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Attacker Rushes Stage, Stabs Mayor in Heart

Pawel Adamowicz, mayor of Gdansk, Poland, has died

(Newser) - A convicted criminal with a knife rushed onstage during the finale of a charity event Sunday night and fatally stabbed a Polish mayor in the heart and abdomen before shouting that he did it for political revenge. Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz grabbed his belly and collapsed in front of the... More »

Poland: We Caught Huawei Manager Spying for China

Chinese man, former Polish security officer charged with espionage

(Newser) - Poland's Internal Security Agency has charged a Chinese manager at tech giant Huawei in Poland and one of its own former officers with espionage on behalf of China, state broadcaster TVP reported Friday. Both men were arrested Tuesday. Polish security agents searched their homes as well as the offices... More »

1.1K Violations Found So Far in Poland After Escape Room Fire

But experts say sites in US appear to have adequate safety features in place

(Newser) - The escape room in Poland where five teen girls died last week was said to have safety issues. But now officials are taking a look at escape rooms all across the country, and escape room owners in other areas—including in the US—are also reviewing their own protocols for... More »

5 Teen Girls Die in Escape Room

Polish officials crack down after fatal blaze

(Newser) - Polish officials have shut down 13 escape room entertainment sites for safety flaws and the prime minister asked people Sunday to report such lapses to firefighters and police after five teenage girls were killed in a fire, the AP reports. Players in escape room games are locked inside a room... More »

Two Tiny Bones Tell Tale of Child Eaten by Bird

It happened about 115,000 years ago

(Newser) - Two tiny finger bones found in a cave in Poland tell a pretty grim story: Sometime about 115,000 years ago, a "large bird" ate a Neanderthal child, Live Science reports. According to CNN , scientists determined the fate of the child based on the bones' porous surface, which, per... More »

'Fort Trump' Could Become Reality

Polish President Andrzej Duda wants permanent American military base in Poland

(Newser) - Poland's leader pressed President Donald Trump on Tuesday to consider creating a permanent American military base in Poland, offering a tempting incentive: The installation would be called "Fort Trump." Polish President Andrzej Duda extended the invitation during a one-on-one meeting with Trump at the White House that... More »

Polish Official Says Germany Owes Poland $850B for WWII

'We are talking about very large, but justified amounts of compensation'

(Newser) - A Polish official said Friday that Germany could owe his country $850 billion for the damage it inflicted during World War II, the AP reports. Arkadiusz Mularczyk is leading a team in the parliament that is assessing potential reparations to Poland. Germany killed 6 million Polish citizens and caused great... More »

Poland's Israel Embassy Defaced After PM's Remarks

Swastikas and slurs were scrawled on the property

(Newser) - Swastikas and profanity were reportedly scrawled on the property of the Polish embassy in Israel over the weekend in the wake of controversial remarks made by the country's prime minister about the Holocaust. The symbol of hate appeared on the entrance to the property in Tel Aviv on Sunday,... More »

Facing Slaughter, Cow Makes a Swim for It

Precocious bovine saves her own bacon by fleeing to an island

(Newser) - Perhaps there's good reason the old saying references lambs to the slaughter, instead of cows: Faced with her own imminent doom as slaughterhouse workers tried to load her on a truck at the Polish farm where she was raised, one precocious bovine decided to make an impressive run for... More »

Poland Going Ahead With Holocaust Bill the US Decried

Polish President Andrzej Duda will sign bill into law, but wants court to take a look

(Newser) - The US and Israel pitched a fit , but it ultimately wasn't enough to fully stop Poland from moving ahead with its controversial Holocaust law. Polish President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday announced he would sign a bill that prohibits speech that states or suggests his nation was complicit in Nazi... More »

As Israel, US Pitch Fits, Poland's Senate Passes Holocaust Bill

Law would ban phrases like 'Polish death camps'

(Newser) - Despite US pleas to rethink proposed legislation regulating Holocaust speech, Poland's Senate went ahead and passed the bill, reports the BBC . The legislation has sparked a diplomatic dispute with Israel, and the US had argued that it could hurt freedom of speech as well as strategic relationships. US State... More »

Poland Jolted by Secret Forest Birthday Party for Hitler

Hidden cameras captured neo-Nazis wearing SS uniforms, raising a toast

(Newser) - An undercover expose of Polish neo-Nazis celebrating Adolf Hitler in a nighttime forest ceremony has sparked widespread revulsion in Poland, a country where Hitler's regime murdered millions of people in concentration camps, ghettos, and in the bombing of cities. Leaders have condemned the extremists and launched an investigation that... More »

Colleagues 'Outraged' at Mich. Doctor's ICE Detention

Lukasz Niec may be sent back to Poland after 40 years in US; 'I ... thought it was a prank,' wife says

(Newser) - A quarter of a century ago, 17-year-old Lukasz Niec took a plea deal on two misdemeanors—a move that might send the now-43-year-old Michigan doctor back to his native Poland, despite the fact that he's lived in the US since he was a young child, speaks no Polish, and... More »

Outrage Over Naked Game of Tag in Nazi Gas Chamber

Video filmed at Stutthof camp part of 2015 art exhibition in Poland

(Newser) - The 5-minute video shows a group of naked people playing tag. Now Holocaust survivor groups want to know how the video was allowed to be filmed inside a gas chamber at a former Nazi camp where 65,000 people were killed, the BBC reports. According to the Independent , The Game ... More »

Painting Stolen by Nazis Goes Home, With US Help

It was found near Philadelphia

(Newser) - A 19th century painting that was looted by the Nazis during World War II and recovered by the FBI in Pennsylvania has returned home to Poland, reports the AP . It was publicly unveiled Wednesday by members of both the American and Polish governments in a ceremony that marked one of... More »

Polish Politician Reads Book About Cats, Spurs Controversy

Cynics say Jaroslaw Kaczynski was trying to soften his image, deflect from 'collapsing' democracy

(Newser) - Poland's most powerful politician openly read a book about cats during a session of parliament Friday, setting off a slew of jokes but also accusations that he was trying to distract voters from a controversial overhaul of the judicial system. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, 68, leader of the country's ruling... More »

Poland May Demand Germany 'Pay Terrible Debt They Owe'

Analysis of whether to make reparations claim due by Aug. 11

(Newser) - Poland is looking into demanding reparations from Germany for the massive losses inflicted on Poland during World War II. Arkadiusz Mularczyk, a lawmaker with the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), said Wednesday the Polish Parliament's research office is preparing an analysis of whether to make the claim and... More »

Poland's President Defies Party With Major Veto

Andrzej Duda prevents ruling party from firing and replacing judges

(Newser) - Poland's president has defied the leader of his country's powerful ruling party and blocked a plan to upend the court system. President Andrzej Duda vetoed two of three bills that would have given politicians far more control over the courts than they have now, reports Reuters . Critics said... More »

Poland Takes Step Toward Unwinding Its Democracy

President Andrzej Duda now has 21 days to sign the contentious bill into law

(Newser) - Poland's Senate approved a contentious law on Saturday that gives politicians substantial influence over the Supreme Court, in defiance of European Union criticism. The bill proposed by the populist ruling party only needs the signature of President Andrzej Duda to become binding. The vote was 55-23 with two abstentions,... More »

With New Moves, Poland May Not Qualify as Democracy

Ruling party's effort to stack the courts brings condemnation from the EU

(Newser) - The ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) in Poland is trying to fundamentally alter the nation's court system with a spate of new bills that would give the government the power to force out the nation's top judges and replace them with those appointed by parliament—where the... More »

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