Following are the top foreign stories at 1720 hours

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FGN26: VIRUS-CHINA-INDIA-RESTRICTIONS Beijing: The CEOs of a host of Indian businesses and industries in China have expressed concern over the continuing COVID-19 related visa and travel restrictions being pursued by Beijing which they say are hampering their activities.

FGN24: VIRUS-UK-LD ASTRAZENECA London: The UK’s medicines regulator has confirmed seven cases of blood clot-related deaths in people who received the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19, but stressed on the safety of the jabs as there is no evidence of a causal link.

FGN21: LANKA-CHURCHES-SECURITY Colombo: Security at churches across Sri Lanka have been beefed up ahead of Easter on Sunday, police said on Saturday, in the wake of the April 2019 coordinated attacks on tourists and minority Christian community in the country in which 270 people were killed.

FGN11: US-CAPITOL-2NDLD ATTACK Washington: A Capitol Police officer was killed and another injured after a man rammed his car into a security barrier outside the US Capitol and then got out of the vehicle and lunged towards the officers with a knife, setting off a major security scare nearly three months after the January 6 insurrection by pro-Trump supporters.

FGN20: VIRUS-BANGLA-LOCKDOWN Dhaka: The Bangladesh government on Saturday decided to impose a week-long nationwide lockdown from Monday as COVID-19 cases and deaths surged across the country.

FGN18: US-PEARL-LD BLINKEN Washington: Secretary of State Antony Blinken has spoken with the family of slain American journalist Daniel Pearl, and assured them that the US government remains committed to pursuing justice and accountability for those involved in his kidnapping and murder in Pakistan.

FGN16: PAK-PM-INDIA-TRADE Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan decided that Pakistan cannot go ahead with any trade with India under the current circumstances after holding consultations with key members of his Cabinet on importing cotton and sugar from the neighbouring country, a media report said on Saturday.

FGN12: US-H1B Washington: The US Department of Labour has sought feedback from the public in the next 60 days on determining the wage levels for the employment of various immigrants and non-immigrants, including those on the H-1B visas, the most sought-after work visa among Indian professionals. PTI SCY