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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.

'Big risk' of EU-Turkey migrant deal collapsing: Juncker

Vienna - European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said that the EU's deal with Turkey on halting the flow of migrants towards the bloc is at risk of breaking down, in comments published Friday."The risk is big. The success so far of the pact is fragile.

Refugees suffer 'death sentence' of indifference: Catholic youth

Srodmiescie - Refugees are subject to a "death sentence" of indifference in countries where they seek shelter, young Catholics said Friday at a faith gathering in Poland which has drawn hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from across the globe.

Auschwitz survivors recount tales of horror during pope's visit

Oswiecim - Former prisoners at Nazi Germany's most notorious extermination camp met with Pope Francis Friday as he visited Auschwitz-Birkenau to pray for the 1.1 million people, most of them Jewish, murdered there in World War II.

Pope Francis walks alone through Auschwitz

Oswiecim - Pope Francis on Friday walked alone through the notorious wrought-iron "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work Sets You Free) gate as he visited the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

British PM seeks to reassure Poles, Slovaks in UK post-Brexit

Varsovia - British Prime Minister Theresa May travelled to Warsaw Thursday in a bid to reassure the Polish government that the hundreds of thousands of Poles living in Britain still had a post-Brexit future there.

Trammin' in the name of the Lord: Pope takes a ride

Srodmiescie - Pope Francis became the first pontiff to hop on an ordinary city tram on Thursday, on his way to the opening ceremony of an international Catholic extravaganza in Poland.

Pope Francis falls in Poland, escapes injury

Srodmiescie - Pope Francis fell Thursday after stumbling on an altar step during a visit to Poland but quickly got back to his feet, without injury.

Poland says EU threats over top court changes illegal

Berlin - The leader of Poland's governing conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party on Thursday lashed out at an EU disciplinary process that is piling pressure on Warsaw, saying the European Commission is acting illegally.

Pope gets mystical with Poland's Black Madonna

Srodmiescie - Pope Francis visited Poland's most revered monastery Thursday, home to an ancient Catholic icon believed to work miracles, ahead of a trip by tram to meet young pilgrims from the world over.

Holocaust Survivor Band returns home to Poland

Varsovia - They survived the Holocaust, and held on to their love of life despite their childhood ordeal -- and in their twilight years, now living in the United States, they started a band.

Pope tells young to 'make some noise!'

Srodmiescie - Pope Francis told cheering crowds of young pilgrims Wednesday to do their duty and "make some noise" as he kicked off an international Catholic festival in Poland.

Tireless Poles stage sit-in to condemn government's court reforms

Varsovia - Outside the Polish prime minister's office, on an elegant tree-lined avenue, a makeshift village of government opponents has sprung up to condemn the reforms to the country's top court, changes they see as a "violation of democracy".

Pope urges Poles to 'welcome those fleeing war, hunger'

Srodmiescie - Pope Francis urged Poland on Wednesday to welcome people fleeing conflict and hardship, chastising a right-wing government that has refused to share the burden during Europe's worst refugee crisis since World War II.

Pope Francis says 'world at war', but not a religious conflict

Srodmiescie - Pope Francis said Wednesday the world was at war but argued that religion was not the cause, as he arrived in Poland a day after jihadists murdered a priest in France.

EU sets Poland 3-month deadline to reverse changes to top court

Brussels - The European Union on Wednesday handed Poland's rightwing government a three-month deadline to reverse changes to its Constitutional Court or face sanctions for breaching EU norms on the rule of law and democracy.

Pope Francis says 'world at war', but religion not cause

Srodmiescie - Pope Francis said on Wednesday the world was at war but argued that religion was not the cause, as he arrived in Poland a day after jihadists murdered a Catholic priest in France.
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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
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The joke says, "if we decide to go in vitro, we have to get a bigger freezer", Andrzej Mleczko's gallery, Warsaw, Poland.
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St. Jacek's church at Freta Street, Warsaw, Poland.
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The aftermath of two trains colliding in northeastern Poland
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Former National Security Advisor Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski with Voice of America Polish Service director Ted Lipien deputy director Marek Walicki after one of Worldnet - VOA - Polish TV and Radio programs in the late 1980s.
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Polish actor Krzysztof Kolberger, October 2010
(TV screen shot) The Spanish after the final game of EURO 2012  Kiev  Ukraine.
(TV screen shot) The Spanish after the final game of EURO 2012, Kiev, Ukraine.
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Rich baroque decorations over the main gate to the castle at its southern wing in their present shape and still worsening conditions, Żary, Poland.
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The Promnitzs' castle, the south wing, Żary, Poland.
Alcohol drinks on a special display in Maximus  warehouse outlet in Nadarzyn  Poland.
Alcohol drinks on a special display in Maximus, warehouse outlet in Nadarzyn, Poland.
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Polish beekeepers & Anti-GMO protesters in Warsaw, Poland
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On the farm market in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland.
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Historical field troops from the times between the two world wars when marching the streets of Warsaw during the Independence Day, Poland.
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Lignite mine "Turów", Poland.
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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.
All Saints Day candle lights during traditional holiday in Poland.
All Saints Day candle lights during traditional holiday in Poland.
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Protest march in Warsaw, Poland against GMOs
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Local vendors selling red-and-white national colours at the entry to Saski Park, Warsaw, Poland.
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At least 16 people died and 57 other were injured in a head-on train collision in Szczekociny near Zawiercie, southern Poland on Saturday evening.
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