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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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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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Demolition of Alhambra Sikh temple stopped

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ALHAMBRA, Calif. (Diya TV)  — A condo project that would have razed a long-standing Sikh Gurdwara in Alhambra, California was halted by that city’s planning commission after hours of public testimony. A building permit for the 28 unit condo project was initially approved, but a 5 to 4 vote stayed the development. Now Gurdwara leaders aim to purchase the land from the current owner.

Professor & political analyst Peter Mathews announced his candidacy for California’s 47th District Congressional seat. Mathews is running as a Progressive Democrat and aims to serve western Orange County cities like Garden Grove and Westminster.

A new NASSCOM report says India added 1,300 startups in 2019 alone, a factor in driving the country’s economic growth. US-India Partnership Forum Chairman & former Cisco CEO John Chambers believes this report demonstrates Digital India initiatives are working.

And US-based private equity fund Advent International acquired a majority stake in Bharat Serums and Vaccines, a leading biopharmaceutical company in India, valuing the company at $500 million.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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