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John Paul II Superstar: Poland plans papal musical

Varsovia - It's a tale of saints and singers: a new Polish musical is bringing some pizzazz to the story of its beloved native son, the late pope John Paul II."We're trying to create something big," says the show's writer Michal Kaczmarczyk.

Polish president slams EU's lack of 'solidarity' with E. Europe

Varsovia - Polish President Andrzej Duda defied European Union criticism of his country's government on Sunday, accusing the bloc of showing "too little solidarity" with its eastern members.

Weeping Poles mark Shakespeare's 400th deathday

Gdansk - Four hundred weeping Poles took to the streets on Saturday in a symbolic funeral parade to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.

Russia 'more dangerous than IS' says Poland foreign minister

Bratislava - Russia is more dangerous than the Islamic State group, Poland's Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski told reporters Friday during a visit to Slovakia.

Poland's Walesa views files alleging he was a communist spy

Varsovia - Poland's Solidarity freedom hero Lech Walesa on Wednesday viewed the secret police files that allegedly prove he was a paid communist spy, prosecutors said, adding that the former president again denied their authenticity.

Former Polish first ladies slam proposed abortion ban

Varsovia - Three former Polish first ladies on Tuesday denounced a proposal to tighten the abortion law, already one of the most restrictive in Europe, saying it would only "aggravate women's tragedy".

Polish right questions presidential jet crash six years on

Varsovia - Poland marked the sixth anniversary Sunday of the jet crash that killed then president Lech Kaczynski amid louder-than-ever claims it was no accident -- fuelled by his twin brother's party winning power last year.

Thousands protest against proposed Poland abortion law

Varsovia - More than 3,000 people protested in Warsaw on Saturday against proposals to tighten Poland's abortion law, which is already one of the most restrictive in Europe.

Poland crisis escalates as justice minister warns judges

Varsovia - A battle between Poland's right-wing government and the EU member's top court escalated Wednesday, amid a four-month-long constitutional crisis that observers allege has put democracy at risk.

Polish abortion proposals draw protests

Varsovia - Proposals to tighten an already restrictive abortion law on Sunday drew thousands of people to protests in Poland.

Polish Catholic Church calls for total abortion ban

Varsovia - Poland's Catholic Church on Wednesday called for a total abortion ban, as pro-life activists seek to tighten the law that is already one of the most restrictive in Europe.

Political horse-trading threatening Poland's prized Arabians?

Janow Podlaski - Nostrils flared and tails thrust high, a glorious herd of Arabian purebreds gallops across a paddock at Poland's world-renowned Janow Podlaski stud farm, which insiders charge is the latest state enterprise threatened by political horse-trading.

Pro-life Poles seek to tighten restrictive abortion law

Varsovia - Pro-life activists in Poland want to tighten an abortion law that is already one of the most restrictive in Europe, but the move risks a backlash against the new right-wing government.

Poland approves logging Europe's last primeval forest

Varsovia - Poland on Friday gave the go ahead for large-scale logging in the Bialowieza forest intended to combat a spruce bark beetle infestation, despite scientists, ecologists and the EU protesting the move in Europe's last primeval woodland.

Poland PM refuses to take in migrants after Brussels attacks

Varsovia - Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo on Wednesday said Warsaw would not take in its share of migrants under an EU plan because of the jihadist attacks that killed 31 people in Brussels.

Parachute jackets and bandage skirts: Fashion in communist Poland

Srodmiescie - An elegant former hotel employee remembers dyeing gauze bandages and turning them into ruffled skirts to remain fashionable despite chronic shortages in communist-era Poland.

Polish 200-mln-euro Ponzi scheme trial opens

Varsovia - A Polish couple went on trial Monday for allegedly conning 19,000 clients out of a total 200 million euros ($225 million) through their investment firm Amber Gold, according to local media.

Poland opens first museum honouring Poles who saved WWII Jews

Poland - Poland on Thursday opened its first museum in tribute to Poles who lost their lives helping Jews during World War II, on the exact spot where Nazis executed a young family for providing shelter.

