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  • Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz is seen prior to a European Union Foreign Affairs (Defence) Council meeting held at the EU Council building in Brussels, May 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / THIERRY CHARLIER (Photo credit should read THIERRY CHARLIER/AFP/Getty Images)
    Poland hails upcoming Trump visit as a 'huge success'

    Polish officials are hailing an upcoming visit by Donald Trump, with Poland's defense minister calling it a "huge success" for the government and another official celebrating the unexpectedness of a U.S. president stopping in Warsaw before Paris, London or Berlin.

  • Polish government welcomes U.S. troops: 'We waited for decades'

    Polish leaders welcomed U.S. troops to their country Saturday, with the defense minister expressing gratitude for their arrival and calling it the fulfillment of a dream Poles have had for decades.

  • U.S. Army soldiers are welcomed in Zagan, Poland, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. First U.S. troops arrived at the Zagan base in western Poland as part of deterrence force of some 1,000 troops to be based here and reassure Poland that is worried about Russia's activity.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
    U.S. troops enter Poland, 1st deployment at Russia's doorstep

    American soldiers rolled into Poland on Thursday, fulfilling a dream some Poles have had since the fall of communism in 1989 to have U.S. troops on their soil as a deterrent against Russia.

  • Lithuanian civilians fearing Russian attack train for worst

    Rasa Miskinyte spent the day in a freezing forest near Lithuania's capital learning to gather water from a pond with a condom, to filter it through sand, charcoal and cloth, and to make her own stove from a beer can. She thought some basic survival skills would be helpful if Russian troops ever entered Vilnius and her family escaped into the woods.

  • Lithuania: Trump right on Europe defense costs

    Two senior Lithuanian officials have told The Associated Press that President-elect Donald Trump is actually right that Europeans must increase military spending.

  • FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 16, 2005 file photo, a watch tower overlooks the area near the Polish intelligence school just outside of Stare Kiejkuty, Poland. Poland is paying a quarter of a million dollars to Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, two terror suspects allegedly tortured by the CIA in its secret facility in this country - prompting outrage among many here who feel they are being punished for American wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)
    Poland makes payout to alleged victims of CIA renditions

    Poland is paying a quarter of a million dollars to two terror suspects allegedly tortured by the CIA in a secret facility in this country — prompting outrage among many here who feel they are being punished for American wrongdoing.