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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...

Secretly handmade for CIA: Pottery from Poland

Aug. 10, 2018 3:47 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A newly declassified secret of the CIA's is the handiwork of experts in Poland: custom-made plates, bowls and other pieces of tableware painted with the U.S. intelligence agency's official seal. Helena Smolenska, the head of the craft-maker cooperative in the town of Boleslawiec that...

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...

Polish president's office challenges top court's decisions

Aug. 3, 2018 6:11 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A decision by Poland's Supreme Court to suspend early retirement of its judges is unlawful, an aide to President Andrzej Duda said Friday. The statement was the latest in a tug-of-war over the conservative ruling party's steps to take control of the courts and justice system as it...

Poland's daredevil shows video from skiing down K2

Aug. 3, 2018 2:37 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish climber and daredevil skier Andrzej Bargiel is showing pictures from his latest trip, when he climbed and then skied down the world's second-highest mountain, K2 in the Karakoram range — the first person ever to do that feat. At a news conference Friday in Warsaw,...

Poland honors fighters, victims of Warsaw's 1944 revolt

Aug. 1, 2018 3:59 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — World War II veterans, Warsaw residents and Poland's leaders stood at attention Wednesday as sirens wailed during anniversary ceremonies honoring the fighters and victims of the city's ill-fated 1944 revolt against the Nazi occupation. Warsaw traffic stopped for a minute's remembrance...

Polish-born jazz trumpeter Tomasz Stanko dies at age 76

Jul. 29, 2018 12:13 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Music experts in Poland say jazz trumpeter and composer Tomasz Stanko has died at the age of 76. Tomasz Tluczkiewicz, deputy head of Poland's Jazz Association, said Stanko died early Sunday at a Warsaw hospital. Stanko was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year. In recent years,...

Poles protest president's approval of judiciary changes

Jul. 26, 2018 5:20 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of people in Warsaw and other cities in Poland are protesting against the latest moves by the ruling right-wing party aimed at helping it take control of the Supreme Court and other courts. A crowd singing the national anthem and holding lights gathered late Thursday before...

Algae blooms force Poland to shut down 50 Baltic Sea beaches

Jul. 26, 2018 12:44 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thinking of a dip in the Baltic Sea to cool off from the unusually scorching European summer? It's too hot for that. Authorities in Poland this week banned swimming at over 50 beaches along its Baltic coast, after hot weather led to the toxic growth of bacteria in the unusually warm...