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India orders US diplomats to follow traffic rules. Here’s why that’ll be challenging
Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

In an escalating diplomatic fight, India has demanded that US diplomats adhere to the country's traffic rules.

On Wednesday, the Indian government also ordered the US Embassy in New Delhi to stop selling liquor and other duty-free goods to non-diplomats by Jan. 16.

The moves are the latest retaliatory measures taken by India following the arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade on visa fraud charges in New York last month.

US prosecutors have until Jan. 15 to decide whether to proceed with an indictment.

As these photos show, adhering to traffic laws may prove a bit challenging in India, where cows take precedence over people and crash rates are among the highest in the world.

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Indian commuters ignore a lowered barrier at a railroad crossing in Amritsar on Dec. 18, 2013.

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A cow wanders amongst road traffic on a street in New Delhi, India, on Aug. 11, 2003.

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Indian cyclist Sushil Kumar, 41, holds onto the bars of his bicycle as he joins other commuters in cars, buses, auto rickshaws and motor bikes at a traffic stop in New Delhi on No. 1, 2013.

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Commuters travel along a water-logged road after heavy rain in New Delhi, India, on Jan. 18, 2013.

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Indian commuters wait during a traffic jam in New Delhi on Aug. 26, 2013.

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An Indian street child contorts her body for alms at a busy traffic intersection in New Delhi on Oct. 10, 2013.

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Trucks and buses, often driven with arrogance bordering on hostility, sit atop the traffic pyramid in India, followed by cars and auto-rickshaws. Cyclists are above the widely-ignored pedestrian, but below cows. Sushil Kumar (pink shirt) leaves his home at 6 a.m. every morning for his job in the telecoms ministry. His route of 15 miles takes him an hour and a half one way.

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An Indian rickshaw driver pushes his heavily-laden cycle through traffic at an intersection in New Delhi on Nov. 1, 2013.

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Indian commuters travel on a foggy morning in New Delhi on Dec. 17, 2013.

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