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Jaroslaw Kaczynski: Poland's polarising powerbroker

Warsaw - What Jaroslaw Kaczynski lacks in size, he more than makes up for in political acumen, audacity and clout which have kept him at the heart of Polish politics.

Populists top Poland vote, expand majority on welfare, family values ticket

Warsaw - Poland's governing right-wing party topped Sunday's general election, an exit poll showed, expanding its majority thanks to a raft of welfare measures coupled with attacks on LGBT rights and Western values.The Law and Justice party (PiS) scored 43.

Nobel winner Tokarczuk calls on Poles to choose democracy

Warsaw - Poles will choose between "democracy and authoritarianism" in Sunday's general election, author Olga Tokarczuk, said on Friday, a day after winning the 2018 Nobel Prize for literature.

Apples, church, video games — these Polish things

Warsaw - Poland, which holds a general election on Sunday, boasts more than 1,000 years of history. It was invaded by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during World War II, then spent decades under communism. Today it is a member of NATO and the European Union....

Poland's populists set for victory but majority at risk

Warsaw - Poland's governing right-wing party is poised to win a general election on Sunday, buoyed by generous social spending and fiery nationalist rhetoric, but its majority is at risk, giving opposition parties a narrow chance to snatch power.

Polish court orders compensation for 1980s victim of paedophile priest

Warsaw - Paedophile acts by a Catholic priest in the 1980s were like "torture", a Polish court has said, as it lifted the statute of limitation and ordered compensation to the victim -- an unprecedented decision in Poland.

Poland's LGBT community under fire ahead of elections

Lublin - Walking hand-in-hand and kissing in public is something that gay couples in the conservative eastern Polish city of Lublin can do safely only once a year, at the local pride parade, albeit behind a thick cordon of heavily armed riot police.

Poles with Swiss franc mortgages await key EU ruling

Warsaw - Like hundreds of thousands of other Poles, 42-year-old Piotr Zientala anxiously awaits a crucial EU court ruling Thursday on the legality of Swiss franc mortgages which could determine his financial future.

Polish daredevil abandons attempt to ski down Everest

Kathmandu - A hanging chunk of ice the size of an apartment block has forced Polish daredevil Andrzej Bargiel to abandon his bid to ski down Mount Everest, he announced on his Facebook on Monday.

Renia Spiegel, 'Poland's Anne Frank', gets her due

Warsaw - Barely a year after celebrating her first kiss, wartime Jewish teenager Renia Spiegel took to her diary in June 1942 to pray for her life.

Polish Gay Pride marchers push past violent counter-protest

Lublin - Polish Gay Pride marchers under heavy police guard defied far-right groups and conservative campaigners on Saturday who hurled bottles and eggs in an attempt to block them, an AFP journalist saw.

Trump announces bigger US troop presence in Poland

New York - President Donald Trump on Monday announced an expanded military presence in Poland but said it did not reflect any increased threat from Russia.

Polish guards board Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior in coal clash

Warsaw - Armed Polish border guards boarded Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior ship, which was blocking a cargo of coal from being unloaded at the port of Gdansk, the environmental group said Tuesday.

Polish opposition picks surprise PM candidate for election

Warsaw - One of the leaders of Poland's main opposition group on Tuesday made the surprise announcement to step aside as candidate for the premiership in next month's general election.

Poland opposes Trump bid for Russia's G7 return

Warsaw - Poland's president on Monday opposed a proposal by US President Donald Trump to reintegrate Russia into the elite G7 group, insisting that "business as usual" was unacceptable given Moscow's occupation of Ukrainian territory.

Poland criticises Russia's 'imperialist tendencies' on WWII anniversary

Warsaw - Poland's President Andrzej Duda on Sunday slammed Russia's military actions as "imperialist tendencies" at ceremonies in Warsaw marking the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II.

Germany asks Polish forgiveness 80 years after WWII outbreak

Warsaw - German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Sunday asked Poland's forgiveness 80 years after Germany's attack triggered World War II while his Polish counterpart denounced Russia's recent "imperialist" aggression against its neighbours.

Pole caught in customs web with tarantula haul

Cayenne - Customs officials caught a Polish man was after trying to smuggle nearly 100 tarantula spiders in his luggage, at Cayenne airport, French Guiana, regional officials told AFP Saturday.

Zelensky slams Nord Stream 2 as Ukraine seeks US gas

Warsaw - Ukraine's president on Saturday slammed the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline set to send Russian gas to Germany as a "threat" to Europe and welcomed moves by Kiev to tap into US gas supplies.

Warsaw to mark 80 years after WWII outbreak

Warsaw - Poland will on Sunday mark 80 years since the outbreak of World War II with commemorations attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the only major leader expected after US President Donald Trump pulled out to focus on Hurricane Dorian.

