A police officer keeps an eye on demonstrators protesting opposite Downing Street against India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi's official visit, in London, November 12, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
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Britain and India were poised to sign 9 billion pounds ($13.7 billion) of trade deals during a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but his arrival Thursday was overshadowed by protests over a perceived rise in intolerance back home.Cameron has visited India three times since taking office in 2010 in an effort to climb back up the diplomatic pecking order, but Modi is the first Indian head of government to pay an official visit Britain, the country's former colonial ruler, in almost a decade.Modi was due to have lunch with Queen Elizabeth Friday, before the high point of his visit, a mass rally at Wembley Stadium where Modi will address about 60,000 supporters from India's 1.5-million-strong diaspora in Britain.
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