Following are the top foreign stories at 2010 hours

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FGN38: ISRAEL-LDALL STAMPEDE Jerusalem: At least 45 people were killed and over 150 others injured after a stampede broke out at a religious festival attended by tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel, medical officials said on Friday, in what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a 'terrible disaster' and promised a thorough probe into the country's worst peacetime tragedy.

FGN36: VIRUS-UK-INDIAN-VARIANT London: UK health authorities have said that two further strands with the same “parent lineage” as the so-called Indian variant of coronavirus have been identified and are now being monitored as separate Variants Under Investigation (VUIs).

FGN35: VIRUS-CHINA-XI-2NDLD MODI Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and expressed readiness to strengthen cooperation with India to fight the pandemic and provide support and help to deal with the current surge of COVID-19 cases in the country.

FGN22: VIRUS-JAPAN-INDIA Tokyo: Japan on Friday announced to provide 300 oxygen concentrators and as many ventilators to India as it stands with its 'friend and partner' in its efforts to combat the unprecedented surge in the coronavirus cases.

FGN4: US-INDIA-BIDEN ADMIN Washington: The relationship between India and the United States has intensified in the first 100 days of the Biden administration, a State Department official said here.

FGN19: VIRUS-US-INDIA-OXYGEN Washington: The Biden administration is working to expand the oxygen supply chain in India to save lives and wage a successful battle against what has now become one of the worst outbreaks of the COVID-19 pandemic in the world, a USAID official has said.

FGN25: UK-PM-MOBILE-NUMBER London: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has had the same mobile phone number for 15 years and it has been freely available since it was published in a press release in 2006, several UK media reports claimed on Friday. PTI SCY