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Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images

India's foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar pulled out of in-person meetings at a G7 event in London on Wednesday, citing possible exposure to people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Driving the news: Jaishankar met in person this week with U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken, though delegates attending the gathering are tested daily, wear masks and observe social-distancing guidelines, according to AP.

  • "We have no reason to believe any of our delegation is at risk,” State Department Ned Price said.
  • Jaishankar said he would attend the rest of his meetings virtually. India is not a member of the G7, but the foreign minister was invited to attend as a guest along with representatives from South Korea, Australia and South Africa.

The big picture: India is in the midst of the world's worst coronavirus outbreak, reporting over 380,000 cases and more than 3,700 deaths in the last 24 hours. The horrific surge in infections is believed to be driven largely by new virus variants, and has prompted the U.S. to restrict travel from India.

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Scoop: Biden weighs posting LA Mayor Garcetti to India

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Photo: Marcus Yam/Pool/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

President Biden is considering naming Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to a high-profile ambassadorship, possibly India, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: The potential exit of the Democratic executive for the nation's second-largest city would come as L.A. faces record homelessness and a court order to find shelter for a massive Skid Row population by the end of September. It could further destabilize California politics amid a recall attempt against Gov. Gavin Newsom, also a Democrat.

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North and South Korea restart hotline and pledge to improve ties

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, North Korea, in 2018. Photo: Pyeongyang Press Corps/Pool/Getty Images

North and South Korea's leaders have pledged to improve relations and resume previously suspended communication channels between the two countries.

Why it matters: The resumption of the hotline on Tuesday comes despite stalled negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang on the denuclearization of North Korea, which broke down after a second summit between then-President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ended without a deal in 2019.

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Teen swimmer Lydia Jacoby wins 1st U.S. women's Olympic gold in Tokyo

Lydia Jacoby of Team USA wins gold in the women's 100-meter breaststroke at the Tokyo Games. Photo: Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

Team USA's 17-year-old swimmer Lydia Jacoby has won the Olympic gold medal in the women's 100-meter breaststroke at the Tokyo Games, completing the race with a time of 1:04.95.

Of note: The Alaskan beat defending Olympic champion and fellow American Lilly King, who won bronze. Tatjana Shoenmaker from South Africa took home the silver medal.