New Delhi, Apr 14 (PTI) Following are the top foreign stories at 2000 hours:


Blasts shake Damascus as US and allies launch Syria strikes Damascus: The United States, Britain and France carry out a wave of pre-dawn strikes against Syria’s regime in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack, lighting up the sky of Damascus as explosions shook the city. (AFP) FGN32 TRUMP-SYRIA-LD STRIKES

A perfectly executed strike, mission accomplished: Trump Washington: “Mission accomplished,” declared US President Donald Trump as he praised the “perfectly executed” airstrikes against the Syrian regime. By Lalit K Jha FGN27 SYRIA-STRIKES-ASSAD

Assad says strikes make Syria even more determined to ‘fight terrorism’ Damascus: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says Western strikes on government military installations only made him more keen to fight back against his opponents, in comments published by his office. (AFP) FGN35 CHINA-INDIA-EXPORTS

India pitches for soybean exports to China amid US trade spat Beijing: Sharply criticising protectionist policies of western countries, India offers to export soybean and sugar to China amid the tariff spat between Beijing and Washington and sought major Chinese investments specially in India’s housing-for-all project. By K J M Varma FGN34 CHINA-SYRIA

China opposes US airstrikes on Syria

Beijing: China opposes the joint attack by the US, France and the UK on Syria, saying any action bypassing the UN charter violates the principles of international law and the basic norms governing international relations. By K J M Varma FGN21 UK-MAY-SYRIA

Theresa May declares Syria air strikes successful London: Air strikes by Britain, France and the United States in Syria sent a “clear message” against the use of chemical weapons, British Prime Minister Theresa May says and declares the action as successful. By Aditi Khanna FGN12 UN-GUTERRES-SYRIA

Syria ‘most serious threat’ to int’l peace, security: Guterres United Nations: Syria represents the “most serious threat” to international peace and security, UN chief Antonio Guterres says, urging all the member states to show restraint and avoid any acts that could escalate the situation and worsen suffering of the Syrian people. By Yoshita Singh FGN37 US-FOREX-LD INDIA

US adds India to currency watch list

Washington: The US adds India to the currency practices and macroeconomic policies monitoring list, saying New Delhi increased its purchase of foreign exchange over the first three quarters of 2017 which does not appear necessary. By Lalit K Jha FGN38 US-PENTAGON-SYRIA

Launched airstrike to cripple chemical weapons infrastructure of Syria: Pentagon Washington: The “precise, overwhelming and effective” military strike in Syria was aimed to “cripple” the chemical weapons infrastructure of the Syrian regime and it succeeded in destroying three chemical weapons facilities in the war-torn country, the Pentagon says. By Lalit K Jha FGN26 EGYPT-LD ATTACK

Egypt’s armed forces foiled attack, 14 terrorists, 8 army personnel killed Cairo: The Egyptian army says it has foiled a major terror attack in the restive central Sinai by shooting dead 14 terrorists who attempted to break into camps of the armed forces and killed 8 Army personnel. By Youssra El-Sharkawy

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