New Delhi, Jan 12 (PTI) Following are the top foreign stories at 2000 hours



Intolerance, anger reign supreme in India: Rahul Dubai: Congress President Rahul Gandhi said here Saturday that India has witnessed a great deal of intolerance and anger in the last four and a half years which stemmed from the “mentality of the people in power”.


Trump attaches great importance to US-India ties: New Indian envoy Washington: President Donald Trump attaches great importance to the US-India ties, India’s new Ambassador to America Harsh Vardhan Shringla said.


FBI opened probe into whether Trump working for Russians: NYT Washington: The FBI has opened an inquiry into whether Donald Trump was working for Russians in the days after the American President fired James B Comey in 2017 as the top investigative agency’s director, according to a report. By Lalit K Jha FGN3 US-PAK-HOUSE

Bill to terminate Pak designation as major non-NATO ally introduced in Congress Washington: An influential US lawmaker has introduced a legislation in Congress to terminate the designation of Pakistan as a major non-NATO ally. By Lalit K Jha


Pak not approaching IMF for new bailout programme, considers alternative options: Finance Minister Karachi: Pakistan will not approach the IMF for a new bailout package and is considering alternative options to tide over its economic crisis, Finance Minister Asad Umar said Saturday.


Implementing orderly withdrawal of US troops from Syria with no arbitrary timeline: Pentagon Washington: The US is implementing an orderly withdrawal of its troops from Syria based on operational conditions on the ground, including talks with its allies, and with no arbitrary timeline, the Pentagon has said. By Lalit K Jha


Tulsi Gabbard announces 2020 presidential run to take on Trump Washington: Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu elected to US Congress and a four-time Democratic lawmaker, has said she will run for President in 2020, becoming the latest member of her party to challenge Republican President Donald Trump. By Lalit K Jha FGN8 US-SHUTDOWN-LONGEST

Government shutdown becomes longest in US history Washington: The US government shutdown that has left 800,000 federal employees without salaries as a result of President Donald Trump’s row with Democrats over building a Mexico border wall entered a record 22nd day Saturday.(AFP) FGN22 FRANCE-4THLD EXPLOSION

Two firefighters killed as gas leak explosion rocks central Paris Paris: A powerful explosion tore through a building in central Paris on Saturday, killing two firefighters, injuring dozens of people and causing extensive damage to nearby buildings, officials said.(AFP) FGN23 POLAND-CHINA-HUAWEI

China’s Huawei ‘fires’ employee arrested in Poland Beijing: Chinese telecom giant Huawei has fired a Chinese employee who was arrested in Poland over espionage allegations, saying he had harmed the company’s global reputation, a state-run newspaper said Saturday. (AFP) RUP

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