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WWII ceremonies begin
80 dead in European winter weather
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No survivors in mine blast
Mine blast kills eight; 15 missing
Hall collapse traps many. 66 died
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Poland to boost Nato Afghan force
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EU sets date for historic union
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Polish protests as government rejects court ruling  Thousands of people are protesting in the capital Warsaw as a constitutional crisis between the government and the top court deepens Auschwitz survivor is world's oldest man  Yisrael Krista is now the world's oldest man, the Guinness World Records organisation says Lech Walesa 'was paid Communist informant'  Poland's history institute says that newly seized documents suggest former president and Solidarity hero Lech Walesa was an informer Serena Williams routs Agnieszka Radwanska  Serena Williams’s 6–0, 6–4 win over Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals of the Australian Open Poland summons German ambassador over politicians' comments  The Polish foreign ministry has criticised German politicians for what it calls 'anti-Polish' comments but has given no details of which ones EU ready to fight Polish media law  A senior EU official has threatened legal action against Poland's new conservative government over its controversial media law Poland conservatives secure decisive win  Law and Justice party has won parliamentary elections. Exit polls suggest it has enough seats to govern alone, with an anticipated 39% of the vote Poland elections: Conservatives hope to return to power  Poland is holding parliamentary elections, with Law and Justice party hoping to return to power after eight years in opposition Vatican acts after Polish priest reveals homosexuality  A senior priest at the Vatican has revealed he is gay, on the eve of a major meeting that will define the Catholic Church's teaching on family US announces new tank and artillery deployment in Europe  The US is to deploy heavy weapons in a number of European nations, amid Nato concerns over Russia's role in Ukraine Two British teenagers arrested over Auschwitz theft  Two teenagers have 'apologised unreservedly' for 'picking up items without thinking' from the former Auschwitz death camp, their Cambridge school says US to store heavy weapons in Poland under Nato plan  The US will take a decision soon to store heavy weapons including tanks and infantry fighting vehicles in Poland, the Polish defence minister says President Komorowski concedes to rival Duda  Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski has conceded the election to conservative challenger Andrzej Duda following the release of exit polls


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 Duda had taken the run-off vote by 53%
2015 May.10   Poland's presidential election goes to second round  Conservative challenger Andrzej Duda will face President Bronislaw Komorowski in a run-off in Poland's presidential election, an exit poll indicates

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2015 Apr.19   Poland fury at Holocaust comment by FBI's James Comey  Poland has summoned the US ambassador and demanded an apology over comments on the Holocaust by FBI director James Comey

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2015 Jan.27       On Auschwitz anniversary, leader warns Jews again targets   Ronald Lauder, stood before 300 survivors of the Nazis' most notorious death camp and asked world leaders to prevent another Auschwitz

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2014 Dec.11   Russia Baltic military actions 'unprecedented'  Poland says the level of Russian naval and air force activity in the Baltic Sea region has been 'unprecedented' this week 2014 Nov.25   Theft of shoes from WWII death camp  Eight shoes belonging to Jewish Holocaust victims have been stolen from a former concentration camp in Poland 2014 Nov.22   Poland's ruling party wins local elections  Results for local elections in Poland show the governing Civic Platform party as the winner, a surprise outcome 2014 Nov.14   91yo woman wakes up in morgue after pronounced dead  A doctor says she has been in 'deep shock' since learning that a 91-year-old she pronounced dead woke up in a morgue several hours later 2014 Oct.20   Man walks again after transplant  A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord 2014 Jul.5   11 killed, 1 hurt in small plane crash in Poland  A twin engine aircraft carrying parachutists crashed and burst into flames shortly after takeoff in southern Poland 2014 Jun.4   Obama condemns Russia 'dark tactics'  US President Barack Obama has condemned Russian 'aggression' in Ukraine. Earlier Mr Obama met Ukraine President-elect Petro Poroshenko 2014 Jun.3   Obama to hold talks with Ukraine's Poroshenko in Warsaw  US President Barack Obama is to discuss economic support for Ukraine when he meets President-elect Petro Poroshenko in Warsaw   US unveils $1bn Europe security plan  President Barack Obama has announced plans for a $1bn (Ł600m) fund to increase US military deployments to Europe, during a visit to Poland 2014 May.25   Poland's Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski dies at 90  On Dec. 13, 1981, Jaruzelski imposed martial law in Poland against the wishes of the nationwide pro-democratic Solidarity union 2014 Apr.23   U.S. paratroopers in Poland amid crisis  A contingent of paratroopers arrived, the first of what will be a persistent presence of U.S. troops as the crisis in Ukraine continues to unfold

