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Poland anti-government protest draws thousands

Varsovia - Tens of thousands of protesters hit the streets of the Polish capital Warsaw Saturday to rally against moves by the rightwing Law and Justice government that they say undermine the rule of law.

Polish doctors hit streets demanding higher wages

Varsovia - Thousands of doctors, nurses and hospital workers marched through central Warsaw Saturday demanding Poland's rightwing government spend more on public health, especially to hike notoriously low salaries.

Poland pushes near-total abortion ban, nixes liberalisation

Varsovia - Rightwing lawmakers on Friday pushed ahead with a near-total ban on abortion in devoutly Catholic Poland, while rejecting a rival bid to liberalise the existing law already among the most restrictive in Europe.

Battle over abortion law heats up in Catholic Poland

Varsovia - Poland's abortion battle will resume Thursday when the devoutly Catholic country's parliament debates rival initiatives to either liberalise or further tighten a law that is already one of the strictest in Europe.

Polish probe alleges 'tampering' in Russia plane crash

Varsovia - Polish investigators reviewing what caused a 2010 airplane crash in Russia that killed then-president Lech Kaczynski and 95 others alleged on Thursday that the black boxes were tampered with in the original probe.

Poland calls for pro-Brexit 'reform' but gets chill reply from Tusk

Varsovia - Poland on Tuesday urged an upcoming European Union summit to plot a path to post-Brexit "reform" but immediately met with a frosty response from EU chief Donald Tusk.

Polish right-wing downplays visit from European rights watchdog

Varsovia - Legal experts from a European rights watchdog on Monday arrived in Poland to check up on a longstanding feud between the constitutional court and the governing conservatives, who have downplayed the two-day visit.

Polish film on 2010 air crash points finger at Russia

Varsovia - A new Polish feature film about the April 2010 jet crash in Russia which killed then president Lech Kaczynski and 95 others has revived conspiracy theories about Moscow's role in the tragedy.

Mickey Mouse figurine resurfaces near Auschwitz

Varsovia - A porcelain Mickey Mouse figurine that once belonged to a child the Nazis deported to the Auschwitz death camp has been rediscovered after more than 70 years, a local foundation told AFP on Friday.

Poland bans sale of e-cigarettes to minors, public vaping

Varsovia - Poland will ban the sale of popular e-cigarettes to minors and their use in public spaces under a law that comes into effect on Thursday.

Poland calls on UK to protect Poles after attacks on migrants

London - Poland's foreign minister on Monday called on Britain to protect Poles living in the UK, during an urgent visit to London following a spate of attacks against migrants.

Poland to make urgent UK visit following attacks on Poles

Varsovia - Poland on Sunday announced three ministers would make an urgent visit to London following attacks on its nationals in Britain, including a murder which may have been a hate crime.

Poland urges Britain to fight xenophobia after Pole's murder

Varsovia - Poland on Saturday urged Britain to keep its residents safe from xenophobia as British police probed the murder of a Pole they believe could be the victim of a hate crime.

Poland launches murder probe into British 'hate crime'

Varsovia - Poland on Friday launched an investigation into the weekend murder of a Pole in Britain, which authorities there believe could be a hate crime.

Polish ambassador condemns post-Brexit attacks after murder

Kirkoswald - Poland's ambassador to Britain on Wednesday condemned a rise in xenophobic attacks after the Brexit referendum, speaking where a Polish man was murdered in what police believe could be a hate crime.

Germany, Paris, Warsaw call for closer ties post-Brexit

Weimar - The German, French and Polish foreign ministers vowed Sunday to increase ties between their countries when Britain leaves the EU to secure a safer and more effective union."Confronted by unparallelled challenges in Europe...

Eastern EU leaders call for joint army at summit with Germany

Varsovia - Eastern EU countries on Friday pushed for the bloc to create a joint army as they met with Germany for talks on sketching Europe's post-Brexit future.

Polish dig turns up no sign of fabled 'Nazi gold train'

Varsovia - Two treasure hunters who have been digging for a Nazi gold train believed to be buried in southwest Poland said on Thursday they had given up after two weeks and zero results.

Poland forecasts greater spending, slower growth in 2017

Varsovia - Poland said Monday it would raise spending next year, but still keep its deficit just under an EU-wide limit of 3.0 percent of GDP, while also cutting the growth forecast for central Europe's largest economy.

