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Eight Dead, Including Children, in Poland Gas Explosion

Eight people, including four children, were killed after a gas explosion destroyed a house in a ski resort in the south of Poland late Wednesday, local authorities said. 

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Populists Set to Win Poland Vote, Raising Fears of New EU Tensions

Poland's governing right-wing populist party was poised to win a weekend election, latest results showed, and appeared on track to keep a parliamentary majority that would allow it to pursue a judicial reform agenda that has put it at loggerheads with the EU.

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Poland Shuns Israel Summit amid Holocaust Row

Poland's prime minister on Monday cancelled Warsaw's participation in a summit in Jerusalem, accusing Israel's foreign minister of "racist" comments about the actions of Poles during the Holocaust, in a row that has stoked outrage and soured relations. 

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Poland Rules Out 'Polexit' but Slams European Commission

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo on Thursday said her country would not follow Britain and leave the European Union, but criticized the European Commission for overstepping its brief.

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One Killed in Poland Crash during NATO Exercises

A Polish motorist died Wednesday after crashing into a United States military truck on a motorway in western Poland, where large-scale NATO war games are underway.

"The car's driver died while the passenger was injured," said Wojciech Kaliszczak, a spokesman for the Anaconda-16 maneuvers involving 31,000 troops from 24 NATO and partner states.

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NATO Launches Massive War Games in Poland

Thousands of NATO troops hit the ground in Poland in a massive show of force Tuesday as the alliance launched its biggest war games in eastern Europe since the Cold War.

The 10-day Anaconda maneuvers are intended to shore up regional security in the face of the West's standoff with an increasingly assertive Russia.

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Poland PM Says Will Never Bow to EU 'Ultimatum'

Poland's rightwing Prime Minister Beata Szydlo vowed Friday that her government would never bow to any EU ultimatum and accused some members of the European Commission of trying to "destroy" the 28-member bloc.

Szydlo was responding to a Monday deadline set by the Commission for Poland to reverse a controversial overhaul of the country's top court that has set off a fiery dispute between Warsaw and Brussels.

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Poland, Hungary Fume over Bill Clinton 'Dictatorship' Remark

Poland and Hungary have blasted Bill Clinton over a remark by the former U.S. president accusing the ex-communist EU and NATO countries of taking an authoritarian turn and wanting "Putin-like leadership".

"Poland and Hungary, two countries that would not be free but for the United States and the long Cold War have now decided that this democracy is too much trouble," Clinton said at an election rally last week for Democratic party presidential front-runner and spouse, Hillary Clinton.

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EU a Source of 'Crisis' for Poland, Says Foreign Minister

The European Union has become a source of "crisis" for Poland, its foreign minister said Thursday amid a cooling of ties between Brussels and the new rightwing government in Warsaw.

"We know today that more Europe means more crisis in Poland," Witold Waszczykowski said in a statement published on the foreign ministry website.

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240,000 Poles in Landmark Pro-EU, Pro-Democracy Protests

Around a quarter of a million Poles flooded central Warsaw Saturday, marching to defend their country's place in the European Union and protest against moves by the right-wing government, which they say undermine democracy.

Warsaw city hall said the protest drew some 240,000 people, making it one of the largest demonstrations since the 1989 collapse of communism in Poland.

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