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Following are the top foreign stories at 1715 hours

·2-min read

FGN29: NEPAL-LD POLITICS Kathmandu: Main Opposition party, the Nepali Congress, has decided to stake a claim for the prime minister's post and is engaged in hectic parleys with other parties to conclude a deal ahead of Thursday's deadline issued by the President to political parties to form a new government as the one headed by K P Sharma Oli lost a crucial trust vote.

FGN28: CHINA-BANGLA-QUAD Beijing: China on Wednesday accused the Quad of being an “exclusive clique” against Beijing as it defended its Bangladesh Ambassador's warning to Dhaka against joining the US-led alliance, saying the envoy has made the country's position 'clear' on the issue.

FGN18: VIRUS-US-FAUCI-LD INDIA Washington: India made the 'incorrect assumption' that it was finished with the COVID-19 pandemic and opened up prematurely that has left the country in such 'dire straits', America's top infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci has told senators.

FGN10: UN-INDIA-ISRAEL-HAMAS United Nations: Amid escalating tensions between Israel and Palestinian militants, India has expressed deep concern at clashes and violence in Jerusalem’s Temple Mount as well as over evictions in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighbourhoods and called on both sides to avoid changing the status-quo on the ground.

FGN9: UN-INDIA-ISIS United Nations: India has told the UN Security Council that the Islamic State is not just another regional terrorist outfit but a global syndicate with affiliated groups across the world, including in the country's neighbourhood.

FGN6: US-INDIA-5G Washington: India’s recent decision authorising 5G trials without Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE is a sovereign one, a top State Department official has said, asserting that America is deeply concerned about the dangers of installing networks with equipment that can be manipulated, disrupted or potentially controlled by China.

FGN5: US-CHINA-BANGLA-QUAD Washington: The US has taken note of a Chinese diplomat’s statement warning Bangladesh against joining the Quad, the informal grouping of Australia, India, Japan and America to coordinate in the Indo-Pacific region, a top State Department official has said.

FGN3: ISRAEL-GAZA-MILITANTS-INDIAN Jerusalem: A 30-year-old Indian woman in Israel has been killed in a rocket attack by Palestinian militants from Gaza, according to officials.

FGN8: VIRUS-US-INDIA-LD AID Washington: The US is working closely with India on its continued and emerging needs during the unprecedented second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a top State Department official has said. PTI SCY