Following are the top foreign stories at 1700 hours

Sri Lanka's economic woes to last another year; need to look at new sectors for recovery: Prez Wickremesinghe
    Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that Sri Lanka's economic woes would last for another year and it will have to think outside the box and look at new sectors like logistics and nuclear energy to revive the bankrupt economy.

Indian National Army veteran Ishwar Lall Singh dies at 92 in Singapore
    Singapore: Ishwar Lall Singh, a 92-year-old Singaporean veteran of the Indian National Army who served under the leadership of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, died here on Friday, according to his family members. By Gurdip Singh
10th anniversary of Wisconsin gurdwara attack: Biden calls for reducing gun violence to defeat 'poison of white supremacy'
    Washington: President Joe Biden has called for reducing gun violence and banning assault weapons in the US to defeat "domestic terrorism" and hate in all its forms, including the "poison of white supremacy", as he condemned the attack on a Sikh gurdwara in Wisconsin in 2012 on the 10th anniversary of the heinous act. By Lalit K Jha
US Senate confirms Indian American litigator Roopali H Desai to a top court
    Washington: The US Senate has confirmed Indian American litigator Roopali H Desai to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, making her the first South Asian judge to serve on this powerful court. By Lalit K Jha

US singer Mary Millben to attend Independence Day celebrations in India
    Washington: African American singer Mary Milben, known for her moving rendition of ‘Om Jai Jagadish Hare’ and ‘Jana Gana Mana’, is travelling to India to attend and perform at the celebrations related to the country’s 75th anniversary of Independence. By Lalit K Jha
Life expectancy in African region increases by 10 years, biggest in world: WHO
    Johannesburg: The average life expectancy in the African region has increased on average by 10 years per person between 2000 and 2019, the WHO has said, describing the rise greater than in any other region of the world during the same period. By Fakir Hassen
Pak Army chief Gen Bajwa reaches out to UAE, Saudi Arabia for crucial bailout package
    Islamabad: Days after seeking US help in securing an early release of a crucial USD 1.7 billion instalment from the IMF to Pakistan, Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has now reached out to Saudi Arabia and the UAE as part of his efforts to ensure financial assistance for the cash-strapped nation, according to a media report on Saturday. By Sajjad Hussain

Taiwan says China military drills appear to simulate attack
     Beijing: Taiwan said Saturday that China's military drills appear to simulate an attack on the self-ruled island, after multiple Chinese warships and aircraft crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taipei that infuriated Beijing. RUP

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