Following are the top foreign stories at 1715 hrs

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FGN15 US-QUAD-2NDLD SUMMIT Range of global issues and challenges to be discussed at first Quad Summit: US Washington: The top leaders of the US, India, Australia and Japan will hold their first summit under the framework of the Quadrilateral coalition on Friday to discuss a range of issues facing the international community, the White House has announced, amidst growing global concerns over China's increasing assertiveness in the strategic Indo-Pacific region.

FGN18 US-SINOINDIA US provided some info, equipment to India during its border crisis with China: Pentagon Commander Washington: The US provided some information, cold-weather clothing and some other equipment to India during its recent border crisis with China, which has adopted an increasingly assertive military posture to exert pressure and expand its influence across the region, a top Pentagon commander has told American lawmakers.

FGN8 US-GUPTA-SENATE Indian-American Vanita Gupta regrets past harsh rhetoric; attacked by Republicans at Senate hearing Washington: Vanita Gupta, President Joe Biden's nominee to a senior post at the US Justice Department, has expressed regret for using 'harsh rhetoric' in the last several years over social media as she faced sharp criticism from Republicans during her confirmation hearing, becoming the second Indian-American to face trouble over her past Twitter outbursts.

FGN3 US-INDIA 'LAC activities opened India's eyes to what cooperative effort might mean for own defensive needs' Washington: Recent activities along the Line of Actual Control with China have opened India's eyes to what cooperative effort with others might mean for their own defensive needs, a top Pentagon commander told lawmakers on Tuesday observing that New Delhi, in the very near term, will deepen its engagement with the Quad.

FGN16 PAK-GILANI-LD PETITION Pak high court rejects PTI lawmaker's petition against Gilani's win in Senate elections Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court on Wednesday rejected a petition by Prime Minister Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party challenging former premier Yusuf Raza Gilani's upset win in the Senate elections, ruling that it was not appropriate to 'unnecessarily drag' the judiciary in political matters. PTI PMS