Trump cancels Poland trip to focus on US hurricane

Washington - President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled his trip to attend World War II anniversary commemorations in Poland, saying he needs to deal with the approaching Hurricane Dorian.

Walesa to Trump: US no longer moral, political world leader

Warsaw - Poland's freedom icon Lech Walesa on Thursday said the United States was "no longer the main global power" in political and moral leadership ahead of a visit by President Donald Trump.

Trump in Warsaw, 80 years after WWII outbreak

Warsaw - US President Donald Trump, fresh from hob-nobbing with his G7 partners at a glitzy French resort town, will on Sunday attend sombre commemorations in Warsaw of the outbreak of World War II 80 years ago.

Nazi bombs still vivid for survivors of 'Polish Guernica'

It has been 80 years, but Polish pensioner Zofia Burchacinska has no trouble recalling the day her city, sometimes called the "Polish Guernica", became the first target of World War II."It was dawn and still grey out.

Lightning strike kills five in Polish, Slovak mountains

Warsaw - At least five people, including two children, were killed and more than 100 others were injured Thursday during a sudden thunderstorm in Poland and Slovakia's Tatra mountains, according to rescuers and officials.

Polish parliament elects new speaker after expenses scandal

Warsaw - Poland's parliament on Friday elected interior minister Elzbieta Witek as speaker, replacing Marek Kuchcinski who was forced to quit over an expenses scandal involving use of government aircraft for personal travel.

Polish parliament elects new speaker after expenses scandal

Warsaw - Poland's parliament on Friday elected former interior minister Elzbieta Witek as its speaker, replacing Marek Kuchcinski, who was forced to quit over an expenses scandal involving his alleged use of government aircraft for personal travel.

Pride and prejudice: Poland at war over gay rights before vote

Warsaw - Poland's October general election is shaping up to be dominated neither by the economy nor politics as the devout Catholic country goes to war over LGBT rights, denounced by the governing conservatives and an archbishop as a "threat" to their way of li...

Activists rally against Polish anti-gay bishop

Warsaw - Several hundred people demonstrated in Warsaw on Wednesday against the city's archbishop for calling LGBT+ activists "the rainbow plague", organisers said.

Poland's top rabbi slams honours for accused Nazi collaborators

Warsaw - Poland's chief rabbi on Wednesday criticised plans by the country's right-wing government to honour a group of ultra-nationalist underground fighters accused of collaborating with the Nazis during World War II.
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(TV screen shot) Studio TSN in Toronto during 2012 EURO Tournament.
(TV screen shot) Studio TSN in Toronto during 2012 EURO Tournament.
Local vendor selling red-and-white national colours at Krakowskie Przedmiescie Street  Warsaw  Polan...
Local vendor selling red-and-white national colours at Krakowskie Przedmiescie Street, Warsaw, Poland.
Historical field troops from the times between the two world wars when marching the streets of Warsa...
Historical field troops from the times between the two world wars when marching the streets of Warsaw during the Independence Day, 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.
Historical horse cavalry from the times between the two world wars when riding the streets of Warsaw...
Historical horse cavalry from the times between the two world wars when riding the streets of Warsaw during the Independence Day, Poland.
(TV screen shot) The big man  Spanish coach looks on in the beginning of the  final game of EURO 201...
(TV screen shot) The big man, Spanish coach looks on in the beginning of the final game of EURO 2012, Kiev, Ukraine.
Rich baroque decorations over the main gate to the castle at its southern wing in their present shap...
Rich baroque decorations over the main gate to the castle at its southern wing in their present shape and still worsening conditions, Żary, Poland.
(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.
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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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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At least 16 people died and 57 other were injured in a head-on train collision in Szczekociny near Z...
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.
Courtesy The Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland / Andrzej Grygiel / PAP
Protesters wearing masks of the world leaders in front of the national stadium during the last day o...
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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Cemetery with decorated graves in Nadarzyn  central Poland.
Cemetery with decorated graves in Nadarzyn, central Poland.
Lignite mine Bełchatów  Poland. This is an opencast  or open-pit coal mine.
Lignite mine Bełchatów, Poland. This is an opencast, or open-pit coal mine.
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Laying a wreath funded by the stae officials at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier  celebration of the ...
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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Christmas decoration in Maximus  Nadarzyn  Poland.
Christmas decoration in Maximus, Nadarzyn, Poland.
Galeria Freta Cafe and restaurant  Warsaw  Poland.
Galeria Freta Cafe and restaurant, Warsaw, Poland.
At least sixteen persons have died and 57 other were injured in a head-on train collision in Szczeko...
At least sixteen persons have died and 57 other were injured in a head-on train collision in Szczekociny near Zawiercie, southern Poland on Saturday evening. All the injured were taken by ambulances and helicopters to hospitals in the region. President Bronislaw Komorowski on Sunday evening announced a national mourning on March 5 and 6 following the tragic accident
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