Following are the top foreign stories at 1700 hours

FGN9 AUS-PM-INDIA-TRAVEL-BAN Australian PM defends ban on citizens returning from India; says it’s in ‘best interests’ Melbourne: Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday defended his government's decision to ban and impose a jail term and a penalty for Australians trying to return from India, saying it is in the country’s “best interests” and to prevent a third wave of infections. By Natasha Chaku FGN11 BANGLA-BOAT-LD COLLISION At least 26 die as speed boat overturns in Bangladesh river Dhaka: An overcrowded speedboat ferrying over 30 passengers and defying the COVID-19 restrictions capsized after hitting a stationary sand-laden cargo vessel in the Padma River on Monday, leaving at least 26 people dead, a senior Bangladesh police officer said. By Anisur Rahman FGN17 UK-G7-TARGETS Girls’ education, women’s employment focus at G7 ministers’ summit in UK London: A commitment of USD 15 billion to help women in developing countries access jobs and global targets to get girls into school will be the UK’s focus for the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers meeting, which begins in London on Monday. Aditi Khanna FGN16 US-BIDEN-OSAMA-ANNIVERSARY Biden recalls raid on bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011; vows to prevent another terror attack on America Washington: The US will never waver in its commitment to prevent another terror attack on the country and to keep the American people safe, President Joe Biden has vowed, as he marked the 10th anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

FGN7 NEPAL-OLI-PARLIAMENT Nepal PM Oli to seek vote of confidence on May 10 Kathmandu: Nepal’s embattled Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli will seek a vote of confidence from Parliament on May 10 in his bid to stay in power. By Shirish B Pradhan FGN1 VIRUS-US-INDIA-BUSINESSMAN-AID Indian-origin billionaire businessman Khosla pledges USD 10 mn for oxygen supply in India Houston: Indian-origin billionaire businessman Vinod Khosla has pledged USD 10 million for supplying medical oxygen to hospitals in India amidst an unprecedented second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. By Seema Hakhu Kachru MRJ