Czech PM says he'll finalize missile defense deal with US this week

Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek says he will conclude a deal on missile defense during talks this week in Washington. The United States wants to place a radar system in the Czech Republic and 10 missile interceptors in neighboring Poland as part of a system it says is necessary to protect the US and Europe against future attacks. "We have reached a stage that we are able to complete the talks during my visit to America," Topolanek told The Associated Press on Monday. He meets with US President George W. Bush at the White House on Wednesday.