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Mar 8, 2015

One of Nemtsov killing suspects served in police: report

MOSCOW (Reuters) – One of the men detained on suspicion of killing Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov served in a police unit in the Russian region of Chechnya, Russian news agencies quoted a law enforcement official as saying.

Nemtsov was shot dead on the night of Feb. 27 within sight of the Kremlin walls, in the most high-profile killing of an opposition figure in the 15 years that President Vladimir Putin has been in office.

Mar 3, 2015

Russia bars two EU dignitaries from Nemtsov funeral

MOSCOW/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Russia barred entry to two European Union politicians who had planned to attend a funeral on Tuesday of murdered opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, prompting accusations the Kremlin was using the killing to score petty political points.

Moscow did not give explanations for refusing entry into Russia to the two officials, but said some Europeans were on a blacklist drawn up in retaliation for Western travel restrictions imposed on Russians close to the Kremlin.

Feb 17, 2015

European court rejects Polish appeal in CIA jail case

WARSAW (Reuters) – The European Court of Human Rights refused on Tuesday to reconsider its ruling that Poland hosted a secret CIA jail, a decision that will now oblige Warsaw to swiftly hold to account Polish officials who allowed the jail to operate.

The court’s decision will add to pressure on other European countries to end years of secrecy about their involvement in the CIA’s global programme of secret detention after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

Jan 31, 2015

Chevron to stop its shale gas exploration in Poland

WARSAW, Jan 31 (Reuters) – U.S. energy major Chevron Corp
said it will stop exploring for shale gas in Poland, a
sector that has failed to live up to its early promise of
transforming eastern Europe’s energy supplies.

Chevron’s Polish unit “has decided to discontinue shale gas
operations in Poland as the opportunities here no longer compete
favourably with other opportunities in Chevron’s global
portfolio”, the company said in a statement.

Dec 29, 2014

Auschwitz anniversary a reminder of the danger of staying silent

WARSAW (Reuters) – Next month’s 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp is a reminder, at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise again, of what happens when the world stays silent about persecution, the president of the World Jewish Congress said.

Ronald S. Lauder told Reuters in an interview anti-Semitism had reached levels not seen since World War Two, driven by Islamist extremists using hatred of Jews as a way to attack Israel, and by far-right nationalists in Europe.

Dec 23, 2014

Under pressure over CIA jail, Poland sends out mixed messages

WARSAW (Reuters) – This month’s acknowledgment by Poland’s former president that he allowed the CIA to operate a secret interrogation center throws the Polish government’s appeal against a European court ruling on the jail into disarray.

In July, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that two inmates of the U.S military prison at Guantanamo Bay were held in a CIA jail run in a Polish forest in 2002 and 2003, had been subject to torture, and that Poland failed in its duty under human rights law to prevent that happening or investigate.

Dec 16, 2014

U.S. torture report puts Romania’s role under scrutiny

BUCHAREST/WARSAW (Reuters) – The lawyer for a man tortured by the CIA said Romania’s authorities should acknowledge the role they played after a U.S. Senate report pointed to Romania as the site of the secret CIA jail where the man was interrogated.

The report did not name countries that hosted CIA jails, but it gave details of prisoners being transferred to and from “detention center BLACK” which matched air traffic records of CIA-chartered planes passing through Romanian airports between 2003 and 2005. Some of these records were independently reviewed by Reuters while others were cited in court documents.

Dec 14, 2014

Special Report: EU funds help Poland build ‘ghost’ airports

LODZ, Poland (Reuters) – The European Union has given Poland more than 100 million euros ($125 million) to build at least three “ghost” airports in places where there are not enough passengers to keep them in business.

The result is gleaming new airport terminals which, even at the peak of the holiday season, echo to the sound of empty concourses and spend millions trying to attract airlines.

Dec 14, 2014

EU funds help Poland build ‘ghost’ airports

LODZ, Poland, Dec 14 (Reuters) – The European Union has
given Poland more than 100 million euros ($125 million) to build
at least three “ghost” airports in places where there are not
enough passengers to keep them in business.

The result is gleaming new airport terminals which, even at
the peak of the holiday season, echo to the sound of empty
concourses and spend millions trying to attract airlines.

Dec 12, 2014

After U.S. torture report, Poland asks what its leaders knew

WARSAW (Reuters) – The disclosure of details about the CIA’s brutal interrogation program could provide new leads for Polish prosecutors investigating how much Poland’s leaders at the time knew about a secret jail the agency was running in a Polish forest.

Prompted by a U.S. Senate report on the CIA’s “black sites” for interrogating al Qaeda suspects, former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, at a joint news conference with former Prime Minister Leszek Miller, said on Wednesday he knew about the facility in Poland.