Following are the top foreign stories at 1700 hours

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FGN19: SINOINDIA-PUTIN St Petersburg (Russia): Asserting that both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping are 'responsible' leaders, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday said they both are capable of solving issues between the two countries, and that it was important that no 'extra-regional power' should interfere in the process.

FGN3: UN-QAEDA-ZAWAHIRI United Nations: A significant part of the Al-Qaeda leadership resides in the Afghanistan and Pakistan border region, including the group’s elusive leader Aiman al-Zawahiri, who is “probably alive but too frail to be featured in propaganda,” according to a United Nations report.

FGN12: PAK-LD FATF Islamabad: The Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering has retained Pakistan on 'enhanced follow-up' status for outstanding requirements, and Islamabad will continue to report back to it on the country's progress to strengthen its implementation of anti-money laundering and combating financing terror measures, according to a media report on Saturday.

FGN2: US-TB-AID Washington: The United States on Friday announced a USD 57 million aid for efforts against tuberculosis in seven high-burden countries, including India.

FGN10: WHO-VACCINE-DISTRIBUTION United Nations: Of the two billion COVID-19 vaccine doses distributed globally till now, about 60 per cent have gone to just three countries - the US, India and China, a senior adviser at the World Health Organisation said.

FGN22: VIRUS-UN-INDIA-VACCINES United Nations: The 200,000 COVID-19 vaccines gifted by India for all UN peacekeepers are “already being put to use” and a number of these Blue Helmets have already been vaccinated, spokesperson for UN chief Antonio Guterres has said.

FGN23: VIRUS-UK London: The UK government on Saturday said it is considering “options” around a planned end to lockdown on June 21 after the country recorded the highest number of daily COVID-19 cases in just over two months. PTI SCY