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'Most horrible place on earth': German FM visits Auschwitz

Oswiecim - German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Monday visited the former Nazi-German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, which he called "the most horrible place on earth".

Ukrainian rights activist claims Poland banned her from Schengen zone

Warsaw - A Ukrainian human rights activist on Thursday claimed that Warsaw had banned her from Poland and the rest of the Schengen zone in what she called "a political affair".

Polish president vetoes change to European parliament election rules

Warsaw - Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday vetoed a controversial change to European Parliament election rules that would have kept all small parties in Poland out of the running.

Israeli teen moons former Nazi German death camp

Warsaw - Polish police on Monday said they had detained an Israeli teenager after security cameras caught him exposing his rear at the former Nazi German death camp Majdanek.

Mr Gay Europe 2018 crowned in Poland, despite protests

Poznan - The final of this year's edition of Mr Gay Europe took place on Saturday in the western city of Poznan in Poland, a conservative and devout Catholic country where many do not accept homosexuality.

Poland slams Russian 'occupation' of Georgian regions since 2008

Warsaw - Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz on Monday condemned Russia's "occupation" of a part of Georgia ahead of the 10th anniversary of Moscow's lightning war with Tbilisi.

Top Polish court halts disputed judge retirements

Warsaw - Poland's Supreme Court on Thursday said it was suspending the forced early retirement of judges over the age of 65, adding that it had asked the European Court of Justice to weigh in on the matter.

Poland's Walesa extends olive branch to ruling party chief

Warsaw - Polish freedom icon Lech Walesa took to Facebook late Wednesday to extend an olive branch to arch-enemy Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the head of the ruling conservative party.

Virtual reality brings Warsaw uprising back to life

Warsaw - Seventy-four years after Polish insurgents launched the doomed Warsaw uprising against the Nazis, Poland has brought the tragic episode back to life through virtual reality.

Thousands protest disputed judicial reforms in Poland

Warsaw - Thousands of anti-government protesters hit streets across Poland on Thursday night to rally against a string of judicial reforms that the EU has dubbed a threat to judicial independence and the rule of law.

Polish senate nixes president's referendum bid

Warsaw - Poland's Senate on Wednesday torpedoed a bid by the president for a non-binding referendum on a new constitution in a move that analysts said underscored tensions within the governing right-wing camp.

Poland's Senate approves Supreme Court changes

Warsaw - Poland's Senate approved early Wednesday a controversial bill to reform the Supreme Court in a move that critics say puts the judicial system under government control and is a threat to the country's democracy.

Poland speeds changes to Supreme Court amid EU row

Warsaw - Poland adopted legislation Friday aimed at speeding up the process of replacing the country's disputed Supreme Court chief justice who has refused to step down under a retirement law the EU has called a threat to judicial independence.

Poland's 'retired' top judge back at work

Warsaw - Poland's disputed Supreme Court chief justice returned to work on Tuesday, defying a retirement law she argues is unconstitutional, as the EU country's rightwing government moved to speed up the process of replacing her.

Tourists charged with stealing bricks from Auschwitz memorial

Warsaw - Two Hungarian tourists have admitted to trying to steal bricks from the ruins of a crematorium at the site of the former Nazi German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, according to police.

Poland 'won't be broken' by EU: ruling party chief

Warsaw - Poland won't bow to EU pressure by dropping controversial judicial reforms, the leader of the governing nationalist party said on Monday, insisting they were "crucial".

Poland, Ukraine still divided by WWII massacres

Warsaw - Poland and Ukraine held separate ceremonies on Sunday marking 75 years since a WWII-era ethnic conflict between their nations claimed thousands of lives, as a row over history continued to sour bilateral ties.

Rolling Stones asked to support anti-government protests in Poland

Warsaw - Poland's anti-communist freedom icon Lech Walesa on Saturday urged legendary rockers the Rolling Stones to support Poles "defending freedom" amid sweeping judicial reforms that critics insist undermine democracy.

Poland standoff deepens as president disputes top judge's tenure

Warsaw - The standoff over Poland's Supreme Court intensified Thursday as the president insisted its chief justice Malgorzata Gersdorf must retire under a law she has rejected as unconstitutional and the EU has criticised as a threat to judicial independence.

Top Polish judge defies 'purge'

Warsaw - Poland's disputed top judge showed up at work on Wednesday in defiance of a retirement law pushed through by the right-wing government but criticised by the EU as a threat to judicial independence.Chanting "Free courts!", "Constitution!
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