Following are the top foreign stories at 1700 hours

FGN35 US-INDIA-LD CHINA Sino-India border situation 'very tough', US talking to India and China to help them out: Trump Washington: Amidst the 'very tough' standoff at the China-India border, US President Donald Trump has said that his administration is talking to both countries to 'help them' resolve their ongoing tensions. By Lalit K Jha FGN24 SCO-INDIA-NOROV India playing ‘pharmacy of the world’ role during COVID-19 crisis: SCO Secretary-General Beijing: India is playing the role as the “pharmacy of the world” during the COVID-19 pandemic with its vast experience and deep knowledge in medicine, setting the tone for many regional and global initiatives, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Secretary-General Vladimir Norov has said. By K J M Varma FGN16 VIRUS-TRUMP-CHINA Trump again blames China for COVID-19, terms it ‘Kung flu’ Washington: US President Donald Trump has once again blamed China for the global spread of the deadly coronavirus which has killed over 450,000 people and infected more than 8.5 million others, terming the disease as “Kung flu”.

FGN 11 US-MUMBAI-RANA Releasing Rana on bail will strain ties with India: US attorney Washington: Describing 26/11 convict Tahawwur Rana, a Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman as a flight risk, the US has opposed his release on bail, arguing that if he were to flee to Canada, he may escape the possibility of a death sentence in India.

FGN20 CHINA-YOGA-DAY China observes International Yoga Day with low-key events due to COVID-19, standoff with India Beijing: The International Yoga Day was celebrated in China on Sunday with low-key events owing to the coronavirus pandemic and the military standoff at the Line of Actual Control.

FGN32 UK-3RDLD STABBINGS UK park stabbings that killed 3 declared terrorist attack London: UK counter-terrorism officers on Sunday declared a stabbing rampage by a Libyan-origin man in a park in the English town of Reading that left three people dead as a terrorist attack.

FGN30 VIRUS-CHINA Beijing tests millions for COVID-19, PepsiCo suspends ops after workers test positive Beijing: Food and beverage giant PepsiCo has suspended operations in Beijing after some of its employees tested positive for the coronavirus in the Chinese capital, where the city officials are conducting COVID-19 tests on millions, especially employees of restaurants, food delivery services and market vendors.

FGN28 PAK-YOGA-DAY International Yoga Day celebrated in Pakistan Islamabad: The members of the Indian High Commission in Pakistan practised yoga asanas as they enthusiastically participated in the International Yoga Day celebrations while adhering to social distancing norms.

FGN26 US-TRUMP-BIDEN-RALLY Biden is ‘helpless puppet’ of radical left, says Trump Washington: US President Donald Trump has kicked off his re-election campaign with a rally in Oklahoma where he launched a frontal attack on his Democratic opponent Joe Biden, describing him as a “helpless puppet” of the radical left.

FGN25 VIRUS-PAK COVID-19 fatalities cross 3,500 in Pak, Sindh provincial govt's spokesperson tests positive Islamabad: Sindh provincial government's spokesperson Murtaza Wahab has tested positive for the coronavirus, adding to the list of politicians who have contracted the virus that has killed over 3,500 people in Pakistan.

FGN18 VIRUS-INDIA-EXPERT Concerned over how quickly COVID-19 cases are rising in India: Indian-origin expert New York: Harvard Global Health Institute Director Dr. Ashish Jha has expressed concern over how quickly the new coronavirus cases are rising in India and said when populous states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh get hit hard, the country could see a 'large increase” in virus infections and deaths. PTI NSA