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Auschwitz museum reopens to visitors after lockdown

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:42 AM

Poland's Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum already has over 1,000 local and foreign visitors booked for tours since reopening after 4 months under lockdown

Poland begins voting in election delayed by virus

Jun 28, 2020 - 3:22 PM

Incumbent Andrzej Duda is campaigning for reelection in a vote that could determine the future of the right-wing government that supports him

PRESIDENTIAL BETS. Mopeds enter a tunnel with election posters of Polish presidential elections candidates in a suburb of Warsaw, on June 25, 2020, a few days ahead of the presidential elections in Poland. Photo by Wojtek Radwanski/AFP

Poland to hold new vote after bizarre ghost election

May 11, 2020 - 10:15 AM

Poland finds itself in a bizarre 'Twilight Zone' predicament in which the presidential ballot has formally neither been postponed nor canceled

POSTER. A man cycles past an election poster of Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz, opposition candidate for president in Radzymin near Warsaw on April 30, 2020. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Poland greenlights postal ballot amid election chaos

May 08, 2020 - 12:02 AM

The moves come amid a chaotic week during which voters were left in the dark over whether they would be able to cast ballots in a presidential election scheduled for Sunday, May 10

BEFORE THE POLLS. A man holds a Polish and an European flag during a demonstration outside the parliament, on May 7, 2020 in Warsaw, before a legislation allowing a presidential election delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic is passed to go ahead via a postal ballot. Photo by Wojtek Radwanski/AFP

Poland injects more cash into virus-hit economy

Apr 09, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki says businesses would not have to repay between 60% and 75% of aid

FIRST CASE. Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki gives a joint press conference with Slovakia's Prime Minister, Hungary's Prime Minister and Czech Republic's Prime Minister after a meeting of representatives of the Visegrad Group (V4), focusing on measures in response to the new coronavirus COVID-19, on March 4, 2020 in Prague. Photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

Russia shuts Poland, Norway borders to foreigners – PM

Mar 14, 2020 - 5:39 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The ban will come into force at midnight on Saturday, March 14

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Poland, Ukraine to close borders over coronavirus

Mar 14, 2020 - 2:00 PM

Ukraine will also stop flights

A picture taken on March 9, 2020 on the Polish side of the Jedrzychowice border crossing, between Poland and Germany, shows a medical staff taking the temperature of a driver during sanitary checks in a measure to protect against the spread of the novel coronavirus. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Poland announces 1st coronavirus case

Mar 04, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Health officials say the man, who had visited Germany, is 'not part of a risk group' and his life is not in danger

FIRST CASE. Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki gives a joint press conference with Slovakia's Prime Minister, Hungary's Prime Minister and Czech Republic's Prime Minister after a meeting of representatives of the Visegrad Group (V4), focusing on measures in response to the new coronavirus COVID-19, on March 4, 2020 in Prague. Photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

Polish PM condemns Putin for WWII 'lies'

Dec 30, 2019 - 12:28 PM

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki condemns Russian President Vladimir Putin for blaming Poland for the outbreak of World War II, saying Moscow was lying to deflect attention from recent failures

The unbearable weight of traveling while female

Dec 07, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Many times I feel that nothing is better than another female's company when I’m traveling alone

Poland says Netflix Holocaust documentary 'rewrites history'

Nov 13, 2019 - 7:30 AM

'Netflix did not intend to offend anyone or compromise any values,' says a Netflix consultant in Poland

MISTAKE. A map featured in 'The Devil Next Door' documentary wrongly shows death camps built by Nazi Germany during World War II inside the borders of modern-day Poland that were established only after the end of the war. Screenshot from the trailer

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

Oct 14, 2019 - 10:43 AM

Should final results confirm the expanded majority of the Law and Justice Party (PiS), 'we can expect the PiS to further limit liberal democracy,' says Warsaw University political scientist Anna Sosnowska-Materska

POLAND'S ELECTIONS. The leader of Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski reacts after the first exit polls during the party's electoral evening in Warsaw, Poland, on October 13, 2019. Photo by Wojtek Radwanski/AFP

Populists eye victory in deeply divided Poland

Oct 13, 2019 - 5:02 PM

But the opposition receives an unexpected last-minute boost when author Olga Tokarczuk, a known government critic who won the Nobel Prize for Literature, urged Poles to choose wisely 'between democracy and authoritarianism'

