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Poland bans Ukraine activist from Europe, raising questions

Aug. 20, 2018 12:48 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland has used its powers as a European Union member to ban a human rights Ukrainian activist from all 26 countries in Europe's Schengen area, saying she poses a security threat following allegations that she works for Russian interests. Some government critics, however, have...

German foreign minister honors Nazi victims at Auschwitz

Aug. 20, 2018 12:46 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has labelled the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland as "hell on earth," during a visit Monday intended to ensure the atrocities committed by his nation more than seven decades ago are not forgotten. He was guided at the somber site in...

Poland's president visits Australian capital and Parliament

Aug. 20, 2018 12:08 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Poland's president met with Australian leaders Monday on a visit focused on security and trade. President Andrzej Duda met Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and opposition leader Bill Shorten at Parliament House before laying a wreath at the Australian War Memorial. Duda began his...

'Disruptive' man in Tinkerbell dress ousted from Ryanair jet

Aug. 17, 2018 12:44 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Authorities say a man dressed as Tinkerbell has been removed from a plane at London's Stansted Airport for disruptive behavior. Passengers described how police arrived and escorted two men, including one wearing a green dress and fairy wings, off the Ryanair flight to Krakow, Poland before...

NTSB report offers little insight into Alaska plane crash

Aug. 16, 2018 5:41 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska sightseeing airplane was flying toward its home base when it crashed earlier this month on a mountainside in Denali National Park, killing all five people aboard, according to a preliminary report released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. The report...

Polish president vetoes law on EU Parliament elections

Aug. 16, 2018 9:48 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish president on Thursday vetoed legislation on elections to the European Union Parliament that would have benefited large political parties and made it harder for small parties to reach a threshold to win seats. Andrzej Duda said the legislation would have left "a large number...

Poland marks Army Day with parade, call for US military base

Aug. 15, 2018 1:34 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president voiced hope for a permanent U.S. military presence in his country, speaking as the nation put on a large military parade on its Armed Forces Day holiday Wednesday replete with tanks and people marching in historic uniforms. Poland is fearful of Russia's renewed...

EU steps up action against Poland over supreme court law

Aug. 14, 2018 7:44 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is increasing pressure on Poland over what it sees as flaws in the country's Supreme Court law, and has given Warsaw a month to act before facing possible court action. Tuesday's move centers on Polish legislation that forces the early retirement of over a third of the...

Poland sets Oct 21 as the date for key local elections

Aug. 14, 2018 7:15 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish government says a first round of voting in local elections this fall will take place on Oct. 21, with a runoff Nov. 4. The elections for local assemblies and mayors will be the first major test at the ballot box for the conservative-nationalist Law and Justice party since...

Israeli teen admits to desecrating WWII death camp in Poland

Aug. 13, 2018 1:30 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A police spokesman in eastern Poland says an Israeli teen has admitted to dropping his pants at the former Nazi German death camp of Majdanek and is facing a fine. Andrzej Fijolek said Monday the 17-year-old, whose identity has not been released, was caught on CCTV cameras as he let...