Following are the top foreign stories at 1700 hours

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FGN17 ISRAEL-5THLD STAMPEDE 44 killed in stampede at Jewish religious festival in Israel Jerusalem: In one of the worst peacetime tragedies in Israel, at least 44 people were crushed to death and about 150 others injured in a stampede overnight at an overcrowded Jewish religious gathering in the country's north attended by tens of thousands of people flouting the coronavirus-related restrictions. By Harinder Mishra FGN4 US-INDIA-BIDEN ADMIN India-US relationship intensified in first 100 days of Biden administration: State Dept official Washington: The relationship between India and the United States has intensified in the first 100 days of the Biden administration, a State Department official said here. By Lalit K Jha VIRUS-UN-INDIA UN stands ready to step up support to India: UN chief Guterres on 'horrific' COVID outbreak United Nations: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said the world organisation stands ready to step up its support to India to combat the “horrific” COVID-19 wave in the country that has infected more than 18 million people and killed over 200,000. By Yoshita Singh FGN19 VIRUS-US-INDIA-OXYGEN Biden administration working to expand oxygen supply chain in India: USAID official Washington: The Biden administration is working to expand the oxygen supply chain in India to save lives and wage a successful battle against what has now become one of the worst outbreaks of the COVID-19 pandemic in the world, a USAID official has said. By Lalit K Jha FGN25 UK-PM-MOBILE-NUMBER Boris Johnson’s mobile number available openly for 15 years: Reports London: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has had the same mobile phone number for 15 years and it has been freely available since it was published in a press release in 2006, several UK media reports claimed on Friday. By Aditi Khanna FGN3 US-INDIA-VIRUS US hopes its COVID-19 assistance has catalytic effect on countries to come to India's aid Washington: The United States hopes its massive COVID-19 assistance to India has a catalytic effect on society and around the world to come to the country's aid as it fights a severe outbreak of COVID-19, officials said here. By Lalit K Jha FGN 16 ISRAEL-STAMPEDE-SURVIVORS Survivors recount horror, panic as stampede kills atleast 40 in Israel Jerusalem: Survivors of a tragic stampede at a Jewish festival in northern Israel on Friday recounted their horror and panic as they were crushed and trapped along with the dead bodies, gasping for breath and waiting for help, according to media reports.

FGN22 VIRUS-JAPAN-INDIA Japan to provide oxygen concentrators, ventilators to 'friend and partner' India to combat COVID Tokyo: Japan on Friday announced to provide 300 oxygen concentrators and as many ventilators to India as it stands with its 'friend and partner' in its efforts to combat the unprecedented surge in the coronavirus cases.

FGN5 US-INDIA-AID Sewa International sends 2,184 oxygen concentrators to India Houston/Washington: Houston-based Indian-American non-profit body Sewa International, which has raised nearly USD8 million towards COVID-19 relief efforts in India, has dispatched the first batch of 2,184 oxygen concentrators from Atlanta. By Seema Hakhu Kachru. PTI MRJ