POLAND'S ELECTIONS. Supporters of Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party attend a party convention in Kielce, October 9, 2019. Photo by Wojtek Radwanski/AFP

Poland's populists set for victory but majority at risk

Oct 10, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Railing against the Law and Justice party's anti-LGBT views and its ties to the church, but sharing its welfare goals, left-wing parties are poised to return to the Polish parliament

POLAND'S ELECTIONS. Supporters of Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party attend a party convention in Kielce, October 9, 2019. Photo by Wojtek Radwanski/AFP

Polish court orders compensation for 1980s victim of pedophile priest

Oct 09, 2019 - 11:55 AM

A court in Poland says: 'Sexually abusing minors unaware of the criminal nature of the acts perpetrated on them is to treat others in a humiliating and inhumane manner, which is the same as torture'

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USA slinks out of FIBA World Cup with lowest-ever finish

Sep 14, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Led by Donovan Mitchell, USA ends its campaign with a win over Poland to wind up at 7th place

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Ricky Rubio makes history to lead Spain to World Cup semis

Sep 11, 2019 - 9:40 AM

Spain gears up for a semifinal showdown against Australia or Czech Republic after a record-setting run with Ricky Rubio

RECORD BREAKER. Ricky Rubio becomes the all-time World Cup leader in assists. Photo fro, fiba.basketball

FIBA World Cup 2019: Spain, Serbia book quarterfinal berths

Sep 07, 2019 - 10:06 AM

Spain squeezes into the World Cup last 8 with a no-frills Italy win while Serbia shows again how it's done

[ANALYSIS] The Second World War, Poland, and the fight for freedom

Sep 03, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Poland provides inspiration for countries and peoples in times of national peril, when leaders who are supposed to lead abandon their sworn responsibilities and advocate the interests of the invader

Germany asks Polish forgiveness 80 years after WWII outbreak

Sep 01, 2019 - 1:44 PM

'I bow my head before the Polish victims of Germany's tyranny. And I ask forgiveness, says German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

THE WAR. In this file photo taken on September 06, 1939, Germans tanks cross a river into Polish territory. Nazi forces invade Poland from the west on September 1, 1939, prompting Britain and France to declare war on Berlin two days later. Photo by AFP

Poland probes Russian-made FaceApp behind viral old age selfies

Jul 18, 2019 - 11:20 PM

Poland's digital affairs ministry says it is 'analyzing' the security risks posed by FaceApp to the personal data of its users, despite assurances by its designers that the app is safe

FACEAPP. This illustration picture shows FaceApp application displayed on the screen of a smartphone. Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/ AFP

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

Jul 06, 2019 - 11:29 AM

Eva Kor dies at 85 during an annual trip that includes a visit to Auschwitz

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 21, 2015, Auschwitz survivor, victim of the Nazi German death camp's infamous doctor Josef Mengele and plaintiff Eva Mozes Kor attends the trial of former Nazi death camp officer Oskar Groening in Lueneburg, northern Germany. - Eva Mozes Kor has passed away in Poland while on an annual a visit to the Holocaust site, two independent sources said on July 5, 2019. The Romanian-born Kor, who founded the Candles Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana, devoted her life to Holocaust awareness and reconciliation, died at the age of 85. (Photo by Julian STRATENSCHULTE / POOL / AFP)

German stunt pilot dies in river crash at Polish air show

Jun 15, 2019 - 11:11 PM

Authorities say the plane of the stunt pilot plunged into the water by the riverbank

Facebook on trial for 'censorship' in Poland

Jun 06, 2019 - 2:10 PM

'We'd like to know what mechanisms Facebook uses to moderate content,' says historian Maciej Swirski


Catholic priests burn Harry Potter books in Poland

Apr 01, 2019 - 6:21 PM

Other items burned include a Hello Kitty umbrella and Hindu religious figurines

Special edition 20th anniversary edition Harry Potter books are displayed for sale in a book store in Edinburgh, Scotland on June 26, 2017. - Author J. K. Rowling on Monday marked the "wonderful" two decades since her Harry Potter creation first hit the shelves, starting a global literary phenomenon which has inspired a generation. (Photo by NEIL HANNA / AFP)

Overturned statue of accused Polish priest restored

Feb 23, 2019 - 8:37 PM

Polish authorities charge 3 activists for overturning the statue of Polish priest Henryk Jankowski who is facing long-standing accusations of pedophilia

