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Next hearing on Polanski U.S. extradition bid likely in April: Lawyer

Krak - A Polish court adjourned on Wednesday without ruling on whether to extradite Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski to the United States, where he faces sentencing for the 1977 rape of a 13-year-old girl, his lawyer said."This isn't the last hearing.

Poland kicks off unprecedented military spending spree

Warsaw - Looking east to the bloody conflict gripping Ukraine, NATO-member Poland has kicked off an unprecedented military spending spree worth billions to overhaul its forces as Warsaw believes peace in Europe is no longer a given.

Fleeing war at home, Ukrainians seek security in Poland

Warsaw - For a rising number of Ukrainians, Poland is looking like the promised land as the war at home forces them to seek safe haven in their European Union neighbour."Everyone I know from my region has lost a relative.

Polish transsexual lawmaker announces bid for president

Warsaw - Polish transsexual lawmaker Anna Grodzka said Friday she would run for president in May elections, breaking new ground in the staunchly Catholic country.

Seventy years on, a 'Soviet' liberator of Auschwitz remembers

Moscow - It was the silence, the smell of ashes and the boundless surrounding expanse that struck Soviet soldier Ivan Martynushkin when his unit arrived in January 1945 to liberate the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz.

Poland uncovers new names of former Auschwitz staff

Warsaw - Polish officials said Friday they had drawn up a list of 9,500 staff members at the Nazi German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, thousands more than previous estimates.

Auschwitz survivors relive atrocities, 70 years on

Krak - The piercing screams of a woman electrocuted on a barbed wire fence, children sent to the gas chambers and the constant threat of death: Auschwitz survivors recall life in the world's most notorious death camp with remarkable clarity.

Putin will not go to Auschwitz for 70th anniversary of liberation

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend ceremonies in Poland for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp, his spokesman said on Tuesday.

Eight missing as ship sinks off Scotland

London - An overturned cargo ship sank Sunday off the coast of Scotland as the search continued for the missing eight-member crew.

Thousands of protestors flood Polish opposition demo

Warsaw - Tens of thousands of Polish opposition supporters marched in the capital Warsaw on Saturday to denounce alleged irregularities in last month's local elections.

Ex-president admits Poland hosted CIA 'black sites'

Warsaw - Poland's former president publicly acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that his country hosted a secret CIA prison where a US Senate report says torture was used against Al-Qaeda suspects.

Openly gay mayor takes power in Polish city

Warsaw - The first openly gay mayor of a large Polish city officially took power on Saturday, saying the traditionally Catholic country was "opening up".

Donald Tusk, new face from the east to lead Europe

Brussels - Poland's Donald Tusk takes over as European Council president Monday, the first person from the former Soviet-dominated east to take a top Brussels role, with a mandate to revive the economy and deal with a resurgent Russia.

U.S. troops to stay in Poland, Baltics through 2015: General

Vilnius - U.S. troops will remain in Poland and the Baltic states through 2015 "to deter Russian aggression", the top US commander for Europe said on Sunday.

Computer glitches mar Polish local elections

Warsaw - Poland's president on Wednesday sought to calm a row over key weekend local and regional elections after computer glitches left the final tally up in the air.

Warsaw museum sheds light on 1,000-year history of Poland's Jews

Warsaw - The Israeli and Polish presidents on Tuesday hailed a landmark Warsaw museum chronicling the vibrant 1,000-year history of Poland's Jewish community, devastated during the Holocaust, as an investment in future ties between their countries.

Junk food banned in schools in Poland

Lawmakers in Poland decided to ban junk food in schools in an effort to reduce the obesity rates among children. The ban will go into effect next school year.

Used to rebuild Warsaw, Jewish tombstones return to cemeteries

Warsaw - Two-year-old Krzys zooms down a slide in Warsaw and shrieks with delight, paying no mind to the workmen who are busy demolishing the playground walls. At first glance, there is nothing special about the old walls.

Op-Ed: Putin ‘wanted to split Ukraine with Poland’

Warsaw - In what can only be described as a major added splash in the murky puddle of Ukraine/Russian relations, it’s been revealed by Polish sources that Vladimir Putin proposed splitting Ukrainian territory between Russia and Poland in 2008.

Op-Ed: Putin's Russian victimhood on Voice of America

Western media both expose, but often just report, Putin's Russian victimhood propaganda claims, while poor management at Voice of America and insufficient funding from Congress prevent U.S. broadcaster from effectively countering Kremlin's disinformation.

Poles await sainthood of Solidarity priest murdered 30 years ago

Warsaw - Fresh from celebrating the sainthood of Pope John Paul II this spring, Polish Catholics are now eagerly awaiting the canonisation of a priest they cherish as a martyr for freedom.

