Following are the top foreign stories at 1700 hours

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PM Modi meets Chinese President Xi in Bishkek
    Bishkek: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit here and discussed ways to further strengthen the bilateral relations.

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'Modi hai to mumkin hai', says Pompeo in major policy speech ahead of India visit
    Washington: Citing the popular election slogan "Modi hai to mumkin hai", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has expressed confidence in taking the Indo-US strategic ties to the next level and said the two leading democracies have an "incredibly unique opportunity" to move ahead, including to make sure a free and open Indo-Pacific. By Lalit K Jha

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Pompeo says Cricket World Cup has major potential to change the world
    Washington: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has described the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as one of the most important global events of the day, saying that the tournament, which captures the attention of billions and billions of people, has a major potential to change the world. By Lalit K Jha

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Scale of Indian market allowing Google to develop new products: Pichai
    Washington: The scale of India's market has allowed Google to develop new products in the country and take it to the global level, the internet giant's Indian-American CEO Sundar Pichai has said. By Lalit K Jha

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Sajid Javid signs US extradition order for Julian Assange
    London: UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed Thursday that he has signed an order following a request from the US government to extradite Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange to face charges of computer hacking before the American courts. By Aditi Khanna

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Adani wins final approval to begin work on coal mine project in Australia
    Melbourne: Indian energy giant Adani on Thursday cleared the last regulatory hurdle to commence the work on its controversy-hit Carmichael coal mine near the iconic Great Barrier Reef in Australia with the Queensland state authorities approving its groundwater management plan. By Natasha Chaku

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Modi govt pursuing bold strategies for universal Internet access by 2022: Ajit Pai
    Washington: India is pursuing bold strategies to achieve the ambitious goal of universal Internet access by 2022, a top Indian-American official has said, highlighting the challenges in building broadband networks in rural areas. By Lalit K Jha

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    Pompeo pushes India for access to local markets, says US 'open' to discuss trade issues
    Washington: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has pushed for India to further open its economy and also "diversify" its energy portfolio, saying countries that have provided American companies access to their markets have seen "real opportunity". By Lalit K Jha

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UN panel lauds India's digital initiatives for economic inclusion
    United Nations: India has been lauded by a high-level panel on digital cooperation launched by UN chief General Antonio Guterres for undertaking revolutionary digital initiatives to ensure economic inclusion for its 1.3 billion citizens. By Yoshita Singh

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Israeli PM thanks Modi for India's vote against Palestinian group
    Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for voting in favour of a decision introduced by the Jewish state that objected to granting consultative status to a Palestinian group at the UN's Economic and Social Council.     By Harinder Mishra

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Google's Sundar Pichai predicts India vs England final in ICC Cricket World Cup
    Washington: Google's Indian-American CEO Sundar Pichai has predicted that India and England would clash in the finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and said he was "rooting" for the men in blue to emerge victorious. By Lalit K Jha
    
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FDI flows to India grew 6% in 2018 to USD 42 bn: UN report
    United Nations: Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to India grew by 6 per cent to USD 42 billion in 2018, with strong inflows in the manufacturing, communication and financial services sectors, and cross-border merger and acquisition activities, according to a UN report that ranked India among the top 20 host economies for FDI inflows in 2017-18. By Yoshita Singh

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Congestion alone did not kill climbers on Mt Everest: Nepal govt
    Kathmandu: The large number of deaths of climbers on the Mount Everest this season is not solely due to the "traffic jam" on the world's highest peak, the Nepal government claimed Thursday, citing factors like high altitude sickness, other health reasons and adverse weather.
    
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Tata Steel, ThyssenKrupp merger would have spiked steel prices: EU
    London: The European Commission has said it was forced to block a proposed merger between Indian steel major Tata Steel and German giant ThyssenKrupp over concerns that it would have led to a spike in the metal's prices. By Aditi Khanna MRJ
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