RESTORED. Polish authorities on February 22, 2019 charged 3 men who overturned a statue of Polish priest Henryk Jankowski accused of sex abuse in the northern city of Gdansk. Photo from Wikicommons

Netanyahu seeks to save face after cancelled central Europe summit

Feb 19, 2019 - 9:07 PM

The fresh controversy in Polish-Israeli ties comes after a row in 2018 over a Polish law that made it illegal to accuse the Polish nation or state of complicity in Nazi German crimes

AFTER WARSAW. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on December 25, 2016. AFP PHOTO / AP AND POOL / Dan Balilty

Poland shuns Israel summit amid Holocaust row

Feb 18, 2019 - 9:46 PM

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis says the summit with Israel and the Visegrad Four – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – is cancelled but that there will be bilateral talks

HOLOCAUST ROW. In this file photo, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki gives a press statement at the coal mine at Stonava, near Karvina, Czech Republic on December 21, 2018. File photo by Radek Mica/AFP

U.S., Israeli leaders head to Poland with eyes on pressing Iran

Feb 13, 2019 - 7:55 PM

'This is a global coalition that is built to deliver on the important mission of reducing the risk that has emanated from the Middle East for far too long,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

'GLOBAL COALITION.' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gestures during a joint press conference with the Polish Foreign Minister on February 12, 2019 in Warsaw. (Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

U.S. presents Middle East vision in Warsaw, but no converts

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:08 PM

The countries that are sending top officials to Warsaw are pushing for a tough line on Iran

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France traces all suspect Polish beef, says some already sold

Feb 03, 2019 - 10:17 AM

'The remaining 145 kilos have been identified in lots prepared by wholesalers, butchers, or restaurants,' says a statement

In tears and shock, Poland bids farewell to murdered mayor

Jan 19, 2019 - 1:22 PM

"It's hatred that killed Pawel," Civic Platform Party leader Grzegorz Schetyna told lawmakers.

MOURNING. People react as they accompany the coffin of the late mayor of Gdansk Pawel Adamowicz is taken from the European Solidarity Center to St Mary's Basilica on January 18, 2019 in Gdansk, Poland. Photo by Wojtek Radwanski / AFP

Polish mayor dies of stab wounds after attack

Jan 14, 2019 - 11:03 PM

(4th UPDATE) Polish media say the suspect had been sentenced to more than 5 years in prison for 4 armed attacks on banks in Gdansk. His mental state had severely deteriorated during his time in jail, reports add.

DEAD. File photo taken on May 5, 2016 shows the mayor of Gdansk Pawel Adamowicz giving a speech.  Photo by Carmen Jaspersen/dpa/AFP

Iran summons Polish diplomat to protest U.S. summit

Jan 13, 2019 - 5:42 PM

Poland's charge d'affaires was summoned by Iran to 'protest the anti-Iranian so-called peace and security conference,' says foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman, Bahram Ghasemi speaks during a press conference on August 22, 2016 in Tehran. Iran said that Russian raids on Syria from one of its airbases had ended for now, shortly after accusing Moscow of "showing off" when it revealed the bombing missions. / AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE

China's Huawei 'fires' employee arrested in Poland

Jan 12, 2019 - 10:22 PM

Citing management rules in company contracts, Huawei says it 'has decided to immediately terminate its employer relationship with Wang Weijing'

HUAWEI. In this file photo taken on July 8, 2018, a woman uses her mobile phone in front of a Huawei logo at Beijing International Consumer Electronics Expo in Beijing. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Poland arrests Chinese businessman suspected of spying

Jan 11, 2019 - 11:55 PM

Aside from the Chinese telecoms executive whom Poland media identified as a Huawei director, authorities also arrest a Polish man 'known in the IT sector'

Romania takes EU helm amid tensions with Brussels

Dec 27, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Several crucial events will take place during Romania's first 6-month tenure in the presidency, including Brexit, EU parliamentary elections in which euroskeptics will vie for increased influence, and wrangling over the next budget

ROMANIA. Planes spread the colors of the national flag in the sky as they fly over the military parade on Romania's National Day in Bucharest, December 1, 2018. File photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

[OPINION] More urgency for the Philippines after Poland climate talks

Dec 20, 2018 - 1:34 PM

'The Philippines has actively championed the cause of vulnerable nations in the international arena, but now it needs to proactively lead its citizens toward a social transformation'

