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Kashmir clashes over militant Burhan Wani leave 30 dead

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The clashes began after popular militant commander Burhan Wani was killed by security forces

The clashes began after popular militant commander Burhan Wani was killed by security forces

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Police in Kashmir say at least 30 people have been killed in clashes between protestors and security forces after the shooting of a well-known militant leader, with additional deaths being reported Monday after a weekend of violence left 23 dead, including a police officer.

The violence equates to the greatest the region has seen in years, roughly 800 extra officers have been sent to the area to restore order.

More than 200 other people have been injured in the clashes, which saw government forces fire live rounds and tear gas in an effort to disburse of the crowds. A curfew has been ordered across much of the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley after a police substation was set ablaze and a military airbase was targeted during the latest clashes.

The disputed region is claimed in its entirety by both India and Pakistan and has been a hotbed of controversy and violence for more than 60 years, sparking wars between the two countries.

Within the Muslim-majority territory, some militant groups have armed themselves to fight for independence from Indian rule or a merger with Pakistan. The last series of inflated violence came in 2010, when more than 100 people died in anti-India protests, which broke out after police shot and killed a teenager.

Burhan Wani, 22, died in a gunfight with the Indian army on Friday. Wani is largely credited with reviving the image of militancy in Kashmir. Born to a highly educated upper-class Kashmiri family, Wani is believed to have been driven to militancy at the ripe age of 15, when he and his brother were reportedly beaten up by police “for no reason.”

Wani was extremely active on social media channels, and unlike many of the militants in the past, did not seek to hide his identity.

His video messages, which would often go viral in Kashmir after they were posted, spoke on the topics of Indian injustice and the desire for young people to stand up against their oppression. Indian officials have said that he was instrumental in persuading local boys to take up arms.

Thousands attended Wani's funeral which was held in his hometown of Tral

Thousands attended Wani’s funeral which was held in his hometown of Tral

Thousands attended Wani’s funeral on Saturday, which was held in his hometown of Tral, about 25 miles south of Srinagar.

After the services concluded, multiple police stations and military installations were attacked in the violent clashes. Several buildings were burned down, police said.

The majority of those killed over the weekend in the wake of the violence are believed to have been protestors, officials have said. The policeman was killed after his car into a river in the Jhelum area on Sunday. However, police say the vehicle was pushed in by the assembled crowds, while other reports have said it was driven into the river after the driver lost control in an attempt to avoid stone-throwing mobs.

Four of the region’s top separatists leaders released a joint statement in which they called on India’s government to “abandon the policy of stopping people’s marches by bullets.”

A popular Hindu religious pilgrimage to the Amarnath temple shrine has been ordered suspended in the aftermath of the violence, a journey which has stranded some 15,000 devotees in the neighboring region of Jammu. More than 2,000 devotees who were on the way back from the temple have been airlifted out of Kashmir, according to police officials.

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Ex-Minneapolis cop charged with George Floyd’s murder

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MINNEAPOLIS (Diya TV) — One of the Minneapolis police officers fired for their role in the death of George Floyd, Derek Chauvin, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Floyd died after he was pinned to the ground by those officers, with Chauvin keeping his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. The other officers are under investigation, but no charges were announced. The arrest comes after a night of tumult in Minneapolis, where a police station and new housing project were burned down and stores were looted.

Protests that were largely limited to Minneapolis this week have now spread around the nation. From New York to Atlanta, Washington to San Jose, thousands of people outraged over Floyd’s death have taken to the streets. While gatherings started as peace expressions of grief, many of them have turned violent.

President Trump announced there will be a federal investigation over Floyd’s death. But he’s also caused controversy with a tweet quoting George Wallace that said “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” in reaction to the fires set in Minneapolis.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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In Oval Office, Trump offers personal mediation to India-China

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) —  President Trump, when asked in the Oval Office to comment on the growing India-China border dispute, said he would be happy to mediate any issues between the two nations. Trump added he spoke to Prime Minister Modi and claims Modi “is not in a good mood about what’s going on with China.”

The U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum normally holds events at high-end hotels. But this time out, their West Coast Summit brought dignitaries together virtually, featuring speakers like Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen and FedEx President Raj Subramaniam to discuss the growing U.S.-India relationship.

The Indian government is allowing Indian Americans with Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cards to return. They had restricted such travel as part of India’s strict lockdown two months ago.

And bad weather delayed a landmark U.S. trip into space by NASA and SpaceX. It was to be the first space mission with astronauts aboard powered by a private company. Instead, they will aim to lift off once again on Saturday.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Somber milestone: 100,000 Americans lost to COVID-19

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Three months into the pandemic, America hit a grim milestone — 100,000 dead in the U.S. at the hands of COVID-19. Cases continue to rise in 14 states, including California. 1.7 million Americans are now afflicted with COVID-19.

In a tweet, President Trump chimed into the growing India-China border dispute, offering to have American officials meditate to keep the peace. China already has ongoing rifts with Taiwan, Hong Kong and Tibet — regions with underlying calls for independence. And there are many asking for American intervention in those matters. We’ll analyze all of these movements.

Peaceful protests have turned into riots in Minneapolis after the senseless killing of George Floyd by police. The four officers involved have been fired. And now Minneapolis’ mayor wants criminal charges for 44 year old Derek Chauvin, the now fired officer who suffocated Floyd to death while onlookers screamed for him to stop.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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