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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 »

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 »

Big Lines From Trump's Speech in Warsaw

'The West will never, ever be broken'

(Newser) - About an hour after his press conference Thursday morning with Polish President Andrzej Duda, President Trump headed over to Warsaw's Krasinski Square, where what the New York Times calls a "pro-Duda crowd" showed off their Polish and American flags and confronted reporters with cries of "fake news"... More »

Trump: 'Nobody Really Knows' About Russia Election Meddling

He talks N. Korea, 'fake news' in Poland press conference

(Newser) - President Trump is in Poland, where he gave his first press conference of the trip Thursday alongside Polish President Andrzej Duda, covering a wide range of topics including natural gas, Russian election meddling, North Korea—and "fake news." Asked about interference in the 2016 election, Trump declined to... More »

Poland's Right-Wing Leadership Excited for Trump Visit

He'll likely get a warm welcome from populist government

(Newser) - The G20 summit may not be much fun for Donald Trump, what with the angry protesters making noise between his possibly difficult meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin. But he'll have a bit of a buffer beforehand as he first visits Poland, where he'... More »

Medieval Knight's Sword Found in Bog

If engraving can be found, it might identify the knight

(Newser) - The medieval sword, at just over three pounds, wouldn't have weighed down its owner. But the bog where it was found might have. That's what researchers are saying after a remarkably well-preserved sword from the 14th century was found in a bog in Poland. A worker was using... More »

For First Time, NATO Stages War Games in Baltic 'Weak Spot'

Suwalki Gap is vulnerable due to geography

(Newser) - NATO has a weak spot along the Poland-Lithuania border, a 65-mile-long frontier in an area known as the Suwalki Gap that, if seized by Russia, would cut off not just Lithuania but Latvia and Estonia from the rest of the Western alliance. Over two days recently, the first large-scale NATO... More »

Poles Make Disturbing Find in President's Coffin

After crash, Russia returned mixed-up bodies

(Newser) - The widow of a senior Polish official killed with scores of others in a 2010 plane crash accuse the Russians of "displaying a filthy attitude towards our dead" after the reinvestigation of the crash yielded disturbing results. Prosecutors announced Thursday that parts from the wrong bodies had been found... More »

Mystery of the 'Crooked Forest' Puzzles, Decades Later

Was it witchcraft or warfare?

(Newser) - The trunks all bend toward the ground in the same direction, extending three to nine feet, before curving upward and stretching toward the sky, taking the shape of an upside-down question mark. But almost a century after the 400 pine trees were planted in what is now known as Poland'... More »

Naked Protesters Kill Sheep at Auschwitz

11 detained after bizarre protest

(Newser) - A group of 11 young people from several countries was detained after a bizarre protest at the Auschwitz death camp Friday. The Auschwitz museum says the men and women stripped naked, slaughtered a sheep, and chained themselves together under the infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" gate, the BBC reports. The... More »

Experiment Still (Literally) Shocking 50 Years Later

Re-creation of famous Milgram trial shows subjects will still shock people when told

(Newser) - The Milgram experiment was a famous '60s study in which researchers tested subjects' obedience to authority by ostensibly having them administer electric shocks to unseen partners at the researchers' encouragement—a way to see why atrocities were carried out by Germans "just following orders" during the Holocaust. When... More »

In a Slap at Russia, US Troops Head to Poland

It's the biggest American military presence in Europe since the Cold War

(Newser) - Europe is welcoming the largest US military deployment in the region since the Cold War. Some 87 tanks, 144 armored vehicles, and 4,000 soldiers are expected to reach Poland in the coming days, with many already in place, before they're spread across Poland, Romania, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania... More »

Poland Has Made a Final Decision on Roman Polanski

The director won't be extradited back to the US

(Newser) - Efforts to extradite Roman Polanski from Poland have come to a "definitive end," with the Oscar-winning director staying put in Europe, Reuters reports. According to the BBC , Polanski fled the US in 1978 after admitting to having sex with a 13-year-old girl. The US sought his extradition from... More »

Poland Delivers Ultimate Diss to France— About Forks

It's getting nasty

(Newser) - Note to self: Don't anger Poland's deputy defense minister, or he'll remind you about your country's uncouth eating habits from the 1500s. That was Bartosz Kownacki's reaction after France apparently rescinded Poland's invite to the Euronaval maritime defense fair next week, the Guardian reports.... More »

Thousands of Polish Women Strike, Defeat Abortion Ban

Deputy prime minister says they 'gave us food for thought'

(Newser) - It appears Poland won't be passing a total ban on abortion after all, the BBC reports. Deputy prime minister Jaroslaw Gowin says a mass protest that saw tens of thousands of women go on strike Monday "gave us food for thought and certainly taught us humility." The... More »

In Abandoned Cold War Bunker, a Determined Colony Survives

Ants keep falling down an old rusted-out pipe in old Soviet nuclear weapons bunker

(Newser) - Call it the road to nowhere. Scores of wood ants living near an old nuclear weapons bunker in western Poland plunge seemingly to death each year—and their descendants follow them—in a bizarre ritual that has amazed scientists. The story begins with hard-working ants that built a colony atop... More »

Treasure Hunters to Finally Find That Nazi Gold Train. Maybe

A new search starts Monday in Poland

(Newser) - It's been a year since two treasure hunters claimed to have found a Nazi gold train buried under Poland and yet no Nazi gold train has actually been produced. That isn't stopping a team of 35 people, who plan to resume the hunt Monday, Deutsche Welle reports. Last... More »

Family of The Pianist Wins Suit Over Nazi Claims

Appeals court sides with Wladyslaw Szpilman's family

(Newser) - Allegations that composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, whose story inspired the 2002 film The Pianist, was a Nazi collaborator amount to defamation, a Polish appeals court has decided, according to the Guardian . Previously, a judge had ruled that a claim made in the biography of Polish-Jewish singer Wiera Gran that Szpilman had... More »

Poland to Dig Up Every Victim of 2010 Plane Crash

Officials fear crash was an assassination

(Newser) - Six years after a plane crash in Russia killed 96 people , including Polish president Lech Kaczynski, the body of every available—that is, uncremated—victim is to be dug up, reports Reuters . The ruling Law and Justice party launched a new investigation into the crash after accusing Russia of withholding... More »

16K Items That Vanished From Auschwitz Are Found

They were sitting in boxes at the Polish Academy of Sciences

(Newser) - Jewelry, tobacco pipes, buttons, keys. Archaeologists uncovered more than 16,000 such items in the remains of Auschwitz's Crematorium III and gas chamber in 1967—"the last personal belongings of the Jews" led to their deaths. But while watching an old documentary about the excavation, Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum officials... More »

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