Following are the top foreign stories at 2015 hours

FGN64: UK-COURT-LD NIRAV

****UK court rejects Nirav Modi’s fresh bail plea due to ‘real, substantial’ flight risk

London: Fugitive businessman Nirav Modi, who has been in prison in London for over five years, on Tuesday made a new bail application which was rejected by a UK judge who ruled that he continued to pose a “substantial risk” of absconding justice.****

FGN60: MALDIVES-INDIA-MILITARY

****India withdraws 51 military personnel from Maldives: Presidential spokesperson

Male: India has withdrawn 51 of its soldiers from the Maldives so far, the government here has said ahead of the May 10 deadline set by President Mohamed Muizzu for the complete withdrawal of Indian military personnel from his country.****

FGN65: NEPAL-RUSSIA-ARMY

****Govt making high-level diplomatic efforts for safe repatriation of Nepalis serving in Russian Army: PM Prachanda

Kathmandu: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ said on Tuesday that his government has been constantly making high-level diplomatic efforts for the safe repatriation of Nepalese citizens serving in the Russian army in its war against Ukraine.****

FGN58: PAK-CHINESE-ARMY-AFGHANISTAN

****Pakistan Army says suicide bombing that killed 5 Chinese planned in Afghanistan

Islamabad: The Pakistan Army on Tuesday said the suicide bombing that killed five Chinese nationals in the restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in March was planned in Afghanistan and carried out by an Afghan national.****

FGN59: PAK-SC-INTERFERENCE

****Govt not doing anything regarding interference by intelligence agencies in judicial affairs: Pak SC judge

Islamabad: Pakistan’s Supreme Court judge Jamal Khan Mandokhail on Tuesday said that the government was not doing anything regarding the alleged interference by the powerful intelligence agencies in judicial affairs.****

FGN63: CHINA-KNIFE-3RDLD ATTACK

****Two killed, 21 injured in knife attack at hospital in China

Beijing/Kunming: At least two people were killed and 21 others injured in a knife attack at a hospital on Tuesday in China’s Yunnan Province, local authorities said, in the latest incident of mass stabbing in the country.****

FGN61: PAK-SHARIF-TOSHAKHANA

****Pakistan’s ex-PM Nawaz Sharif files plea for acquittal in corruption case

Islamabad: Pakistan’s former prime minister and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday filed a plea for acquittal in the Toshakhana corruption case in an accountability court in Islamabad.****

FGN46 CHINA-INDIA-ENVOY

****Chinese President Xi appoints senior diplomat Xu Feihong as new envoy to India

Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping has appointed senior diplomat Xu Feihong as the new Ambassador to India after an unusually long delay of 18 months amid frozen relations between the two countries over the eastern Ladakh military standoff.****

FGN57: CANADA-INDIA-IMMIGRATION-LD MINISTER

****Not lax about admitting people in Canada: Immigration Minister Miller on EAM Jaishankar’s remarks

Ottawa: Canada’s Immigration Minister Marc Miller has rejected External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s remark that Ottawa is “lax” about admitting criminals into the country, saying authorities conduct a thorough record check on people entering Canada on student visas.****

FGN52: LANKA-INDIA-VISA

****Sri Lanka continues free tourist visas for India, six other countries amidst controversy

Colombo: Visitors from India, China, Russia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia will continue to receive tourist visas free of charge, the Sri Lankan government has said.****

FGN47: SINGAPORE-INDIA-LD NAVY

****3 Indian Naval ships arrive in Singapore for operational deployment to South China Sea

Singapore: Three Indian Naval Ships have arrived in Singapore for a three-day visit as part of the operational deployment of the Navy’s Eastern Fleet to the South China Sea, underscoring the strong linkages between both navies.****

FGN25 NEPAL-PARTY-SPLITS

****Nepal’s ruling coalition party splits

Kathmandu: The Janata Samajbadi Party-Nepal (JSP-N), one of the coalition partners in Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda-led government, has split after a majority of its lawmakers and over two dozen central committee members applied for a new party at the Election Commission. ****

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