Following are the top foreign stories at 1700 hours

     *World Bank approves additional USD 1 bn loan for China-backed hydropower project in Pakistan
     Islamabad: The World Bank has approved an additional loan of USD 1 billion for cash-strapped Pakistan to support the China-backed Dasu hydropower project in the restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Cooperation with India important to counter fake news: Bulgarian news agency chief
     Sofia (Bulgaria): Cooperation between Indian journalists and their counterparts in Europe is an important step towards countering fake news spread on social media, the head of Bulgaria’s leading media organisation has said.

Singapore Airlines offers compensation to passengers of turbulence-hit SQ321 flight
     Singapore: Singapore Airlines on Tuesday offered monetary compensation and a full refund of the airfare to the 211 passengers onboard the flag carrier's turbulence-hit London to Singapore flight last month, which led to the death of one passenger and injured many others.

Imran Khan claims Pakistan media forced into silence over last two years
     Lahore: Jailed former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan on Tuesday claimed the media has been forced into silence by the state and journalists who dissent have faced suppression over the last two years in the country.

Prez Muizzu discussed ways to strengthen bilateral ties on first official India visit: Maldives Foreign Ministry
     Male: Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu discussed ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation with India on his first official visit to the country, the foreign ministry said here on Tuesday.

Bulgaria wants to play more important role in India-EU relations: Bulgarian lawmaker
     Sofia (Bulgaria): Bulgaria’s geographical position as the first member-country connecting the European Union (EU) with India gives it the added advantage of playing an important role in fostering closer ties with the 27-member economic bloc, according to a senior Bulgarian parliamentarian and former foreign minister.

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