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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 »

Maid in Famed Rags-to-Riches Tale Dead at 76

Barbara Piasecka Johnson battled Johnson family over inheritance

(Newser) - It was one of the great American immigrant success stories—a young Polish woman comes to America with shaky English and $200 in her pocket, takes a job as a maid ... and marries her way into a $500 million fortune. But not only did Barbara Piasecka Johnson strike it rich,... More »

Former Polish Prez Skirts Hate Crimes Charge

Lech Walesa sparked outrage with anti-gay words

(Newser) - Former Polish President Lech Walesa sparked outrage earlier this month when he said gays have no right to a prominent role in politics, adding that any gay lawmakers should sit in the back of Parliament or "even behind the wall." But, though an activist filed a formal complaint... More »

Firefighter: Dog Saves Life of Lost Girl, 3

Kept her warm in freezing temperatures overnight

(Newser) - A 3-year-old girl in Poland who got lost and spent the night in a marshland as temperatures fell below freezing has a little dog to thank for her life, reports the BBC . "For the whole night the animal was with the girl—it never left her," says a... More »

Horrific Death Camp Draws Record Tourism

Auschwitz-Birkenau has 1.43M visitors in 2012

(Newser) - Perhaps the most tragic site in modern European history is drawing record tourist traffic, AFP reports. The Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in southern Poland—where some 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, were killed by Nazis during World War II—saw 1.43 million visitors in 2012. "Over the last... More »

Praying Hitler Rattles Former Warsaw Ghetto

Statue by Maurizio Cattelan not embraced by all

(Newser) - No chance of this one not being controversial: A statue of Adolf Hitler praying on his knees has been installed in the former Warsaw Ghetto, reports the AP . Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan's work can only be viewed from afar, by peering through a hole in a wooden gate. What,... More »

Man Nabbed in Plot to Bomb Polish Parliament

Suspect's motives called nationalistic, anti-Semitic

(Newser) - A Polish man has been arrested for allegedly plotting to detonate a four-ton bomb in front of the country's parliament amid a budgetary debate. The BBC reports that the academic researcher, 45, has confessed to planning the assassination of the president and other leaders. Prosecutors called the unnamed man'... More »

Polish Cops Clash With Far-Right Protesters

132 arrested after Warsaw violence

(Newser) - More than 100 people were arrested in Warsaw yesterday after Poland's Independence Day celebrations turned ugly for the second year in a row. Right-wing extremists holding a parade to rival those of left-wingers and government supporters hurled firecrackers and chunks of concrete at police in the Polish capital, Reuters... More »

'World's Thinnest House' Unveiled in Warsaw

Urban home is just 5 feet at its widest

(Newser) - The future of urban living may be just a few feet wide, says Polish architect Jakub Szczesny, creator of the "world's narrowest home." The Warsaw home, squeezed into a narrow gap between two buildings, is five feet wide at its widest and three at its narrowest, but... More »

CIA Had Chance to Kill bin Laden in '99: Ex-Spy

'We do not have a license to kill,' agent told informant

(Newser) - An Afghan guerrilla leader offered to hand Osama bin Laden to the CIA on a silver platter in 1999, asking for nothing more than the $5 million bounty the Clinton administration had already placed on the terrorist leader's head, but the CIA demurred, a former Polish spy alleges in... More »

More Trouble for Madonna

Concert on Warsaw Uprising anniversary triggers boycott calls

(Newser) - Now the Poles are upset with Madonna. In the latest uproar over the singer's European tour, Polish veterans groups—along with Catholics—are protesting her concert tonight because it falls on the anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. Ticket holders are being asked to boycott the show, and a conservative... More »

Madonna's Week Just Getting Worse

London concert 'worst ever,' Poland and Australia mad at her...

(Newser) - Madonna's week hasn't gotten much better since news broke that she's being sued for using a swastika image during her concerts: The Daily Mail reports that hundreds of fans walked out of her gig last night in London, with some deeming it the worst concert ever. The... More »

Next Big Move for Romney: Go Abroad?

Foreign-policy tour would take him to Britain, Israel, Germany, Poland

(Newser) - Mitt Romney's message has thus far been all about the economy—but that could change in a few weeks. The candidate is mulling an international tour that would take him to Britain, Israel, Germany, and Poland. The trip could help push back against Democratic questioning of Romney's foreign... More »

120 Busted as Russians, Poles Clash at Soccer Showdown

15 seriously injured in Warsaw fan skirmishes at Euro 2012

(Newser) - Euro 2012 has been shaken by some of the worst violence to hit a major soccer tournament in years. At least 120 people were arrested as large groups of Polish and Russian fans clashed in Warsaw before and after the two national sides played to a 1-1 tie, reports the... More »

Obama to Poland: Sorry About Gaffe

He regrets the death-camp error, he writes in letter to president

(Newser) - President Obama has apologized to Poland for the "Polish death camp" gaffe he made earlier this week, the AP reports. "In referring to 'a Polish death camp' rather than 'a Nazi death camp in German-occupied Poland,' I inadvertently used a phrase that has caused many... More »

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