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Roman Polanski: Polish Supreme Court rejects extradition to US

Varsovia - Poland's Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a bid to extradite Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski to the United States, where he faces sentencing over a decades-old case of statutory rape.

Polish lawmakers approve change to freedom of assembly

Varsovia - Polish lawmakers on Friday voted to amend the freedom of assembly law to give preference to rallies organised by religious and state institutions over citizen initiatives, sparking human rights concerns at home and abroad.

Frontex seeks officers for European coastguard

Varsovia - The EU border control agency Frontex on Wednesday called on states to provide officers for a European coastguard, due to be launched next year to help cope with the upsurge in migrants trying to reach Europe.

Polish PM calls for 'good compromise' on Brexit

London - Poland's prime minister called Monday for a Brexit "compromise" and said Europeans in Britain and Britons in Europe should not be "made to feel like hostages" as she kicked off a landmark trip to London.

Thousands protest in Poland against education reforms

Varsovia - Tens of thousands of teachers from all over Poland protested in Warsaw on Saturday against education reforms proposed by the right-wing government that critics say could see thousands of jobs slashed.

Around Auschwitz, Holocaust items rescued from oblivion

Poland - Things are looking good for a group of unusual treasure hunters who have already removed dozens of items from a small wooden cabin in southern Poland.

Polish lawmakers adopt lower retirement age

Varsovia - Polish lawmakers on Wednesday voted to reinstate a lower retirement age of 65 for men and 60 for women starting in 2018, despite questions over its effect on public finances.

Poland asks Russia to return 2010 presidential jet wreckage

Varsovia - Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski on Wednesday demanded that Russia hand over the wreckage of a 2010 presidential plane crash that has stoked friction with Moscow and caused divisions at home.

Poland founds volunteer defence force with eye on Russia

Varsovia - Poland said Monday it will build a new territorial defence force of 53,000 volunteers by 2019, which it announced with an eye on heading off any threat from Russia.

Families divided as Poland begins exhuming 2010 crash victims

Varsovia - Polish justice officials began exhuming the remains of their country's former head of state on Monday, reviving a probe into a 2010 presidential plane crash that has stoked friction with Russia and caused divisions at home.

Far-right, liberals rally on Poland's Independence Day

Varsovia - Tens of thousands of Poles including far-right nationalists poured onto the snowy streets of Warsaw on Friday to mark 98 years since Poland regained independence.

Warsaw gets new church after 225 years of waiting

Varsovia - Worshippers in the capital of ultra-Catholic Poland finally celebrated the consecration of the city's highest church on Friday -- after a mere 225 years of waiting.

Poland urges Trump to keep US troops on NATO's eastern flank

Varsovia - Poland's president urged US president-elect Donald Trump to keep Washington's promise to deploy troops on NATO's eastern flank amid tensions with Russia.

In Poland, bad blood brewing between politics and the arts

Wroclaw - The play is over, the curtain falls, then rises again to reveal the actors standing with their mouths taped shut at the Polski Theatre in Poland's western city of Wroclaw.

Polish women protest new bids to tighten abortion law

Varsovia - Thousands of Polish women on Monday demonstrated nationwide against new bids to tighten the staunchly Catholic country's abortion law, which is already one of the most restrictive in Europe.

Tiny wooden clog charm resurfaces at Auschwitz

Varsovia - A tiny carved wooden clog that once belonged to a woman the Nazis deported to the Auschwitz death camp has been rediscovered after more than 70 years, a local foundation told AFP on Thursday.

Thousands march in Europe against EU-Canada trade deal

Paris - Thousands of people demonstrated Saturday in France, Spain and Poland against a EU-Canada free trade deal and a far more ambitious agreement with the United States.

Body of Poland's late president to be exhumed in crash probe

Varsovia - The twin brother of Poland's former president Lech Kaczynski, who died in a 2010 plane crash in Russia, said Saturday he agrees with the decision to exhume the late leader's body as part of a new inquiry into the accident.

Body of Poland's late president to be exhumed in crash probe

Varsovia - The family of Poland's former president Lech Kaczynski, who died in a 2010 plane crash, has agreed to his exhumation as part of a new inquiry into the accident, his twin brother said Saturday.

