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Indian police fire tear gas, water cannon to break up farmers’ protest

NEW DELHI: Indian police on Tuesday fired tear gas and water cannons to halt and scatter a march by thousands of protesting farmers heading for the capital, New Delhi, to demand better prices for their produce. Reeling from a crash in commodity prices, more than 50,000 farmers from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, a top producer of wheat and cane, blocked part of the main highway to the capital. They also sought loan waivers, cheaper power and tougher action to get sugar mills to pay dues owed for their cane, as…

India seeks assurances from U.S. over spying reports

NEW DELHI: India summoned a senior U.S. diplomat on Wednesday to explain reports that the U.S. National Security Agency was authorized to spy on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party before he took office, and to seek assurances this would not happen in future. The U.S. State Department said it would not comment "on every specific alleged intelligence activity," but a spokeswoman said she hoped that relations with the new Indian government, which Washington is keen to develop, would not be harmed. According to a 2010…