Following are the top foreign stories at 1700 hours

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FGN9: UNCTAD-TRADE United Nations: India, China and South Africa have fared 'relatively better' than other major economies in imports and exports in the first quarter of this year, according to the latest UN data which said that global trade recovery from the COVID-19 crisis hit a record high during in the same period.

FGN20: NEPAL-LD QUAKE Kathmandu: A 5.8-magnitute earthquake struck Nepal’s western Lamjung district on Wednesday, injuring at least six persons and damaging dozens of houses, officials said.

FGN12: VIRUS-SINGAPORE-KEJRIWAL-NETIZENS Singapore: Netizens in Singapore have called out Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for claiming that a “very dangerous' strain of the COVID-19 was prevalent in the city state, accusing him of “spreading misinformation” while seeking an apology and recommending a fact checking.

FGN15: ISRAEL-HAMAS-CONFLICT Gaza City: Israeli airstrikes killed at least six people across the Gaza Strip and destroyed the home of a large extended family early on Wednesday.

FGN10: VIRUS-WHO-INDIA-CASES United Nations: India registered a 13 per cent decrease in new COVID-19 cases in the past week but the number of fresh infections was still the highest around the world, the WHO has said. PTI SCY