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Former Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj Dies at 67

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — One of the key figures in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first term, Sushma Swaraj, has died. Swaraj was India’s foreign minister from 2014 to 2019 and recently resigned because of ongoing health problems. A veteran politician and senior leader of the BJP, Swaraj was known for responding quickly to issues faced by Indian nationals on Twitter. She was 67 years old.

After India announced a change in their constitution to govern Jammu & Kashmir more closely, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in response said “incidents like Pulwama are bound to happen again.”

The Pulwama attack by Jaish-e-Mohammed earlier this year killed 40 people, including the suicide bomber, and injured 35.

Seven years after the Oak Creek, Wisconsin Gurdwara attack left six people dead and 4 wounded, Americans in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas are grieving after new mass shootings. 31 people in all are dead, the toll rising by the day. Calls for stricter gun laws are widening, but no definitive action has been taken yet by Congress.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Trump Speaks to Modi, Aims to Reduce Kashmir Tensions

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — President Trump spoke to Indian Prime Minister Modi by phone to get India’s perspective on Kashmir. Modi told Trump the anti-India rhetoric from Pakistani leaders was not conducive to peace. Later, President Trump in a tweet called Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan “good friends,” of his and that he’s working “towards reducing tensions in Kashmir.”

Kabul, Afghanistan was the site of a horrific suicide bombing that took place at a wedding, killing 63 people. The bride and groom survived. Afghan officials blame the attack on the United States and their prolonged presence in the region.

A 35-year-old man from India on a hunger strike at a Texas ICE facility was force fed, according to his attorney, becoming the latest detainee seeking asylum in the U.S. fed in such a manner. The man stopped eating tko protest his confinement. ICE says they will do what it takes to “preserving the lives of those in its custody.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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EXCLUSIVE: Fremont PD and FOG confirm Independence Day Parade cancelled over security, permitting

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FREMONT, Calif. (Diya TV) — Fremont Police Department and FOG organizers confirm the annual Indian Independence Day parade, scheduled for this Sunday, is cancelled due to permitting and security concerns. FOG will still take place this weekend, minus the parade. Here’s our initial report on FOG security from earlier this week.

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Rep. Suozzi apologizes over Kashmir letter to Pompeo

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Democratic Congressman Tom Suozzi represents New York’s 3rd Congressional District, a diverse region with a large contingent of Pakistani and Indian Americans. After meeting with a group of Pakistani constituents upset about India’s change in approach towards Kashmir, he wrote a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to prioritize Kashmir. 

Now he’s backtracked from those remarks, issuing a new statement to apologize after meeting with Indian American constituents, saying he should have “framed [his] concerns differently.”

A Pakistani-American audience member at BeautyCon got the attention she was seeking for Kashmir when she publicly accused Indian actress Priyanka Chopra during a question and answer session of “encouraging nuclear war against Pakistan.” Ayesha Malik says she did not intend to challenge Chopra at the event, but wanted know why Priyanka tweeted ‘Jai Hind’ after tensions flared up in Kashmir when terrorists from Pakistan killed 40 Indian soldiers. Chopra, who is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, dismissed Malik’s accusation, but is being criticized for being hypocritical and the tone and manner of the denial.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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