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Poland approves restrictions on morning-after pill

Varsovia - Poland's President Andrzej Duda approved on Friday a new law limiting access to the morning-after pill in the devoutly Catholic country, which already has one of the EU's most restrictive abortion rules.

Polish lawmakers legalise medicinal marijuana

Varsovia - Poland's lower house of parliament, which is controlled by the conservatives, on Thursday voted to make medicinal marijuana legal under certain circumstances.

Poland says primeval forest should not be UNESCO natural heritage site

Varsovia - Polish Environment Minister Jan Szyszko, whom green activists have criticised for allowing large-scale logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest, on Wednesday called for the vast woodland to be stripped of UNESCO's natural heritage status, which bans an...

NATO holds first war games on vulnerable Baltic corridor

Vilnius - NATO has held its first war games focused on defending the Suwalki Gap, a land corridor critical to the security of its Baltic allies, officials said Monday, amid tensions with Russia.

Polish PM under fire for remarks at Auschwitz

Varsovia - Poland's prime minister came under heavy fire Wednesday for appearing to defend her rightwing government's anti-migrant policy during a memorial service at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German death camp.

Walesa to join protests against 'harmful' Polish gov't

Varsovia - Poland's freedom icon Lech Walesa on Wednesday vowed to join street protests against his country's right-wing government, currently being probed by the EU over perceived threats to the rule of law.

Polish taxi drivers protest against Uber

Varsovia - Two thousand Polish taxi drivers on Monday snarled traffic in the capital Warsaw by driving at a snail's pace to protest against competitors including the controversial ride-sharing app Uber.

Poland has 'no doubt' about US commitment to NATO: minister

Varsovia - Poland's defence minister said Friday he was confident about US President Donald Trump's commitment to NATO amid doubts raised by his failure to publicly endorse the alliance's guarantee of collective defence.

Warsaw museum spotlights remains of destroyed city

Varsovia - Curator Jaroslaw Trybus points to a glass display case with an ornate brass door handle inside.

Tusk slams Poland for shunning EU 'solidarity' on migrants

Varsovia - EU Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday condemned his native Poland for wanting to "harshly reject European solidarity" by refusing to welcome refugees, warning Warsaw that there would be consequences.

EU extends talks with Poland over rule of law fears

Brussels - The EU agreed Tuesday to continue long drawn-out talks with Poland in a bid to stop its alleged breaches of the rule of law, backing away for now from threatening sanctions.

Poland summons EU's Tusk as witness in jet crash probe

Varsovia - Polish prosecutors said Monday they have again summoned EU President Donald Tusk to testify as a witness in Warsaw regarding the 2010 presidential jet crash in Russia that killed Poland's then president and 95 others.

Polish capital sees huge anti-government protest

Varsovia - Tens of thousands demonstrated in Warsaw against Poland's government on Saturday, saying the rule of law was at stake after a slew of controversial reforms and appointments to public broadcasters.

Polish capital sees huge anti-government protest

Varsovia - Tens of thousands demonstrated in Warsaw against Poland's government on Saturday, saying the rule of law was at stake after a slew of controversial reforms and appointments to public broadcasters.

Polish capital sees huge anti-government protest

Varsovia - Tens of thousands demonstrated in Warsaw against Poland's government on Saturday, saying the rule of law was at stake after a slew of controversial reforms and appointments to public broadcasters.

US Army opens new Polish headquarters as troop levels rise

Varsovia - The US Army Europe said Thursday that it had set up a new headquarters in Poland to command troops deployed in NATO and Pentagon operations across the alliance's eastern flank aimed at deterring Russia.

New lease of life for Ukraine's war-torn mountain observatory

Ukraine - Perched spectacularly 2,000 metres up on a snowcapped peak in Ukraine's Carpathian Mountains, the Bilyi Slon observatory has stood empty and battered by the elements for some seven decades.

New lease of life for Ukraine's war-torn mountain observatory

Ukraine - Perched spectacularly 2,000 metres up on a snowcapped peak in Ukraine's Carpathian Mountains, the Bilyi Slon observatory has stood empty and battered by the elements for some seven decades.

Polish workers unfazed by French campaign fury over outsourcing

Lodz - Workers at a Whirlpool factory in Poland shrug off blame for job losses at the company's plant in fellow EU member France, as presidential rivals there trade barbs over the hot-button issue of outsourcing.

VW to launch production of electric utility vehicle in Poland

Varsovia - German carmaker Volkswagen will manufacture its new e-Crafter electric utility vehicles at a factory in neighbouring Poland, a spokesman for the group said Thursday.

Europe's largest wooden church restored in Poland

Varsovia - Europe's largest wooden church has recovered its original splendour after three years of restoration work, the coordinator of the project in southern Poland said Friday.

Warsaw Jews revive ancient ritual on ghetto uprising anniversary

Varsovia - Warsaw's Jewish community on Wednesday held a burial of damaged Torah scrolls in the Polish capital, an ancient ritual that some believe had not been carried out since the war.

Tusk testifies for hours in Warsaw as witness in spy case

Varsovia - EU president Donald Tusk on Wednesday testified for eight hours in Warsaw as a witness in an investigation of two former military counter-intelligence chiefs accused of overstepping their duties.

