US Vice President Mike Pence makes his first Auschwitz visit
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited the memorial site of Auschwitz on Friday along with the Polish president and Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, viewing a train car, crematoriums and the hair of victims that make it such a powerful testament to the evil that befell Europe in the last century.
Car hits Polish policeman, rams into presidential palace
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A car driving the wrong way down a street struck a policeman near the Polish president's headquarters Tuesday before speeding off and ramming into a metal barrier protecting the driveway of the building, officials said. A man was detained at the scene.
President Andrzej Duda said it was an "astonishing" situation, but stressed that the palace is well guarded and protected.
Polish authorities said that the incident didn't appear to be terror-related.
Death toll in Czech mine explosion increases to 13
PRAGUE (AP) — The death toll in a methane explosion at a black coal mine in northeastern Czech Republic has increased to 13, a mining company said Friday.
OKD mining company spokesman Ivo Celechovsky said that 12 of the dead were Polish nationals while one was Czech, correcting information given earlier that said there were 11 Poles and two Czechs.
A further 10 miners were injured in the explosion Thursday afternoon at the CSM mine near the town of Karvina.
Polish statue, subject of international flap, won’t be moved
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A Polish memorial statue that was at the center of a trans-Atlantic debate when a New Jersey mayor proposed moving it from its waterfront location will stay put.
Jersey City's council voted early Thursday to keep the Katyn memorial where it has stood for more than 25 years. The Jersey Journal reported the vote.
Polish president signs bill reinstating Supreme Court judges
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president signed legislation Monday that reinstates Supreme Court judges who were forced into early retirement despite the European Union condemning the removals as a violation of democratic standards.
Earlier in the day, the EU's top court, the European Court of Justice, ruled that Poland needed to suspend a law that lowered the retirement age for Supreme Court judges and to put about two dozen justices the law had affected back on the bench.
Poland’s president, Jewish leaders light Hanukkah candles
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda and Jewish community members have lit a menorah at the Presidential Palace to jointly mark Hanukkah.
A part of democratic Poland's tradition is highlighting the long history and role of the Jewish nation in Poland. Hanukkah candles are lit each year at the palace in Warsaw.
Duda, former Israeli ambassador to Poland, Shevah Weiss, along with the leaders and young members of Warsaw's Jewish community lit the marble-and-crystal menorah.
Wolf to attend former President Bush’s funeral service
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf will attend the invitation-only national funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush in Washington, D.C.
Wednesday's funeral service is at the Washington National Cathedral.
Bush died on Friday at age 94 and is lying in state in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.
Miners’ Day celebrated in climate talks city in Poland
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Miners' brass bands led celebrations Tuesday honoring the patron saint of miners in the southern Polish city that's hosting this year's U.N. climate talks.
Musicians began Miner's Day, dedicated to Catholic Saint Barbara, with a traditional sunrise concert in the streets of a historic district in Katowice.
Poland marks centenary of its national rebirth at end of WWI
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president, prime minister and other top political figures led an Independence Day march Sunday as part of a day of centenary celebrations, trailed by a huge crowd led by nationalist groups.
More than 250,000 people marched in Warsaw to mark the 100th anniversary of Poland's rebirth as an independent state at the end of World War I, according to police.
Polish leaders to walk with nationalists on Independence Day
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish government and the organizers of a march put on by nationalist groups annually for the country's independence holiday have agreed to hold a joint event in Warsaw Sunday on the 100th anniversary of Poland's rebirth as a state.
The announcement late Friday means President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and other state officials will join groups who held a march in Warsaw last year where racist banners and white supremacist symbols were displayed.
Poland signs deal for long-term deliveries of US gas
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's main gas company signed a long-term contract Thursday to receive deliveries of liquefied natural gas from the United States as part of a larger effort to reduce its energy dependence on Russia.
The state company PGNiG signed the 24-year deal with American supplier Cheniere during a ceremony in Warsaw attended by U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Polish President Andrzej Duda.
The Latest: Polish leaders to hold Independence Day march
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on independence commemorations planned in Poland (all times local):
A Polish official says the president and the prime minister are organizing a march at which all Poles can join together Sunday to mark the centennial of Polish Independence.
