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Drought haunts farmers in Poland, Baltic states

Warsaw - Poland's prime minister on Wednesday warned of "very significant" crop losses as the EU country scrambled to help farmers struggling to cope with an unusual spring drought amid soaring temperatures.

Poland says Timmermans blocking moves to resolve row with EU

Warsaw - A Polish official on Saturday accused European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans of blocking a bid to resolve Warsaw's dispute with the EU over the country's controversial court reforms.

More than 4 million eggs recalled in Poland

Warsaw - Poland's veterinary service on Friday recalled some 4.3 million eggs contaminated with an antibiotic, just days after Dutch eggs were pulled from supermarket shelves in Germany.

EU countries to probe Poland over rule of law

Apo - The EU agreed Wednesday to launch hearings later this month into fears Poland is breaching the independence of its courts, officials said, as Warsaw moved closer to possible unprecedented sanctions.

Former Polish presidents urge EU to defend rule of law

Warsaw - Three former Polish presidents, including anti-communist icon Lech Walesa, on Wednesday urged the EU to defend the rule of law in their country, which they say is under threat from the current right-wing government.

Poland aims to be 'keystone' between diverging EU and US, says PM

Warsaw - Poland's rightwing prime minister has said the growing rift between the EU and the United States is a "great opportunity" for his country, which he hopes will be a "keystone" between them as trade tensions escalate.

Rainbow flags fly across Europe at Gay Pride parades

Bucharest - Thousands of people took to the streets to support LGBT rights in cities across Europe on Saturday, with marchers waving rainbow flags and condemning discrimination in all its forms.

Polish police seek Baltic coast seal killer

Warsaw - Polish police on Thursday said they are investigating the deaths of four seals recently found dead on the Baltic coast around the port city of Gdynia.

US Army launches war games on NATO's eastern flank

Vilnius - Some 18,000 troops from 19 mostly NATO countries began annual US-led military exercises in Poland and the Baltic states on Sunday to boost combat readiness on the alliance's eastern flank as it faces an increasingly assertive Russia.

US Army to launch war games on NATO's eastern flank

Warsaw - Some 18,000 troops from 19 mostly NATO countries begin annual US-led military exercises in Poland and the Baltic states on Sunday to boost combat readiness on the alliance's eastern flank as it faces an increasingly assertive Russia.

Walesa urges EU to take Poland to court over judicial reforms

Warsaw - Polish freedom icon Lech Walesa called Friday for the European Union to take Poland to court over controversial judicial reforms Brussels sees as a threat to democracy and the rule of law.

Poland to probe string of blazes at landfills

Warsaw - Poland's prime minister on Tuesday asked justice and security authorities to look into dozens of blazes at landfills this year amid allegations that a "mafia" has boosted garbage imports after China banned them.

Poland proposes to help fund US troops in country: ministry

Warsaw - Poland has a proposal to welcome a permanent deployment of US troops to the country, including helping to defray the costs, the defence ministry confirmed Tuesday, amid fears over recent aggression by neighbouring Russia.

NATO to focus on deterrence, 'managing' Russia ties at summit

Warsaw - NATO said Monday it will focus on five key areas from deterrence to modernisation and EU relations at its July summit, with measures to "manage" ties with an increasingly assertive Russia high on the agenda.

Poland seeks to cut funding for opposition movement

Warsaw - Poland's interior ministry has asked a court to replace the board of a foundation tied to a protest movement, known for rallying against far-right parties and the controversial right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) government.

Poland's freedom icon Walesa backs disabled protesters

Warsaw - Poland's freedom icon Lech Walesa on Monday rallied behind a group of young disabled Poles who have spent 34 days camped out at parliament demanding the right-wing government increase their meagre living allowance.

In Poland, disabled protest camp puts pressure on govt

Varsovia - Sitting in wheelchairs or lying on blankets, a handful of young disabled Poles have spent the past month camped out at the Polish parliament, demanding the government increase their meagre living allowance.

