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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.

US senators want Poland to pay Jews for Nazi property thefts

Washington - US senators are urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to encourage Poland to pay victims of Nazi property thefts, a move that earned praise from Jewish groups but risked antagonizing Poland's pro-American administration.

'Forgotten' Roma Holocaust marked at Auschwitz ceremony

Oswiecim - Roma and Jewish Holocaust survivors gathered at Auschwitz-Birkenau on Friday to mark 75 years since a massacre of Roma and Sinti people at the twin German death camps.

Poles pay homage 75 years since Warsaw Uprising

Warsaw - Poland's capital ground to a halt on Thursday as air-raid sirens wailed to mark 75 years since Polish insurgents launched the doomed Warsaw Uprising against Nazi German forces occupying their city.

Poland needs to save water for (non-)rainy day

Warsaw - With his two fishing rods planted firmly on the bank of the Vistula river, 85-year-old Tadeusz Norberciak peers at rocks exposed on the dry riverbed, a telling sign of Poland's looming water crisis.

Polish court orders withdrawal of anti-gay stickers

Warsaw - A Polish court on Thursday ordered a weekly news magazine to temporarily halt the distribution of anti-LGBT stickers with its current edition.

Kazimierz Albin, early Auschwitz prisoner, dies in Poland

Warsaw - Kazimierz Albin, the last survivor of the first convoy of prisoners sent by the Nazis to the Auschwitz death camp has died at the age of 96, the camp museum said on Tuesday.

Polish Gay Pride marchers defy stone-throwing hooligans

Warsaw - The first-ever Gay Pride parade was held in the eastern Polish city of Bialystok on Saturday, but the march was marred by violence from soccer hooligans and conservative campaigners staged counter protests, local police said.

Poland probes Russian-made FaceApp behind viral old age selfies

Warsaw - Poland said Thursday it was looking into the potential security risks of using a Russian-made face-editing app that has triggered a viral social media trend where users post "aged" selfies.

Dozens of Polish communities say they are 'LGBT-free'

Warsaw - A Polish campaign group on Wednesday said that around 30 communities including villages and regional assemblies in the devout Catholic country had in recent months declared themselves to be "free of LGBT ideology".

Review: Piotr Lisek wins IAAF Diamond League Lausanne, new world leader Special

Lausanne - Polish pole vaulter Piotr Lisek has a major reason to celebrate in his athletic career. He won the IAAF Diamond League in Lausanne on July 5.

Eva Kor, survivor of Auschwitz doctor Mengele, dies in Poland

Warsaw - Eva Mozes Kor, a survivor of Auschwitz and the death camp's infamous doctor Josef Mengele, has passed away in Poland during a trip to the Holocaust site, sources said.

Germany, Poland urge EU opporunity for Western Balkan states

Poznan - Germany and Poland urged Friday that countries such as Albania and North Macedonia be given the opportunity to join the EU, despite reluctance from France, the Netherlands and other northern member states.

Eva Kor, survivor of Auschwitz doctor Mengele, dies in Poland

Warsaw - Eva Mozes Kor, a survivor of Auschwitz and the death camp's infamous doctor Josef Mengele, has passed away in Poland during a trip to the Holocaust site, sources said.

Polish hotel cancels rooms for German far-right MPs

Berlin - Lawmakers from Germany's far-right AfD party said they had to cancel plans to gather in neighbouring Poland Friday after their hotel cancelled their reservation hours before the meeting.

Far-right UK student jailed over Prince Harry online posts

London - A far-right university student who called Prince Harry a race traitor and created an image of him with a pistol to his head was on Tuesday jailed in Britain for more than four years.

Tusk accuses Poland's ruling conservatives of 'abuse of power'

Warsaw - Outgoing EU Council President Donald Tusk on Monday accused the governing conservatives from his home country of Poland of exploiting state institutions for political purposes and propaganda.

Facebook on trial for 'censorship' in Poland

Warsaw - A Polish court held a first hearing Wednesday in a case brought against Facebook by a historian who claims the tech giant engaged in "censorship" by suspending accounts that had posted about a nationalist rally in Warsaw.

