Following are the top foreign stories at 1700 hours

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FGN13: US-BLINKEN-LD CHINA Washington/Beijing: The US will hold China accountable for its abuses of the international system, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said as he spoke to his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi and raised with him the issue of human rights violations in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong.

FGN17: PAK-DILIP-HOUSE Peshawar: The owner of legendary actor Dilip Kumar's ancestral house in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has refused to sell it at a rate fixed by the government, saying he would demand Rs 25 crore for the prime location property which is severely undervalued by the authorities.

FGN16: NEPAL-CHINA-VACCINE Kathmandu: China will provide 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal on a grant basis, officials here said on Saturday, supplying the first batch of vaccine aid for the Himalayan nation.

FGN15: UN-TTP-AFGHAN United Nations: Moderated by Al Qaeda, terror group Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is reported to have overseen a reunification of splinter groups in Afghanistan, a development that was expected to increase the threat in the region, according to a UN report.

FGN10: US-BIDEN-TRUMP-LD BRIEFS Washington: US President Joe Biden has said his predecessor Donald Trump should not be given access to classified intelligence briefings, as is tradition for past presidents, because of his 'erratic behaviour'.

FGN12: UN-MYANMAR-ENVOY United Nations: In a first contact between the UN and Myanmar Army since generals seized power in a bloodless coup, the Secretary General’s special envoy on Myanmar spoke with the country’s deputy military chief and expressed “strong condemnation” of its action and called for the immediate release of all detained leaders.

FGN9: US-SENATOR-H1B Washington: A top Republican Senator has opposed the move of the Biden administration to resort to the traditional lottery system to issue H-1B visas to foreign professionals, saying it is giving Big Tech donors the gift of 'cheap' foreign labour at the expense of American workers.

FGN3: US-MUMBAI-RANA-HEADLEY Washington: There is no indication that India has given up on the extradition of David Coleman Headley, the Mumbai terror attack accused, attorney of his co-accused Tahawwur Hussain Rana has told a US court.

FGN2: US-CHINA-BIDEN Washington: The Biden Administration sees the US as engaged in a strategic competition with China and technology is a central domain of it, the White House has said. PTI SCY