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Town Opposes 'Hermaphrodite' Winnie the Pooh

Poland's Tuszyn won't name playground after character

(Newser) - Officials in a Polish town have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie the Pooh—because of the bear's unclear gender and immodest clothing. The matter was debated in a closed-door meeting weeks ago in the central Polish town of Tuszyn, but didn't get much media... More »

Woman Wakes Up in Morgue After 11 Hours

Janina Kolkiewicz then warms up with a bowl of soup

(Newser) - Another in the grand tradition of people waking up from the not-so-dead: A 91-year-old woman in Poland startled morgue workers by moving around after what the BBC reports was 11 hours in "cold storage." A doctor had declared Janina Kolkiewicz dead after the woman's niece noticed that... More »

US Once Again Looking to Extradite Roman Polanski

This time from Poland, it seems

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Poland questioned filmmaker Roman Polanski at the request of US prosecutors who are seeking his arrest on charges from 1977 of having sex with a minor. Boguslawa Marcinkowska, a spokeswoman for the prosecutors in Krakow, said today the filmmaker remained free but available for further proceedings. Mateusz Martyniuk,... More »

In Historic Shift, Poland to Move Troops East

Country's defense minister cites Ukraine conflict

(Newser) - Poland will move thousands of troops toward its eastern borders in a historic realignment of a military structure built in the Cold War, the country's defense minister tells the AP. Tomasz Siemoniak says the troops are needed in the east because of the conflict in neighboring Ukraine: "The... More »

Polish Dig Unearths Decades of Killings

Discovery of hundreds of bodies prompts little conversation

(Newser) - Polish authorities have been digging up remains behind a prison in the city of Bialystok—and the 280 bodies discovered so far offer a grim reminder of an array of painful periods in the early 20th century. Many of the dead were killed under Nazi or Soviet control, but others... More »

Here's the Best Place on Earth to Call Home

Canberra tops economic organization's list

(Newser) - An international economic group has named the best region on the planet to live, and it's one whose reputation hasn't always been sterling, the BBC reports: Canberra, Australia. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which has 34 member countries, calls the Australian Capital Territory the best in... More »

Amorous Donkey Couple Reunited at Polish Zoo

Mothers outraged that children witnessed their lovemaking

(Newser) - Napoleon is now back with his Antosia. The two amorous donkeys who were separated because of an outcry over their lovemaking have been reunited at a zoo in Poland. The couple, together for 10 years, got into trouble when mothers expressed outrage that children had to witness their mating. Local... More »

Gas Chambers Discovered at Razed Death Camp

Sobibor dig also uncovers inscribed wedding ring

(Newser) - After seven years of searching, archaeologists digging in Poland have found the exact location of the Sobibor death camp's gas chambers. Less had been known about this concentration camp's chambers, which were razed by the Nazis along with the rest of the site following a prisoner uprising in... More »

'Dog-Spider' Terrifies in Viral Video

Polish prankster Sylwester Wardega behind YouTube hit

(Newser) - No problem with huge, scary spiders? Then check out this viral YouTube video of a friendly dog in a spider costume that apparently terrifies passersby, the Independent reports. Created by Polish prank-man Sylwester Wardega, the "dog-spider" wears a furry body with big legs that shake ominously as he trots... More »

Shipwreck Yields 200-Year-Old Booze You Can Drink

Bottle may contain mix of gin and Selters mineral water

(Newser) - A 200-year-old bottle of alcohol found in a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea is still suitable for drinking—if you can get past its stink. The stoneware bottle, emblazoned with the name of a mineral water named Selters, was found off the Polish coast in the Gulf... More »

Poland Let CIA Run 'Black Site', Torture Men: Court

Al-Qaeda members' human rights were violated, tribunal rules

(Newser) - Poland has denied that it let the CIA run a "black site" on its soil, where two suspected members of al-Qaeda claim they were tortured, but the European Court of Human Rights came to a different conclusion today, blasting Poland for human rights violations. The ruling awarded $175,000... More »

Plane Carrying Parachutists Crashes in Poland

11 dead, one hurt in incident: firefighters

(Newser) - Eleven people were killed and one was injured when a small plane carrying parachutists crashed and burst into flames shortly after takeoff in southern Poland, firefighters said today. Experts said it was the worst passenger plane crash in Poland in many years. Eleven parachutists and a pilot were on board... More »

Poland's Top Diplomat 'Calls US Alliance Worthless'

Magazine leaks backroom conversation

(Newser) - A man who sounds a lot like Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski doesn't mince words about his feelings toward the US—and his fellow Poles—in a boozy, secretly recorded backroom chat obtained by Polish magazine Wprost. The man the magazine identifies as Sikorski says the "Polish-American alliance... More »

Poland's Last Communist Leader Dies at 90

Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski imposed martial law in 1981

(Newser) - A military hospital spokesman in Warsaw says Poland's last communist leader, Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, has died at age 90. Spokesman Grzegorz Kade said Jaruzelski died in the hospital, where he suffered a stroke earlier this month. He was previously treated for cancer. On Dec. 13, 1981, Jaruzelski imposed martial... More »

European Corruption 'Breathtaking': EU Report

Romania and Bulgaria lead the pack of worst offenders

(Newser) - Think Europeans are unlikely to be corrupted by a bribe? Not according to a new EU report that calls European corruption "breathtaking" in scope and says it costs at least $120 billion a year, the BBC reports. The extent of corruption varies by country, but 75% of Europeans surveyed... More »

Man Falls 1K Feet to His Death on Mt. Hood

Polish soldier was an inexperienced climber

(Newser) - The body of a Polish mountain climber has been found on Oregon's Mount Hood; he's at least the second person to be found dead on the mountain this month. Sebastian Kinasiewicz, 32, went missing while climbing on Sunday, and rescuers failed to locate him until his body was... More »

Holocaust Survivors Live Longer—Among Men

Study looked at 55K emigrants from Poland to Israel

(Newser) - Think Holocaust victims suffer from survivor's guilt? Maybe, but according to a new study, Holocaust survivors live an average of 6 months longer than those who avoided the Nazi menace, Pacific Standard reports. Among 55,220 emigrants from Poland to modern-day Israel, men who lived in Europe between 1939... More »

More 'Vampires' Found in Poland

Number of skeletons buried in peculiar way now stands at 17

(Newser) - The four suspected vampires unearthed by archaeologists in Poland may have been in good company. Der Spiegel reports that the number of skeletons found buried with their head placed between their legs (so arranged to ensure that a possible bloodsucker couldn't find his head and come back to life)... More »

Survivors on Outed Minn. Nazi: 'What Good Is It Now?'

Villagers reflect on massacre by Michael Karkoc's unit

(Newser) - Just weeks ago, the AP outed a Minnesota man as a former Nazi commander; now, Polish survivors are revisiting a massacre by Michael Karkoc's unit. Records suggest Karkoc was near the scene of the Chlaniow massacre as well as one in the Ukrainian village of Pidhaitsi, though there's... More »

Poland Unveils Giant Statue of John Paul II

5-story likeness overlooks city of Czestochowa

(Newser) - Fans of Pope John Paul II now have a potential pilgrimage site: Czestochowa, Poland. The city in the southern Poland unveiled a giant statue of the late pontiff today. The white fiberglass figure rises about five stories, or more than 45 feet, on a hill overlooking the city. It was... More »

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