New Delhi, Mar 14 (PTI) Following are the top foreign stories at 2000 hours: FGN18 UK-3RDLD HAWKING

London: Stephen Hawking, the legendary British theoretical physicist who explored the mysteries of the universe from his wheelchair and went on to become an inspiring figure globally, dies at his home in Cambridge. By Aditi Khanna FGN29 UK-2NDLD SPY

London: British Prime Minister Theresa May held Russia responsible for the nerve agent attack against a former Russian spy and his daughter as she suspended high-level bilateral contact and expelled 23 Russian diplomats in the “single biggest expulsion” for over 30 years. By Aditi Khanna FGN19 GERMANY-2NDLD MERKEL

Berlin: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, bruised by half a year of post-election coalition haggling, narrowly confirmed by parliament to her fourth and likely final term at the helm of Europe’s biggest economy. (AFP) FGN15 LANKA-GOVT-MEDIA

Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says restrictions imposed on social media after the communal riots in the island’s central hills will be lifted within the next few days, as the government faces flak for not lifting the blockage despite improvement in the situation.


Washington: The India-US two-plus-two dialogue could be among the first major bilateral engagements of Mike Pompeo as the Secretary of State next month, if the CIA Director is confirmed as America’s top diplomat by the Senate in next few weeks. By Lalit K Jha FGN28 PAK-SIKH-MARRIAGE

Lahore: A provincial assembly in Pakistan today created history by unanimously passing a bill that will provide legal status to Sikh marriages in the Muslim-majority country. By M Zulqernain FGN12 AFGHAN-ATTACK

Kabul: Insurgents attack a security checkpoint in western Afghanistan, killing at least 10 security forces. (AFP) FGN8 US-SENTENCE

Washington: A US citizen, trained by al Qaeda in the tribal areas of Pakistan, has been sentenced to 45 years of imprisonment for conspiring to kill Americans and providing support to the global terror outfit. By Lalit K Jha.

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