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Nikki Haley will pitch pro-Israel Agenda during confirmation hearing

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is preparing in her confirmation hearing to sharply criticize the Obama administration for allowing the U.N. Security Council to condemn Israel and pledge to never allow it to happen again if confirmed as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Haley will refer to the U.N. as “often at odds with American national interests and American taxpayers,” according to remarks prepared for delivery at her Wednesday Senate confirmation hearing.

“I will not go to New York and abstain when the U.N. seeks to create an international environment that encourages boycotts of Israel,” Haley plans to say, based on prepared testimony provided by a Senate aide on the condition of anonymity. “I will never abstain when the United Nations takes any action that comes in direct conflict with the interests and values of the United States.”

Haley also plans to question the priorities of the United Nations during her hearing, and whether or not the U.S. is getting its money’s worth for its contribution and investment. While she plans to say she looks forward to serving and representing the country in the international forum, her comments reflect those of the president-elect, who has said the New York-based body is biased, bloated and ineffectual.

“We contribute 22 percent of the U.N.’s budget, far more than any other country. We are a generous nation,” Haley’s prepared remarks say. “But we must ask ourselves what good is being accomplished by this disproportionate contribution. Are we getting what we pay for?”

The first Indian-American to receive a nomination from Trump, Haley was expected to be the least controversial of the Republican’s nominees. This despite the fact she has little experience handling the global issues and negotiations she would face as an ambassador to the United Nations.

She’ll very likely receive some support from Democrats. However, the stakes for Haley, a Republican rising star and one of the party’s few women of color in high office, rose after the problematic audition of her would-be boss — secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson.

Haley is best known nationally for her handling of the 2015 racially motivated killings of black worshippers at a Charleston church. She was hailed for her handling of the matter, she spoke at memorials and ordered the Confederate flag to be removed from the state Capitol grounds. At one point, she was mentioned as a potential vice president pick for the president-elect, Haley herself is regarded as a potential future Republican presidential candidate.

Democrats are planning to question her carefully about her views of Russia, its international ambitions and the U.S. intelligence finding that Moscow attempted to influence the presidential election. Haley will likely be asked whether she could tell the Trump White House things it may not want to hear about Russian behavior internationally and at the United Nations.

Haley, who turns 45 on Inauguration Day, is the South Carolina-born daughter of Indian immigrant parents. She was a member of the state legislature before her election as the state’s first female and first minority governor.

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Rep. Jayapal introduces bipartisan Kashmir resolution

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — Democratic Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal introduced bipartisan legislation in the House asking India to preserve religious freedom for all, reopen all communications & release those detained without charge in Jammu & Kashmir. Jayapal also celebrated the release of Dr. Mubeen Shah, a Kashmiri business leader who was detained, she was instrumental in helping. Meanwhile, the Indian government announced there is no movement restriction in Jammu & Kashmir, transportation services are normal, as are schools, government offices and courts. In addition, India says all landlines have been restored throughout the region, but broadband continues to be limited on mobile devices in Kashmir.

A 23 year old woman who was set on fire in Uttar Pradesh while heading to testify against her alleged rapists died in a New Delhi hospital burn unit. Police have the five suspects allegedly involved in the attack in custody.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Suspects in Hyderabad gang rape murder killed by police

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Hyderabad, India (Diya TV)  — Four suspects in the rape and murder of a 27-year-old veterinarian in Hyderabad were killed by police, who claim the four men were shot in self-defense. The action is drawing praise from the family of the victim but criticism from some lawmakers and civil rights groups.

Protests erupted in India this week seeking justice for this latest victim of sexual assault. Earlier in the week, a 23-year-old woman in Uttar Pradesh heading to testify against a man who allegedly raped her multiple times was set on fire by a group of five men she says included her rapist, who was free on bail. She remains in critical condition.

In a terse letter denouncing impeachment proceedings, The White House signaled it does not intend to mount a defense of President Trump or otherwise participate in the House impeachment hearings. The decision by the administration likely accelerates the pace of impeachment. Hearings continue Monday.

Texas Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher introduced legislation to honor Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal’s memory by renaming a post office in Houston in his honor.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian rape survivor set on fire before trial testimony

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UNNAO, India (Diya TV)  — A 23-year-old woman in India heading to testify against a man who allegedly raped her multiple times was set on fire by a group of five men she says included her rapist, who was free on bail. Doctors at the Lucknow hospital she was brought to say she is in very serious condition, with burn injuries to 90% of her body. Local police say all five suspects are in custody. India’s National Commission for Women are seeking a detailed report regarding the number of reported heinous crimes committed against women and bail granted in such cases.

Nithyananda, a popular guru that faces charges of abduction and rape in India, announced he was establishing the Republic of Kailaasa on an island off the coast of Ecuador, which he claims will be the “world’s greatest and purest Hindu nation,” with promises of free education, free healthcare, free food and the revival of the temple based lifestyle, In addition to facing charges in Gujarat over multiple allegations, French authorities are investigating Nithyananda after one of his French devotees complained the guru had cheated him out of $400,000.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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