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Medvedev to Visit Germany

BERLIN -- President Dmitry Medvedev will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin next week, the German government said Wednesday.

Medvedev will visit the German capital next Tuesday, German government spokesman Thomas Steg said.

Steg said the two leaders will use the meeting to help prepare for the April 2 summit of leaders from the Group of 20 in London on the global financial crisis.

Medvedev also will meet with representatives of German business, Steg said. (AP)

Belarus Opposition Rallies

MINSK -- Thousands of opposition demonstrators rallied Wednesday in the Belarussian capital, testing President Alexander Lukashenko's tolerance of dissent.

About 4,000 people ignored authorities' instructions to hold their rally in a park away from the city center and gathered in downtown Minsk instead. Police did not try to disperse the demonstrators. (AP)