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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.

Tusk: Unflappable leader who has steered Poland through crisis

Warsaw - Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk is a pro-European free marketeer who has earned the reputation of being an unflappable leader able to turn even the most difficult situations to his advantage.

Russia issues ban on Polish fruit and vegetables

Moscow - Tensions continue to mount between politicians in Moscow and those across the Western world regarding the nearly five month-old Crimean Crisis.

Russia responds to U.S. and E.U. sanctions with 'food fight'

The U.S. and the 28-nation European Union upped the ante on Russia this past week, tightening sanctions that target the country's arms, energy and banking sectors. Russia is fighting back, and in essence, it's a food-fight.

Putin allegedly fires artillery on Ukraine as bodies retrieved

Donetsk - Instead of backing off because of the world’s condemnation of Russia for the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner, Moscow began an artillery barrage into Ukraine territory Thursday.

European court condemns Poland for hosting secret CIA prisons

Strasbourg - Europe's top human rights court condemned Poland on Thursday for hosting secret CIA prisons on its territory, saying Warsaw knowingly abetted unlawful imprisonment and torture of Guantanamo-bound detainees.

Bus crash in Germany leaves 9 dead, scores injured

Dresden - Nine people are confirmed dead and scores more are injured after three buses plow into each other on the German autobahn.

Seven drown in septic tank on Polish pig farm

Warsaw - Seven people, all members of the same family, died in a freak accident Thursday after falling into an industrial-size septic tank on a pig farm in western Poland, firefighters said.

11 die in plane crash at Poland parachute club: emergency services

Warsaw - Eleven people were killed and one person seriously injured after a plane from a parachute club crashed in southern Poland, with local media suggesting the light aircraft may have been carrying too many passengers.

Son-in-law retracts confession in Monaco heiress killing

Marseille - The son-in-law of a Monaco heiress gunned down in a Mafia-style contract killing has retracted his confession to ordering the shooting, saying he did not fully understand police.

Polish city's new statue cuts a urinating Lenin down to size

- A Lenin statue has returned to a onetime model communist city in Poland but the monumental hero of Soviet days is now a small, lurid green man urinating from atop a black plinth.

Diplomat son-in-law admits to orchestrating Monaco heiress hit

It's an event eerily reminiscent of some novels and conspiracy theories. Polish Diplomat Wojciech Janowski allegedly orchestrated the assassination of his mother-in-law Helene Pastor, the heiress to a large amount of real estate.

Son-in-law charged with contract killing of Monaco heiress

Marseille - The son-in-law of a Monaco heiress gunned down in a Mafia-style killing has been charged with her murder paying hitmen for the brazen attack that has shaken the principality's super-rich.

Monaco heiress's son-in-law behind her murder: French prosecutor

Marseille - The son-in-law of a Monaco real estate heiress who was shot dead in a Mafia-style killing paid hitmen to murder her, a French prosecutor said Friday.

Polish PM survives vote of confidence over bugging scandal

Warsaw - Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Wednesday survived a vote of confidence in his coalition amid a high-profile bugging scandal that has prompted calls for his centre-right government to resign.

Polish govt seeks to limit leaks scandal fallout

Warsaw - Poland's beleaguered government is scrambling to limit fallout from a high-profile eavesdropping scandal after its foreign minister was allegedly caught on tape slamming Warsaw's alliance with the United States as "worthless".

Polish government under fire over bugging scandal

Warsaw - Poland's centre-right government has found its future called into question after leaked audio recordings suggested it cut a deal with the central bank to boost the budget and garner political support.

Obama: U.S. commitment to eastern Europe security 'sacrosanct'

Warsaw - President Barack Obama declared moments after landing on Polish soil Tuesday that U.S. security commitments to eastern Europe amid the Ukraine crisis were "sacrosanct.

Hundreds jeer as Poland's last communist leader laid to rest

Warsaw - Hundreds of protesters jeered Friday at the Warsaw burial of Poland's last communist leader, General Wojciech Jaruzelski, in a sign the controversial figure continues to polarise Poles even in death.

Poland remembers late communist-era strongman Jaruzelski

Warsaw - General Wojciech Jaruzelski, Poland's last communist leader, died Sunday as Poles voted in the European Parliament elections, highlighting Warsaw's solid anchoring in the West a quarter century after communism fell.

General Wojciech Jaruzelski has died

Poland's last Communist leader General Wojciech Jaruzelski has died aged 90 after a long illness. Jaruzelski led Poland from 1981 and until 1989.

Poland's communist-era strongman Jaruzelski dies

Warsaw - General Wojciech Jaruzelski, Poland's last communist leader who tried but failed to crush the freedom-fighting Solidarity union, died Sunday aged 90, a hospital spokesman said.

Orban urges autonomy for ethnic Hungarians in Ukraine

Budapest - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban renewed a controversial call for autonomy for his ethnic kin in western Ukraine, less than a week after sparking a diplomatic row with both Kiev and Warsaw.

Polish MP confronts hardships of migrant life in London

London - Sacrificing his bed for the floor and his corner office for a building site, a Polish MP says his mission to discover what attracts his countrymen to Britain in such numbers has been testing, but important for the future of his nation.

US troops head to Poland, Baltics to 'reassure' allies

Washington - The United States is deploying 600 troops to Poland and the Baltics to highlight its commitment to NATO allies amid tensions with Russia over Ukraine, officials said Tuesday.

Ukraine upends Poland's EU election campaign

Warsaw - The Ukraine crisis has shifted Poland's campaign for next month's European elections, boosting the governing centre-right party's chances as its prime minister reassures voters nervous about Russia's next move.

Poland extends corruption probe into Britain's GSK

Warsaw - Polish prosecutors said Monday they have extended a probe into allegations that British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline bribed doctors into promoting one of its drugs.

France's Total says dropped shale gas licence in Poland

Warsaw - French oil giant Total said Monday it has decided not to renew its only shale gas exploration licence in Poland, the latest setback in the country's efforts to grow the sector.

Pastafarianism now an official religion in Poland

The Church of Flying Spaghetti Monster is now accepted as an official religion in Poland after a 2013 ruling was overturned on Tuesday.

HP to pay $108 million in US to settle bribery probes

Washington - US computer giant Hewlett-Packard agreed to pay $108 million to settle investigations that it paid bribes to win public contracts in Russia, Poland and Mexico, officials said Wednesday.
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The upside down house at Szymbark, near Gdansk, Northern Poland
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The real dinosaur or real rock music, Andy Powell from Wishbone Ash, concert in Warsaw.
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Golancz castle in northern Poland.
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Protest march in Warsaw, Poland against GMOs
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Armin van Buuren concert
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Rich baroque decorations over the main gate to the castle at its southern wing in their present shape and still worsening conditions, Żary, Poland.
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On February 7, British and British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in central London against the sale of prime Polish farmland to foreign multinationals for possible cultivation of GMO crops.
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Protest march in Warsaw, Poland against GMOs
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