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Medvedev honors Soviet troops at Warsaw monument

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev, center, and his wife Svetlana Medvedeva, left, walk after a wreath laying ceremony at a monument dedicated to thousands of Soviet officers and troops killed during World War II while driving Nazi Germans from the city, in Warsaw, Poland on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010. Medvedev was in Warsaw on a two-day visit to improve historically troubled relations. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

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December 07, 2010 WARSAW, Poland  (KATAKAMI / WASHINGTONPOST.COM) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has paid tribute to Soviet troops killed in World War II at a memorial in Warsaw.

Tuesday’s ceremony brought to an end a two-day visit to Warsaw hailed by both Polish and Russian leaders as a breakthrough in improving their historically troubled relations.

Medvedev walked solemnly behind soldiers who placed a wreath at a large monument to the thousands of Soviet troops killed while driving the Nazis from Warsaw during World War II. His wife, Svetlana, followed him and placed long-stemmed red roses.

Medvedev is traveling next to Brussels for a meeting with European Union leaders.  (*)

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Photostream : British Prime Minister David Cameron in Afghanistan

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) watches as Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai speaks during a news conference in Kabul December 7, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

British Prime Minister David Cameron, center, and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, left, pass an Afghan national honor guard before their talks in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010. Prime Minister David Cameron says British troops may start withdrawing from Afghanistan next year. Cameron spoke during a surprise trip to Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)

British Prime Minister David Cameron (C) arrives at Lashkar Gah base December 6, 2010. Cameron, visiting Afghanistan on an unannounced trip, said troops could start withdrawing from the country as early as next year. Picture taken December 6, 2010. REUTERS/Leon Neal/Pool

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (2nd R) smiles as he arrives at patrol base 2 between Lashkar Gah and Gereshk in Afghanistan December 6, 2010. Cameron, visiting Afghanistan on an unannounced trip, said troops could start withdrawing from the country as early as next year. Photograph taken December 6, 2010. REUTERS/ Leon Neal/Pool

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) speaks with soldiers in their sleeping quarters at Lashkar Gah base December 6, 2010. Cameron, visiting Afghanistan on an unannounced trip, said troops could start withdrawing from the country as early as next year. Photograph taken December 6, 2010. REUTERS/ Leon Neal/Pool

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (C) speaks to soldiers from 2 Para in the cookhouse at patrol base 2 between Lashkar Gah and Gereshk December 6, 2010. Cameron, visiting Afghanistan on an unannounced trip, said troops could start withdrawing from the country as early as next year. Picture taken December 6, 2010.REUTERS/ Leon Neal/Pool

 
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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrested in London

A detail from the Interpol website showing the appeal for the arrest of the editor-in-chief of the Wikileaks whistleblowing website, Julian Assange on December 6, 2010. Assange who has spearheaded the release of thousands of sensitive diplomatic cables through Wikileaks is wanted in Sweden on rape charges against two women, and is currently in hiding. (Photo by Getty Images)

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December 07, 2010 (KATAKAMI/ BBC) — The founder of the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has been arrested by the Metropolitan Police.

The 39-year-old Australian denies allegations he sexually assaulted two women in Sweden.

Scotland Yard said Mr Assange was arrested on a European Arrest Warrant by appointment at a London police station at 0930 GMT.

He is due to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court later.

Mr Assange is accused by the Swedish authorities of one count of unlawful coercion, two counts of sexual molestation and one count of rape, all alleged to have been committed in August 2010.  (*)

 
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Russian President and President of Poland discussed cooperation in economic, energy, transport, and humanitarian sectors

Official welcome ceremony. With President of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski.

December 07, 2010 (KATAKAMI / KREMLIN.RU) — The Russian President’s visit to Poland should give new impetus to developing Russian-Polish relations, Mr Medvedev said at a joint news conference with the Polish President. Mr Medvedev said that both countries seek pragmatic and mutually advantageous cooperation in all different areas, and that he hopes the talks will lead to intensification in interregional ties.

The Katyn issue was an important subject on the agenda at the talks. Russia has taken unprecedented steps recently to clear up ambiguity in its assessment of historical events, in particular, handing over part of the archival documents on the Katyn case to Poland. Mr Medvedev declared that this cooperation will continue and said he is certain this will help to clear up all of the difficulties in the two countries’ relations.

Concerning the investigation into the plane crash near Smolensk, the Russian President said that the political leadership and the heads of the investigative agencies will do everything possible to get objective evidence and conduct a complete and thorough investigation. The two countries’ presidents will oversee this work.

Mr Medvedev and Mr Komorowski also discussed European security issues and opportunities for Russia’s cooperation with the EU and NATO. The two leaders agreed to personally supervise humanitarian cooperation, in particular stepping up youth exchanges.

The two presidents oversaw the signing of several agreements, including a declaration on cooperation in economic modernisation, intergovernmental agreements on sea transport and cooperation in protecting the Baltic Sea from pollution by oil and other harmful substances, and a protocol of intent on establishing centres for dialogue and harmony in Russia and Poland. Cooperation agreements on postal and electronic communications were also signed, as well as agreements on cooperation between the two countries’ prosecutor generals’ offices, and on intensifying youth exchanges. (*)

 
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