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FILE - In this June 20, 2018 file photo, Catoctin Creek Distillery whiskey is on display in a tasting room in Purcellville, Va. American dairy farmers, distillers and drug makers have been eager to break into India, but it look like they'll have to wait. Indian is the world’s seventh-biggest economy but it's also a tough-to-penetrate colossus of 1.3 billion people. Trade talks between the Trump administration and New Delhi were intended to forge at least a modest deal in time for President Donald Trump’s visit to India that begins Monday. But the talks appear to have fizzled for now. It's important to remember that Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are fierce nationalists who favor protecting their own producers over opening their markets to foreign competition. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

India, US struggling to bridge trade dispute as Trump visits

Feb. 22, 2020 12:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — American dairy farmers, distillers and drugmakers have been eager to break into India, the world’s seventh-biggest economy but a tough-to-penetrate colossus of 1.3 billion people. Looks like they’ll have to wait. Talks between the Trump administration and New Delhi, intended...

FILE- In this Feb. 19, 2020, file photo, a monkey sits on a hoarding welcoming U.S. President Donald Trump ahead of his visit to Ahmedabad, India. A festive mood has enveloped Ahmedabad in India’s northwestern state of Gujarat ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting Monday with U.S. President Donald Trump, whom he's promised millions of adoring fans. The rally in Modi's home state may help replace his association with deadly anti-Muslim riots in 2002 that landed him with a U.S. travel ban. It may also distract Indians, at least temporarily, from a slumping economy and ongoing protests over a citizenship law that excludes Muslims, but also risks reopening old wounds. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki, File)

At Trump's India rally, Modi bets on bolstering his image

Feb. 22, 2020 5:38 AM EST

AHMEDABAD, India (AP) — A festive mood has enveloped Ahmedabad in India’s northwestern state of Gujarat ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting there on Monday with President Donald Trump, whom he's promised millions of adoring fans. The rally in Modi's home state may help displace his...

Children from an art school make paintings of U.S. President Donald Trump ahead of his India visit, in Mumbai, India, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Trump is scheduled to visit India Feb. 24-25. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Trump and first lady to tour Taj Mahal during India visit

Feb. 21, 2020 3:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will tour the Taj Mahal when they visit India next week in a trip tailor-made for a president who loves grandeur and adoring crowds. The two-day visit will begin with a Monday rally at the world's largest cricket stadium in the western...

A man takes a selfie with portraits of U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi painted on a wall ahead of Trump's visit, in Ahmadabad, India, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Trump is scheduled to visit the city during his Feb. 24-25 India trip. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Trump says Modi expects massive crowds during India visit

Feb. 18, 2020 4:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says that India Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expecting to turn out massive crowds for the president when he visits next week. Trump will be in the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat to attend an event called “Namaste Trump,” which translates to...

A man rides past a wall painted with portraits of U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of Trump's visit, in Ahmadabad, India, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Trump is scheduled to visit the city during his Feb. 24-25 India trip. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

India hastily builds wall along slum ahead of Trump visit

Feb. 18, 2020 10:31 AM EST

AHMEDABAD, India (AP) — A half-kilometer (1,640-foot) brick wall has been hastily erected in India's Gujarat state ahead of a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump, with critics saying it was built to block the view of a slum area inhabited by more than 2,000 people. “Since they are spending so much...

This photograph provided by Harpreet Upal, an accompanying aide of British Member of Parliament Debbie Abrahams shows Abrahams at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Indian officials denied the British lawmaker entry on Monday after she landed at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport, according to Harpreet Upal, an accompanying aide. (Harpreet Upal via AP)

British MP who leads Kashmir group denied entry to India

Feb. 17, 2020 4:25 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian officials denied a British lawmaker entry on Monday after she landed at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport, according to an accompanying aide. Debbie Abrahams, a Labour Party Member of Parliament who chairs a parliamentary group focused on the disputed region of...

India's top court grants equal rights to women in army

Feb. 17, 2020 4:21 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s top court on Monday ordered the federal government to grant permanent commission and command positions to female officers in the army on par with men, asserting that the government's arguments against the policy were based on gender stereotypes. The court’s decision,...

In this Jan. 30, 2020, photo, a Kashmiri journalist, center, browses the internet on his mobile phone inside the media center set up by government authorities in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. Six months after India stripped restive Kashmir of its semi-autonomy, enforcing a total communications blackout, it has restored limited internet at slow speeds with access only to government-approved websites. Since Modi came into power in 2014, the internet has been suspended more than 365 times in India, according to the global digital rights group Access Now. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)

India keeps lid on Kashmir's internet 6 months into lockdown

Feb. 14, 2020 2:04 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Six months after India's government stripped restive Kashmir of its semi-autonomy and enforced a total communications blackout, it is heralding the restoration of limited, slow-speed internet as a step toward normalcy. But for the Himalayan region's 7 million people, the reality is far...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, Indian paramilitary soldiers drag barbwire as they prepare to impose curfew in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. Envoys from more than 20 countries arrived in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, the second visit by a delegation of New Delhi-based foreign diplomats since the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist-led government stripped the region of its semi-autonomous status in August last year. The move was accompanied by a harsh crackdown, with New Delhi sending tens of thousands of additional troops to the already heavily militarized region, imposing a sweeping curfew, arresting thousands and cutting virtually all communications. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

India takes foreign envoys to disputed Kashmir

Feb. 12, 2020 5:54 AM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India took more than 20 foreign diplomats on a visit to disputed Kashmir on Wednesday, the second such trip since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government stripped the region of its semi-autonomous status last summer. India's foreign ministry in a statement...

Incumbent Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, center, waves at Aam Aadmi Party, or

Stunning defeat for Modi's party in New Delhi elections

Feb. 11, 2020 10:02 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party was given a stunning defeat by a regional party Tuesday in elections in the national capital that were seen as a referendum on his policies, including a new national citizenship law that excludes Muslims. Saturday's New...