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Protests as Polanski is asked to preside at 'French Oscars'

Paris - Feminists called for protests Thursday at the "French Oscars" next month after controversial film director Roman Polanski agreed to preside over the ceremony.

Auschwitz seeks death camp items from Germans, Austrians

Varsovia - The museum at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp in Poland on Wednesday urged Germans and Austrians to hand over any material that could shed light on its wartime staff.

Fleeing Chechens stranded at door to EU

Brest - On a snowy day a commuter train leaves the Belarusian border city of Brest as usual for the town of Terespol in EU member Poland just a few kilometres away.

Poles welcome US troops as NATO eyes Russia

Zagan - Polish authorities and ordinary Poles welcomed Saturday US troops who arrived this week as part of an unprecedented deployment to NATO's eastern flank aimed at deterring Russia.

Poland's president signs disputed 2017 budget

Varsovia - Poland's president on Friday signed into law the country's disputed 2017 budget, which was at the centre of an unprecedented parliamentary sit-in staged by opposition MPs who allege it was adopted illegally.

Poland to Trump: improved Russia ties must not harm us

Varsovia - Poland on Friday told US President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration that any improvement in Washington's ties with Moscow cannot come at the cost of harming Warsaw.

Unprecedented work at Auschwitz to preserve Holocaust site

Oswiecim - Brick by brick, plank by plank, workers at the former Nazi German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau carefully clean its barracks to preserve the Holocaust symbol for future generations.

Polish opposition halts month-long parliament sit-in

Varsovia - Poland's liberal opposition on Thursday called an end to its unprecedented month-long occupation of parliament after the governing conservatives scrapped controversial planned media restrictions.

US troops arriving in Poland draw Russian ire

Olszyna - US troops and tanks began arriving in Poland Thursday, part of one of the largest deployments of US forces in Europe since the Cold War that will eventually involve more than 3,000 soldiers.

US troops arriving in Poland draw Russian ire

Olszyna - US troops and tanks began streaming into Poland Thursday as part of one of the largest deployments of US forces in Europe since the Cold War, an operation that Russia angrily branded a "threat".

'No deal' as Polish opposition sticks to parliament protest

Varsovia - Poland's parliament was paralysed Wednesday as liberal opposition MPs refused to end an unprecedented protest against what they say are anti-democratic actions by the government.

Talks fail to resolve Polish political crisis

Varsovia - Poland's political parties said Tuesday they failed to reach agreement in talks on ending an unprecedented sit-in protest in parliament over a budget vote.

Poland honours Briton who raised funds for slain trucker's family

London - Poland's embassy in London on Monday honoured the British trucker who raised nearly £200,000 (230,000 euros, $243,000) for the family of a Polish driver killed in the Berlin truck attack last month.

Horns blare as Polish trucker killed before Berlin attack buried

Poland - Truckers honked their horns across Poland in homage to Lukasz Urban, the registered driver of the lorry hijacked in the Berlin Christmas market attack, who was buried on Friday.

Poland to buy Da Vinci's 'Lady with an Ermine'

Varsovia - Poland's culture ministry is expected Thursday to buy a private art collection worth two billion euros that includes Leonardo da Vinci's "Lady with an Ermine".

Polish leader says opposition protest a 'coup bid'

Varsovia - The head of Poland's ruling conservatives Jaroslaw Kaczynski on Tuesday denounced as a "coup bid" a rolling opposition sit-in protest in parliament that compromised a budget vote.

German petition urges honour for dead Polish truck driver

Berlin - Calls grew in Germany on Monday for the government to posthumously honour the Polish truck driver who is believed to have saved many lives during the Christmas market attack.More than 33,000 people had signed an online petition at Change.

Polish 'sit-in' opposition to spend Christmas in parliament

Varsovia - Polish opposition lawmakers said Friday they would continue to occupy parliament through Christmas and New Year's in protest against what they called the government's anti-democratic actions.

EU gives Poland two months to reverse court changes

Brussels - The EU gave Poland's rightwing government another two months Wednesday to reverse changes to its constitutional court or face sanctions, warning they posed a "substantial" challenge to the rule of law.

Poland drops controversial proposals after protests

Varsovia - Polish President Andrzej Duda on Monday announced that the governing conservatives have scrapped controversial proposals to restrict media access in parliament that had set off an opposition outcry and street demonstrations.

Poland president in crisis talks on third day of protests

Varsovia - Polish President Andrzej Duda launched mediation talks Sunday to try to diffuse the nation's seething political crisis, as protesters staged a third day of mass anti-government demonstrations.

