Following are the top foreign stories at 2015 hours

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FGN46: CHINA-BRAHMAPUTRA-HIGHWAY Beijing: China has completed the construction of a strategic highway through the Brahmaputra Canyon, stated to be the world’s deepest, close to the Arunachal Pradesh border ahead of its plan to build a mega-dam over the gorge.

FGN40: US-VIRUS-ORIGIN Washington: The researchers at China's Wuhan Institute of Virology were doing gain-of-function experiments designed to make coronaviruses infect human cells and humanised mice, and this is exactly the kind of experiment from which a COVID-19-like virus could have emerged, according to a noted British science writer, editor and author.

FGN43: LANKA-PORT-BILL-APPROVED Colombo: Sri Lankan Parliament on Thursday approved the controversial Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill, with the government saying the Chinese-backed project would bring in investment and boost the island-nation's economy.

FGN34: UK-G7-HEALTH-MINISTERS London: India is among the guest countries invited to join virtually at the 2021 G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting to be held at Oxford University on June 3 and 4 to bring together the world's leading democracies to agree on life-saving action in critical areas of global health, the UK government announced on Thursday.

FGN41: ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-2NDLD STRIKES Gaza City (Gaza Strip): Israel unleashed another wave of airstrikes across the Gaza Strip early Thursday, killing at least one Palestinian and wounding several, and Hamas fired more rockets, even as expectations rose that a cease-fire could be coming.

FGN37: CHINA-BYTEDANCE-LD CEO Beijing: Chinese tech unicorn ByteDance Ltd co-founder billionaire Zhang Yiming on Thursday announced that he will step down as CEO, in a surprise move that signalled a major leadership shake-up at the technology firm which created the popular short-video app TikTok.

FGN38: PAK-LD ACCIDENT Islamabad: At least 13 people were killed and over 30 others injured when an overloaded speeding passenger bus overturned in Pakistan's Sindh province on Thursday, police said.

FGN30: MALDIVES-NASHEED-ATTACK-PROBE Male: Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has appointed a veteran British human rights expert as the special envoy to monitor the investigation, prosecution and trial of those involved in the terrorist attack against Parliament Speaker and former president Mohamed Nasheed.

FGN25: SINGAPORE-SHANGRILA DIALOGUE Singapore: The Shangri-La Dialogue, which was scheduled to take place on June 4 and June 5 in Singapore, was cancelled due to the deterioration of the global COVID-19 situation, including in the host nation, the organisers of the prestigious top defence summit said on Thursday.

FGN7: UN-MYANMAR-INDIA-REFUGEES United Nations: An estimated 4,000 to 6,000 refugees from Myanmar have sought safety in India, a spokesperson for the UN chief has said, as the world body voiced concern over the rising levels of displacement of people since the military coup in the country in February.

FGN26: PAK-CHINA-TALKS Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang held telephonic talks on Thursday and reaffirmed their resolve to further diversify and deepen strategic cooperation between the all-weather allies.

FGN22: VIRUS-LANKA-FLIGHTS Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has suspended all inbound international passenger flights for 10 days from Friday as part of its efforts to curb the spread of the pandemic in the island nation, which reported the highest spike in infections and deaths on Wednesday. PTI SCY

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