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2013 Dec.6     Deadly storm and tidal surge batter northern Europe  Hurricane-force winds have killed at least seven people, flooded parts of Hamburg and left thousands of homes without electricity 2013 Nov.23   Last-minute deal saves climate talks  UN climate talks in Poland have ended with delegates reaching a compromise on how to fight global warming 2013 Nov.17   Warsaw subway fire sends 8 people to hospital  A state-of-the-art Warsaw subway train has caught fire, forcing the evacuation of some 200 people and sending eight to the hospital 2013 Mar.19   Earthquake traps 18 at Rudna mine  Eighteen miners are trapped underground at a Polish copper mine after an earthquake caused a tunnel collapse

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2012 Nov.11   Poland Independence Day march turns violent  Clashes have broken out in Warsaw as riot police confronted right-wing nationalists during a Polish Independence Day march 2012 Jul.15   Poland hit by series of tornadoes  One person has been killed and at least 10 others injured during a series of freak tornadoes in northern and western Poland 2012 Jun.28   Balotelli double sends Italy through to Euro final  Mario Balotelli's first-half double saw Italy through to the final of Euro 2012 as they stunned Germany 2012 Jun.22   Germany knock Greece out of Euros  Germany cruised into the semifinals of Euro 2012 as Greece's unlikely run in the tournament was ruthlessly brought to a halt. Germany 4-2 Greece 2012 Jun.21   Ronaldo sends Portugal through  Cristiano Ronaldo scored on a powerful header in the 79th minute in a 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic 2012 Jun.18   Italy wins 2-0, reaches quarters  Cassano scored the decisive goal when Italy beat Ireland 2-0. Antonio Cassano's header in the 35th minute Monday gave Italy a lead   Late Navas goal sends Spain through  The defending champions advanced to the quarterfinals, getting an 88th-minute goal from a substitute in a 1-0 win over Croatia 2012 Jun.16   Russia, Poland exit Euro 2012  Czech Republic and Greece became the first nations to secure quarterfinal berths. Greece 1-0 Russia. Czech Republic 1-0 Poland 2012 Jun.8   Euro 2012 starts, Russia win, Poland held  Russia is thumping 4-1 win over Czech Republic after co-hosts Poland and Greece had opened the tournament with a dramatic 1-1 draw   Europe soccer tourney's racism storm  The day before the competition began, the Dutch national team opted to train on the opposite side of its training ground because of racist chants 2012 Mar.4   Rescuers search for survivors after train crash kills 16  Rescuers combed through mangled wreckage early Sunday searching for survivors after two passenger trains collided in southern Poland 2012 Mar.3   Poland suffers deadly train crash  Two trains have collided in southern Poland on the Warsaw-Krakow mainline, leaving 15 people dead and 50 hurt

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2011 Jul.29   Pilot error in crash that killed Polish leader  Unclear instructions from Russian air traffic controllers and bad weather at Smolensk airport also played a part 2011 May.27   Obama wraps up Europe tour in Poland  US President is meeting Polish political leaders, focusing on defence and energy issues

