Following are the top foreign stories at 1700 hours

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FGN5 RUSSIA-SHRINGLA Foreign Secretary Shringla arrives in Russia for 2-day visit Moscow: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla has arrived here for talks with top Russian officials, and to add momentum to the India-Russia special and privileged strategic partnership and exchange views on topical issues of regional and international importance.

FGN20 PAK-FATF Pakistan unlikely to exit 'grey' list of global terror funding watchdog until June Islamabad: Pakistan is unlikely to exit the Financial Action Task Force's 'grey' list until June, despite its efforts to garner support from the member nations ahead of the plenary meeting of the global terror financing and money laundering watchdog next week, according to a media report on Wednesday. By Sajjad Hussain FGN18 US-INDIA-2NDLD SANDHU Time to renew 'unique' India-US partnership that can benefit a fifth of humanity: Amb Sandhu New York: As the world fights COVID-19 and an economic crisis, it is time to renew the 'unique partnership' between India and America that can directly benefit a fifth of humanity and be a source of durable peace and security for the rule-based world order, the Indian ambassador to the US has said. By Yoshita Singh FGN12 US-TRUMP-LD McCONNELL Trump attacks 'dour' Republican Senator McConnell after being acquitted in 2nd impeachment trial Washington: Donald Trump has launched a scathing personal attack on Mitch McConnell, calling him a 'dour, sullen and unsmiling political hack,' days after the top Republican Senator and former close ally voted to acquit the ex-US president in his second impeachment trial.

FGN1 SA-PANEL-LD ZUMA South African commission to request jail term for ex-prez Jacob Zuma for defying summons Johannesburg: The head of a South African inquiry commission into the alleged state corruption has said he would seek former president Jacob Zuma to be held in contempt of court for his persistent refusal to continue testimony at hearings, and impose a jail term if found guilty. By Fakir Hassen FGN4 UN-INDIA-IRAQ India at UN says it fully supports Iraq’s request for UN observation of polls United Nations: India has strongly backed Iraq’s request for the UN observation of parliamentary elections in the country in October, saying it endorses any process that respects the Gulf nation's sovereignty and strengthens the democratic exercise. By Yoshita Singh PTI MRJ