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Domestic Violence Decision Brings Protests in Poland

Government intends to withdraw from convention establishing rights and protections

(Newser) - Thousands of people in Warsaw and some other cities in Poland protested Friday against plans by the conservative government to withdraw from Europe’s Istanbul Convention against domestic violence and violence against women and children. Carrying signs of the "Women’s Strike" rights movement, they chanted "Fight against... More »

What the Nazis Destroyed in 1943 Reappears for 2 Hours

The Great Synagogue of Warsaw is recreated with light

(Newser) - The Great Synagogue of Warsaw, which was destroyed by German forces during World War II, made a brief reappearance as an apparition of light during commemorations for the Ghetto Uprising of 1943. Light was projected Thursday night onto the modern glass building in the place where the synagogue used to... More »

Famed Nazi Fighter Dead at 94

Simcha Rotem was among last survivors of the Warsaw ghetto uprising

(Newser) - Simcha Rotem, a Holocaust survivor who was among the last Jewish fighters from the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising, has died. He was 94. Rotem, who went by "Kazik," took part in the single greatest act of Jewish resistance during the Holocaust, reports the AP . Though guaranteed to fail,... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Newark Flight Lands on Belly in Warsaw

All 231 people aboard are safe

(Newser) - A tense but safe landing today at an airport in Warsaw: A Boeing 767 that took off from Newark, New Jersey, with 231 people aboard had to land on its belly when the wheels failed to deploy, reports CNN . The pilot of the LOT Polish Airlines flight dumped fuel and... More »

Poland's First Couple Lies in State

Maria Kaczynska's body recovered; funeral set for Sunday

(Newser) - Poles lined up by the thousands today to pay homage to their late president and his wife. Lech Kaczynski and Maria Kaczynska, two of the 96 victims of Saturday's plane crash in Russia, are lying in state at the presidential palace in Warsaw. Their daughter, Marta, and the president's twin... More »

Pilots Blamed for Russian Plane Crash

Russians: Pilots ignored fog warnings

(Newser) - Error by Polish pilots likely caused the Russian plane crash that killed Poland's president, his wife, and 94 others, according to Russian officials. Investigators have ruled out any technical flaws in the Russian-made plane and blamed pilots for ignoring control tower warnings not to land in heavy fog. "The... More »

President's Body Returns to Poland

Lech Kaczynski will lie in state at presidential palace in Warsaw

(Newser) - Mourners filled the streets of Warsaw today as the coffin bearing the body of president Lech Kaczynski returned to the presidential palace, where he will lie in state for a week. Earlier, Vladimir Putin attended a memorial service for Kaczynski, his wife, Maria, and the 94 other victims of yesterday's... More »

Poles Oust Brothers, Vote in Center-Right

Voters seek new EU relations, troop withdrawal from Iraq

(Newser) - Poles ousted the conservative Kaczynski twins today and voted in a center-right party that vows better relations with the EU. The highest turnout in nearly 20 years backed Civic Platform by 44% over Law and Justice's 30%, setting up opposition leader Donald Tusk to guide parliament against President Lech Kaczynski.... More »

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