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March 23, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Two key suspects have been arrested in the assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic, a senior police official said. More than 2,700 suspects have been rounded up since Djindjic was shot March 12. Serbian Justice Minister Vladan Batic said about 1,000 are still in custody. But the top suspects were still believed to be at large.
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March 23, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Two key suspects have been arrested in the assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic, a senior police official said. More than 2,700 suspects have been rounded up since Djindjic was shot March 12. Serbian Justice Minister Vladan Batic said about 1,000 are still in custody. But the top suspects were still believed to be at large.
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October 26, 2001 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prime Minister Leszek Miller, a Communist-turned-social democrat, declared in his inaugural policy speech to parliament Thursday that Poland will seek a major role linking the nations of the West with the countries of the former Soviet Union. Poland must turn its geographical position, which over the centuries has made it vulnerable to invasions by great powers, into a political and economic asset, Miller said.
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October 26, 2001 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prime Minister Leszek Miller, a Communist-turned-social democrat, declared in his inaugural policy speech to parliament Thursday that Poland will seek a major role linking the nations of the West with the countries of the former Soviet Union. Poland must turn its geographical position, which over the centuries has made it vulnerable to invasions by great powers, into a political and economic asset, Miller said.
WORLD
May 3, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Moderate leftist Marek Belka became Poland's new prime minister, taking over from unpopular predecessor Leszek Miller, who as expected resigned a day after Poland entered the European Union. Belka, 52, vowed to restore public trust in the government and capitalize on Poland's robust economic growth to fight unemployment, which is running at about 20% of the Polish workforce.
WORLD
April 19, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Poland signed a deal to buy 48 U.S.-made F-16 jet fighters for $3.5 billion, the biggest post-Cold War defense contract by a former Soviet bloc country. Prime Minister Leszek Miller, who attended the signing ceremony, said the package reflected "our partnership with the United States."
WORLD
May 15, 2004 | From Times Wire Services
Poland's new prime minister, Marek Belka, lost a parliamentary confidence vote, prolonging uncertainty over free-market reforms but leaving the country's mission in Iraq on track. The lower house of parliament voted 262-188 against Belka, appointed prime minister on May 2 after his unpopular predecessor, Leszek Miller, stepped down.
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March 23, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
President Aleksander Kwasniewski said early elections may be needed if Premier Leszek Miller fails to keep Poland on course for joining the European Union in a referendum less than three months away. Miller has been shaken by allegations of corruption involving political allies. A parliamentary inquiry heard that he did not inform prosecutors about an alleged attempt by a friend to solicit a $17.5-million bribe from a newspaper.
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March 27, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Prime Minister Leszek Miller announced that he will step down the day after Poland joins the European Union on May 1, taking the blame for his government's low popularity. The government has been hurt by high unemployment, a drive for unpopular spending cuts and corruption scandals involving party officials. President Aleksander Kwasniewski, who accepted Miller's decision, expressed confidence that the resignation would help political stability.
WORLD
December 5, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Polish Prime Minister Leszek Miller and at least eight associates were injured when a helicopter carrying 15 people made an emergency landing in a field south of Warsaw. Technical problems were blamed. "The prime minister is in a good and stable condition and doesn't require surgery," said Dr. Grazyna Rydzewska at a Warsaw hospital. Later reports indicated that Miller's thoracic vertebrae were fractured. He was returning from a visit to a copper mine in southwestern Poland.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2003 | From Associated Press
Prosecutors in Poland have questioned a newspaper editor about published allegations that a leading film producer sought a $17.5-million bribe to lobby the government for more media-friendly laws. The allegations against Lew Rywin were carried last month by the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. It reported he approached its chief editor with the offer last July, claiming he represented Prime Minister Leszek Miller. Rywin, 57, is one of Poland's most prominent media entrepreneurs.
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January 16, 2003 | From Associated Press
A Polish film producer who helped make "Schindler's List" has been barred from traveling abroad after being charged in a bribery investigation, prosecutors in Warsaw said Wednesday. Lew Rywin, who also co-produced Roman Polanski's "The Pianist," allegedly solicited a $17.5-million payment from a newspaper publisher last year to lobby the government for favorable media laws. He has denied seeking a bribe.
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