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US judge rejects Polanski victim's bid to close case

Los Angeles - A US judge on Friday rejected a bid by a woman Roman Polanski raped as a teenager to close the case, saying the fugitive filmmaker must appear in court for the matter to be resolved.

Stateless Saakashvili vows return to Ukraine next month

Varsovia - Georgia's exiled former president Mikheil Saakashvili, stripped of both his Georgian and Ukrainian citizenship, announced on Friday he would try to cross the border into Ukraine next month.

Storms felled record number of trees in Poland: officials

Poland - It will take two years to clear the tens of thousands of trees smashed by the weekend storms that devastated Poland's forests, the country's forest service said Wednesday.

Polish police use force to disperse demo against far-right

Varsovia - Police removed protesters blocking a march by members of a far-right youth organisation in central Warsaw on Tuesday, insisting they used force to protect a legal event.

Two teen campers among 5 dead as storms ravage Poland

Varsovia - Five people including two teenage Girl Guides at a campground died in freak accidents on Saturday when violent storms hit Poland in the grip of a heatwave, fire officials and police said.

Polish priests told off over 'infantile' emojis

Varsovia - Church authorities in Poland have admonished priests for using emoticons in parish newsletters, saying that peppering texts with smiley faces makes them appear childish.

EU member Poland 'still' a democracy, says foreign minister

Varsovia - Poland's foreign minister denied Wednesday accusations his EU country is drifting towards authoritarianism amid a string of government reforms that have triggered mass protests at home and EU warnings about rule of law violations.

EU demands Polish 'reassurance' over ancient forest

Brussels - Top European Union officials have written to Poland's right-wing government seeking "reassurance" it will obey a ban on logging in Europe's last primeval woodland, sources said on Monday.

Pole detained over abduction of British model in Italy

Rome - A British model was drugged and abducted for a week in Italy last month by a British-based Pole who allegedly tried to auction her off as a sex slave on the dark web, Italian police said Saturday.

EU chief Tusk says he is being targeted in Polish jet crash probe

Varsovia - EU President Donald Tusk on Thursday said he was being targeted in a Polish probe into the 2010 jet crash in Russia that killed Poland's then president and 95 others, following a marathon eight hours of questioning by prosecutors in Warsaw.

Ex-PM Tusk testifies as witness in Polish jet crash probe

Varsovia - EU President Donald Tusk on Thursday testified in Warsaw as a witness in an investigation into the 2010 jet crash in Russia that killed Poland's then president and 95 others.

EU warns Poland to obey logging ban in ancient forest

Brussels - The EU warned Poland Wednesday to obey a ban on logging in Europe's last primeval woodland, saying it would add any breach to a broader Brussels case against Warsaw over democratic standards.

Poland to keep logging in ancient forest: minister

Varsovia - Poland will keep logging in the ancient forest of Bialowieza despite an order from the EU's top court to halt the practice, the country's environment minister said Monday.

Poles revive ancient tradition of timber floating

Poland - A group of Poles have assembled tree trunks into a long raft and are streaming down the country's longest river, the Vistula, to revive the ancient tradition of timber floating.

EU starts legal action against Poland over court reform

Brussels - The European Union announced Saturday it had launched legal action against Poland's rightwing government over a new law that it fears will erode judicial independence.

EU court orders Poland to suspend logging in ancient forest

Brussels - The European Union's top court has ordered Poland's right-wing government to suspend logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest pending a final judgement, a spokesman said Friday.

Poland's post-communist 'system': between myth and reality

Varsovia - Poland's political battle over an overhaul of the judicial system saw conservatives go to war against what they deem a nebulous alliance of ex-communists and friends of theirs issued from the former opposition.

Polish ruling party head in German war jibe

Varsovia - The powerful head of Poland's governing conservatives, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has accused Germany of "rejecting" its World War II responsibilities, going as far as to suggest Berlin should pay reparations.

Poland's Kaczynski insists on 'radical' reform of courts

Varsovia - The powerful head of Poland's governing conservatives, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, on Thursday attacked a presidential veto of plans to overhaul the judiciary as "a very serious mistake" and vowed not to back down.

EU could halt Poland's voting rights over court reforms

Brussels - The EU warned Poland on Wednesday it would suspend its voting rights if it pushes ahead with controversial court reforms, sparking a furious reaction from Warsaw.

EU warns could halt Polish voting rights over court reforms

Brussels - The EU will "immediately" take steps to halt Poland's voting rights in the bloc if it pushes through with controversial reforms of the country's top court, European Commission vice president Frans Timmermans said Wednesday.

EU mulls sanctions against Poland over court reform

Brussels - The EU holds high-level talks on Wednesday on whether to act on its threat to sanction the Polish government over its bid to exert control over national courts.

Poland crisis threatens EU order

Brussels - Poland's row with Brussels over judicial reforms threatens to undermine the bloc's legal order and stoke a growing divide between the EU's eastern and western states, officials and analysts say.

Turbulence on horizon after Polish court reforms veoted

Varsovia - The Polish president's surprise veto Monday of two controversial judicial reforms opens a period of political turbulence in Poland.

Polish president approves controversial reform, after vetoing two others

Varsovia - Poland's President Andrzej Duda Tuesday approved one of three controversial judicial reforms that have sparked huge street protests and threats of EU sanctions, after vetoing the other two.

Polish govt presses on after president vetoes contested court reforms

Varsovia - Poland's governing conservatives on Monday vowed to press on with judicial reforms, even after the president used his veto following huge street protests and threats of unprecedented EU sanctions.

Polish president vetoes controversial court reforms

Varsovia - Polish President Andrzej Duda on Monday vetoed controversial judicial reforms that had prompted huge street protests and threats of unprecedented EU sanctions.

Walesa urges Poles to protect democracy by 'all means'

Varsovia - Polish freedom icon Lech Walesa joined in Saturday the protests against a proposed reform of the nation's Supreme Court, urging Poles to protect their democracy with "all means".

Italy hits back over migration security

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has warned Rome will not accept either "lessons" or "threats" from neighbours on border security amid tension over Europe's migrant crisis.

Poland's senate approves controversial court reform

Varsovia - Poland's senate approved a controversial reform of the Supreme Court early Saturday, despite warnings from the European Union, appeals from Washington and massive street protests against the measure.
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Strike in the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk. 1980.
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Christmas decoration in Maximus, Nadarzyn, Poland.
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Outdoor performers involving public in their live shows on the Old City Square, Warsaw, Poland.
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(TV screen shot) Polish soccer fans with white-and-red national colours on the Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw, EURO 2012, Poland.
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A ride in a horse carriage on Freta Street, Warsaw, Poland.
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Laying a wreath funded by the stae officials at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, celebration of the Independence Day in Warsaw, Poland.
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On the farm market in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland.
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Klezhokics of Poland on a festival stage in Lvov, an ancient W. Ukrainian city populated traditionally by different nations settled on this European road-crossing.
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Wishbone Ash's founder Andy Powell on concert in Warsaw.
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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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Fashionable boutique display in Maximus, warehouse outlet in Nadarzyn, Poland.
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On the farm market in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland.
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The columns of the Promnitzs' castle, Żary, Poland.
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