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The US and Poland signed a deal Wednesday to station elements of a US missile-defense shield on Polish soil, a move certain to aggravate Russian-Western tensions over Moscow's intervention in Georgia. The site in Poland of 10 interceptor rockets will form part of a global system Washington is assembling to shoot down ballistic missiles it believes could be launched by "rogue" states or militant groups like Al Qaeda. Above, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Poland's Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski shake hands after inking the pact in Warsaw.

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