Following are the top foreign stories at 1700 hours

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FGN17 US-FLOYD-2ND VERDICT US police officer Chauvin found guilty on all three charges of killing George Floyd Washington: A US grand jury has found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all three charges he faced over the custodial death of African-American George Floyd last year, a chilling incident that sparked worldwide protests against racism and excessive use of force by police.

FGN23 VIRUS-LANKA-VACCINES-BLOOD CLOTS 3 Sri Lankans died of blood clots after COVID-19 jab: Health Minister Colombo: At least three Sri Lankans have died of blood clots after receiving the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine against the COVID-19, the country’s Health Minister told Parliament on Wednesday.

FGN5 US-SIKH April is ‘Sikh awareness month’ in Illinois: Indian American Congressman Washington: Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi has entered a statement into the Congressional record to recognise April as ‘Sikh appreciation and awareness month’ in his home state of Illinois.

FGN4 US-INDIA-COVID Tracking course of COVID-19 outbreak in India very closely: US Washington: The United States is tracking the course of the COVID-19 outbreak in India “very closely”, the State Department has said.

FGN26 US-BIDEN-GUPTA-NOMINEE Biden says Justice Dept nominee Vanita Gupta spent entire career fighting to advance racial equity, justice Washington: US President Joe Biden has said that he has nominated “eminently qualified and highly respected” Indian-origin lawyer Vanita Gupta to the Justice Department as she has spent her entire career fighting to advance racial equity and justice.

FGN6 US-VIRUS-VACCINE US ‘deeply focussed’ on expanding global vaccination, manufacturing: State dept Washington: The United States is deeply focused on expanding global vaccination, manufacturing, and delivery -- all of which will be critical to ending the COVID-19 pandemic, the State Department has said.

FGN21 UK-QUEEN-LD BIRTHDAY Britain's mourning Queen marks low-key 95th birthday London: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is marking a low-key 95th birthday on Wednesday, days after husband Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday. PTI PMS PMS