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Pentagon chief: U.S. to increase military support to Poland and Baltic states

The United States plans to expand military cooperation with Poland and Baltic states to show “support” for its allies after Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said Wednesday. “This morning the Defense Department is pursuing measures to support our allies,” including expanded aviation training in Poland and increasing…

Poland’s Catholic Church rejects damages request in pedophile case

Poland’s powerful Roman Catholic Church on Thursday rejected a first-ever request for damages by a victim of a convicted paedophile priest, opening the door to legal action, judicial officials said. A demand for 47,500 euros ($63,500) in damages was made by a 25-year-old male plaintiff, identified only Marcin K., who…

Polish Muslims call national Halal slaughter ban illegal under EU law

Poland’s Muslim community on Tuesday said a controversial nationwide ban on halal and kosher slaughter, which has spurred intense debate at home and abroad, was invalid under European law. The EU directive “applies in Poland and in this case it supersedes national law,” Poland’s top Muslim leader, Mufti Tomasz Miskiewicz,…

Poland is getting fracked

In recent years, the fiercely independent people of Poland have found themselves caught up in the global hunt for natural resources. In this case, it’s natural gas, and the chemical fracking that companies are using to…  …

Poles turn to Internet to circumvent new pet breeding laws

Poles have turned to cyberspace to circumvent a new animal rights law in Poland forbidding the sale of dogs and cats without a breeding licence, which had been intended to stamp out cruelty to animals. The law, which came into force on January 1, was intended to tackle the appalling conditions in which some unlicensed breeders kept…

Online protests in Poland over ACTA anti-piracy pact

WARSAW — Nearly 100 Polish websites shrouded their pages in black early Tuesday to protest against Warsaw’s plan to sign a multilateral anti online piracy accord this week. The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) aims to create international standards for intellectual property protection, but some groups oppose it as limiting Internet…

Navy SEAL who accidentally shot himself dies

Petty Officer Third Class Gene Clayton, 22, of Poland, Ohio, was taken off life support at Scripps Memorial Hospital early on Saturday, a spokeswoman for the hospital said. “Apparently he was out for the evening and he had gone home with a young lady and was handling a firearm and…

APNewsBreak: Poles urged to probe CIA prison acts

Terror suspect’s lawyers demand probe of treatment in former CIA site in Poland A human rights organization and lawyers for a Saudi man accused in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole demanded Tuesday that Polish prosecutors investigate the terror suspect’s detention and treatment at a CIA prison once housed…

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