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Polish school director fired over terror attack exercise

Dec. 9, 2019 11:30 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Local authorities in northeast Poland say that a primary school director has been fired and psychologists are working with traumatized schoolchildren following a terrorist attack exercise the director organized but that unprepared students took for real. The director of primary and...

Ukraine faces new challenges in peace talks with Russia

Dec. 8, 2019 6:54 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — When new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy sits down Monday for peace talks in Paris with Russian President Vladimir Putin in their first face-to-face meeting, the stakes couldn't be higher. More than five years of fighting in eastern Ukraine between government troops and...

Germany's Merkel voices 'shame' during 1st Auschwitz visit

Dec. 6, 2019 6:46 PM EST

OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced a feeling of "deep shame” during her first-ever visit on Friday to the hallowed grounds of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where Adolf Hitler's regime murdered more than a million people. Merkel noted that her...

Poland wants to buy site of WWII Nazi death camp in Austria

Dec. 6, 2019 1:03 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister said Friday his government wants to buy from Austria the site of the former Nazi German death camp Mauthausen-Gusen where tens of thousands of Poles were killed during World War II. Premier Mateusz Morawiecki said the intention is to preserve the memory of some...

Polish experts seek evidence in gas blast that killed 8

Dec. 6, 2019 9:02 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Investigators in southern Poland said Friday they are questioning witnesses and gathering evidence in their probe into a gas blast that killed eight members of one family, including four children. Spokeswoman for regional prosecutors Agnieszka Michulec said they suspect damage to a...

Massive Polish coal mine sparks international dispute

Dec. 6, 2019 7:37 AM EST

UHELNA, Czech Republic (AP) — Polluted air, noise, dry wells. The Turow lignite coal mine in Poland is causing trouble for the environment and local communities - even in Germany and Czech Republic, whose border is just a short walk away. Plans to further expand the huge open pit mine have caused alarm...

Poland says it foiled $517 million cocaine smuggling plan

Dec. 5, 2019 10:07 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s prime minister says the nation’s security services have foiled a $517 million (467 million euros) plan to smuggle Columbian cocaine to Europe. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Thursday that it was the biggest drug smuggling scheme thwarted in democratic...

Erdogan warns NATO allies to back its fight against terror

Dec. 5, 2019 8:09 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has confirmed that Turkey dropped its objection to a NATO plan to bolster the defense of Poland and Baltic states neighboring Russia but warned allies that it expects support in its fight against terrorism. Erdogan made the comments to Turkish...

4 bodies found, 4 people missing in gas blast in Poland

Dec. 5, 2019 1:31 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Rescuers found four bodies in the debris of a house destroyed by a gas explosion in southern Poland and were searching in sub-freezing weather early Thursday for four people still missing, officials said. Silesia provincial Gov. Jaroslaw Wieczorek said the bodies of four people,...

Rescuers looking for 8 people after gas explosion in Poland

Dec. 4, 2019 6:06 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A gas explosion collapsed a house in southern Poland on Wednesday evening, trapping as many as eight people and causing blazes in debris that required dozens of firefighters to combat. Local firefighters spokeswoman Patrycja Pokrzywa said the detached, three-floor house in the popular...