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Photo exhibit documents revival of Polish Jewish life

Aug. 8, 2018 4:49 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — American photographer Chuck Fishman was just 21 when he began traveling behind the Iron Curtain in 1975 to document a Jewish community on the verge of dying out after centuries of existence in Poland. He couldn't have foreseen a Jewish revival that came after the fall of communism in...

Poland's Walesa wants to reconcile with foes before death

Aug. 2, 2018 8:40 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's democracy icon and Nobel Peace laureate Lech Walesa says he wants to "reconcile with foes" before death. He expressed that sentiment in a tweet late Wednesday addressed to his longtime political foe, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who is Poland's ruling party leader. The 74-year-old...

The Latest: Pogba dedicates France win to freed Thai players

Jul. 10, 2018 6:03 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday at the World Cup (all times local): 12:15 a.m. Paul Pogba has paused after the biggest win of his international career to dedicate it to the Thai soccer team whose last members were freed from a flooded cave hours earlier. The France midfielder took to Twitter shortly...

Mick Jagger speaks to support Poland's judges at Warsaw gig

Jul. 8, 2018 5:45 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Mick Jagger made a reference to Poland's controversial judicial system overhaul during a Rolling Stones concert Sunday, according to news portals in Poland. Gazeta.pl said Jagger spoke in Polish to fans at the concert in Warsaw's National Stadium, saying: "I am too old to be a judge...

Poland's isolation deepens as Supreme Court law takes effect

Jul. 4, 2018 4:16 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's international isolation and political uncertainty at home deepened on Wednesday as a purge of the Supreme Court's justices took effect, with the chief justice defiantly refusing to step down. First President Malgorzata Gersdorf arrived for work as usual at the court in...

Protests in Poland against government judicial overhaul

Jul. 3, 2018 5:37 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Anti-government protests broke out late Tuesday in Warsaw and several other Polish cities in defense of the country's constitution, judicial independence and the rule of law. The protests came as a lower retirement age was taking effect for Poland's Supreme Court justices. The law...

Poland's Walesa urges opposition to unite ahead of elections

Jun. 23, 2018 11:48 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Lech Walesa, Poland's former president and pro-democracy leader, said Saturday he is joining forces with the opposition to prevent Poland's right-wing ruling party from winning a string of upcoming elections. The 74-year-old Walesa spoke at a meeting of opposition parties and...