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Survivors, dignitaries to mark Auschwitz liberation 75 years on

Warsaw - Elderly Holocaust survivors will gather in Auschwitz on Monday, some for the last time, to mark 75 years since Soviet troops liberated the death camp where Nazi Germany killed more than 1.1 million people, most of them Jews.

Poland pushes for Nazi camp in Austria to be remembered

Langenstein - As the world marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of a swathe of Nazi concentration camps, the hitherto neglected site of the Gusen camp in northern Austria has become a bone of contention, with the Polish government demanding it be better pres...

Muslim, Jewish leaders pay 'historic' joint visit to Auschwitz

Oswiecim - Muslim and Jewish leaders on Thursday honoured Holocaust victims during what they termed an "historic" joint visit to the former Nazi German death camp Auschwitz, days ahead of the 75th anniversary of its liberation.

EU judges join Polish colleagues to protest 'muzzle law'

Warsaw - Hundreds of Polish judges dressed in formal black robes marched in Warsaw on Saturday to protest a draft law aimed at punishing justices who question the government's controversial court reforms.

Record 2.3 million people visited Auschwitz in 2019

Warsaw - A record 2.3 million visitors toured former Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau last year, the museum said on Tuesday, as the site gears up to mark 75 years since its last prisoners were freed.

Polish left-wing taps gay MEP as presidential candidate

Warsaw - Poland's left-wing parties on Tuesday approved Robert Biedron, an openly gay politician, as their candidate in the May presidential election.

Polish president pulls out of Auschwitz event in Israel

Warsaw - Poland's president on Tuesday pulled out of an event in Jerusalem marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in protest at not being allowed to make a speech there.

Putin accuses Poland of colluding with Hitler

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin upped the ante in a war of words with Europe on Tuesday, accusing Poland of colluding with Hitler and of anti-Semitism.

Poland approves bill aimed at punishing judges

Warsaw - Defying Brussels, Poland's parliament on Friday passed a law punishing judges critical of controversial court reforms, a measure the governing conservatives say is necessary to avoid judicial chaos but that the opposition calls a threat to the rule of ...

Poles protest bill aimed at punishing judges

Warsaw - Thousands of people took to the streets across Poland Wednesday to protest government proposals aimed at punishing judges critical of controversial judicial reforms.

European assembly blasts Polish 'anti-LGBT' zones

Strasbourg - The European Parliament on Wednesday blasted Poland for creating zones "free from any LGBTI ideology" and suggested closer attention should be paid as a result to EU grants destined for Warsaw.

Central European mayors sign 'pact of free cities'

Budapest - Four central European capitals, all at odds with their countries' populist governments, signed a deal Monday in Budapest to seek more EU funding together to bypass their nations' rulers.

At Auschwitz, Merkel bows head to Holocaust victims

Oswiecim - Stony-faced and dressed in black, Germany's chancellor walked in silence along the railway tracks that brought prisoners to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp.

Merkel visits Auschwitz for first time

Oswiecim - Germany's Angela Merkel crossed the gates of the former Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Poland on Friday for the first time in her 14 years as chancellor, promising to battle a new wave of anti-Semitism.

Life in Oswiecim, a town in Auschwitz's shadow

Oswiecim - Only train tracks and barbed wire separate the former German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau from Oswiecim.

Auschwitz survivor's 'duty to the dead'

Berlin - Leon Schwarzbaum is one of the last survivors of Auschwitz -- the Nazi death camp that Chancellor Angela Merkel will be visiting for the first time on Friday.At 98, he says his "duty to the dead" is to bear witness about what happened to him.

Japan drawings reveal little known side of Polish director Wajda

Krak - A new exhibition shows a little known side of the late Andrzej Wajda, who was not only an Oscar-winning Polish film and theatre director but also a lifelong visual artist with a love of Japan.

The history of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Warsaw - The Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkinau is an enduring symbol of the Holocaust.

Merkel to visit Auschwitz for first time

Berlin - Angela Merkel will visit the Auschwitz death camp in Poland on Friday for the first time in her 14 years as chancellor, as Germany grapples with a resurgence of anti-Semitism.