Last known survivor of Sobibor Nazi death camp dies

Jerusalem - Semion Rosenfeld, the "last known survivor" of the Nazi death camp Sobibor, has died aged 96, the quasi-governmental Jewish Agency said Monday.

You can have your plate and eat it too, says Polish inventor

Polish inventor and entrepreneur Jerzy Wysocki catches a brown plate -- still warm -- as it drops out of a machine and he begins to eat the crunchy, fibrous tableware.

Jews slam Polish PM for calling WWII restitution a win for Hitler

Warsaw - The World Jewish Congress on Monday condemned the Polish prime minister for saying that holding Poland liable for the restitution of Jewish property seized by the Nazis during WWII would hand a "posthumous victory" to Hitler.

Thousands of Poles, including Tusk, hold pro-EU rally before vote

Warsaw - European Council chief Donald Tusk on Saturday joined thousands at a pro-Europe opposition rally in Warsaw, calling on his fellow Poles to vote against the eurosceptic governing conservatives in this month's EU elections."You have no choice....

Poland tightens laws on paedophiles as crisis hits church

Warsaw - Poland on Thursday raised jail terms for convicted paedophiles to a maximum 30 years after a groundbreaking documentary on child sex abuse among Polish priests sparked public outrage and a crisis in the devoutly Catholic country's church.

Polish paedophilia scandal rocks political scene

Warsaw - A Polish documentary on clergy paedophilia that has shocked the devout country could deal a blow to the chances of the ruling conservatives in this month's European Parliament elections, given the party's close ties to the Catholic Church, analysts sai...

Poland cracks down on child sex abuse as priest film goes viral

Warsaw - Poland's right-wing government on Tuesday unveiled plans to crack down on paedophiles by raising prison sentences to a maximum 30 years as a ground-breaking documentary on paedophilia among Polish priests went viral in the Catholic country.

Rare footage of life in Warsaw Jewish ghetto shown in Poland

Warsaw - Scenes of starving Jewish children smuggling food, a dead body on the sidewalk, were captured in never-before-seen footage of Warsaw's wartime ghetto by an amateur fillmmaker in 1941.
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Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin will on Tuesday inaugura...
Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin will on Tuesday inaugurate a Warsaw museum chronicling the vibrant 1,000-year history of Poland's Jewish community, all but wiped out during the Holocaust
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Christmas decoration in Maximus, Nadarzyn, Poland.
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A view from the observation deck of the Palace to the new part of Warsaw, The Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw, Poland.
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Bison hiding in Białowieża Forest.
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Polish beekeepers & Anti-GMO protesters in Warsaw, Poland
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(TV screen shot) Italian fans not giving up after scoring first goal in the final game of EURO 2012, Kiev, Ukraine.
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The show trial of Capt. Witold Pilecki, sentenced to death and executed March 1948
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Traditional Polish kielbasa on a special display in Maximus, warehouse outlet in Nadarzyn, Poland.
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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Screengrab from Reuters video of Poland s Belchatow power plant  Europe s largest polluter.
Screengrab from Reuters video of Poland's Belchatow power plant, Europe's largest polluter.
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Positively  no entry  to the severaly damaged Promnitzs  castle in Żary  Poland.
Positively "no entry" to the severaly damaged Promnitzs' castle in Żary, Poland.
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Polish beekeepers & Anti-GMO protesters in Warsaw, Poland
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All Saints Day candle lights during traditional holiday in Poland.
All Saints Day candle lights during traditional holiday in Poland.
Showing patriotic colours on the streets of Warsaw on the National Holiday  Poland.
Showing patriotic colours on the streets of Warsaw on the National Holiday, Poland.
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(TV screen shot) Balotelli (Italy) getting ready for a free kick against Spain  final game of EURO 2...
(TV screen shot) Balotelli (Italy) getting ready for a free kick against Spain, final game of EURO 2012, Kiev, Ukraine.
(TV screen shot) Second Spanish goal by Jordi Alba  final game of EURO 2012  Kiev  Ukraine.
(TV screen shot) Second Spanish goal by Jordi Alba, 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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Protest in Warsaw, Poland against GMO's
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Galeria Freta Cafe and restaurant, Warsaw, Poland.

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