Following are the top foreign stories at 2015 hours

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FGN49 UK-ROYALS-3RDLD WILLIAM Royal family 'very much not racist', says Prince William London: Britain's royal family is 'very much not racist', Prince William said on Thursday, in his first public remarks since his younger brother Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle made explosive claims in a TV interview. By Aditi Khanna FGN46 CHINA-TAIWAN-LI China opposes 'Taiwan independence', welcomes cross-Strait dialogue: Premier Li Beijing: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday that China opposes separatist activities aimed at 'Taiwan independence” but welcomes any dialogue by Taiwanese political parties on cross-Strait relations. By K J M Varma FGN26 US-INDIA-LD DEFENCE US aims at helping India develop its own defence industrial base: top Pentagon official Washington: The Biden administration is looking at deepening its military and technical cooperation with India by not only providing it with arms and equipment, but also helping New Delhi develop its own defence industrial base to allow it to work with the US and others around the region, a senior Pentagon official has told lawmakers. By Lalit K Jha FGN31 CHINA-BRAHMAPUTRA-LD DAM Decks cleared to build dam on Brahmaputra in Tibet as China’s Parl approves 14th Five-Year Plan Beijing: China’s Parliament on Thursday adopted the 14th Five-Year Plan, the mega blueprint containing billions of dollars worth of projects, including the controversial hydropower project on the Brahmaputra river in Tibet close to the Arunachal Pradesh border over which India has raised concerns. By K J M Varma FGN54 CHINA-ECONOMY-LI China's Premier Li says economy could grow over 6% as Parliament approves new growth plan Beijing: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday projected that the world's second largest economy could grow higher than the official target of six per cent as lawmakers approved a new development blueprint for the next five to 15 years, amid growing tensions with the US. By K J M Varma FGN51 VIRUS-UK-VACCINE-CANCER Cancer patients less protected after first COVID vaccine jab, UK study finds London: Cancer patients may not be protected to the same degree as the rest of the population after they receive their first of two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, a new UK study has found on Thursday. By Aditi Khanna FGN34 US-CHINA-LD BLINKEN US will speak out forcefully against China committing 'genocide' against Uyghur Muslims: Blinken Washington: Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said the US will speak out forcefully against China committing 'genocide' against Uyghur Muslims in its Xinjiang province, as several lawmakers voiced concern about the deteriorating human rights situation in the communist nation, ahead of the first face-to-face meeting of top American and Chinese officials next week since President Joe Biden took office. By Lalit K Jha FGN32 VIRUS-BIDEN-SPEECH Biden to announce next phase of fight against coronavirus in his first prime-time speech Washington: US President Joe Biden will lay out the next phase of his administration's arduous fight against the deadly coronavirus pandemic during his maiden prime-time address to the nation on Thursday night since assuming office in January. By Lalit K Jha FGN10 UN-2NDLD MYANMAR UNSC condemns violence against peaceful protestors in Myanmar, calls for reversal of coup United Nations: The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the violence against peaceful protestors in Myanmar and called on the military to exercise 'utmost restrain', as the powerful world body unanimously reiterated its call for the immediate release of detained leaders and voiced support for the democratic transition in the Southeast Asian nation. By Yoshita Singh IND IND