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Germany adopts Indo-Pacific strategy, priority of foreign policy

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BERLIN (Diya TV) — Germany formally adopted an Indo-Pacific strategy, becoming the second EU nation after France to make such an initiative a priority of foreign policy. In a statement, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said “The political West also lies in the East. We are sending a clear message today: the Indo-Pacific region is a priority of German foreign policy. 

Today’s cabinet decision sets the course for our future relations with that part of the world. Our aim is to strengthen our relations with this important region and to expand our cooperation in the areas of multilateralism, climate change mitigation, human rights, rules-based free trade, connectivity, the digital transformation and, in particular, security policy.

The Himalayas and the Malacca Strait may seem a long way away. But our prosperity and our geopolitical influence in the coming decades will depend not least on how we work together with the countries of the Indo-Pacific region. That, more than anywhere else, is where the shape of the international order of tomorrow will be decided.

We want to help shape that order – so that it is based on rules and international cooperation, not on the law of the strong. That is why we have intensified cooperation with those countries that share our democratic and liberal values. In so doing, we are strengthening the idea of a multipolar world in which no country has to decide between poles of power. We are watching with concern the arms race in the region, as well as latent conflicts which would have global repercussions were they to erupt.

Stability in the region is of vital importance to us in economic terms, too: we are a trading nation, and as such our prosperity depends directly on freedom of trade and of shipping routes, many of which pass through the Indo-Pacific region.

The Indo-Pacific region is important to us! Not only as Germans, but as Europeans. That is why we are working with our EU partners, particularly France, to draw up a European Indo-Pacific strategy oriented to our principles and values. Europe can assert its interests and values only if we stand united.”

A federal appeals court ruled the National Security Agency program that tracked details on billions of phone calls around the country was illegal and likely unconstitutional.

Edward Snowden, the whistleblower of the program that continues to live in exile, said in response to the decision “I never imagined that I would live to see our courts condemn the NSA’s activities as unlawful and in the same ruling credit me for exposing them.”

A study led by Indian-American researchers warns even people wearing face shields along with masks with exhalation valves are not necessarily safe and can still get the coronavirus.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Impeachment moves ahead despite limited GOP support

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Democrats in the House are moving ahead with the second impeachment of President Trump over accusations Trump incited supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol. Despite tepid Republican support, the vote will be held Wednesday. Vice President Pence said he would not invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump before his final day in office January 20th.

Indian Prime Minister Modi praised the Indian diaspora around the world for all their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Modi says Indians have gone above and beyond with their giving and generosity, especially medical workers on the front lines. He also thanked temples, gurdwaras and other social service agencies for being there for everyone without discrimination.

India authorized two COVID-19 vaccines for use, putting it’s massive manufacturing capacity in the spotlight.  The Serum Institute of India is the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines by volume. It will likely provide almost all the vaccines in India and ship to many other places around the world later this year.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Rioters face criminal charges, Capitol Police chief resigns

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Federal investigators are looking to bring criminal charges on everyone involved in the insurrection in the U.S. Capitol and they are also looking at the role President Trump had in inviting his supporters to interrupt the certification of President-Elect Joe Biden’s win. 15 criminal cases have already been filed, including one against one man who brought a military semi-automatic rifle and 11 Molotov cocktails. Capitol Police are also under fire for how the building was breached in the first place, leading to the resignation of their police chief. The House & Senate Sergeant at Arms are also being replaced.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are leading the calls for the 25th Amendment to be invoked against President Trump. The 25th Amendment states in part the vice president and a majority of the cabinet can decide that the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties” of the office.

Several White House officials resigned in the aftermath of violence at the Capitol. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced their resignations, the first to leave President Trump’s Cabinet since the attack. Trump’s former chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, top European and Russian official on the National Security Council Ryan Tully and First Lady Melania Trump’s Chief of Staff Stephanie Grisham have also quit.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Democrats introduce an article of impeachment against Trump

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — As promised, House Democrats introduced an article of impeachment against President Trump, accusing him of inciting insurrection at the Capitol building on January 6. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told GOP colleagues the earliest a Senate trial could likely be held would be on January 19, the day before President-Elect Joe Biden is sworn in.

Indians around the world were surprised to see an Indian flag being waved on the Capitol grounds during the massive riot that left five people dead. Vincent Palanthigal brought the tricolor and was part of a group of Indian Americans on hand protesting President-Elect Joe Biden’s election win. Vincent is a Catholic and a Republican originally from India and says he brought the flag because of his patriotic fervor and love for India. But claims he did not participate in the destruction.

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris named Sabrina Singh as her Deputy Press Secretary. Singh was Harris’ press secretary on the Biden-Harris campaign and she also served previously for Mike Bloomberg and Cory Booker.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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