Following are the top foreign stories at 1700 hours

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FGN48: CHINA-INDIA-PLA-2NDLDALL CASULATIES Beijing: Four Chinese soldiers were killed in the fierce clash with the Indian Army in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh in June last year, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) acknowledged for the first time on Friday.

FGN47: RUSSIA-INDIA-SHRINGLA Moscow: India's strategic ties with Russia has very deep historic roots which provide stability and trust strong enough to navigate the complexities of the current world, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla has said, as he sought to allay concerns that New Delhi is under pressure from the US to abandon military-technical cooperation with Moscow.

FGN39: NASA-LDALL MARS-LANDING Washington: NASA's largest and most advanced Mars rover, Perseverance, successfully touched down on the Martian surface on Friday, in a nail-biting landing that marks its first step in the search for signs of ancient microbial life on the Red Planet.

FGN24: US-IMMIGRATION-2NDLD BILL Washington: In a major move that will benefit hundreds and thousands of Indian IT professionals in America, the Biden administration has introduced an ambitious immigration bill in Congress which among other things proposes to eliminate the per-country cap for employment-based green cards.

FGN54: RUSSIA-INDIA-INVESTMENT-SHRINGLA Moscow: India is looking forward to substantial Russian investments in the Make-in-India projects, including in defence, railways and petrochemical sector, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla has said.

FGN53: UK-UBER-LD COURT London: Taxi ride-hailing giant Uber must classify its drivers as workers with minimum wage, holiday and sick pay rights, rather than be categorised as self-employed, the UK Supreme Court ruled on Friday.

FGN19: US-2NDLD IRAN Washington: The Biden administration has said it is willing to sit down for talks with Iran and world powers to discuss a diplomatic way forward on Tehran's atomic programme, in the first major step aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal that was close to falling apart after the previous Trump regime withdrew from it.

FGN51: NASA-2ND LD ROVER-SCIENTIST Washington: As Perseverance, the NASA rover, landed on the Martian surface Friday, millions of miles away in the US space agency’s control room, a woman’s voice rang out: 'Touchdown confirmed!” The announcement was from Indian-American scientist Swati Mohan who leads the guidance, navigation, and control operations of NASA's Mars 2020 mission.

FGN27: UN-INDIA-TERRORISM United Nations: State-sponsored terrorism targeted against specific communities leads to increase in discrimination against minorities and their further marginalisation, India has said, calling on UN member states and agencies to not give an opportunity to justify terrorism on any ground.

FGN21: US-CHINA-LAWMAKERS-BILLS Washington: Several top US Republican lawmakers have introduced more than a dozen bills in Congress to counter the growing Chinese influence in the country and to protect America's critical infrastructure.

FGN46: VIRUS-LANKA-INDIA-VACCINE Colombo: Sri Lanka will purchase 10 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from India, officials here have said.

FGN45: UK-LD PHILIP London: Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, remains in a London hospital where he was admitted as a “precautionary measure” for a few days of observation and rest. PTI SCY