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Nikki Haley Says U.S. Remains Committed to NATO: ‘It’s not a change in policy’

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U.S. ambassador to the UN spoke with MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace and addressed the Article 5 conflict of President Trump’s recent remarks delivered to European members of NATO.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, said the U.S. remains firmly committed to the NATO alliance during a recent interview with MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace.

Haley’s remarks were delivered on the heels of President Donald Trump’s contentious speech delivered to European members of NATO, during which he declined to explicitly affirm his commitment to Article 5, an agreement which binds member countries to the collective defense of the alliance.

Wallace asked Haley “how the president’s reluctance to affirm our commitment to all for one, one for all at the NATO summit” affects Haley’s job of “shoulder to shoulder diplomacy.”

“Article 5 is something that we have always supported,” Haley said in response.

“Do you support it today?” Wallace asked in response.

“Yes, absolutely,” Haley said, adding that America’s policy is to completely support collective defense.

When asked why President Trump didn’t outright state that during his address to NATO members, Haley responding in saying “there’s a lot of things he didn’t say, and I think people are nitpicking at what he did say.”

“If it was a change in policy, he would have said it. It’s not a change in policy,” she continued. “So we’re going to continue to support our allies the way we always have.”

Haley added that she thought Trump’s trip was a productive one, contrary to the reports of German chancellor Angela Merkel’s cold-shouldering of the current administration, “Germany will see in time that we have the backs of our allies,” she said.

See video of the interview below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBhaSc8MeEk

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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