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Poland amends controversial Holocaust law

Poland amends controversial Holocaust lawPoland on Wednesday amended a controversial Holocaust law that sparked outrage in Israel by imposing jail terms on anyone claiming the government was responsible for Nazi German war crimes. The amendment removes fines or criminal penalties of up to three years in prison for anyone found guilty of ascribing Nazi crimes to the Polish nation or state. Lawmakers in Poland’s right-wing dominated lower house of parliament voted 388 in favour of the amendment, with 25 against and five abstentions.



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Kremlin: permanent U.S. military presence in Poland would harm European security

Kremlin: permanent U.S. military presence in Poland would harm European securityThe Kremlin expressed concern on Monday over media reports that Poland has requested a permanent U.S. military presence on its soil, saying NATO’s expansion towards Russia’s borders undermined stability in Europe. Warsaw could offer up to $ 2 billion in funding for such a military presence, according to a Polish Defense Ministry proposal reported by Polish media. A government source in Poland confirmed to Reuters such a proposal had been made.



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Poland demands Russia return 2010 presidential jet wreckage

Poland demands Russia return 2010 presidential jet wreckagePoland’s President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday demanded that Russia hand over the wreckage of a 2010 presidential plane crash that has stoked friction with Moscow and divisions at home as Warsaw marked eight years since the disaster. President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria were among the 96 people who died in the crash in Smolensk, western Russia, on April 10, 2010. “The plane wreckage is probably the most important evidence in this case — it’s still in Russia and the Russian authorities don’t want to hand it over,” Duda told Polish media.



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Four die in building collapse after explosion in Poland

Four die in building collapse after explosion in PolandFour people died and about 20 were injured in an apartment building collapse in Poznan, western Poland, most likely to have been caused by a gas explosion, state-run news agency PAP said on Sunday. The explosion on Sunday morning destroyed four of 18 apartments in the building, PAP said, quoting a local fire brigade representative. “Looking at the degree of destruction of this building, it was initially assumed that it could have been a gas explosion, but we do not have certainty yet.



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Poland defends PM's Holocaust remark

Poland defends PM's Holocaust remarkPoland on Sunday sought to defend remarks by its prime minister which Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu called “outrageous” and amounted to denying the Holocaust. “The comments of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki during a discussion in Munich were by no means intended to deny the Holocaust, or charge the Jewish victims of the Holocaust with responsibility for what was a Nazi German perpetrated genocide,” Morawiecki’s spokeswoman Joanna Kopcinska said in a statement. The Israeli premier, who like Morawiecki was in Munich for a global security conference, on Saturday responded angrily to the remark that the Holocaust had involved “Jewish perpetrators” as well as Polish ones.



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Ukraine deports opposition leader Saakashvili to Poland

Ukraine deports opposition leader Saakashvili to PolandKIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili was deported from Ukraine to Poland on Monday after being detained by armed, masked men at a restaurant in Kiev and rushed to the airport, Ukrainian officials and his supporters said.



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Israel and Poland clash over proposed Holocaust law

Israel and Poland clash over proposed Holocaust lawBy Jeffrey Heller and Marcin Goettig JERUSALEM/WARSAW (Reuters) – Israel’s prime minister and Holocaust survivors on Sunday bridled at a draft Polish law that would make it illegal to suggest Poland bore any responsibility for Nazi atrocities committed on its soil. The Israeli foreign ministry summoned Poland’s charge d’affaires – the ambassador was abroad – to object to the bill, which is still going through parliament. “We will under no circumstances accept any attempt to rewrite history,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in lengthy public remarks to his cabinet.



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Plane on domestic flight makes emergency landing in Poland

Plane on domestic flight makes emergency landing in PolandWARSAW, Poland (AP) — A spokesman for Warsaw's international airport said Wednesday that a Polish plane on a domestic flight made a safe emergency landing with a malfunctioning front wheel and no one was hurt.



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EU executive to raise pressure on Poland on Wednesday: sources

EU executive to raise pressure on Poland on Wednesday: sourcesBy Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission will ask EU member states on Wednesday to take a stand on whether the Polish government is abusing democratic standards, three sources told Reuters, as the bloc steps up pressure on Warsaw. Poland has been in a deepening dispute with Brussels and other European Union states over upholding the rule of law since the nationalist-minded, eurosceptic Law and Justice (PiS) party won power in late 2015.



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EU warns Poland to obey logging ban in ancient forest

EU warns Poland to obey logging ban in ancient forestThe EU warned Poland Wednesday to obey a ban on logging in Europe’s last primeval woodland, saying it would add any breach to a broader Brussels case against Warsaw over democratic standards. Poland’s right-wing government vowed on Monday that logging would continue in the ancient Bialowieza forest despite an injunction issued last week by the European Court of Justice, the bloc’s top court. “If it is confirmed that the logging continues to take place in the Bialowieza forest, the issue will be taken up in the ongoing rule-of-law procedure with Poland,” European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva told a press conference in Brussels.



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