Nov 23, 2014

Poland ruling party wins most seats in regional elections

Poland’s ruling Civic Platform (PO) party has secured the highest number of provincial assembly seats in the Nov. 16 vote, the state election commission said, a surprising result seen as likely to further aggravate tensions over the already contentious vote. The official results, published ...

Polish town opposes Pooh Bear for unclear gender

Nov 22, 2014

Polish town opposes Pooh Bear for unclear gender

Officials in a Polish town have opposed a proposition to name a playground after Winnie-the-Pooh due to the bear’s unclear gender and immodest clothing. The matter was debated in a closed-door meeting weeks ago in the central Polish town of Tuszyn, but didn’t get ...

Nov 18, 2014

Poland, Russian expel diplomats over spying

Russian and Polish officials confirmed Monday that they have carried out tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions in an espionage affair that highlights intensified efforts by Moscow to penetrate NATO counties and a new determination by the West to fight back. As tensions grow over Russia’s military ...

Nov 14, 2014

Polish woman 'wakes up' in morgue 11 hours after being pronounced dead

Eleven hours after being declared dead at home, a 91-year-old Polish woman surprised morgue workers when she started moving, public television reported Thursday. Janina Kolkiewicz woke up inside a body bag in a cold chamber at the morgue in eastern Poland last Thursday, according ...

Oct 21, 2014

Putin offered in 2008 to divide Ukraine with Poland: Polish ex-minister

Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to Poland’s then leader that they divide Ukraine between themselves as far back as 2008, Poland’s parliamentary speaker, Radoslaw Sikorski, said in an interview published by the U.S. Politico website. According to Sikorski, who until September served as Poland’s ...

Oct 14, 2014

Polish doctors test man for Ebola

A man has been hospitalised in Poland pending blood tests on whether he has the Ebola virus, but he had not travelled to Africa and the tests were being conducted as a precaution only, a health official said. The 31-year-old man called for an ...

Abandoned lion cub nursed by sheepdog at Polish zoo

Oct 10, 2014

Abandoned lion cub nursed by sheepdog at Polish zoo

A lion cub who was abandoned at birth by his parents has been cuddling up to a shaggy-haired sheepdog and mother-of-five at a private zoo in Poland. Parys was born last week at the small zoo in the eastern town of Wojciechow to a ...

Sep 23, 2014

Poland stages major military maneuvers amid Russia tensions

Poland kicks off major military exercises involving eight NATO partners on Wednesday amid the West’s worst standoff with Russia since the end of the Cold War sparked by differences over the Ukraine crisis. Organized every two years since 2006, this year’s Anaconda maneuvers involve ...

Pragmatism, charm are Tusk's hallmarks

Sep 1, 2014

Pragmatism, charm are Tusk's hallmarks

Donald Tusk relied on a mix of charm and pragmatism to rise to the top of Polish politics and stay in power longer than anyone since the Cold War. Being the European Union’s president will test the extent of those talents. Emerging from a ...

EU names Tusk, Mogherini to top jobs, readies Russian sanctions

Aug 31, 2014

EU names Tusk, Mogherini to top jobs, readies Russian sanctions

European Union leaders on Saturday chose Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to chair the European Council and named Italian Federica Mogherini to run the bloc’s foreign relations as it prepared to threaten Russia with new sanctions over Ukraine. A summit in Brussels shared the ...