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Poland: Unexploded WWII Bomb Discovered in Warsaw

Date: August 28th, 2012 | No Comments

Construction workers unearthed a large, unexploded World War II bomb in central Warsaw Aug. 28, prompting the evacuation of 3,000 people and bringing transit to a halt in the downtown area. No injuries were reported, and bomb disposal experts were able to safely remove the 1.5-metric ton device, a remnant of the Nazi attacks that [read more]

Poland: Government Insists Railways Safe after Deadly Crash

Date: March 7th, 2012 | No Comments

The Polish government insists that its rail network is still safe after a deadly collision left 16 dead March 3. Poland is in the process of modernizing its state-run rail system, which retains an aura of the communist era. The crash occurred as the safety of the rail lines has come under closer scrutiny and [read more]

Poland: Crime in Warsaw

Date: April 2nd, 2008 | No Comments

The U.S. Embassy in Warsaw reported that crime throughout the country is declining but there are places in Warsaw known for criminal activity that are best avoided. Two separate incidents since mid March occurred in the evening near the Wilanow Bus Stop when American juveniles were accosted by young Polish men. No one was seriously [read more]


Date: September 30th, 2003 | No Comments

Government plans to restructure the coal mining industry have caused angry protests by miners in the region of Silesia, where peaceful marchers recently shut down main roads. Talks between miners and the state coal company’s management broke down, setting the scene for further demonstrations. The recent actions are the latest in a series of protests. [read more]


Date: February 26th, 2002 | No Comments

Pickpockets in Warsaw are artistic and numerous, and are especially active on crowded buses and subways and at train stations. The number 175 bus that runs from the airport past major hotels and the “Russian market,” a popular tourist spot, has a high number of victims. Thieves also work trains that run both within the [read more]

Poland and Ukraine: Soccer Rivalry Turns Violent at Euro 2012

Date: June 13th, 2012 | No Comments

A longstanding rivalry between Russian and Polish soccer fans turned violent—not for the first time—during the Euro 2012 Soccer Tournament. Dozens of men were seen kicking and beating each other and throwing stones outside the stadium prior to the June 12 match in Warsaw, and at least 10 people were injured. Using water cannons and [read more]

Central Europe: Floods Force Thousands to Evacuate, Disrupt Rail Service

Date: May 19th, 2010 | No Comments

Floods due to heavy rain in central Europe forced thousands of people to evacuate in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Electricity was knocked out in some areas and rail travel was disrupted. In Poland, officials closed the former Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau and moved museum artifacts and displays to upper floors to [read more]


Date: April 7th, 2004 | No Comments

Pick-pocketing is an art form here, as in many European cities. The number 175 bus from Warsaws Okecie Airport that runs past several major hotels and the Russian market, a popular tourist spot, has a high number of victims as pickpockets prey on tourists. Undercover police ride many buses, so if you feel fingers on [read more]


Date: June 19th, 2002 | No Comments

Starting July 1, foreigners staying in Poland for more than six months will be required to obtain a Polish driver’s license if they intend to drive. This will mean taking a driving test written in Polish, but translators reportedly will be [read more]


Date: May 30th, 2001 | No Comments

Striking nurses demanding pay increases have disrupted travel, shutting down the main Berlin-Warsaw-Moscow railway line for 90 minutes at Konin, in central Poland, Dec. 16, and blocking main roads in Warsaw and the Czech border crossing at Cieszyn for several hours Dec. 18. Two nurses have been injured in clashes with police. The protests have [read more]

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