Rescued tigers leave Poland for Spain

Warsaw - Five of nine tigers that narrowly survived a gruelling journey across Europe set off on Saturday for their new home at a Spanish animal refuge after weeks of recovery at a Polish zoo."The tigers have left.

Rescued tigers get Spanish safe haven

Warsaw - Five of nine tigers that narrowly survived a gruelling journey across Europe will be moved to a new home at an animal refuge in Spain after spending weeks recovering at zoos in Poland.

Poland govt and opposition both claim win over EU court ruling

Warsaw - Poland's right-wing government and the centrist opposition both claimed victory Tuesday over a ruling by Europe's top court on a controversial judicial reform that critics insist undermines the independence of the country's judges.

Polish bears face grizzly wake-up during noisy New Year party

Warsaw - Let sleeping bears lie? Not in Poland this New Year's Eve, where a row is brewing over the decision to relocate an annual televised event with fireworks and partying to the slopes of the country's main ski resort -- a hibernation area for the areas.

Poland says Netflix Holocaust documentary 'rewrites history'

Warsaw - Poland has complained to Netflix that a Holocaust documentary series on Nazi German death camps "rewrites history" by featuring an "incorrect" map.

Tens of thousands join far-right Independence Day march in Poland

Warsaw - Poland's far right attracted tens of thousands to a march in Warsaw on Monday to mark the country's Independence Day just weeks after making significant gains in national elections.

Poland broke EU law by trying to lower judges' retirement age

Luxembourg - An attempt by Poland to change the retirement age of its judges broke EU law, the bloc's top court ruled Tuesday, prompting Brussels to demand Warsaw quickly fix the damage it caused to the ranks of its judiciary.

Poland 'broke EU law' by trying to change judges' retirement age

Luxembourg - An attempt by Poland to change the retirement age of its judges broke EU law, the bloc's top court ruled Tuesday, intensifying a showdown between Brussels and the conservative government in Warsaw over democratic standards.

Poland charges two with animal abuse over 'nightmare' tiger trip

Warsaw - Polish prosecutors said Monday they have charged two Italian truck drivers with animal abuse after the men took 10 tigers on a gruelling journey through Europe that left one tiger dead and the others "emaciated" and "without the will to live".

Eastern members breached EU law by refusing refugees: court advisor

Apo - The Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland likely broke EU law by refusing to take in asylum-seekers at the height of the refugee crisis in 2015, the top EU court's legal advisor said Thursday.

Eastern members breached EU law by refusing refugees: court advisor

Apo - The Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland likely broke EU law by refusing to take in asylum-seekers at the height of the refugee crisis in 2015, the top EU court's legal advisor said Thursday.
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Old and new structures, some 50 years apart, The Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw, Poland.
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(TV screen shot) Spanish fans after scoring first goal in the final game of EURO 2012, Kiev, Ukraine.
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Protest march in Warsaw, Poland against GMOs
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Decorated door of the Sanctuary of Jesuit Brothers, Warsaw, Poland.
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The castle's north-western wing, damaged during the 2nd World War and soon after rebuilt, Żary, Poland.
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Protest in Warsaw, Poland against GMO's
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Lignite mine "Turów", Poland.
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The artist and his art for sale, near the city's fortress on the Old City Square, Warsaw, Poland.
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Protest in Warsaw, Poland against GMO's
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Inside of the Old City Square, Warsaw, Poland.
Farmers in Poland protest against sale of farmland to foreign multinationals.
Farmers in Poland protest against sale of farmland to foreign multinationals.
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Families and friends while visiting decorated graves of their loved ones who passed away, holiday of All Saints Day, cemetery in Nadarzyn, Poland.
Armin van Buuren concert in Poznan  Poland.
Armin van Buuren concert in Poznan, Poland.
Spanish National Police broke up a ring of Polish car thieves.
Spanish National Police broke up a ring of Polish car thieves.
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Wishbone Ash s founder Andy Powell on concert in Warsaw.
Wishbone Ash's founder Andy Powell on concert in Warsaw.
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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.
Bison hiding in Białowieża Forest.
Bison hiding in Białowieża Forest.
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Positively "no entry" to the severaly damaged Promnitzs' castle in Żary, Poland.

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