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Poles mark century since birth of Pope John Paul II

Warsaw - Poles on Monday set aside deep political divisions to mark a century since the birth of the late Pope John Paul II, the first and only pontiff from Poland whose election changed the course of history.

Warsaw remembers World War II ghetto uprising with low-key events

Warsaw - Poland commemorated the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto uprising on Sunday, replacing its annual official ceremonies with low-key gatherings on site or online as the coronavirus pandemic prevented any big events.

Auschwitz survivor fears rise of anti-Semitism

New York - As German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Auschwitz for the first time on Friday, 96-year-old survivor Frederick Terna will be at home in New York worrying about a resurgence of anti-Semitism.

Polanski faces calls for boycott of new film after fresh rape claim

Paris - Roman Polanski was facing calls for a boycott of his new film which opened in France Wednesday, in the wake of the latest rape accusation against the controversial director.

Trump announces 1,000 extra troops for Poland

Washington - US President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he will send 1,000 more troops to Poland to counter Russia, while criticizing Germany for making itself a "hostage" to Moscow by over-relying on Russian energy supplies.

Polish president eyes increased US troops in Trump meeting

Washington - Polish president Andrzej Duda will discuss increasing the American military presence in Poland during an upcoming meeting with Donald Trump, representatives for the two countries said Tuesday."There will be a significant announcement tomorrow ...

Poland marks landmark vote that rang the Soviet bloc's death knell

Gdansk - European Council President Donald Tusk on Tuesday hailed the Polish election 30 years ago that heralded the peaceful demise of the entire Soviet bloc, holding it up as a reminder that China's bloody Tiananmen crackdown that same day was not the only po...

Poland marks 30 years since election of first non-communist govt

Gdansk - Thirty years after Poland's election that heralded the peaceful demise of the entire Soviet bloc, anti-communist icon Lech Walesa on Tuesday warned against the dangers of demagoguery, populism and income inequality in capitalist societies today.

France 'the sick man of Europe': Polish foreign minister

Warsaw - France is "the sick man of Europe" and its problems are hurting the region, Poland's foreign minister said Monday, citing the "yellow vests" protest movement and last week's jihadist attack.

Polish bishops apologise for child sex abuse by priests

Warsaw - Polish Catholic bishops apologised Monday to children who had suffered sexual abuse at the hands of priests and other Church leaders in the majority Catholic country.

Polish bishop apologises for clerical sexual abuse

Warsaw - A Polish Catholic bishop apologised Thursday to victims of sexual abuse by clergy in the country as the Church reels from a wave of abuse scandals worldwide.

Ten on trial over mafia-style killing of Monaco heiress

Aix-en-provence - The imprisoned son-in-law of a murdered Monaco billionaire goes on trial Monday with nine other people suspected in the brazen daylight killing of the heiress, a case which prosecutors say bears all the hallmarks of a sordid crime thriller.

Cardinal says women should train priests to fight abuse 'crisis'

Poznan - Women should play a greater role in the training of priests to fight the child abuse "crisis" that has engulfed the Catholic Church, Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet has said.

Poland slams Russian 'occupation' of Georgian regions since 2008

Warsaw - Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz on Monday condemned Russia's "occupation" of a part of Georgia ahead of the 10th anniversary of Moscow's lightning war with Tbilisi.

Pope Jean-Paul II statue moved to avoid French secularism laws

Plo - A 13-ton statue of late pope Jean-Paul II was moved Monday to "private land" in northwestern France following a court ruling it had to be taken down due to strict secularism laws separating church and state.

Poland in the EU: challenging times for a dream come true

Warsaw - Poland's entry into the European Union in 2004 was a dream come true just 15 years after it shed communism, but today its rightwing government is posing an unprecedented challenge to the authority of Brussels in enforcing democratic standards, includin...

Pope urges help for poor, unwanted as Vatican lights Xmas tree

Vatican City - Pope Francis Thursday called for charity towards the poor and unwanted, as he inaugurated this year's Christmas tree, erected in the Vatican's Saint Peter's Square.

Candlelight protest against changes to Poland's judiciary

Varsovia - Thousands of demonstrators bearing candles marched on the Polish Supreme Court on Sunday in protest against controversial proposed judicial reforms."Constitution, Constitution!" they chanted in front of the court building in Warsaw.

Polish police break up chained anti-Kaczynski protesters

Varsovia - Police in Warsaw on Saturday dragged away hundreds of protesters hoping to block a monthly rally by the head of Poland's rightwing ruling party to commemorate the 2010 plane crash in Russia that killed his brother.

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