Poland hails 'historic' NATO battalion launch

Poland - Poland's president on Thursday hailed the launch of a US-led NATO multinational battalion in an area of his country bordering Russia's heavily militarised Kaliningrad exclave as an "historic moment".

Top US lawmaker Ryan visits European NATO allies next week

Washington - US House Speaker Paul Ryan will head a bipartisan delegation next week to Europe to meet with leaders of NATO allies including Estonia, his office said Wednesday, amid Russia's rising tensions with the West.

As NATO moves in troops, reforms hit Poland's military hard

Varsovia - As NATO pours troops into Poland to beef up its eastern flank, key Polish generals at odds with the defence minister over a series of controversial reforms are quitting or being ousted in droves.

As NATO moves in troops, reforms hit Poland's military hard

Varsovia - As NATO pours troops into Poland to beef up its eastern flank, key Polish generals at odds with the defence minister over a series of controversial reforms are quitting or being ousted in droves.

As NATO moves in troops, reforms hit Poland's military hard

Varsovia - As NATO pours troops into Poland to beef up its eastern flank, key Polish generals at odds with the defence minister over a series of controversial reforms are quitting or being ousted in droves.

Poland to celebrate UK cultural ties as Brexit looms

London - Poland said Tuesday it was launching a new festival in Britain to celebrate the contribution of Polish immigrants as the country's biggest minority community at a time when many are rattled by Brexit.

Polish probe finds blast caused presidential jet crash

Varsovia - A fresh probe into the deadly 2010 crash of a Polish presidential jet in Russia suggests an explosion likely caused the aircraft to break up in the air, investigators said Monday.
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TV screen shot after the game Greece and Russia (1-0) as part of 2012 EURO Football Tournament in Wa...
TV screen shot after the game Greece and Russia (1-0) as part of 2012 EURO Football Tournament in Warsaw, Poland.
A view from the observation deck of the Palace to the new and old (in the centre of the picture) par...
A view from the observation deck of the Palace to the new and old (in the centre of the picture) part of Warsaw, The Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw, Poland.
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The artist and his art for sale, near the city's fortress on the Old City Square, Warsaw, Poland.
Former Primate of Poland (1981-2009)  cardinal Jozef Glemp during the mass in the open air  Nadarzyn...
Former Primate of Poland (1981-2009), cardinal Jozef Glemp during the mass in the open air, Nadarzyn, Poland.
Outdoor gallery and its owner on the Old City Square  Warsaw  Poland.
Outdoor gallery and its owner on the Old City Square, Warsaw, Poland.
Golancz castle in northern Poland.
Golancz castle in northern Poland.
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Protest in Warsaw, Poland against GMO's
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Dicounted store display in Maximus  warehouse outlet in Nadarzyn  Poland.
Dicounted store display in Maximus, warehouse outlet in Nadarzyn, Poland.
All Saints Day lights and candles during traditional holiday in Poland.
All Saints Day lights and candles during traditional holiday in Poland.
A woman decorating the monument of a member of family  All Saints Day  cemetery in Nadarzyn  Poland.
A woman decorating the monument of a member of family, All Saints Day, cemetery in Nadarzyn, Poland.
Outdoor performers involving public in their live shows on the Old City Square  Warsaw  Poland.
Outdoor performers involving public in their live shows on the Old City Square, Warsaw, Poland.
Meat products on a special display in Maximus  warehouse outlet in Nadarzyn  Poland.
Meat products on a special display in Maximus, warehouse outlet in Nadarzyn, Poland.
Barbed wire fence surrounds a military area in the forest in Stare Kiejkuty village  close to Szczyt...
Barbed wire fence surrounds a military area in the forest in Stare Kiejkuty village, close to Szczytno in northeastern Poland. Poland declined to tell the European Court of Human Rights on December 3, 2013 whether it had hosted a secret CIA jail on its soil
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At least sixteen persons have died and 57 other were injured in a head-on train collision in Szczeko...
At least sixteen persons have died and 57 other were injured in a head-on train collision in Szczekociny near Zawiercie, southern Poland on Saturday evening. All the injured were taken by ambulances and helicopters to hospitals in the region. President Bronislaw Komorowski on Sunday evening announced a national mourning on March 5 and 6 following the tragic accident
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Protest in Warsaw, Poland against GMO's
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A personal moment of a woman contemplating on the grave of her loved one who passed away, cemetery in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland.
Natalia Bajorek-Dziemianczuk  wife of jailed Polish Greenpeace activist Tomasz Dziemianczuk  being i...
Natalia Bajorek-Dziemianczuk, wife of jailed Polish Greenpeace activist Tomasz Dziemianczuk, being interviewed by Polish TV after visiting her husband in jail in Murmansk, Russia
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Polish President Lech Kaczynski  boarding Air Force Tu-154M at Warsaw Frédéric Chopin Airport. On ...
Polish President Lech Kaczynski, boarding Air Force Tu-154M at Warsaw Frédéric Chopin Airport. On 10 April 2010, this aircraft, belonging to the Polish Goverment, crashed north of Smolensk, Russia, killing Poland's President and other officials.
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