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India orders Italian envoy to stay put as two nations clash
India orders Italian envoy to stay put as two nations clash

NEW DELHI – India ratcheted up its diplomatic standoff with Rome over a shooting incident last year, issuing orders at major airports and seaports Friday that the Italian ambassador was not allowed to leave the country without permission. The move could send relations into uncharted territory given international conventions against detaining diplomats. While it’s not unusual for countries to expel diplomats during a disagreement, it’s far less common to detain them. New Delhi also canceled the posting of its own ambassador to Italy, according to local media reports – possibly fearful Rome might do the same to its diplomat, by some accounts – and threatened...

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