Warsaw seeks jail time for 'Polish' death camps term

Varsovia - Poland's rightwing government on Tuesday said it would seek fines or jail terms of up to three years against anyone who refers to Nazi German death camps as Polish.

Hunt for Nazi 'gold train' resumes in Poland

Walbrzych - Treasure hunters on Friday relaunched their search for a lost Nazi gold train allegedly loaded with loot and buried in southwestern Poland, despite there being no scientific evidence it exists.

Crisis deepens as Poland's top court rejects contested reforms

Varsovia - Poland's Constitutional Court struck down more government reforms Thursday aimed at clipping its wings in a deepening constitutional crisis that has set Warsaw on a collision course with the EU.

80-year-old Polish temptress 'drugged, swindled suitors'

Varsovia - Polish authorities have arrested an 80-year-old woman who allegedly drugged and then robbed a string of senior citizen suitors she met through newspaper lonely hearts adverts.

Pro-choice group eyes easier abortion access in Poland

Varsovia - Pro-choice activists in Poland sent a citizens' bill to parliament Thursday intended to ease access to abortion in the staunchly Catholic EU state and torpedo moves toward a near total ban on terminations.

Real-life 'Pianist' family wins defamation appeal

Varsovia - The family of the late Jewish-Polish protagonist of Oscar-winning Holocaust film "The Pianist" said Monday they had won an appeal against defamation over claims in a book that he was a Nazi collaborator.

Pope plays matchmaker at youth jamboree

Brzegi - Prayer was not the only thing on the minds of hundreds of thousands of young Catholics at the World Youth Day extravaganza in Poland this week: some were also looking for love.

Use the Gospel as your GPS, pope tells huge mass in Poland

Brzegi - Pope Francis celebrated mass Sunday with over 1.5 million pilgrims in a vast sun-drenched field in Poland, wrapping up an emotionally charged trip with some choice technological metaphors.

Pope and pop rock Catholic youth party

Brzegi - Saints dropping disco moves and nuns belting their hearts out rocked the final night of a Catholic youth extravaganza headlined by Pope Francis in Poland on Saturday.

Parents of gay Poles urge pope to help fight homophobia

Srodmiescie - The worried parents of 16 young gay Poles have implored Pope Francis to help combat what they call "widespread" homophobia in Poland, as the pontiff visited the strongly Catholic EU state for the first time.

Pope tells kids to get off their backsides

Brzegi - Pope Francis urged "drowsy and dull kids" to swap their sofas and video games for walking boots on Saturday at an international Catholic youth festival in Poland.
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The show trial of Capt. Witold Pilecki, sentenced to death and executed March 1948
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A shot of winter scenery from the train window, winter in Poland, 2010.
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Traditional Polish kielbasa on a special display in Maximus, warehouse outlet in Nadarzyn, Poland.
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TV screen shot after the game Greece and Russia (1-0) as part of 2012 EURO Football Tournament in Warsaw, Poland.
Farmers in Poland protest against sale of farmland to foreign multinationals.
Farmers in Poland protest against sale of farmland to foreign multinationals.
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Your DJ reporter with the backpack over his right shoulder, highlighted from the back when photographing his own shadow on the wall of the Royal Castle on the Castle Square, Warsaw, Poland.
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Old and new structures, some 50 years apart, The Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw, Poland.
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Historical horse cavalry from the times between the two world wars when riding the streets of Warsaw during the Independence Day, Poland.
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Muddy Maninen and Andy Powell from Wishbone Ash on concert in Warsaw.
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Fashionable boutique display in Maximus, warehouse outlet in Nadarzyn, Poland.
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(TV screen shot) Referee Craig Thompson, Scotland, announces the end of the game between Poland and Czech Republic (0-1) in Wroclaw, EURO 2012, Poland.
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Outdoor performers involving public in their live shows on the Old City Square, Warsaw, Poland.
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Protesters wearing masks of the world leaders in front of the national stadium during the last day of the 19th conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP19) in Warsaw, November 22, 2013
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The aftermath of two trains colliding in northeastern Poland
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Armin van Buuren concert
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The sculpture of N. Copernicus on the background of Studio Theatre, The Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw, Poland.
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The columns of the Promnitzs' castle, Żary, Poland.
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Kids love shopping as they come for live theatre performances with face painting, Maximus, warehouse outlet in Nadarzyn, Poland.
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Protest in Warsaw, Poland against GMO's
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