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Rescue workers try to free 2 trapped cavers in Poland

Aug. 18, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish media are reporting that more than two dozen rescue experts are trying to free two spelunkers trapped by rising water in a cave in southern Poland. The private broadcaster TVN said Sunday that rescue officials have not yet managed to make contact with the two, who became...

Poland marks Armed Forces holiday with military parade

Aug. 15, 2019 4:18 PM EDT

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Poland celebrated its Armed Forces national holiday on Thursday with a parade that included more than 2,600 soldiers and a flyover by aircraft that included American F-15 fighter jets. The military show took place in the southern city of Katowice in the presence of Polish leaders...

Poland honors wartime group that collaborated with Nazis

Aug. 11, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish officials joined war veterans on Sunday to pay tribute to a World War II-era underground force that collaborated with Nazi German forces toward the end of the war in their battle against the Communists, who were imposing control on the nation. A Mass in Warsaw opened ceremonies...

Polish city has peaceful pride march surrounded by police

Aug. 10, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

PLOCK, Poland (AP) — LGBT activists held a central Polish city's first pride parade with only minor incidents on Saturday amid a deep divide in the country over gay and lesbian rights. The parade in Plock, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of Warsaw, came three weeks after anti-gay violence marred the...

Polish parliament picks new speaker, seeking to end scandal

Aug. 9, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish lawmakers have chosen a new parliamentary speaker as the ruling populist party seeks to move past a scandal over the frequent use of a government jet by the previous speaker and his family. A majority of lawmakers in the lower house of parliament voted on Friday to make...

6 Western countries urge Russia to withdraw from Georgia

Aug. 8, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and five European countries on Thursday marked the 11th anniversary of the conflict between Russia and Georgia with an appeal to Moscow to implement agreements reached in 2008 to withdraw its military forces to positions held before hostilities began. After closed...

Former SS guard of Nazi camp, 92, to go on trial in Germany

Aug. 8, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A 92-year-old former SS private will go on trial this fall in Germany on 5,230 counts of being an accessory to murder, accused of helping the Nazis' Stutthof concentration camp function, a Hamburg court said Thursday. Though he is not accused of any specific killing, Bruno Dey is charged as...

Poland's parliament speaker resigns over use of govt flights

Aug. 8, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The speaker of the Polish parliament said Thursday that he is resigning after a scandal erupted over his and his family's frequent use of government planes. The affair was threatening to damage the reputation of the right-wing ruling party, Law and Justice, ahead of parliamentary...

Poland's parliamentary election set for Oct. 13

Aug. 7, 2019 5:14 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president has set Oct. 13 as the day for parliamentary elections, a vote which the current right-wing ruling party Law and Justice is well-positioned to win. The election is widely considered one of the most important in the 30 years since the fall of communism as the country...

Was Polish scandal a Russian test for US election tampering?

Aug. 4, 2019 5:49 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — High-ranking Polish politicians used a side door to get to the VIP section of Sowa & Przyjaciele, a posh Warsaw restaurant. Sealed off from other patrons, government ministers and lawmakers felt free to speak their minds while enjoying continental cuisine and wine at taxpayers'...