Following are the top foreign stories at 1700 hours

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FGN13 US-INDIA-RANA-EXTRADITION 26/11: Biden admin proposes US court to extradite Rana to India Washington: The Biden administration has urged a federal court in Los Angeles to extradite Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana to India where he is sought for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. By Lalit K Jha FGN12 US-LAWMAKERS-CLIMATE-BILL Democrats to introduce bill to impose tax on imports from countries without climate laws Washington: Two influential Democratic lawmakers are proposing to introduce bicameral legislation to impose a tax on imports from countries like China and many others who are not taking significant steps to address the challenge posed by climate change. By Lalit K Jha FGN11 US-VIRUS-WORLD BANK Over USD 157 billion deployed in last 15 months to fight Covid pandemic: World Bank Washington: In its largest-ever crisis response, the World Bank has deployed over USD 157 billion to fight the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health, economic and social fronts over the last 15 months. By Lalit K Jha FGN17 US-INDIA-TRAVEL- LD ADVISORY US eases travel recommendations on India as COVID-19 cases fall Washington: The US has lowered its travel advisory for India from the highest Level 4, meaning no travel, to Level 3, which urges citizens to reconsider it, amidst a drop in the number of COVID-19 deaths and infections in the country. By Lalit K Jha FGN10 US-INDIA-PENTAGON MH-60R helicopters and P8 Poseidon to enhance interoperability between Indian, US navies: Pentagon Washington: India receiving two MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopters from the US Navy and the 10th P-8 Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft will strengthen cooperation and interoperability between the navies of the two countries, the Pentagon said. By Lalit K Jha FGN15 US-CHINA-CYBER-ATTACKS US' China strategy in partnership with its friends, allies: White House Washington: The Biden administration's China strategy is in partnership with the US' friends and key allies, the White House has said as several nations led by America accused Beijing of 'malicious' cyber activities that are impacting a number of countries. By Lalit K Jha FGN36 SA-ZUMA-TRIAL Jacob Zuma's corruption trial to resume on August 10 as judge postpones virtual hearing Johannesburg: Former South African president Jacob Zuma’s long-running corruption trial has been postponed to August 10 as a high court on Tuesday granted his request for a delay in the case. By Fakir Hassen FGN35 PAK-AFGHAN-ABDUCTION-PROBE Pak minister says Afghan envoy’s daughter wasn’t kidnapped; urges her to join probe Islamabad: Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid on Tuesday reiterated the police’s claim that the daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador was not kidnapped even as he urged her to come forward and join the probe, in a case that has further soured relations between the two neighbours. By Sajjad Hussain FGN22 US-FATF-LD PAK US asks Pakistan to keep working with FATF to 'swiftly complete' its 27-point action plan Washington: The US has urged Pakistan to continue working with the FATF to 'swiftly complete' its 27-point action plan by demonstrating that terrorism financing probes and prosecutions target senior leaders and commanders of the UN-designated terror groups. By Lalit K Jha FGN26 UK-JOHNSON-AIDE-ALLEGATIONS UK PM’s ex-aide says Johnson was reluctant to tighten curbs as people dying were ‘over 80’ London: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s former top aide Dominic Cummings, who had an unceremonious exit from Downing Street last year, has claimed that his ex-boss was reluctant to tighten restrictions as COVID-19 cases rose last September because he thought people dying were 'essentially all over 80'. By Aditi Khanna FGN27 UK-HARRY-MEMOIR Prince Harry’s ‘accurate, truthful' memoir to be released in 2022 London: Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, has said he is writing a tell-all memoir, to be released towards the end of next year, that will offer an “accurate and wholly truthful” account of his life. By Aditi Khanna RUP RUP

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