Polish president sends mixed signals on nationalist march
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president won't take part in an Independence Day march in the capital organized by nationalist organizations, his spokesman said Monday in an announcement that follows the leader urging Poles to participate in the controversial event.
Polish leader appoints top court judges, against ruling
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president swore in 27 new Supreme Court judges Wednesday, stepping up the conflict over control of the judiciary and ignoring another top court that said the appointments should be suspended pending an opinion by European Union judges.
Andrzej Duda appointed justices to the civil and penal chambers of the court as well as to its new chamber of extraordinary control, according to his top aide, Pawel Mucha. Reporters were not allowed to witness the ceremony.
The Latest: Dutch minister urges end to Poland-EU dispute
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on Polish judicial reforms (all times local):
Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok has urged that a solution be found to Poland's dispute with European Union leaders over the government's sweeping changes to the judiciary.
Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz hosted Blok Wednesday for talks on European Union matters including questions over Poland's rule of law under the conservative government.
Police car escorting Poland’s president hits child
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The office of Poland's President Andrzej Duda says that a boy crossing a street was slightly hurt when he was hit by a police car escorting Duda in the southern city of Oswiecim.
The communique said Thursday the accident occurred at a pedestrian crossing and that the speed of the presidential convoy was slow. Duda came out of his limousine to be with the child until an ambulance took him to a hospital.
Thousands of Polish police, firefighters march over pay
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of disgruntled police, firefighters and other security workers marched noisily through the Polish capital Tuesday to demand higher pay and more favorable retirement conditions.
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Polish leader resists view that he was disrespected by Trump
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president is fighting back against criticism at home over a photo posted by Donald Trump that some say shows the Polish leader in a subservient role during a White House visit.
Trump tweeted photos of himself with President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday, including one of them signing a strategic cooperation agreement in which Trump is sitting at his desk and Duda is standing.
Fort Trump? Polish leader dangles offer to US president
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 focused heavily on the U.S. presence in Poland as the country faces Russia's increased military activities in the region.
The Latest: Polish leader proposes US base called Fort Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda (all times local):
The president of Poland is telling President Donald Trump that he'd like the U.S. to create a permanent American base in Poland that would be named Fort Trump.
Trump says that he's considering the idea and that Poland has offered more than $2 billion to the U.S. to pay for such an effort.
The comments came at a joint White House press conference by the leaders Tuesday.
AP Interview: Poland seeks EU ‘empathy’ for US sanctions
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland sees itself as a bridge in trans-Atlantic rifts between the European Union and the Trump administration and wants the EU to show "greater empathy" for U.S. sanctions on Iran, the country's foreign minister said Friday.
Minister Jacek Czaputowicz told The Associated Press in an interview that Washington was "right" to announce renewed sanctions while withdrawing from the international Iran nuclear deal. Poland is making that argument with the EU, Czaputowicz said.
Polish leader slammed for saying EU has little relevance
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president came under heavy criticism from political opponents Wednesday after he called the European Union an "imaginary community" of little relevance to Poles.
Andrzej Duda is aligned with the ruling Law and Justice party, which has been in conflict with the EU over an overhaul of the Polish judicial system which Brussels sees as violating the rule of law.
Romanian official: US can help Eastern EU members develop
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian official said Monday that the U.S. needs to have a strong presence in Eastern Europe before a summit on boosting development in the region.
Romania's presidency hosts the 12-member Three Seas Initiative on Sept. 17-18 where officials will discuss about 40 regional government-approved projects that aim to boost interconnectivity in transportation, energy and the digital fields.
Georgette Mosbacher starts as US ambassador in Poland
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Georgette Mosbacher, an entrepreneur and Republican donor, officially began her term as the new U.S. ambassador to Poland on Thursday by presenting her credentials to President Andrzej Duda.
The 71-year-old Mosbacher was tapped by President Donald Trump for her mission in the nation of 38 million that has close ties with Washington. Warsaw was the inaugural stop on Trump's first European tour last year.
Poland: Court vacancy disputed by chief justice holding seat
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda has announced that the country's Supreme Court needs a new president even though the justice holding the job insists her term is not over and her colleagues support her.
