New Delhi, Apr 10 (PTI) Following are the top foreign stories at 1700 hours: FGN16 LANKA-POLITICS

Lanka: SLFP ministers boycott Cabinet meeting Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) ministers today boycotted a Cabinet meeting, days after they voted in favour of a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

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Geopolitics won’t hamper ties with India: Taiwan trade body chief Taipei: Taiwan’s policy to engage with India has nothing to do with geopolitical considerations and will not be affected by China’s view, chief of Taiwan’s main trade promotion body said here today as he pushed for more bilateral investment and cultural exchanges. By Vilas Tokale FGN9 US-ZUCKERBERG-2NDLD APOLOGY

Sorry for not doing enough: Zuckerberg testimony to Congress Washington: Mark Zuckerberg has apologised to the US Congress and taken personal responsibility over the Cambridge Analytica scandal for “not doing enough” to protect Facebook’s 87 million users’ private data from being misused and manipulated. By Lalit K Jha FGN11 UK-SPY-LD DAUGHTER

Daughter in Salisbury nerve agent poisoning leaves hospital London: Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned with a nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury along with her Russian ex-spy father, has been discharged from hospital, an official said today.(AFP) FGN7 CHINA-XI-TRADE

Xi vows to protect IPR, further open China’s economy amid trade row with US Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping today pledged to lower auto import tariffs, protect the intellectual property of foreign companies and further open the world’s second largest economy, apparently addressing the concerns of US President Donald Trump as the two countries edged towards an all-out trade war. By K J M Varma FGN3 CHINA-XI-BRI

Xi defends BRI; says China has no geo-political calculations Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping today defended his ambitious multi-billion dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), saying China has no “geo-political calculations” and the project will benefit the world.By K J M Varma FGN15 CHINA-JACKMA

Trade war is like treating flu with chemotherapy: Jack Ma Beijing: Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma has said that it was normal for the world’s two largest economies to have problems with trade but tackling them with a trade war is just like treating a flu with chemotherapy. By K J M Varma

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