Pompeo warns Eastern Europe on Chinese and Russian meddling
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday invoked the 30th anniversary of the demise of communism to implore countries in Central and Eastern Europe to resist Chinese and Russian influence.
Speaking on a five-nation tour of Europe, Pompeo said China and Russia pose twin threats to the democratic and free-market gains made since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
BERLIN (AP) — Hydraulic systems jerk and pull the metal train cab back and forth as the driver pilots it along the tracks of Berlin's commuter rail system, as images of the city just after the fall of the Berlin Wall whiz by.
Illinois, Polish military mark 25 years of cooperation
CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois National Guard and Poland's military are marking 25 years of cooperation that began in the years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
A State Partnership Program between Poland and the Illinois National Guard started in 1993.
A statement from the Illinois governor's office says the state has played a major role in upgrading Poland's air force. Air National Guard pilots flew the first F-16 to Poland as the Warsaw Pact country-turned-NATO member modernized its military.
BERLIN (AP) — Helmut Kohl, the physically imposing German chancellor whose reunification of a nation divided by the Cold War put Germany at the heart of a united Europe, died Friday at his home in Ludwigshafen. He was 87.
"A life has ended and the person who lived it will go down in history" said German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking from Rome. "It will take some time, however, until we can truly judge what we have lost in him. Helmut Kohl was a great German and a great European."
Trump taps ex-Rep. Heather Wilson for Air Force secretary
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday he has selected former Republican congresswoman Heather Wilson of New Mexico to be secretary of the Air Force.
Wilson, an Air Force Academy graduate, served as an Air Force officer in Europe during the 1980s and was on the National Security Council staff under President George H.W. Bush during the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Tiny Polish car catches a wave in auto-crazy Cuba
HAVANA (AP) — Ramses Fernandez's most cherished possession is barely larger than a refrigerator, with the legroom of an economy airplane seat and a little more horsepower than a riding lawnmower.
"That's my second baby," said Fernandez, smiling proudly at the 39-year-old automobile purchased about the time his 10-month-old son was born. "My wife says that car is my child."
A humble two-cylinder Polish-made hatchback, the Fiat 126p was forgotten by most people...