EU drifts toward rocks on populist tide

Dec 18, 2018 - 6:00 PM

'2019 will be a pivotal year with major challenges,' says Jonathan Faull, a former senior administrator at the European Commission

Nations agree on rulebook for Paris climate treaty

Dec 16, 2018 - 9:30 AM

(UPDATED) But environmental groups say the rulebook lacked the bold ambition needed to protect states already dealing with the severe effects of climate change

CLIMATE CHANGE. Members of the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice protest ahead of the final session of the COP24 summit on climate change in Katowice, Poland, on December 14, 2018. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Nations inch towards climate deal at marathon U.N. summit

Dec 15, 2018 - 10:15 PM

A deal to make the 2015 Paris Agreement operational is 'within reach,' says European Union's climate commissioner

CLIMATE CHANGE. Members of the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice protest ahead of the final session of the COP24 summit on climate change in Katowice, Poland, on December 14, 2018. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Civil society groups condemn ban on colleagues at COP24

Dec 09, 2018 - 10:09 AM

'People are demanding climate action from our governments and should be supported for doing so. The Polish government is afraid to see the reality that also they need to act,' says CAN Europe director Wendel Trio

COP24. Protesters are pictured during a march for the climate on sidelines of the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change summit on December 8, 2018 in Katowice, Poland. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Polish bishops apologize for child sex abuse by priests

Nov 20, 2018 - 5:35 PM

'We ask pardon of God, of all victims of sexual abuse, of their families, and of the entire Church community for all hurt inflicted on children and young people, as well as their families, by priests, believers, and lay people employed by the Church'

POLISH PRELATE. In this file photo, Stanislaw Dziwisz, Polish prelate (left) delivers his speech as Pope Francis meets with Polish bishops at Wawel royal castle's cathedral in Krakow, on July 27, 2016 during World Youth Days (WYD). Photo by Wojtek Radwanski/AFP

Poland again demands war reparations from Germany

Oct 28, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Polish President Andrzej Duda says 'the damage caused during the war was never compensated for'

Polish President Andrzej Duda makes a statement to announce that he will veto controversial judicial reforms in Warsaw on July 24, 2017. The planned reforms, that would have increased political control over the judiciary, had prompted huge street protests and threats of unprecedented EU sanctions. / AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI

Poland eyes help from OFWs as labor shortage looms

Jul 29, 2018 - 9:44 AM

Poland is looking for information technology, medicine, and construction sector workers

WORK PROMISED. Poland is working with Philippine authorities for a labor accord. Photo by Siripong Jirawatwarakul/Shutterstock.com; Graphic by Nico Villarete/Rappler.

Poland's double-edged vodka tradition

Jul 14, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Poland turns a former distillery into a museum celebrating its long vodka tradition

VODKA TESTING. In this file photo a visitor attends a vodka testing event at the Polish Vodka Museum, a new museum in Warsaw. Photo by Janek Skarzynski /AFP

Holocaust center slams Poland, Israel over controversial law

Jul 06, 2018 - 12:03 AM

'A thorough review by Yad Vashem historians shows that the historical assertions, presented as unchallenged facts, in the joint statement contain grave errors and deceptions,' the statement from the research center says

AUSCHWITZ. In this file photo taken on April 12, 2018 participants are wrapped into an Israeli flag as they arrive to the memorial site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp in Oswiecim to attend the annual "March of the Living." File photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Poland sees end to EU differences

Jun 27, 2018 - 2:11 PM

'I think we have satisfied the EU's curiosity over the judicial reforms in Poland,' says Polish secretary of state for EU affairs Konrad Szymanski

PROTESTS. In this file photo, protesters hold Polish and European Union flags as they take part in a demonstration in front of the Polish Supreme Court on July 21, 2017 in protest against new bill changing the judiciary system. Wojtek Radwanski/AFP

Senegal records first African win in 2018 World Cup

Jun 20, 2018 - 2:07 AM

The Senegalese pounce on Polish errors to hack out a 2-1 decision

STEPPING UP. Forward Mbaye Niang (center) plays a pivotal role in Senegal's triumph over Poland. Photo by Francisco Leong/AFP

World hails Trump-Kim summit as 'first step' to denuclearization

Jun 13, 2018 - 7:29 AM

Here are some of the main reactions so far

TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump makes a statement before saying goodbye to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un (L) after their meetings at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Susan Walsh/AFP