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Pope tells young to 'make some noise!'

Srodmiescie - Pope Francis told cheering crowds of young pilgrims Wednesday to do their duty and "make some noise" as he kicked off an international Catholic festival in Poland.

Tireless Poles stage sit-in to condemn government's court reforms

Varsovia - Outside the Polish prime minister's office, on an elegant tree-lined avenue, a makeshift village of government opponents has sprung up to condemn the reforms to the country's top court, changes they see as a "violation of democracy".

Pope urges Poles to 'welcome those fleeing war, hunger'

Srodmiescie - Pope Francis urged Poland on Wednesday to welcome people fleeing conflict and hardship, chastising a right-wing government that has refused to share the burden during Europe's worst refugee crisis since World War II.

Pope Francis says 'world at war', but not a religious conflict

Srodmiescie - Pope Francis said Wednesday the world was at war but argued that religion was not the cause, as he arrived in Poland a day after jihadists murdered a priest in France.

EU sets Poland 3-month deadline to reverse changes to top court

Brussels - The European Union on Wednesday handed Poland's rightwing government a three-month deadline to reverse changes to its Constitutional Court or face sanctions for breaching EU norms on the rule of law and democracy.

Pope Francis says 'world at war', but religion not cause

Srodmiescie - Pope Francis said on Wednesday the world was at war but argued that religion was not the cause, as he arrived in Poland a day after jihadists murdered a Catholic priest in France.

Post-Brexit immigration hot topic as May heads for Poland

Varsovia - The post-Brexit future of thousands of Poles in Britain will likely be at the top of the agenda Thursday when new British Prime Minister Theresa May heads to Warsaw for talks.

Pope Francis faces tepid welcome in migrant-wary Poland

Varsovia - A portrait of Pope Francis hanging in Warsaw's St. Saviour Church is flanked by another, much larger one, showing the smiling late Polish-born pontiff and saint, John Paul II. In Poland, Karol Wojtyla is still "The Pope".

Suspected boss of online piracy site Kickass Torrents arrested

Washington - The alleged boss of the world's biggest online piracy site, Kickass Torrents, was hit with US criminal charges Wednesday, accused of distributing over $1 billion worth of illegally copied films, music and other content.

Obama visits Spain on symbolic but curtailed trip

Madrid - Barack Obama wrapped up a lightning visit to Spain on Sunday, an abbreviated first presidential trip to the country overshadowed by the fatal shooting of five police officers in Dallas.

Russian actions caused 'loss of trust' with NATO: Merkel

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that Russia's actions in Ukraine had eroded mutual trust with the West, speaking on the eve of a major NATO summit in Poland.

'Suwalki Gap' key to NATO's eastern flank security

Varsovia - Lakes, forest and villages dot the rolling hills along Poland's 65-kilometre (40-mile) stretch of border with Lithuania, but for NATO's top brass, this bucolic landscape gives cause for sleepless nights.

NATO-Russia talks must tackle Ukraine 'withdrawal': Poland

Varsovia - Planned NATO talks with Moscow should be focussed solely on Russia's "withdrawal" from Ukrainian soil, Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz said Tuesday.

Poland condemns anti-Semitism on pogrom anniversary

Varsovia - President Andrzej Duda on Monday pledged to fight racism and anti-Semitism 70 years after dozens of Polish Holocaust survivors were massacred in a brutal pogrom.

Poles mark 70 years since brutal post-Holocaust pogrom

Kielce - Seventy years after dozens of Polish Holocaust survivors were bludgeoned to death in the Kielce Pogrom, psychologist Bogdan Bialek is intent on reconciling Poles and Jews.

Poland wants second 'Brexit' referendum in UK: ruling party leader

Varsovia - Poland would like to see Britain hold a second in-out referendum on EU membership, the leader of the country's ruling party said Monday, warning however the bloc would have to "radically change" for Britons to want to return."Our idea for today...

China's Xi weaves Poland into 'new silk road' plan

Varsovia - The presidents of China and Poland greeted a Chinese freight train as it rolled into the Polish capital on Monday, part of a drive to drum up business between the Asian giant and the European Union's largest eastern economy.

Demos greet Chinese president in Poland

Varsovia - Rival demonstrations greeted Chinese President Xi Jinping as he arrived in Warsaw on Sunday on a three-day visit focused on investment and trade with Poland, the EU's largest eastern economy.

Thousands protest against proposed abortion ban in Poland

Varsovia - Thousands of pro-choice campaigners marched in central Warsaw Saturday rallying against proposals for an almost total ban on abortion in the staunchly Catholic country, where the existing law is already one of the most restrictive in the EU.

Auschwitz museum tracks down long-lost inmate belongings

Varsovia - The Auschwitz museum said Tuesday it has recovered 16,000 long-lost items belonging to Jews killed at the Nazi death camp, decades after they were stored away and forgotten by Poland's former communist regime.

NATO launches massive war games in Poland

Torun - Thousands of NATO troops hit the ground in Poland in a massive show of force Tuesday as the alliance launched its biggest war games in eastern Europe since the Cold War.

Obama to make last trip to Europe

Washington - US President Barack Obama will visit Poland and Spain in July, in what will likely be his final trip to Europe, a continent that has often presented more problems than opportunities during his presidency.

Thousands attend Polish pro-democracy rally

Varsovia - Tens of thousands of people marched across downtown Warsaw on Saturday protesting against government policies they believe threaten democracy, as the country marked the 27th anniversary of its first taste of electoral freedom.

EU warns Poland to respect rule of law

Brussels - The European Union on Wednesday formally warned Poland's rightwing government to roll back its overhaul of the top Polish court and remove a "systemic threat" to the rule of law, or risk sanctions.

Poland in new bid to extradite Polanski

Varsovia - Poland launched a fresh bid Tuesday to extradite Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski to the United States to face sentencing over a 1977 case of statutory rape.

NATO urged to ward off 'serious' Russian challenge

Tirana - NATO's parliamentary assembly on Monday called on members of the Western military alliance to be ready to respond to the "potential threat" of Russian aggression against them.

Polish grandpa heads from New York to Portugal... in a kayak

New York - A Polish grandfather left New York Sunday on his third solo trans-Atlantic crossing in a kayak, aiming to arrive in Portugal in time to celebrate his 70th birthday on firm ground in September.

Poland accuses EU of violating its sovereignty

Varsovia - Poland's rightwing Prime Minister Beata Szydlo vowed Friday that Warsaw would never bow to any EU ultimatum as her government pushed through a parliamentary resolution accusing Brussels of violating the country's sovereignty.

Auschwitz finds inmate jewellery in false-bottomed mug

Oswiecim - A gold ring and necklace hidden by an Auschwitz prisoner in a false-bottomed mug for fear of looting by German Nazis has been discovered at site of the death camp, the Auschwitz museum said Thursday.

EU raises pressure on Poland in rule of law row

Brussels - The European Union's executive arm warned Wednesday it could take further action against Poland over its commitment to the rule of law, unless Warsaw's conservative government makes "significant" progress.
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