Following are the top foreign stories at 1700

    Chinese, Indian border troops taken 'effective measures' to disengage along LAC: China
    Beijing: China on Thursday said Chinese and Indian troops have taken "effective measures" to disengage at the Galwan Valley and other areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh and the situation is "stable and improving," days after the two sides agreed on an expeditious withdrawal of soldiers from all the standoff points.

    Nepal's communist party seems headed for split; Oli, Prachanda talks fail to yield positive outcome
    Kathmandu: Nepal's ruling communist party has failed to address the intra-party rifts as Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and NCP executive chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' have failed to reach a consensus despite holding over half-a-dozen meetings in a week, a media report said on Thursday.

UK court extends Nirav Modi's judicial remand to Aug 6
    London: Fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, who is fighting extradition to India, was on Thursday further remanded in custody until August 6 after he appeared at a regular remand hearing before a UK court on charges over the nearly USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank fraud and money laundering case.

    Clinical trials for Ayurvedic formulations against COVID-19 to be initiated in India, US
    Washington, Jul 9 :The Ayurvedic practitioners and researchers in India and the US are planning to initiate joint clinical trials for Ayurveda formulations against the novel coronavirus, the Indian envoy here has said.
    US considering additional actions against China: White House
     Washington: The United States is preparing to take additional actions against China, the White House has said, but what those presidential measures would be was not made clear.

    US lawmakers seek probe into efforts made by Chinese govt to exploit COVID-19 outbreak
     Washington: A group of 14 US lawmakers have introduced a bill in the Congress which demands the government to identify, analyse and combat alleged efforts made by the Chinese government to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic for nationalistic gains.

    New visa regulations likely to cause uncertainties, difficulties for some Indian students: official
     Washington: The new visa regulations requiring international students in the US with an F-1 visa to take at least one in-person course or face the prospect of deportation is likely to "cause uncertainties and difficulties" for some students, the Indian Embassy here has said.

'58 Indian-origin executives employ over 3.6 mln globally, account for $1 trillion in revenue'
    Washington: A group of 58 Indian-origin executives heading companies across 11 countries, including the US, Canada and Singapore, collectively employ more than 3.6 million people and account for a combined USD 1 trillion in revenue, according to a US-based top Indian diaspora organisation.

    UN: World could hit 1.5-degree warming threshold in 5 years
    Geneva: The world could see average global temperatures 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) above the pre-industrial average for the first time in the coming five years, the UN weather agency said Thursday. PTI TEAM NSA

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