Ukraine's Maidan movement wins Lech Walesa freedom prize

Warsaw - The Lech Walesa foundation on Thursday awarded its annual freedom prize to the Euromaidan protest movement that helped topple Ukraine's pro-Moscow government earlier this year.

75 years on, Polish brothers relive Soviet invasion

Warsaw - The Soviets rode in on horseback, rifles dangling on rope. Boguslaw Kamola watched in horror from the woods as they occupied his city in eastern Poland. Then the shots rang out.

Germany charges 93-year-old over Auschwitz murders

Berlin - Germany charged a 93-year-old former member of the Nazi Waffen-SS on Monday with at least 300,000 counts of accessory to murder over his time at the Auschwitz death camp.

Polish PM Tusk steps down as Brussels calls

Warsaw - Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk resigned Tuesday, paving the way for him to take over as European Council president in December.

Op-Ed: Putin’s mouth gets him in trouble again

Moscow - Even though Russian President Vladimir Putin has a stranglehold on the nation’s media, his ill tempered remarks have made him the laughing stock of the world, or worse.

Op-Ed: NATO challenges Putin’s threats

Warsaw - On the 75th anniversary of Hitler’s invasion of Poland, NATO has announced it is developing a force to counter the other nation that stabbed Warsaw in the back.

Russia has 'severed' partnership with Europe, says Germany

Gdansk - Russia has "effectively severed its partnership" with Europe and wants to establish a new order, German President Joachim Gauck said Monday.

War could spread beyond Ukraine, warns Poland's Tusk

Warsaw - Poland's Prime Minister Donald warned on Monday that the war in eastern Ukraine risks spreading if NATO does not toughen its stance quickly.

Poland on edge 75 years after Hitler and Stalin carved it up

Warsaw - Poland marks the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II Monday with one eye on Russia, which invaded it during the war and is now throwing its weight around in neighbouring Ukraine.
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On the farm market in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland.
All Saints Day on the cemetery in Grodzisk Mazowiecki  Poland.
All Saints Day on the cemetery in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland.
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Protest in Warsaw, Poland against GMO's
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Outdoor gallery and its owner on the Old City Square, Warsaw, Poland.
Spanish National Police broke up a ring of Polish car thieves.
Spanish National Police broke up a ring of Polish car thieves.
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The sculpture of N. Copernicus on the background of Studio Theatre, The Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw, Poland.
Upside down house in the village of Szymbark  near Gdansk  Northern Poland.
Upside down house in the village of Szymbark, near Gdansk, Northern Poland.
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A view at the very centre of Warsaw from the top of secured observation deck, The Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw, Poland.
Children putting lights at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier on the cemetery in  Grodzisk Mazowiecki  ...
Children putting lights at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier on the cemetery in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, central Poland.
St. Jacek s church at Freta Street  Warsaw  Poland.
St. Jacek's church at Freta Street, Warsaw, Poland.
(TV screen shot) Balotelli (Italy) getting ready for a free kick against Spain  final game of EURO 2...
(TV screen shot) Balotelli (Italy) getting ready for a free kick against Spain, final game of EURO 2012, Kiev, Ukraine.
At the entry door to Le Regina restaurant  Warsaw  Poland.
At the entry door to Le Regina restaurant, Warsaw, Poland.
Old and new structures  some 50 years apart  The Palace of Culture and Science  Warsaw  Poland.
Old and new structures, some 50 years apart, The Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw, Poland.
(TV screen shot) Polish team coach  Franciszek Smuda watching the game  EURO 2012  Wroclaw  Poland.
(TV screen shot) Polish team coach, Franciszek Smuda watching the game, EURO 2012, Wroclaw, Poland.
Former Primate of Poland (1981-2009)  cardinal Jozef Glemp with the assist of his clergy during the ...
Former Primate of Poland (1981-2009), cardinal Jozef Glemp with the assist of his clergy during the mass in the open air, cemetery in Nadarzyn, Poland.
Protesters wearing masks of the world leaders in front of the national stadium during the last day o...
Protesters wearing masks of the world leaders in front of the national stadium during the last day of the 19th conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP19) in Warsaw, November 22, 2013
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A personal moment of a woman contemplating on the grave of her loved one who passed away, cemetery in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland.
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Barbed wire fence surrounds a military area in the forest in Stare Kiejkuty village, close to Szczytno in northeastern Poland. Poland declined to tell the European Court of Human Rights on December 3, 2013 whether it had hosted a secret CIA jail on its soil
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Meat products on a special display in Maximus  warehouse outlet in Nadarzyn  Poland.
Meat products on a special display in Maximus, warehouse outlet in Nadarzyn, Poland.