Following are the top foreign stories at 1700 hours

    FGN19 NEPAL-CABINET
    Nepal’s Cabinet expansion likely by Monday
    Kathmandu: Nepal’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and CPN-Maoist Centre chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ have agreed to expand the Cabinet by Monday, a media report said on Sunday.

    FGN20 IRAN-ISRAEL-2NDLDALL TANKER
    Israeli premier blames Iran for tanker attack; Tehran denies
    Dubai: Israel’s prime minister Sunday directly blamed Iran for a drone attack on an oil tanker off the coast of Oman that killed two people, making a veiled threat to retaliate as Tehran denied being involved in the assault. (AP)

    FGN10 PAK-GILGIT-BALTISTAN
    Pak authorities finalise law to award provisional provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan: Report
    Islamabad: Pakistani authorities have finalised a law to award provisional provincial status to strategically located Gilgit-Baltistan, a media report said on Sunday.
    
    FGN21 UK-TRAVEL
    UK FM Sunak writes to PM Johnson to ease COVID travel curbs: Report
    London: UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has reportedly written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, calling for an urgent easing of COVID-19 travel curbs to aid the revival of the country’s economy.
    
    FGN18 VIRUS-UK-VACCINE-DISCOUNTS
UK offers shopping vouchers, pizza discounts to boost youth vaccinations
    London: From shopping vouchers and pizza discounts to Uber reminders, the UK is planning a so-called “vouchers for vaccines” scheme to encourage greater uptake of COVID-19 vaccines among the younger age groups of the country. PTI PMS
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