New anti-govt demos in Poland after parliament blockade

Varsovia - Poland's political crisis crossed a new threshold this weekend, with parliament blockaded by protesters, its main chamber taken hostage by opposition lawmakers and critics claiming media freedom had been threatened.

Polish opposition MPs block parliament over media freedom

Varsovia - Dozens of Polish MPs protested in parliament on Friday over plans to restrict journalists' right to cover proceedings, as thousands of demonstrators marched outside in support for their stance.

Father of Esperanto snubbed in Polish home town

Varsovia - Maybe they should have said "Pardonu, li ne estas fama sufiĉa" -- which is of course Esperanto for "Sorry, he's not famous enough".

Polish media boycott parliament for closing door on them

Varsovia - More than twenty Polish media outlets including two major dailies refused to cover parliament Friday, to protest planned restriction of their work there.

Polish lawmakers pass law restricting rallies

Varsovia - Poland's conservative populist-dominated parliament has passed a law restricting public meetings which was slammed by the opposition as being anti-democratic, media reports said Wednesday.

Tens of thousands hold anti-government protest in Poland

Varsovia - Tens of thousands of Polish protesters took to the streets on Tuesday, to mark 35 years since a Communist-era martial law crackdown, while accusing the current rightwing government of undermining democracy.

Roman Polanski: Polish Supreme Court rejects extradition to US

Varsovia - Poland's Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a bid to extradite Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski to the United States, where he faces sentencing over a decades-old case of statutory rape.

Polish lawmakers approve change to freedom of assembly

Varsovia - Polish lawmakers on Friday voted to amend the freedom of assembly law to give preference to rallies organised by religious and state institutions over citizen initiatives, sparking human rights concerns at home and abroad.

Frontex seeks officers for European coastguard

Varsovia - The EU border control agency Frontex on Wednesday called on states to provide officers for a European coastguard, due to be launched next year to help cope with the upsurge in migrants trying to reach Europe.
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(TV screen shot) Polish team coach  Franciszek Smuda watching the game  EURO 2012  Wroclaw  Poland.
(TV screen shot) Polish team coach, Franciszek Smuda watching the game, EURO 2012, Wroclaw, Poland.
Andy Powell from Wishbone Ash  concert in Warsaw.
Andy Powell from Wishbone Ash, concert in Warsaw.
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(TV screen shot) Action of the soccer field during the game between the Polish and Czech team, EURO 2012, Wroclaw, Poland.
Polish beekeepers & Anti-GMO protesters in Warsaw  Poland
Polish beekeepers & Anti-GMO protesters in Warsaw, Poland
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On the farm market in Grodzisk Mazowiecki  Poland.
On the farm market in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland.
Fountain of "Pissing Lenin" created by a pair of Polish artists Malgorzata Szydlowska and ...
Fountain of "Pissing Lenin" created by a pair of Polish artists Malgorzata Szydlowska and Bartosz Szydlowski is seen on June 24, 2014 in Nowa Huta
Bartosz Siedlik, AFP
All Saints Day lights during traditional holiday in Poland.
All Saints Day lights during traditional holiday in Poland.
Protest march in Warsaw  Poland against GMOs
Protest march in Warsaw, Poland against GMOs
Julian Rose
(TV screen shot) Official logo of EURO 2012 Football Tournament.
(TV screen shot) Official logo of EURO 2012 Football Tournament.
Polish and Ukrainian stadiums without racism
Polish and Ukrainian stadiums without racism
Protest in Warsaw  Poland against GMO s
Protest in Warsaw, Poland against GMO's
Karina Karin
Euro 2012 will be held in Poland and Ukraine
Euro 2012 will be held in Poland and Ukraine
Jorge Andrade
The Promnitzs  castle  the south wing  Żary  Poland.
The Promnitzs' castle, the south wing, Żary, 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.
Protesters wearing masks of the world leaders in front of the national stadium during the last day o...
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
With permission by Reuters / Kacper Pempel
A view at the very centre of Warsaw from the top of secured observation deck  The Palace of Culture ...
A view at the very centre of Warsaw from the top of secured observation deck, The Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw, Poland.
Lighting up the candles on the grave in Nadarzyn  Poland.
Lighting up the candles on the grave in Nadarzyn, Poland.
The columns of the Promnitzs  castle  Żary  Poland.
The columns of the Promnitzs' castle, Żary, Poland.
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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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