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2010 Jul.4     Komorowski leads Polish presidential poll  Bronislaw Komorowski, acting president and the governing party candidate, has regained the advantage in a close presidential election
 He has 52.6%, with rival Jaroslaw Kaczynski on 47.4%
  Rivals even in presidential poll  Komorowski, acting president and the governing party candidate, has regained the advantage in presidential elections, with 80% of votes counted 2010 Jul.3   Polls open in presidential election run-off  Observers say the final result could be close.Komorowski has been acting president since his twin brother Lech, was killed in a plane crash 2010 Jun.20   Presidential election headed for runoff  The leading candidate, interim President Bronislaw Komorowski, failed to garner more than 50 percent of the vote 2010 Jun.19   Poland votes after deadly crash  Voting has begun in presidential elections, two months after a plane crash killed President Lech Kaczynski 2010 Jun.1   Transcript reveals last moments of flight  Pilots were warned of potential danger at least 8 times in about 30 seconds before a Polish jet crashed in Russia in April, killing President Kaczynski 2010 May.19   No terror caused Polish plane crash  Russian and Polish aviation experts have ruled out any emergency or equipment malfunction as the cause of the crash of President Kaczynski's plane 2010 Apr.18     Poles hold funeral for president   The ashen-faced twin brother of the late President Lech Kaczynski led mourners at St. Mary's Basilica at the funeral of his brother 2010 Apr.17   Services for Polish crash victims  Tens of thousands of people have attended memorial services in the Polish capital, Warsaw, for the 96 victims of plane crash
 President Lech Kaczynski and key public figures, including the heads of the armed forces, were among the dead
2010 Apr.16   Memorial service for plane crash victims  Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to take part in a memorial service for the 96 victims of last weekend's plane crash 2010 Apr.14   Grieving Poland eyes June vote  Polish legislators were planning to hold a June election to choose a successor to President Lech Kaczynski, who died in an air crash 2010 Apr.11   President's body returns to Poland  The body of President Lech Kaczynski - who died along with 95 others when their plane crashed in Russia - has arrived back in Warsaw 2010 Apr.10   Poland mourns president's death in crash  Thousands gathered outside presidential palace to lay flowers and light candles in honor of Lech Kaczynski, who was killed in a plane crash in Russia     Polish president died in plane crash Map of Smolensk Russia
  Tupolev 154, carrying Lech Kaczynski, has crashed near a Russian airport. 87 people were killed; there were no survivors
 Kaczynski, his wife Maria and several senior government figures were in Russia to mark the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre. They included the army chief of staff Gen Franciszek Gagor, central bank governor Slawomir Skrzypek and deputy Foreign Minister Andrzej Kremer. There were a total of 132 people on the plane


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2009 Dec.21   80 dead in European winter weather  Sub-zero temperatures swept the continent, causing traffic chaos for millions. 42 people have frozen to death in Poland and another 27 in Ukraine 2009 Dec.20   Police find sign stolen from Auschwitz gate  The 'Arbeit macht frei' sign stolen in southern Poland has been found in the north and five men have been arrested 2009 Dec.18   Hunt for Auschwitz sign thieves  Polish police search for thieves who took the infamous Arbeit Macht Frei sign over the entrance 2009 Sep.16   US cut missile defence plan  The US will abandon its plan to develop a missile system in Poland and the Czech Republic because Iran's missile program was less advanced
 Obama said there would be a 'proven, cost-effective' system using land- and sea-based interceptors against Iran's short- and medium-range missile threat
2009 Aug.31   WWII ceremonies begin  A day of commemorations has begun to mark the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II
 Leaders from 20 countries laid candles during a ceremony. Polish President Kaczynski criticised the former Soviet Union over responsibility for the war
2009 Apr.13   Hostel fire kills at least 21  The fire broke out early Monday at a three-story building. Forty-one people were rescued from inside the building

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2008 Dec.12   Mood mixed as climate summit ends  The UN climate summit has ended with delegates taking very different views on how much it has achieved 2008 Nov.18   Gaffe-prone president embarrasses Poles  Lech Kaczynski has put words in Barack Obama's mouth, kept Condoleezza Rice waiting, and snubbed national icon Lech Walesa 2008 Aug.20   US and Poland seal missile deal  US Secretary of State Rice travelled to Warsaw for the ceremony, after 18 months of negotiations 2008 Aug.14   Poland, U.S. to sign missile shield deal  A preliminary deal to place part of a U.S. ballistic missile defense system in Poland has drawn sharp objections from Russia
 The US will install 10 interceptor missiles at a base on the Baltic coast in return for help strengthening Polish air defences
2008 Jul.7   Poland firm on missile defense opposition  U.S. Secretary of State Rice tried and failed just before leaving for Europe on Monday to seal a deal to place missiles in Poland 2008 Jan.23   Plane crash kills 20  The crash occurred as the plane was about to land, killed 20 people, including one brigadier general and four crew members

