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Polish mayor tries to make amends for other town's misstep

Feb. 20, 2020 10:49 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish mayor is trying to make amends with a French community that broke formal ties with another Polish town because the latter adopted a declaration against “LGBT ideology.” In a letter to the French municipality of Saint-Jean-de-Braye, Wlodawa Mayor Wieslaw...

Poland's miners protest coal imports seen as threat to jobs

Feb. 18, 2020 9:52 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Miners in southern Poland worried that massive coal imports will eliminate their jobs on Tuesday blocked railway tracks on the import route. A few hundred miners with trade union flags in the southern coal mining region town of Slawkow also planted devices on the tracks that looked...

French town uncouples with its Polish twin over LGBT rights

Feb. 17, 2020 3:04 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish mayor on Monday deplored the decision by a sister town in France to suspend 25-year official ties with her town because it declared itself an area “free of LGBT ideology.” The mayor of the south-eastern town of Tuchow, Magdalena Marszalek, blamed the rare...

Poland's President Andrzej Duda is hugging First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda during a ruling Law and Justice party convention that backed his re-election bid in the May 10 presidential vote in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland's populist ruling party backs president's reelection

Feb. 15, 2020 11:52 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's right-wing ruling party on Saturday endorsed President Andrzej Duda's reelection in the country's May 10 presidential vote. At a convention in Warsaw that launched the incumbent president's campaign for a second five-year term, Law and Justice leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski...

People visit the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. A long stalemate over the future independence of the landmark Jewish history museum is building toward a crucial turning point after the former director — who won a competition for a second term but whom Poland's populist government refuses to reinstate — offered to renounce the job(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish government ends standoff over Jewish museum chief

Feb. 14, 2020 2:47 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government on Friday accepted a compromise candidate as the new director of Warsaw's landmark Jewish museum, ending a long impasse that had raised concerns over the popular institution's future. The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews has been without a permanent...

Ecologists hail freezing of funds for new Polish coal plant

Feb. 14, 2020 10:41 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A European group fighting climate change on Friday hailed the decision by two Polish energy companies to suspend financing for the construction of a new coal power plant. Climate Action network said suspension of funding for the Ostroleka C plant in eastern Poland should lead to the...

US film crew chasing Poland Holocaust story may face charges

Feb. 14, 2020 10:38 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A team of U.S. award-winning documentary filmmakers pursuing a Holocaust-era story in western Poland could face charges of unauthorized excavation work, punishable by up to two years in prison, a Polish prosecutor said Friday. Seven filmmakers, mostly from Los Angeles, are researching...

FILE - In this file photo taken on Tuesday, May 22, 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin Putin, left, awards Russian intelligence veteran Alexei Botyan with the Hero of Russia award at the Moscow's Kremlin, Russia. Botyan, hailed for saving the Polish city of Krakow from being blown up by the Nazis during World War II, died Thursday Feb. 13, 2020, at the age of 103. (AP Photo/ Mikhail Metzel, Pool, File)

Russian WWII intelligence veteran Botyan dies at 103

Feb. 13, 2020 1:20 PM EST

Alexei Botyan, a veteran of Soviet intelligence hailed for saving the Polish city of Krakow from being blown up by the Nazis during World War II, has died at 103. Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed Botyan as a “legendary intelligence officer” and a “true patriot” in a telegram of...

Dan David Prize announces 2020 laureates

Feb. 12, 2020 3:44 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Secretary of the Smithsonian Lonnie G. Bunch III and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, a professor of Jewish studies who played a leading role in the launch of a museum dedicated to the history of Poland's Jews, are among the recipients of the prestigious 2020 Dan David Prize. Bunch and...

Poland charges 10 with embezzlement, including ex-officials

Feb. 12, 2020 12:39 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Prosecutors in Poland say they have indicted 10 people with embezzling over 3 million zlotys ($780,000) in money and goods from a regional chapter of the Polish Red Cross. Polish media identify four of them as former officials of the ruling right-wing Law and Justice party....