Following are the top foreign stories at 2000 hours

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FGN27: VIRUS-UK-INDIA-REPATRIATION London: India has had the largest chunk of repatriations of Britons stranded overseas in the coronavirus lockdown, with nearly half of those brought home on 64 special flights coming from Indian cities.

FGN26: VIRUS-LD CHINA Beijing/Wuhan: The number of patients undergoing treatment for COVID-19 in China has fallen below 100 for the first time since January, even as Wuhan -- the epicentre of the deadly virus -- has launched a massive drive to test all its 11 million residents to detect growing number of asymptomatic cases, officials said on Friday.

FGN22: VIRUS-CHINA-TRUMP-THREAT Beijing: China on Friday reacted guardedly to US President Donald Trump's threat to “cut off” the bilateral relationship between the world's top two economies and asked America to meet it halfway in the fight against the coronavirus.

FGN19: CHINA-PAK-DAM Beijing: China on Friday defended its state-run company taking up the contract to build the Diamer-Bhasha dam in Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) despite objection from India, saying that it is part of a 'win-win' bilateral cooperation to promote the wellbeing of the local population.

FGN17: VIRUS-UK-VACCINE-TRIAL London: The UK's biggest COVID-19 vaccine project, currently being tested by the University of Oxford, has shown some promising results in a small study with monkeys.

FGN16: VIRUS-US-CHINA-LD SENATOR Washington: A top US senator has unveiled an 18-point plan, including enhancing military ties with India, to hold the Chinese government accountable for its 'lies, deception, and cover-ups' that led to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

FGN15: VIRUS-US-INDIANS-EVACUATION New York: Over 300 Indian nationals, including the country's former ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin, stranded in the US due to COVID-19 related international travel restrictions are headed home on the second Air India flight from New Jersey.

FGN14: VIRUS-PAK Islamabad: Pakistan will resume domestic flights in a phased manner from Saturday after the government eased some of the restrictions imposed following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country that has claimed the lives of over 800 people.

FGN13: VIRUS-UNGA-SESSION United Nations: The United Nations is exploring various options to hold the annual high-level General Assembly session in September as it cannot be 'business as usual' due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a top UN official has said.

FGN20: VIRUS-NEPAL-CASES Kathmandu: Nepal on Friday reported nine fresh cases of COVID-19, mostly from a district adjacent to the Indo-Nepal border, taking the total number of infections to 258, the health ministry said.

FGN7: VIRUS-US-CHILDREN New York: The authorities in the upscale New York City, the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic in the US, are investigating 110 COVID-19 cases related to a rare inflammatory illness in children that has claimed three lives, the city's Governor has said, describing the situation as 'serious'.

FGN3: US-CHINA-PENSION FUND Washington: US President Donald Trump has confirmed that his administration has asked for the withdrawal of billions of dollars in American pension fund investments in China and that other similar actions are under consideration. PTI SCY