Following are the top foreign stories at 2030 hours

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FGN12 US-INDIA-NAVY LD MH60R US Navy hands over MH-60R maritime helicopters to India Washington: In yet another sign of strengthening India-US defence relationship, the US Navy has handed over the first two MH-60R Multi Role Helicopters (MRH) to the Indian Navy to bolster its capabilities to ward off regional threats and to strengthen homeland defence. By Lalit K Jha FGN21 INDIAN-JOURNALIST-REAX Danish Siddiqui’s killing in Afghanistan triggers condemnation from int'l media watchdogs, Amnesty London/New York: Prominent global media watchdogs and a rights group have condemned the death of Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui in Afghanistan, demanding a thorough probe into his killing and urging the authorities to do more to protect members of the press.

FGN16 US-AFGHAN LD QUAD US, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan to form quad group to enhance regional connectivity Washington: The US, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan have agreed in principle to establish a new quadrilateral diplomatic platform focused on enhancing regional connectivity, the Biden administration has said. By Lalit K Jha FGN11 UN-INDIA-SWAMY Fr. Swamy's death will 'remain a stain' on India's human rights record: UN expert United Nations/Geneva: A UN human rights expert has said that she is devastated to hear about the demise of Jesuit priest Stan Swamy in custody, saying there is “no reason” for a human rights defender to be denied his rights and that his death will forever “remain a stain” on India's human rights record. By Yoshita Singh FGN5 US-DANISH US mourns Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui’s death Washington: The Biden administration and US lawmakers have mourned the death of Indian journalist Danish Siddiqui, who was killed in Afghanistan while covering the fighting between Afghan troops and Taliban militants. By Lalit K Jha FGN14 UN-INDIA-DTP India records greatest increase in number of children not receiving first dose of DTP-1 vaccine in 2020: UN United Nations: India recorded the greatest increase in the world in the number of children not receiving a first dose of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis combined vaccine in 2020, the UN has said, noting with concern that 23 million children globally missed out on basic vaccines through routine immunisation services last year due to disruptions caused by COVID-19. By Yoshita Singh FGN30 VIRUS-UK-LD MINISTER UK health minister Sajid Javid tests positive for COVID-19 London: UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid on Saturday said he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating at home with 'very mild' symptoms. By Aditi Khanna FGN19 US-COURT-LD DACA US judge rules Obama-era programme for child migrants illegal, blocks new applications Houston: A federal judge in the US state of Texas has ruled as illegal the Obama-era immigration programme that shielded over 600,000 undocumented immigrants, including thousands of Indians, from deportation, dealing a blow to the Biden administration's efforts to protect people termed as “Dreamers.” FGN10 UN-GUTERRES-CONNECTIVITY-AFGHAN Promise of connectivity in Central and South Asia should become counterbalance to threat of further deterioration in Afghanistan: UN chief United Nations:The countries of Central and South Asia can only fully benefit from potential opportunities if the region at large is at peace, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said, underlining that the promise of connectivity itself should become a “counterbalance” to the threat of further deterioration in war-torn Afghanistan. By Yoshita Singh FGN1 SA-PREZ-VIOLENCE SA violence: Govt was poorly prepared, says Ramaphosa Johannesburg: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has said his government was poorly prepared for the “orchestrated” violence witnessed by the country, but underlined that the “attempted insurrection” has failed because of citizens’ support. By Fakir Hassen FGN4 US-PAKISTANI Pizza shop owner pleads guilty to charges of illegally exporting semi-automatic rifles to Pakistan Washington: A Pakistani-American running a pizza shop has pleaded guilty to unlawfully exporting semi-automatic rifles, parts and accessories to Pakistan, the Department of Justice said. By Lalit K Jha . PTI FGN23 VIRUS-UK-FLU-VACCINES UK plans biggest flu programme with free vaccines for millions London: UK’s Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid on Saturday announced that millions of more people will be offered a free flu vaccine this year as part of the British government’s “most comprehensive” flu vaccination programme in history to help back up the coronavirus fight. By Aditi Khanna RUP RUP RUP

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