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Nikki Haley Breaks from President-elect’s Stance on Russia

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Nikki Haley on Wednesday became the latest Trump Cabinet nominee to break with the President-elect’s ideas on how to deal with Russia.

The South Carolina governor told senators reviewing her nomination for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations that the United States must use force against Russia’s attempts to flex its muscles in the Ukraine and Syria, as well as Moscow’s alleged interference in the U.S. election.

Russia was just one area of several that Haley put distance between herself and the President-elect with, at one point she even chided Trump for speaking dismissively of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. On Russia specifically, Haley said, “I don’t think that we can trust them.”

“We have to try and see what we can get from them before we give to them,” Haley told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “We have to continue to be very strong.”

She insisted the U.S. must not send the message that it is comfortable with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine or for the country’s support for the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. When pressed by Sen. Ben Cardin, Haley also said she views Crimea as part of Ukraine. She agreed that the Syrian regime’s actions, which were backed by Russia, constituted “genocide.” She also said “Yes, I do,” when asked if Russia had committed war crimes in Aleppo.

Haley added that the U.S. should not reduce sanctions on Russia until they show they’re taking positive steps.

Many Democrats, as well as some top Republicans, are extremely concerned with Trump’s unwillingness to take a hard line with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his resistance to U.S. intelligence assessments that the Kremlin tried to influence the general election in Trump’s favor. Many are worried the president-elect, who takes office Friday, will not stand up to Moscow.

Although Haley has extremely limited foreign policy experience, her nomination is one of the least controversial of Trump’s Cabinet selections, and she’s expected to sail through the confirmation process. She candidly admitted that she has a lot to learn about the U.N. system, but also said that due to her gubernatorial experience, she has the coalition-building and deal-making skills needed to successfully represent the United States on the world stage.

 

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India sets tougher regulations on explicit content

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India Sets Tougher Regulations On Explicit Content | Diya TV News

NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — India’s Information Technology Ministry set new regulations for social media companies and digital streaming websites, demanding compliance with government takedown requests of unlawful, violent, and explicit content within 36 hours. Upon request, social media companies would have to disclose where the content is originating from. But Facebook-owned WhatsApp says they cannot comply without compromising user privacy.

Indian Prime Minister Modi took the first dose of a Indian-made coronavirus vaccine. So far, his nation has vaccinated 12 million frontline workers since January. But the goal is to inoculate 300 million Indians by August.

The Pentagon said a U.S. airstrike last week in eastern Syria killed one member of an Iranian-backed militia and wounded two others. The bombing was carried out in retaliation for a deadly rocket attack on a U.S.-led coalition base in northern Iraq as well as two other rocket attacks.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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19 yr old Fremont teen dies in car accident

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Atharva Chinchwadkar Found Dead In Solo Car Accident | Diya TV News

FREMONT, Calif. (Diya TV) — Atharva Chinchwadkar, a 19 year old Fremont man reported missing last week, was found dead in what appears to be a tragic solo car accident just a few miles from his home. He was last seen on February 21st by his parents when he left his home to get dog food and didn’t return.

Chinchwadkar was a student at UC Santa Cruz.

Indian businessman Nirav Modi will be extradited from Britain back to India after a London judge dismissed Modi’s argument he would not be treated fairly in India. He’ll face a host of charges when he returns including corruption, money laundering, fraud and embezzlement stemming from the $2 billion fraud case of Punjab National Bank (PNB).

Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries made its first investment in a venture fund, pumping $100 million into early-stage VC Kalaari Capital, led by Vani Kola. The investment is through Jio Platforms and an additional $100 million is also expected to be deployed into a future fund.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India minister Jaishankar Addresses human rights at UN

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Human rights can’t be protected without addressing the threat of terrorism. That’s the message India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar delivered the UN’s Human Rights Council, emphasizing human rights cannot be protected without addressing terrorism, which he called as “one of the gravest threats to humankind.” Last month, India proposed an 8-point plan at the UN to tackle terrorism.

Dr. Vivek Murthy, who has been nominated by President Biden to be Surgeon General for the second time, made in excess of $2 million on COVID-19 related consultations and speeches according to financial disclosures. Carnival cruise lines, Airbnb and the NBA were among the dozens of organizations who retained Murthy for his expertise.

Two Indian Americans are suing Subway, the sandwich chain, claiming there is no tuna in their tuna meals. Karen Dhanowa and Nilima Amin claim Subway falsely promotes its tuna salad sandwiches as composed of wild tuna, when it actually has no tuna or any other fish in it.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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