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'Feminist drone' delivers abortion pills to Poland

Varsovia - Feminist activists on Saturday sent a drone from Germany to Poland carrying abortion pills to highlight the staunchly Catholic country's restrictive abortion laws.

Hackers ground 1,400 passengers in attack on Polish airline LOT

Varsovia - A cyber attack against Polish flagship carrier LOT grounded more than 1,400 passengers at Warsaw's Frederic Chopin Airport in what an airline spokesman described as the "first attack of its kind".

Polish opposition leader taps deputy for future prime minister

Varsovia - The leader of Poland's conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, created surprise on Saturday by nominating his deputy to become prime minister in the event of a conservative victory in autumn elections.

NATO flexes muscles in Poland war games

Zagan - NATO flexed its muscles Thursday in Poland during the first full drill of its new spearhead force, a structure designed to boost security on its eastern flank in the wake of Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Poland says Europe's peaceful period 'now over'

Zagan - NATO member Poland said Thursday that the post-Cold War period of peace is "now over", as the European Union grapples with various crises including the Ukraine conflict and terrorism.

NATO says implementing 'biggest' defence boost since Cold War

Zagan - NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday the alliance was implementing its biggest defence reinforcement since the Cold War, as the region grapples with terrorism and an increasingly assertive Russia.

France's Le Pen wins backing to form anti-EU Parliament group

Brussels - French National Front leader Marine Le Pen recruited Polish and British MEPs on Tuesday, finally allowing her to launch a new eurosceptic party dedicated to challenging every ambition held dear by champions of the EU.

Israel's Netanyahu says boycott efforts recall Nazi Germany

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that a Palestinian-led campaign to boycott Israeli goods was reminiscent of Nazi Germany's campaign against Jews.

Poland says in talks with U.S. on storing heavy weapons

Varsovia - Poland said on Sunday it is in talks with the United States on the possibility of Washington storing heavy weaponry on Polish soil, as regional tensions run high over Russia and the conflict in Ukraine.

Beleaguered Polish govt scrambles to hold on to power

Varsovia - Poland's centrist Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz was scrambling Thursday to limit damage from a lumbering eavesdropping scandal just four months ahead of a general election which polls show could usher the conservative opposition into power.

Polish government hit by resignations over eavesdropping scandal

Varsovia - Three Polish government ministers and the speaker of parliament resigned Wednesday over a high profile eavesdropping scandal just four months ahead of a general election which polls show could usher the conservative opposition into power.

NATO launches 'spearhead' drill on eastern flank

Zagan - NATO on Tuesday launched the first full drill of its new spearhead force in northern Poland, a structure designed to boost security on its eastern flank in the wake of Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Polish rock star leads opinion poll ahead of general vote

Varsovia - The movement of an anti-establishment rock singer, who scored a surprising 20 percent in the Polish presidential vote, topped an opinion poll released Monday, just months ahead of a parliamentary ballot.

NATO flexes muscles in Baltics, Poland

Vilnius - US-led NATO drills began Monday in the Baltic states and Poland, a move intended to reassure Russia's nervous neighbours amid tensions over Ukraine.

Pope Francis expected to visit Auschwitz in 2016

Varsovia - Pope Francis will likely visit the former Nazi-German death camp Auschwitz when he comes to Poland next year for a major Catholic festival, an archbishop from the devout country said Friday.

Poland's love affair with allotments

Varsovia - Pitchfork in hand, Hanna Wielgus turns the dark, rich soil of her allotment on a major thoroughfare of the Polish capital known for its monster traffic jams.

Opposition candidate Duda wins Polish presidential vote with 52 pct: Official

Varsovia - Conservative newcomer Andrzej Duda from the Law and Justice (PiS) opposition party won Poland's presidential run-off with 51.55 percent of the vote, official results showed Monday.

Putin wants 'constructive' Poland ties after Duda presidential win

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday called for "constructive ties" with Poland as he congratulated conservative challenger Andrzej Duda on his surprise victory at presidential polls.

New Polish president may spell eurosceptics' return to power

Varsovia - Polish voters have opted for change and chosen the conservative and relatively unknown lawyer Andrzej Duda as their next president, spelling a possible return to power of his eurosceptic mentor in autumn parliamentary elections.

Poles vote in presidential cliffhanger

Varsovia - Poles were voting Sunday in a cliffhanger presidential run-off with incumbent centrist Bronislaw Komorowski struggling to fend off a challenge from conservative newcomer Andrzej Duda.

Polish presidential run-off a razor-edge race

Varsovia - Poland's presidential run-off on Sunday, pitting liberal incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski against conservative populist challenger Andrzej Duda, is on a knife-edge with opinion polls and analysts unable to call it.

Conservative to win Polish presidential run-off: Poll

Varsovia - Conservative challenger Andrzej Duda appeared poised to win Poland's Sunday presidential run-off against incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski, according to a survey released Thursday.

Polish presidential rivals campaign with daggers drawn

Varsovia - The knives are out in Poland's presidential campaign as incumbent centrist Bronislaw Komorowski risks losing the May 24 run-off to conservative challenger Andrzej Duda, possibly setting the tone for this autumn's parliamentary election.

Andrzej Duda: Heir apparent to Poland's Kaczynski twins

Varsovia - Andrzej Duda, the 43-year-old conservative lawyer who pulled off a surprise first-round lead in Poland's presidential ballot, has strong ties to the powerful Kaczynski twins.

Poland pays damages to CIA detainees

Varsovia - Poland has paid part of the damages to two men detained in a secret CIA prison on Polish soil before they were transferred to Guantanamo Bay, the foreign ministry told AFP on Monday.

John Paul II's blood-stained cassock on display

Varsovia - The blood-stained cassock worn by the late pope John Paul II on the day of a failed assassination bid on May 13, 1981 at the Vatican went on display Wednesday in the Polish city of Krakow.

Op-Ed: Voice of America disappoints

U.S. taxpayer funded Voice of America (VOA) has problems offering timely analysis of Kremlin propaganda, such as President Putin's latest defense of the Hitler-Stalin Pact which launched World War II.

Komorowski's presidential setback spells trouble for Polish govt

Varsovia - Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski's shock setback in the first round of the presidential election spells serious trouble for the governing liberals just months ahead of the parliamentary polls.

Polish president's re-election bid falters at first hurdle

Varsovia - Conservative opposition challenger Andrzej Duda pulled off a surprise first-round lead in Poland's presidential ballot on Sunday, edging ahead of incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski with promises of generous social spending.Duda scored 34.

EU ministers urge intelligence sharing on migrant crisis

Lorient - EU defence ministers on Sunday discussed the sharing of intelligence to stop human traffickers behind the flow of migrants from North Africa, but said a UN mandate was necessary to do more.
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