Duda co-authored recent regulations that require the high court's judges to retire at age 65. He posted a formal notice this week announcing 11 Supreme Court vacancies, a figure that means First President Malgorzata Gersdorf's position was included.
Poland’s president to visit White House in mid-September
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's President Andrzej Duda and the first lady will meet with President Donald Trump at the White House on Sept. 18, Duda's aide said Tuesday.
Polish President Duda defends government’s judicial moves
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — During a visit to New Zealand, Polish President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday defended the moves his nation's government have made to take control of the judicial system.
Poland’s president visits Australian capital and Parliament
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Poland's president met with Australian leaders Monday on a visit focused on security and trade.
President Andrzej Duda met Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and opposition leader Bill Shorten at Parliament House before laying a wreath at the Australian War Memorial.
Duda began his Australian visit in Sydney on Thursday and will leave Melbourne on Tuesday.
Polish president vetoes law on EU Parliament elections
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish president on Thursday vetoed legislation on elections to the European Union Parliament that would have benefited large political parties and made it harder for small parties to reach a threshold to win seats.
Andrzej Duda said the legislation would have left "a large number of citizens" without any representation in the European parliament and led to a decline in interest and turnout in European elections.
Poland marks Army Day with parade, call for US military base
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president voiced hope for a permanent U.S. military presence in his country, speaking as the nation put on a large military parade on its Armed Forces Day holiday Wednesday replete with tanks and people marching in historic uniforms.
Poland is fearful of Russia's renewed aggression, and President Andrzej Duda said that a permanent presence by the U.S. Army would "deter every potential aggressor."
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A decision by Poland's Supreme Court to suspend early retirement of its judges is unlawful, an aide to President Andrzej Duda said Friday.
Poland honors fighters, victims of Warsaw’s 1944 revolt
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — World War II veterans, Warsaw residents and Poland's leaders stood at attention Wednesday as sirens wailed during anniversary ceremonies honoring the fighters and victims of the city's ill-fated 1944 revolt against the Nazi occupation.
Warsaw traffic stopped for a minute's remembrance as the sirens sounded at 5 p.m., the exact hour when the Aug. 1 revolt started 74 years ago.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of people in Warsaw and other cities in Poland are protesting against the latest moves by the ruling right-wing party aimed at helping it take control of the Supreme Court and other courts.
A crowd singing the national anthem and holding lights gathered late Thursday before the Presidential Palace in Warsaw to show their disapproval after President Andrzej Duda signed the latest legislation into law.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's senators have knocked down President Andrzej Duda's proposal for a referendum on revising the country's constitution.
The Senate voted 30-10 with 52 abstentions on Wednesday to reject Duda's plan.
The president had argued a referendum that asked voters if they wanted the Constitution of Poland changed and if so, to what extent, would give Poles a meaningful say on their futures.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hundreds of government opponents protested in Poland on Tuesday as senators were debating legislation that would make it easier for the ruling party to appoint the president and members of the Supreme Court and influence judges.
Approved by the lower house last week, the legislation needs approval from the Senate, which is dominated by the right-wing ruling party and expected to back the bill, as well as from President Andrzej Duda, who hails from the party.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's parliament voted Friday to approve legislation that will make it easier for the ruling party to appoint the president and members of the Supreme Court and influence judges.
It was the latest development in the right-wing ruling party's overhaul of the justice system that has sparked outrage from the opposition and from international law experts. European Union leaders say the changes threaten member Poland's rule of law and have opened sanctioning procedures.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Irena Szewinska, a Polish sprinter who dominated women's athletics for two decades, winning seven Olympic medals, and who later became a member of the International Olympic Committee, has died at 72.
Szewinska's husband and former coach, Janusz Szewinski, said his wife died shortly before midnight Friday in a Warsaw hospital after a battle with cancer.
The Polish news agency PAP on Saturday described Szewinska as the most famous athlete in Polish sports history.
Polish president wants to ask voters for more power
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president has revealed 15 questions Polish voters could face in a referendum on whether to change the constitution — including whether to strengthen the president's powers and protect Poland's membership in the European Union and NATO.
President Andrzej Duda has long called for amending the constitution and has set Nov. 10-11 as the dates for a referendum. But he had so far been vague about the changes he sought.