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Walesa urges Poles to protect democracy by 'all means'

Varsovia - Polish freedom icon Lech Walesa joined in Saturday the protests against a proposed reform of the nation's Supreme Court, urging Poles to protect their democracy with "all means".

Poland's senate approves controversial court reform

Varsovia - Poland's senate approved a controversial reform of the Supreme Court early Saturday, despite warnings from the European Union, appeals from Washington and massive street protests against the measure.

Polish govt fans cheer reform against 'communist judges'

Varsovia - Polish flags in hand and the icon of the Holy Virgin on their chests, a handful of government supporters gathered outside parliament to cheer the controversial court reform just backed by the ruling conservatives.

Thousands protest controversial Polish court reform

Varsovia - Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets across Poland Thursday after lawmakers adopted a controversial reform of the Supreme Court despite the threat of unprecedented EU sanctions.

Poland gripped by sweeping battle to reform courts

Varsovia - Poland's political forces agree that the EU member's justice system -- slow and at times corrupt -- requires reform.

Polish parliament adjourns vote on contested court reform

Varsovia - Polish lawmakers suspended their debate on a controversial reform to the Supreme Court until Wednesday, after the leader of the governing party unleashed a diatribe against the opposition.

Polish president suggests compromise over court reforms

Varsovia - Polish President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday made a surprise compromise bid over controversial court reforms, as thousands of protesters took to the streets.

Prince William, Kate 'moved' by concentration camp visit

Gdansk - Prince William and his wife Kate said Tuesday they were "intensely moved" by their visit to a former Nazi German concentration camp, on a diplomacy tour of Poland and Germany following the Brexit vote.

Prince William, Kate on Brexit diplomacy tour of Poland, Germany

Varsovia - Prince William and his wife Kate arrived in Warsaw on Monday on a five-day "diplomacy tour" of Poland and Germany in the wake of Brexit, which has tarnished Britain's reputation in Europe.

Thousands rally against court reforms in Poland

Varsovia - Chanting democracy slogans, several thousand people rallied in Warsaw on Sunday in demonstrations against controversial new court reforms they see as a threat to judicial independence.

Polish senate passes controversial new court reforms

Varsovia - Poland's senate on Saturday adopted two controversial judicial bills, which the opposition claims is yet another step by the conservative majority towards undermining the separation of powers.

Poland's governing conservatives seek to control Supreme Court

Varsovia - Poland's governing conservatives tabled a bill in parliament on Thursday that would subjugate the Supreme Court to executive power, in a move the liberal opposition slammed as "the announcement of a coup".

Polish freedom icon Lech Walesa leaves hospital

Varsovia - Polish freedom icon Lech Walesa on Wednesday left hospital after undergoing a series of cardiac tests in the northern city of Gdansk.

Unwell Walesa a no-show at Polish anti-govt protest

Varsovia - Around 2,000 people on Monday took part in an anti-government street protest in Warsaw, though Polish freedom icon Lech Walesa was unable to attend because of health problems.

Brazilian port where slaves arrived given UNESCO status

Varsovia - The Valongo wharf in Rio de Janeiro where slaves from Africa first arrived in Brazil has been added to the list of World Heritage sites, UNESCO announced on Sunday.

Thousands evacuated in Poland after WWII bomb found

Varsovia - Authorities in Bialystok, Poland, evacuated about 10,000 people from their homes Sunday morning after a 500-kilogramme (1,100-pound) World War II-era bomb was found during construction work.

Hospitalised Polish icon Walesa to miss demo

Varsovia - Polish freedom icon Lech Walesa was hospitalised for tests on Saturday, forcing him to give up plans to join an anti-government street protest next week.

Eritrea's 'city of dreams' given UNESCO heritage listing

Varsovia - The people of Eritrea have long said their capital Asmara is like no other city in Africa, and on Saturday the UN agreed, designating it a World Heritage site.

UNESCO puts Hebron on endangered heritage list, outraging Israel

Varsovia - UNESCO on Friday declared the Old City of Hebron a Palestinian world heritage site in danger, sparking outrage from Israel which said the decision denied a Jewish claim to an ancient burial cave that is also sacred to Muslims.

UNESCO puts Hebron on endangered heritage list, outraging Israel

Varsovia - UNESCO on Friday declared the Old City of Hebron an endangered world heritage site, sparking outrage from Israel in a new spat at the international body.
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