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President-elect Dmitri Medvedev of Russia signaled Monday that he'd make few, if any, changes to the policies of predecessor Vladimir Putin – particularly toward any neighbors seeking closer relations with the West. Within hours of his landslide victory at the polls, the Russian natural gas monopoly cut supplies to Ukraine by 25 percent. Medvedev (above, r., in celebration after the voting) said he and Putin (l.) would work in an "effective tandem," with the latter becoming prime minister.

Exploding car bombs killed at least 24 people and wounded dozens of others in two Baghdad neighborhoods Monday. Neither attack took place near Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the second day of his historic visit to the capital. Ahmadinejad hailed the two countries as world leaders in the areas of justice and morality and called on "powers that came over the seas" – a reference to the US and its Western allies – to "leave this region and hand over the affairs to the people." Above, curious Baghdad residents look at one of the cars that exploded.


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