMPEO-LD PROBE

Saudis agree need for ‘thorough’ probe into missing writer, US says Riyadh: US top diplomat Mike Pompeo met Tuesday with Saudi King Salman and the crown prince seeking to defuse a crisis over missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, with American officials saying Riyadh had agreed the need for a “thorough” probe. (AFP) FGN24 UK-HATECRIME

Britain records surge in religious hate crime: Home Office data London: Britain has witnessed a surge in the incidents of religious hate crime over the past few years, mostly aimed at Muslims, according to official figures released Tuesday. By Aditi Khanna


Pak court dismisses petition seeking public hanging of serial killer Lahore: A serial killer will be executed inside a jail on Wednesday after a Pakistani court on Tuesday dismissed a petition for his public hanging filed by the father of a seven-year-old girl, who was raped and murdered by the convict. By M Zulqernain FGN17 AUS-LD ISRAEL

Australia considering to shift its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem: PM Melbourne: Prime Minister Scott Morrison Tuesday indicated that he is open to the idea of shifting Australia’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognising the holy city as Israel’s capital. By Natasha Chaku FGN16 CHINA-PAKISTAN-CPEC

China says more projects planned under CPEC Beijing: China said on Tuesday there will be more projects planned under the USD 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor amid the concern over piling up of debt by Pakistan prompting it to approach the IMF for a bailout package. By K J M Varma FGN15 PAK-SHAHBAZ

Court extends Shahbaz’s remand by 14 days in Rs 1,400 cr housing scam Lahore: A Pakistani court on Tuesday extended the remand of PML-N chief and opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif by 14 days in the Rs 1,400 crore housing scam. By M Zulqernain FGN6 US-CHINA-LD MATTIS

US remains highly concerned with continued militarisation of South China Sea: Mattis Washington: The US remains highly concerned with China’s continued militarisation in the disputed South China Sea and its “predatory economic behaviour”, Defence Secretary James Mattis has said. By Lalit K Jha

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