Following are the top foreign stories at 2030

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NEPAL-LDALL POLITICS Nepal Prez dissolves House, announces snap polls in Nov; Opposition alliance to legally challenge Kathmandu: Nepal's President dissolved the House of Representatives on Saturday for the second time in five months and announced snap elections in November, rejecting both embattled Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and the Opposition alliance's claims to form a government, a move that will be legally challenged yet again. By Shirish B Pradhan VIRUS-IMF-INDIA Covid crisis in India a warning of possible events in other low- and middle-income countries: IMF Washington: Observing that the ongoing 'catastrophic' second wave of COVID-19 in India is a sign that the worst may be yet to come, the IMF has said that the situation in the country is a warning of the possible events in low- and middle-income nations that have seemingly escaped the pandemic till now. By Lalit K Jha VIRUS-IMF-GLOBAL-VACCINATION IMF proposes USD 50 billion global vaccination plan Washington: The International Monetary Fund has proposed a USD 50 billion global vaccination plan that would cover at least 40 per cent of the global population by the end of 2021 and at least 60 per cent by the first half of 2022. By Lalit K Jha Nepal Congress to take political and legal actions against Parliament dissolution Kathmandu: The Opposition Nepali Congress on Saturday decided to take political and legal actions against the dissolution of the House of Representatives by President Bidya Devi Bhandari, accusing her and Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli of misusing the Constitution for their benefit.

NEPAL-PARLIAMENT-LD OPPOSITION Nepal Opposition to take political, legal steps against Parliament dissolution Kathmandu: The leaders of Nepal's Opposition alliance on Saturday decided to take all legal and political means to counter Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and President Bidya Devi Bhandari's 'unconstitutional and undemocratic' move of dissolving the House of Representatives.

Nepal PM asks EC to ensure fair and fraud-free polls Kathmandu: Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli on Saturday asked the Election Commission to initiate necessary preparations for the upcoming elections for the dissolved House of Representatives and ensure fair and fraud-free polls in November.

FGN24 CHINA-MARS-ROVER China's 1st Mars rover steps out to explore red planet Beijing: China's first Mars rover on Saturday drove down from its landing platform to the Martian surface to start exploring the surface of the red planet. By K J M Varma FGN31 CHINA-RICE-SCIENTIST China's 'father of hybrid rice' Yuan Longping passes away Beijing: Chinese scientist Yuan Longping, renowned for developing a hybrid rice strain that vastly improved the grain output in the country, passed on Saturday at the age of 91. By K J M Varma FGN7 US-ISRAEL-LD BIDEN No shift in commitment to security of Israel: Biden Washington: US President Joe Biden has said that there is no shift in the commitment of his administration towards the security of Israel but insisted a two-state solution that includes a state for Palestinians remains the only answer to that conflict. By Lalit K Jha FGN8 US-SKOREA-NKOREA-2NDLD ENVOY US Prez Joe Biden appoints special envoy for N Korea after talks with his South Korean president Washington: US President Joe Biden has announced the appointment of a special envoy for North Korea after he had his maiden talks with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-In. By Lalit K Jha NEPAL-PRESIDENT-2NDLD PARLIAMENT Nepal president dissolves Parliament; announces mid-term polls in November Kathmandu: Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Saturday dissolved the House of Representatives and announced mid-term polls on November 12 and 19 after she determined that both embattled Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and the Opposition alliance were not in a position to form a government. By Shirish B Pradhan US-PAK-AFGHAN-PENTAGON Pak allows overflight to US military to support presence in Afghan: Pentagon official Washington: Pakistan has allowed the US military to have overflight and access to be able to support its presence in Afghanistan, a top Pentagon official has told lawmakers. By Lalit K Jha FGN15 VIRUS-CANADA-INDIA-FLIGHT-BAN COVID-19: Canada extends flight ban from India and Pakistan until June 21 Ottawa: Canada has extended the ban on direct flights from India and Pakistan by one more month until June 21 in a bid to arrest the spread of new variants of the COVID-19, according to an official announcement.

NEPAL-PRESIDENT-PARLIAMENT Nepal president dissolves parliament; announces mid-term polls in November Kathmandu: In a dramatic turn of events, Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Friday midnight dissolved the parliament and announced mid-term polls on November 12 and 19. By Shirish B Pradhan FGN35 VIRUS-BANGLA-VACCINES Bangladesh mounts diplomatic campaign to secure COVID-19 vaccine Dhaka: Bangladesh has mounted a diplomatic campaign as part of its desperate efforts to get the coronavirus vaccine amid fears that the B1.617.2 variant of COVID-19 that first emerged in India could rapidly spread in the neighbouring country. By Anisur Rahman. PTI MRJ

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