India Ups Diplomatic Row with U.S.

    Indian policemen watch as a bulldozer removes a barricade in front of the US Embassy in New Delhi on December 17, 2013. India launched a series of reprisals against the US over a diplomat's arrest in New York, including pulling identity cards for American consular officials in the country, foreign ministry sources said. Indian security forces also removed police barricades from streets near the US embassy in the capital, in another apparent measure over the arrest. AFP PHOTO/FINDLAY KEMBER        (Photo credit should read FINDLAY KEMBER/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Talk about petty. After the U.S. arrested an Indian diplomat in New York on charges of falsifying visa documents for a maid and then failing to pay her minimum wage, police in New Delhi have removed security barriers around the U.S. embassy there. The Indian government has also seized identification cards that extend Americans diplomatic benefits, and instituted a freeze on duty-free alcohol. India is outraged at what it sees as degrading treatment of its diplomat, who was reportedly arrested on the street and strip searched at jail, which U.S. Marshals say is standard procedure.

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