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2007 Oct.22   Opposition wins election  The Civic Platform took 41.6%, or 208 seats in the lower house. Civic Platform joined with the smaller Polish Presence Party, which won 8.8% 2007 Oct.21   Polls: Opposition leads  A pro-business opposition party that wants to bring troops home from Iraq was headed to an overwhelming victory in parliamentary elections 2007 Oct.20   Poland to vote in snap election  People have begun voting in a parliamentary election to elect a new government that has been called 2 years ahead of schedule 2007 Oct.3   Bomb injures Polish envoy  A car bomb struck the convoy of the Polish ambassador to Iraq, killing one of his bodyguards and 2 Iraqi civilians 2007 Sep.1   Two die as planes collide at air show  2 small planes are slamming into each other and bursting into fragments during an acrobatic display at an air show, killing both pilots 2007 Jul.30   Brussels aims to halt Polish road  The European Commission is seeking a court order to prevent re-starting work on a road through a protected wildlife area 2007 Jul.23   Poland mourns 26 bus crash victims  Flags were flying at half mast, church bells tolled as Poland began 3 days of mourning on for Polish pilgrims killed in a bus crash in France 2007 Jul.22   Bus crash kills 26 Polish pilgrims  Pilgrims died when their coach crashed off a mountain road at an accident black spot in the Alps and burst into flames 2007 Mar.13   Pole who saved WWII Jews honoured  Irena Sendlerowa, who helped save the lives of 2,500 Jewish children is due to be honoured by Poland's parliament 2007 Jan.7     Archbishop of Warsaw quits amid row   The controversial Stanislaw Wielgus has resigned, less than an hour before he was due to be installed in his post 2007 Jan.5   Church: Bishop was communist spy  The archbishop of Warsaw, appointed last month by Pope Benedict, had spied for the secret services

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2006 Nov.22     No survivors in mine blast   Rescuers at a coal mine have found the bodies of 15 miners, ending hopes of finding any survivors
 The final death is 23. The mine shaft had been closed in because of gas levels, but the miners, aged between 21 and 59, were retrieving equipment worth $23m
2006 Nov.21   Race to save mine workers  Rescuers have worked through the night in a desperate attempt to reach 15 miners trapped after a blast   Mine blast kills eight; 15 missing  The missing miners believed to be trapped about 500 feet underground at the mine in Ruda Slaska 2006 Sep.14   Poland to boost Nato Afghan force  Poland will send 1,000 troops to Afghanistan next year as part of the peacekeeping force there 2006 Sep.9   Nato seeks Afghan troops boost  Military Committee Chairman Gen Henault told defence chiefs in Warsaw that casualties were mounting 2006 May.28   Pope meets Auschwitz survivors  German-born Benedict XVI denounced the crimes of the Holocaust 2006 Feb.7   Woman fights abortion case  Alicja Tysiac who was refused an abortion is taking her case to Europe's human rights court 2006 Jan.29   Poles mourn roof collapse victims  A trade hall collapsed on a gathering of world pigeon enthusiasts, killing at least 66 people and injuring many more 2006 Jan.28   At least 60 dead in collapse  Rescue workers battled to save scores of people trapped under the collapsed roof of an exhibition hall   Arena roof falls; 20 dead, 100 trapped  As temperatures dipped below 0 F, rescue workers battled to save an estimated 100 people who were trapped     Hall collapse traps many. 66 died   The roof of a trade hall near the city of Katowice has collapsed with up to 500 people inside the building 2006 Jan.1   Ukraine gas row hits EU supplies  Hungary and Poland were the first to have supplies disrupted, as Moscow accused Kiev of stealing EU supplies