Two Poles charged after huge Australia drugs haul

Sydney - Two Polish nationals have been charged after Australian police seized more than 1.2 tonnes of ecstasy in the country's biggest drugs haul of the year, officials said Saturday.

Polish conservatives pursue abortion ban despite mass protests

Varsovia - The leader of Poland's governing right-wing party said Wednesday he still hopes to tighten the country's abortion laws, despite parliament's recent rejection of a proposed ban on terminations in the devoutly Catholic nation.

Poland brings up table manners in chopper feud with France

Varsovia - Poland's deputy defence minister on Wednesday claimed that Poles taught the French how to use forks, as a diplomatic row raged over the handling of a failed multi-billion euro helicopter deal.

Poland plans new tender for helicopters after Airbus row

Varsovia - Poland said Wednesday it would launch a new tender process for military helicopters after talks to buy Airbus aircraft collapsed in acrimony.

Thousands of Polish teachers protest against education reform

Varsovia - Teachers held demonstrations across Poland on Monday in protest against education reforms proposed by the right-wing government that critics say could see thousands of jobs slashed.

Poland blames Airbus for grounding chopper talks

Varsovia - Poland on Saturday blamed French aeronautics giant Airbus for the breakdown in talks over a multi-billion euro contract for military helicopters that has triggered a spike in tensions with Paris.

Polish parliament rejects abortion ban after mass protests

Varsovia - Poland's parliament on Thursday rejected an abortion ban after women staged massive nationwide protests in the devoutly Catholic nation, where the law is already among the most restrictive in Europe.

Poland drops talks in 3 bn euro Airbus chopper deal: ministry

Varsovia - Poland's rightwing government on Tuesday quit talks with Airbus on an offset deal linked to a multi-billion euro contract for 50 military helicopters, a government statement said.

Warsaw may not back Tusk for new term as EU president: report

Varsovia - The head of Poland's governing rightwing Law and Justice party (PiS) said in an interview Tuesday the government may not back his sworn enemy Donald Tusk for a potential new term as EU president.

Polish women hold nationwide strike against abortion ban

Varsovia - Tens of thousands of black-clad women protested across Poland Monday against a proposed near-total abortion ban in the devoutly Catholic country, where the law is already among the most restrictive in Europe.

'Save Women' rally in Poland against near-total abortion ban

Varsovia - Dressed in black, thousands of protesters gathered Saturday outside the Polish parliament in Warsaw to protest against a proposed near-total ban on abortion in devoutly Catholic Poland.
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A personal moment of a woman contemplating on the grave of her loved one who passed away, cemetery in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland.
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A view from the observation deck of the Palace to the new and old (in the centre of the picture) part of Warsaw, The Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw, Poland.
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The Promnitzs' castle, the south wing, Żary, Poland.
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Polish beekeepers & Anti-GMO protesters in Warsaw, Poland
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Baroque decorations of the columns on the castle's south wing, Żary, Poland.
Golancz castle in northern Poland.
Golancz castle in northern Poland.
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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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Alcohol drinks on a special display in Maximus, warehouse outlet in Nadarzyn, Poland.
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(Screen TV shot) Xabi Alonso in the game against France, EURO 2012, Poland - Ukraine.
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(TV screen shot) Beginning of the game, Poland - Czech Republic, Euro 2012 in Wroclaw, Poland.
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Protest in Warsaw, Poland against GMO's
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All Saints Day on the cemetery in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland.
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Local vendors selling red-and-white national colours at the entry to Saski Park, Warsaw, Poland.
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Lignite mine "Turów", Poland.
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At the entry door to Le Regina restaurant, Warsaw, Poland.
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A bus driver heating up frozen lock of a bus at the bus station in Klodzko, south-western Poland, 2010.
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Dicounted store display in Maximus, warehouse outlet in Nadarzyn, Poland.
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Polish beekeepers & Anti-GMO protesters in Warsaw, Poland
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The real dinosaur or real rock music, Andy Powell from Wishbone Ash, concert in Warsaw.

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