Poland's politicians, filmmakers hail Oscar for 'Ida'

Feb 24, 2015

Poland's politicians, filmmakers hail Oscar for 'Ida'

Poland’s politicians, filmmakers and fans rejoiced Monday over the nation’s first-ever foreign language movie Oscar for “Ida,” seeing it as a sign of the country’s cinematography coming of age. President Bronislaw Komorowski said the award is a “source of satisfaction for all Poles” and ...

Feb 19, 2015

Poland to pay $262,000 to inmates held at secret CIA prison

Poland will pay €230,000 ($262,000) in compensation to two terror suspects who say they were tortured at a CIA secret prison that Poland hosted from 2002-2003, a government minister said Wednesday. Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna spoke after the European Court of Human Rights in ...

Warsaw's main Lazienkowski bridge on fire

Feb 16, 2015

Warsaw's main Lazienkowski bridge on fire

Warsaw’s main bridge caught fire on Saturday night, according to an AFP reporter on the scene, disrupting a key route through the Polish capital as the blaze burned into the night. Firefighters said there have been no victims from the fire but the damage ...

Japan, Poland plan Tokyo summit this month

Feb 8, 2015

Japan, Poland plan Tokyo summit this month

The Japanese and Polish governments are arranging to hold a postponed summit meeting in Tokyo in late February, diplomatic sources said Saturday. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose to Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski cooperation between the two countries in their efforts to promote global ...

Feb 4, 2015

By blunder, Polish in-vitro mom has another woman's baby

Poland’s health minister said Tuesday that he has canceled the in-vitro contract with a fertility clinic in northwestern Poland where a woman was implanted with a wrong egg. The blunder apparently made at the Pomerania Medical University clinic in Szczecin became evident when the ...

Survivors visit Auschwitz a day ahead of 70th anniversary

Jan 27, 2015

Survivors visit Auschwitz a day ahead of 70th anniversary

The voices of Auschwitz survivors praying for their murdered loved ones reverberated Monday amid the barracks and barbed wire of the former Nazi death camp, with one survivor crying out in a pained voice: “I don’t want to come here anymore!” The survivors were ...

Jan 26, 2015

Past horrors haunt a Polish town

Bogumila recalls how as a small girl growing up in the Polish town of Oswiecim she saw prisoners beaten by Nazi guards and watched with her mother the distant glow of the crematorium fires of the Auschwitz concentration camp. “Everyone sat in their homes ...

Putin will not go to Auschwitz for 70th anniversary of liberation

Jan 14, 2015

Putin will not go to Auschwitz for 70th anniversary of liberation

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend ceremonies in Poland for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp, his spokesman said on Tuesday. A trip to Poland “is not on the Russian president’s agenda,” spokesman Dmitry Peskov told AFP, without ...

Polish defense chief hails purchase of U.S. missiles

Dec 12, 2014

Polish defense chief hails purchase of U.S. missiles

Poland’s defense minister praised long-range missiles the country is buying from the U.S. as the most modern military equipment Poland has ever had and said that they are especially needed at this time of tension in the region. A NATO member, Poland for years ...

Ex-leaders: Poland agreed to CIA site, not to torture

Dec 11, 2014

Ex-leaders: Poland agreed to CIA site, not to torture

After years of denials, two former Polish leaders acknowledged Wednesday they had allowed a secret CIA prison to operate on their territory but insisted they never authorized the harsh treatment or torture of its inmates. Former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, 60, and former Prime ...