Memorial plans for Polish hole where family hid WWII Jews

Poland - Fit as a fiddle at 85, Jozef Jarosz slips into a muddy underground hideout in Poland. Memories flash through his mind: this is where his family hid 14 Jews during World War II.

Poland accuses Russia of 'terrorism' over 2010 jet crash

Varsovia - Poland has accused Russia of downing a Polish presidential jet in 2010 in what it called an act of "terrorism," sparking an immediate retort on Monday from Moscow.

Thousands protest as Polish government rejects constitutional court ruling

Varsovia - Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Warsaw on Saturday in the latest round of a constitutional row that has put the government on a collision course with the country's top court.

Pope Francis to visit Auschwitz camp

Varsovia - Pope Francis will visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp as part of his visit to Poland in July when he will chair World Youth Day, organisers announced Saturday.

Polish constitutional reforms 'would undermine democracy'

Strasbourg - The Council of Europe said Friday that reforms to Poland's constitutional court would undermine democracy and the rule of law in the country.

Poles launch Facebook campaign in court reform battle

Varsovia - Tens of thousands of Poles took to Facebook Thursday to support the country's top court in a constitutional battle against the right-wing government.

Poland's top court strikes down 'unconstitutional' reforms

Varsovia - Poland's Constitutional Court on Wednesday struck down a set of government reforms concerning its judges that have paralysed the EU member state's top court, sparking a constitutional crisis.

Growing attacks on Polish gay rights groups: Commissioner

Varsovia - Poland's human rights commissioner has condemned a "growing number" of attacks on LGBT groups, calling for changes to the law to protect sexual minorities.

Polish govt rocked by resignations of several generals

Varsovia - The surprise resignations of several key Polish generals have rocked the new conservative government, which is facing a barrage of criticism at home and abroad over a host of controversial reforms.

Polish officials search communist dictator's home

Varsovia - A Polish institute tasked with prosecuting communist-era crimes on Monday searched a dictator's home as it looks into whether Solidarity freedom hero Lech Walesa was a paid communist secret agent.

Thousands back democracy icon Walesa at Poland rally

Gdansk - Some 15,000 people gathered in the Polish city of Gdansk on Sunday, police said, in a show of support for Solidarity freedom hero Lech Walesa as he battles allegations he was a paid communist secret agent.

Protestors in Poland rally for democracy icon Walesa

Varsovia - Around 15,000 people hit the streets in the Polish capital Warsaw Saturday for a "We, the People" march, the latest in a series of pro-democracy protests against the right-wing government for its alleged violation of democratic standards.
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At Andrzej Mleczko's gallery, Warsaw, Poland.
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(TV screen shot) Beginning of the game, Poland - Czech Republic, Euro 2012 in Wroclaw, Poland.
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On February 7, British and British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in central London against the sale of prime Polish farmland to foreign multinationals for possible cultivation of GMO crops.
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On February 7  British and British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in c...
On February 7, British and British and Polish supporters rallied in front of the Polish Embassy in central London against the sale of prime Polish farmland to foreign multinationals for possible cultivation of GMO crops.
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All Saints Day lights and candles during traditional holiday in Poland.
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Wishbone Ash's founder Andy Powell on concert in Warsaw.
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A view at the very centre of Warsaw from the top of secured observation deck, The Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw, Poland.
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The Royal Castle totally restored from ruins in the 1970's, Warsaw, Poland.
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Andy Powell from Wishbone Ash, concert in Warsaw.
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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.
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.
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Protest march in Warsaw, Poland against GMOs
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Strike in the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk. 1980.
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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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Protest in Warsaw, Poland against GMO's
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(TV screen shot) Second Spanish goal by Jordi Alba, final game of EURO 2012, Kiev, Ukraine.
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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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Protest in Warsaw, Poland against GMO's
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The aftermath of two trains colliding in northeastern Poland
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