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2005 Oct.23   Tax cutter poised to win election  Warsaw Mayor Lech Kaczynski led presidential runoff after he stressed traditional Roman Catholic values 2005 Oct.9   Right head for run-off vote  Center-right parties will not make final decisions on their coalition before a presidential election run-off   Poland votes for a new president  Donald Tusk of Civic Platform party, Lech Kaczynski of the Law and Justice party are the front runners 2005 Sep.25   Poles oust left at voting booth  Centre-right have ousted the ruling party in general elections. Law and Justice Party: 28%, Civic Platform: 24% 2005 May.13   Pope seeks to beatify John Paul  Benedict XVI has begun the process of beatifying his predecessor, the first step to sainthood 2005 Apr.8   Pope John Paul II buried in crypt  John Paul II was buried under St. Peter's Basilica after a funeral Mass that millions of people watched 2005 Apr.2       Pope John Paul II dies at 84
  26-year reign as the charismatic leader of the world's 1 billion Roman Catholics was highlighted by visits to 129 countries
 The Pope was the third longest-serving pontiff in history. He died in his private apartment, surrounded by his closest Polish aides. John Paul II had suffered worsening health problems including a heart condition
2005 Jan.26       Leaders mark Auschwitz liberation  Leaders from 30 countries gather to remember the victims of the Holocaust on the 60th anniversary

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2004 May.1     EU welcomes 10 new members
  Capitals across Europe celebrated as the European Union marked the largest expansion in its history
 Cyprus, Czech ,Estonia ,Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia


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2003 Jun.8   'Yes' to EU membership  President Kwasniewski told cheering supporters that Poland has fulfilled its aspirations to return to Europe 2003 May.30   Bush visits Poland  President is preparing to thank Poland for supporting the war against Iraq and to urge an end to the global divisions

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2002 Oct.9   EU sets date for historic union  The European Commission has recommended that 10 ex-communist countries join the European Union in two years' time 2002 Aug.18   Millions cheer pope in Krakow  2.5 million crowd is waving both Polish and Vatican flags. Neighbouring countries seemed to invigorate John Paul II

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2001 Sep.23   Victory for ex-communists  Opposition Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) took around 45% of the vote. Solidarity bloc (AWS) failed to win any seats 2001 Jun.15   Bush visits Poland  U.S. President calls for united Europe. U.S. would support Poland's entry into NATO and European Union
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Sep. 17, 1980     Solidarity union forms
Map of Gdansk Shipyard Gdansk Poland
  A Polish trade union that was founded at the Gdansk Shipyard under the leadership of Lech Walesa
Oct. 16, 1978       Karol Wojityla elected as first pope from Eastern Europe
  Wojtyla won on the eighth ballot on the third day. He subsequently chose the name John Paul II
Jan. 27, 1945       Auschwitz concentration camp liberated
Map of Oswiecim Poland
  A network of German Nazi concentration camps and extermination camps built and operated by the Third Reich in Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany
 At least 1.1 million prisoners died at Auschwitz, around 90 percent of them Jewish
Sep. 1, 1939       German army invaded Poland, starting WWII
Map of Wielun Poland  The opening event of World War II. Millions of Polish citizens perished in the course of the Nazi occupation of Poland between 1939 and 1945
 The Second Polish Republic, established in 1918, existed as an independent state until 1939. Poland had signed an Anglo-Polish military alliance as recently as August 25, and had long been in alliance with France. Nazi authorities targeted Jews and Romani (Gypsies) for extermination in the short term
Dec. 5, 1867     Marshal Pilsudski born   Józef Klemens Pilsudski was a Polish statesman; Chief of State and de facto dictator (1926–35) of the Second Polish Republic Oct. 17, 1849       Death of Frederic Chopin   A Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era, who wrote primarily for the solo piano Feb. 22, 1810       Frederic Chopin born Map of Zelazowa Wola Poland  A Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era, who wrote primarily for the solo piano Mar. 24, 1794     Kosciusko leads national uprising in Poland Map of Krak%F3w Poland  Kosciusko fought in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth's struggles against Russia and Prussia, and in the American Revolutionary War May. 2, 1729       Catherine the Great born   Catherine II was the most renowned and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia Sep. 12, 1683       John Sobieski, King of Poland, defeats Turks at Vienna   John III Sobieski, until his death King of Poland and Lithuania, was one of the most notable monarchs of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. Feb. 19, 1473     Nicholas Copernicus born Map of Torun Poland  A Renaissance mathematician and astronomer who formulated a model of the universe that placed the Sun rather than the Earth at its center