Following are the top foreign stories at 1700 hours

·2-min read

FGN15: BANGLA-ISRAEL-TRAVEL Dhaka/Jerusalem: Bangladesh has announced to lift a decades-long travel ban to Israel, a move welcomed by the Jewish state which called upon Dhaka to establish diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv for the benefit of the people of the two countries.

FGN16: CHINA-MARATHON-2NDLD TRAGEDY Beijing: Twenty-one ultra-marathon runners were killed in northwest China after high winds and freezing rain struck a 100-kilometre mountain race at the weekend.

FGN11: BANGLA-JOURNALIST Dhaka: A Bangladeshi court on Sunday granted interim bail to a senior woman investigative journalist who was arrested on charges of violating a colonial-era official secrecy law that triggered widespread protests, including by the UN.

FGN6: VIRUS-US-DIASPORA-MADAD New York: As the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic batters rural India, a voluntary group of doctors and professionals from the diaspora in the US and from India has launched a unique initiative that will provide virtual time-sensitive information to healthcare workers in rural areas on treating COVID-19 patients, real-time details on hospital bed availability and counter vaccine misinformation.

FGN14: NEPAL-POLITICS Kathmandu: Authorities in Nepal on Sunday tightened security around the Supreme Court building and government offices here as top leaders of the Opposition alliance prepared to file a writ petition at the apex court against the 'unconstitutional' dissolution of the House of Representatives by the President, according to a media report.

FGN13: UK-VISA London: UK Home Secretary Priti Patel is set to unveil a new US-style digital visa regime at the country’s borders in order to measure immigration levels in and out of the country, according to UK media reports on Sunday.

FGN12: NEPAL-EC-OLI Kathmandu: Nepal's Election Commission has advised the government led by embattled Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli to conduct the mid-term elections slated for November 12 and 19 in a single phase to prevent the further spread of coronavirus infections during electioneering.

FGN10: VIRUS-UK-VACCINES-VARIANT London: A new study by health officials in England shows for the first time that two doses of COVID-19 vaccines are “highly effective” against the B1.617.2 variant first identified in India.

FGN4: VIRUS-UN-GUTERRES United Nations: Recent surges of COVID-19 in India, South America and other regions have left people “literally gasping for breath before our eyes”, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said, warning that the pandemic is still “very much with us, thriving and mutating'. PTI SCY

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting