Following are the top foreign stories at 2010 hours

FGN39: WHO-SCIENTIST-LD IMMUNITY London: The chief scientist of the WHO, Dr Soumya Swaminathan, on Friday said “herd immunity” -- which is when enough people become resistant to a disease to stop its spread -- is still a long way ahead for COVID-19 since 50 to 60 per cent of the population will need to be immune to the novel coronavirus to protect the uninfected.

FGN46: ISRAEL-INDIA-TIES Jerusalem: Emphasising on the excellent defence cooperation with India and 'shared aspirations for stability and calm,' Israel's Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Benny Gantz on Friday expressed hope that the strong bilateral ties will also contribute significantly to the global efforts in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

FGN42: UK-INDIA-LD JETCO London: India and the UK are committed to a free trade agreement (FTA) and will kick off that process with “Early Harvest Agreements” as a start, the Indian government said following the first-ever virtual India-UK Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) on Friday.

FGN35: CHINA-US-3RDLD CONSULATE Beijing: China on Friday ordered the US to close down its consulate in Chengdu in retaliation to Washington's decision to shut the Chinese mission in Houston, further straining the already tense bilateral ties.

FGN21: VIRUS-RAJAN-LD TRADE New York: As the US presidential election draws near, the conflict between America and China will escalate, impairing global trade which is 'extremely important' for emerging markets like India and Brazil that are re-opening amidst COVID-19 pandemic, according to former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan.

FGN19: US-AUS-MALABAR-QUAD Washington: With India mulling to invite Australia to join the next Malabar naval exercise, a top US diplomat has said that Canberra's participation in the drill along with the other three Quad members will be hugely beneficial to reinforcing behaviours that are going to be necessary for them to defend their mutual interests.

FGN8: US-INDIA-AFGHAN-MINORITIES Washington: An influential American congressman has praised India for giving refugee status to Sikhs and Hindus from Afghanistan and urged the Trump administration to do the same for the persecuted religious minorities from the war-torn country.

FGN9: IMF-INDIA Washington: India's concerted efforts to strengthen the business climate and encourage investment in trade have helped attract investment, but the country needs further economic reforms to ensure sustainable and more inclusive growth, according to the IMF.

FGN23: TRUMP-3RDLD CONVENTION Washington: President Donald Trump has cancelled the mega Jacksonville portion of the Republican National Convention to be held next month due to the coronavirus 'flare-up' in Florida, a major setback in his re-election bid.

FGN25: UK-NIZAM London: The titular eighth Nizam of Hyderabad, Prince Mukarram Jah, says he wants a 'clean break' from a decades-old legal fight over funds lying in a UK bank account belonging to his ancestors, as he waived his right to a share in the estimated 400,000 pounds leftover after an English High Court order from last year.

FGN7: US-CHINA-LD POMPEO Washington: Upping the ante on China over its expansionist policies and alleged cover-up of the COVID-19 outbreak, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has pitched for a new 'alliance of democracies' to counter the challenges posed by the authoritarian Chinese regime. PTI SCY

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