Indian authorities removed security barriers in front of the U.S. embassy in New Delhi on Tuesday apparently in retaliation for the arrest and alleged heavy-handed treatment of an Indian diplomat in New York. New Delhi police used tow trucks and bulldozers to remove the concrete barricades, which are used to restrict traffic on the road outside the embassy. As the dispute over the diplomat's treatment grew, several top politicians, including the leaders of the two main political parties and the national security adviser, refused to meet a delegation of U.S. lawmakers visiting India this week.
German lawmakers have elected Angela Merkel to lead a coalition government, marking her third term as chancellor at a time when Germany faces an array of economic and political challenges at home and abroad. The new government has pledged to focus on weaning the country from nuclear power and to introduce a nationwide minimum wage. The plan that has dismayed many in Germany’s strong business lobby, which fears an increase in employment costs will hurt the country’s labor market.
The Aam Aadmi Party said it will take the views of the people of the city from today till Sunday, and ask them for their reactions to forming a government with the Congress Party. Addressing media, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said that being a people's party, they would carry out a referendum among the people of the city, and decide what to do next. Kejriwal further said that AAP had written letters to both the Congress and the BJP. "Congress had offered unconditional support.