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Tens of thousands honor stabbed Polish mayor on burial eve

Jan. 18, 2019 1:52 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Church bells tolled as tens of thousands in Poland's northern city of Gdansk walked in a procession Friday bringing the coffin of the city's slain mayor to a basilica on the eve of his burial. Mayor Piotr Adamowicz, 53, died Monday after being stabbed Sunday night at a charity event...

EU could snub US-Mideast meeting over Iran concerns

Jan. 18, 2019 7:34 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries appear ready to snub an international conference on the Middle East in Poland next month over concerns it is part of a U.S. drive to ramp up pressure on Iran. EU diplomats on Friday raised questions about the real agenda of the Feb. 13-14 conference, saying that it...

Pole held for China spying worked on security for pope visit

Jan. 17, 2019 5:07 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish cybersecurity expert charged with spying for China cooperated with Poland's government on security measures for a visit by Pope Francis and a Catholic Church event that brought hundreds of thousands of young people to the country in 2016, a Polish radio station said Thursday....

Slain mayor lies in state at Solidarity museum in Poland

Jan. 17, 2019 4:26 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The slain mayor of Gdansk lay in state Thursday at a museum devoted to Poland's pro-democracy Solidarity movement, which started in a local shipyard and the late city leader was active in as a student. Residents lined up to file past the coffin of Mayor Pawel Adamowicz, which was...

EU lawmakers seek cuts for nations reneging on rule of law

Jan. 17, 2019 12:04 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Amid deep concerns about the rule of law in Hungary and Poland, European Union lawmakers want to suspend EU funds to states that interfere in their courts or fail to tackle corruption. The lawmakers on Thursday endorsed planned new rules by a 397-158 vote with 69 abstentions. The rules must...

Mayor's killing in Poland sparks anger against hate speech

Jan. 16, 2019 5:23 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poles on Wednesday heatedly condemned the power of hate speech to trigger real-life violence after the slaying of a popular liberal mayor, with many calling for stronger actions against those who threaten others. Not only did the killer, an ex-convict, take the life of the 53-year-old...

Poles place candles and flags at half-staff for slain mayor

Jan. 15, 2019 11:13 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Flags flew at half-staff and people signed condolence books at municipal buildings across Poland and in diplomatic missions abroad on Tuesday as the nation mourned the stabbing death of the popular liberal mayor of Gdansk. Meanwhile, Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski said police...

Death penalty for Canadian escalates China-Canada tensions

Jan. 15, 2019 12:16 AM EST

TORONTO (AP) — A Chinese court sentenced a Canadian to death in a sudden retrial of his drug smuggling case, while another Canadian man has been denied diplomatic immunity, ratcheting up the tensions following Canada's arrest of a top Chinese technology executive last month. The Liaoning provincial court...

Slain mayor led Polish city known for openness, Solidarity

Jan. 14, 2019 5:33 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's port city of Gdansk, where the longtime mayor died Monday after being stabbed at a fundraiser, served as the setting for key events in 20th century European history, from the early shots of World War II to the Cold War's final days. The movement that played a pivotal role in...

Poles unite in grief over assassination of Gdansk mayor

Jan. 14, 2019 4:01 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The popular liberal mayor of Poland's port city of Gdansk died Monday after being stabbed at a charity event by an ex-convict with a history of violent crime. The killing plunged the politically divided country into shock and grief and brought Poles into the streets for solemn vigils...