Following are the top foreign stories at 1700 hours

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FGN15 ISRAEL-GAZA-INDIANS-CRICKET Cricket club comes to rescue of Indian researchers in southern Israeli city under attack from Hamas Beersheba (Israel): A cricket club in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba has come to the rescue of several Indian researchers at the Ben-Gurion University in the Negev southern region, who had been struggling for a proper shelter while being under a complete siege with rockets raining over the country’s south during the past one week.

FGN14 UK-LOCKDOWN-PM Boris Johnson urges 'heavy dose of caution' as lockdown eases in UK London: Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday urged people to move to the next stage of considerable easing of lockdown restrictions that allows greater indoor interactions with a “heavy dose of caution”, as the UK continues to monitor rapidly rising cases of the B1.617.2 variant of COVID-19 first identified in India.

FGN21 PAK-AFGHAN-ENVOY-DEMARCHE Pak issues demarche to Kabul’s envoy over critical remarks by Afghan leadership Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday served a demarche to Afghanistan’s ambassador Najibullah Alikhel, protesting against the accusations by the Afghan leadership.

FGN19 ISRAEL-GAZA-5THLD STRIKES Israel says Gaza tunnels destroyed in heavy airstrikes Gaza City: The Israeli military unleashed a wave of heavy airstrikes on the Gaza Strip early Monday, saying it destroyed 15 kilometers (nine miles) of militant tunnels and the homes of nine Hamas commanders.

FGN16 PAK-SHEHBAZ Pak Opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif placed on no-fly list Islamabad: The Pakistan government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday added the name of Opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif, who has been charged with corruption, to the no-fly list, barring him from leaving the country for medical treatment.

FGN8 VIRUS-US-HERD-IMMUNITY Herd immunity appears unlikely for COVID-19, but CDC says vaccinated people can ditch masks in most settings Charlottesville (US): When COVID-19 first began spreading, public health and medical experts began talking about the need for the US to reach herd immunity to stop the coronavirus from spreading. (The Conversation) FGN7 VIRUS-CHILDREN-VACCINE Should my child get the COVID-19 vaccine? 7 questions answered by a paediatric infectious disease expert Charlottesville (US): The Food and Drug Administration expanded emergency use authorisation of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to include adolescents 12 to 15 years of age on May 10, 2021. (The Conversation). PTI PMS PMS

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