Following are the top foreign stories at 2100 hours today: FGN13 PAK-SHARIF-LDALL PANAMAGATE Islamabad: Embattled Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif rejects as "farce" a probe panel's damning report that recommended filing of a corruption case against him and his family as the Supreme Court resumed the hearing of the high- voltage Panamagate graft case. By Sajjad Hussain FGN11 CHINA-ARMY-3RDLD DRILL Beijing: China's military says it has conducted live-fire exercises in the remote mountainous Tibet region to test its strike capability on plateaus, amid the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Doklam area in the Sikkim sector.
By K J M Varma FGN8 CHINA-2NDLD ECONOMY Beijing: China's GDP grew 6.9 per cent in the second quarter, above the government's target for the year of 6.5 per cent, indicating that the world's second largest economy would comfortably meet its 2017 growth target amid concerns over high debt levels. By K J M Varma FGN10 PAK-3RDLD ATTACK Peshawar: A Taliban suicide bomber hits a vehicle carrying paramilitary force members, killing three soldiers, including a major, and injuring nine others in the restive northwest Pakistan. FGN6 NIGERIA-BLAST Maiduguri: Eight people were killed when a female suicide bomber detonated her explosives at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, in the latest attack in the restive region. (AFP) FGN12 AFGHAN-LD TALIBAN Kabul: Afghan forces have retaken a key southern district from the Taliban while in a western province, insurgents snatch three officers from their car, including a woman, and killed them, officials said. (AP) FGN3 AFGHAN-CIVILIANS-LD UN Kabul: Civilian deaths in Afghanistan hit a new high in the first half of 2017 with 1,662 killed and more than 3,500 injured, the United Nations says.
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