EU urges 'more progress' from Poland by next month

Apo - The EU warned Poland it could move closer next month to unprecedented sanctions, unless Warsaw makes "a lot more progress" in the row over its controversial court reforms.

With deadline looming, UN climate talks fall short

Bonn - UN talks ending Thursday failed to hammer out a draft of the "operating manual" that would bring the landmark Paris climate treaty to life, forcing governments to add an emergency negotiating session ahead of a December climate summit.

Choc-a-block traffic after tanker spill in Poland

Warsaw - A tanker truck turned a stretch of highway into Poland's sweet spot when it spilt 12 tonnes of liquid chocolate after crashing through a traffic barrier.

Poland plays down possible EU budget cuts

Warsaw - Poland on Monday played down possible EU funding cuts over its controversial judicial reforms -- in addition to sanctions it already faces -- saying it sees room for negotiation over financial allocations.

Rescuers search for three Polish miners after deadly quake

Warsaw - Rescuers were struggling to locate three missing miners on Sunday after finding one crushed to death and locating another trapped after an earthquake hit a coal mine in the country's south, a mining official said.

Poland consigns communist-era monuments to dustbin of history

Legnica - For nearly 70 years, an imposing monument to Soviet Red Army soldiers dominated a central square in the southwestern Polish town of Legnica.Known as Little Moscow, Legnica hosted the largest Soviet military base in Poland during the Cold War.

Poland looks east to plug manpower gap

Warsaw - From behind the wheel of his new Mercedes, a Polish entrepreneur eyes the bus in front of him. It features an ad from an employment agency boasting "Builders, welders: workers from Ukraine and Bangladesh".

EU's Tusk testifies in Poland over 2010 presidential jet crash

Warsaw - EU President Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, testified in a Warsaw court on Monday in defence of his former chief of staff facing allegations of negligence in connection with the 2010 crash of a Polish presidential jet in Russia.

Polish teachers rally to demand wage hikes

Warsaw - Several thousand teachers rallied in Warsaw on Saturday demanding wage hikes a week after Poland's right-wing government announced a raft of generous spending measures in other sectors ahead of local elections this fall.

Poland honours Warsaw Jews' uprising amid tension over Holocaust law

Warsaw - Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday honoured the young Jews who launched the Warsaw ghetto uprising against the Nazis 75 years ago, but also used the occasion to reject claims that Poles had a hand in the Holocaust.

Daffodils to mark 75 years after Warsaw ghetto uprising

Warsaw - Sirens will sound and paper daffodils will fill the streets of the Polish capital on Thursday to mark 75 years since hundreds of young Jews took up arms against Nazi German forces in the Warsaw ghetto uprising.

75 years after the Warsaw ghetto's end, the dead live on in memory

Warsaw - At 86 years old and the last remaining member of her family, Krystyna Budnicka has made it her mission to recount how she survived the Warsaw ghetto in order to keep her loved ones' memory alive.

Polish far-right lodges complaint against Israeli president under Holocaust law

Warsaw - Polish nationalist movement Ruch Narodowy (RN) said Tuesday it had filed a complaint with prosecutors against Israel's president under Poland's controversial new Holocaust law for having attributed responsibility to Poland for Nazi German crimes.
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A ride in a horse carriage on Freta Street, Warsaw, Poland.
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Meat products on a special display in Maximus, warehouse outlet in Nadarzyn, Poland.
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Positively "no entry" to the severaly damaged Promnitzs' castle in Żary, Poland.
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Strike in the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk. 1980.
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Showing patriotic colours on the streets of Warsaw on the National Holiday, Poland.
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On the farm market in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland.
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On the farm market in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland.
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Northern wing of the castle as of May 2009, still in the same shape, Żary, Poland.
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Protest march in Warsaw, Poland against GMOs
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All Saints Day lights during traditional holiday in Poland.
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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.
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Protest march in Warsaw, Poland against GMOs
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Armin van Buuren concert in Poznan, Poland.
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A monument with engraved birtdate when the date of death (after a tiny cross) is left blank, cemetery in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland.