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Auschwitz museum reopens to visitors after lockdown

Oswiecim - The Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum reopened to the public on Wednesday after nearly four months under a coronavirus lockdown that forced it to appeal for funding as revenues from visitors dried up.

Two Polands to fight for presidency in run-off

Warsaw - Two Polands will battle it out in a presidential run-off next month -- the often rural, older voters of the conservative incumbent against the younger city dwellers who mostly support Warsaw's liberal mayor.

Polish president, liberal rival face tight run-off

Warsaw - Polish President Andrzej Duda is set for a tight run-off against Warsaw's liberal mayor next month after Sunday's inconclusive first-round vote, leaving the fate of the populist right-wing government in the balance.

Europhile Trzaskowski has sights on Polish presidency

Warsaw - The main challenger for the Polish presidency, Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, is a europhile liberal with an easy smile who has been rising fast in the polls.

Andrzej Duda: Polish president loyal to ruling right-wing

Warsaw - Polish President Andrzej Duda, the frontrunner in an election Sunday that was delayed several weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic, is a loyal ally of the EU member's ruling conservatives.

Polish populists tested as country votes

Warsaw - The future of Poland's populist right-wing government hung in the balance as Poles voted on Sunday in round one of a tight presidential race that was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Andrzej Duda: Polish president loyal to ruling right-wing

Warsaw - Polish President Andrzej Duda, the frontrunner in an election Sunday that was delayed several weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic, is a loyal ally of the EU member's ruling conservatives.

US, EU keep close eye as Poland votes in key election

Warsaw - The future of Poland's right-wing government hangs in the balance as Poles prepare to vote on Sunday in a tight election that had to be delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Polish right targets LGBT, Jewish claims in election fight

Warsaw - Poland's ruling nationalists are ramping up rhetoric against gay people and Jewish compensation claims in an attempt to boost President Andrzej Duda's flagging campaign before this month's election, say experts."They fear failure.

Berlin, NATO warn against US troop cuts in Germany

Warsaw - Germany and NATO on Tuesday underlined the importance of US troops in Germany for security on both sides of the Atlantic, a day after President Donald Trump announced he would slash the number stationed there.

Virus mine closures stir unease in Poland's rust belt

Jastrzebie-zdroj - A spike in reported coronavirus cases in Poland's coal mines has put the country on edge but residents worried about jobs are playing down the health crisis.

Poland reports virus spike linked to mine

Warsaw - Poland saw a record spike in new confirmed coronavirus cases over the weekend, with most of the hundreds of infections reported by the health ministry linked to a coal mine in the country's south.

Auschwitz museum struggling for funds under lockdown

Warsaw - The Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum was forced to launch an appeal for funding on Wednesday after two months under a coronavirus lockdown that saw revenue from visitors dry up.

Vatican investigates Polish bishop for abuse cover-up

Warsaw - The Vatican has given the go-ahead for an investigation into a Polish bishop suspected of covering up sexual abuse of children by clergy -- a subject that has long remained taboo in predominantly Catholic Poland.

Poles to vote on June 28 in presidential election delayed by virus

Warsaw - Poland will vote on June 28 in a presidential election delayed by the coronavirus, the parliament speaker announced Wednesday, as opinion polls suggested a liberal opposition candidate could oust the government-backed incumbent.

Poles mark century since birth of Pope John Paul II

Warsaw - Poles on Monday set aside deep political divisions to mark a century since the birth of the late Pope John Paul II, the first and only pontiff from Poland whose election changed the course of history.

Poland's liberals tap Warsaw mayor for presidential race

Warsaw - Poland's main opposition party on Friday chose Warsaw's mayor as its new presidential candidate, just hours after its previous choice withdrew from a chaotic race delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Poland to hold new vote after bizarre ghost election

Warsaw - Poland has two weeks to set a new presidential election date, the national electoral commission said after certifying that the poll scheduled for Sunday did not happen.

Zero turnout as Poland holds bizarre ghost election

Warsaw - Poland's election day Sunday will be one for the history books as polling stations remain closed and turnout will clock in at zero due to a political crisis set off by the coronavirus pandemic.

Poland greenlights postal ballot amid election chaos

Warsaw - Poland's parliament on Thursday voted to allow a presidential election delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic to go ahead via a postal ballot, triggering opposition and EU concern over democratic standards.
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