Following are the top foreign stories at 1715 hours

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FGN16 US-LD TAIWAN Washington: The US has lifted the 'self-imposed restrictions' on contacts between American and Taiwanese diplomats and officials, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced, ending a long-standing policy to 'appease' China.

FGN14 PAK-3RDLD BLACKOUT Islamabad: Several cities and towns across Pakistan plunged into darkness overnight following a major technical fault in the country's power generation and distribution system, the energy minister said on Sunday. By Sajjad Hussain FGN11 IMF-CHINA-RECOVERY Washington: China is recovering fast ahead of most large economies, but the recovery is still unbalanced and facing significant downside risks, the IMF has said, projecting an eight per cent growth rate for the world’s second largest economy in 2021. By Lalit K Jha FGN10 US-APPLE-AMAZON-PARLER Washington: Technology giant Apple has suspended US-based microblogging platform Parler, where most of the supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump are shifting their base, from its Play Store, asserting that there is no place on its platform for threats of violence and illegal activity while e-commerce major Amazon also removed the social network favoured by conservative politicians. By Lalit K Jha FGN8 IMF-CHINA-VIETNAM Washington: China and other countries in Asia like Vietnam have shown that there is a way of dealing with a pandemic even in the absence of a vaccine, allowing the economy to get back on track, according to a top IMF official. By Lalit K Jha PTI RS RS