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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

Could coal lobbying and free speech curbs hamper pivotal UN climate talks?

Jun 02, 2018 - 4:22 PM

Civil society groups are worried that the Paris Agreement could crumble at the last minute, as the final meeting to decide its implementation will be held in Poland, Europe's second biggest coal-producing country

A mockup of a planet earth is displayed at the Rheinaue park during the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ

Aide to Paris attacks mastermind held in Poland – official

Mar 07, 2018 - 10:31 PM

This marks the first Polish investigation of an Islamic State (ISIS) member, which the domestic counter-intelligence agency ABW undertook after receiving information from its EU counterparts

PARIS ATTACKS.  A victim lies on the ground covered by a white sheet outside of the Cafe Bonne Biere in Paris, on November 13, 2015 following an attack. File photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Poland's president signs controversial Holocaust bill into law

Feb 07, 2018 - 7:28 AM

Polish President Andrzej Duda signs into law a controversial Holocaust bill intended to safeguard Poland's image abroad but which has instead triggered an unprecedented diplomatic row

FACING THE MEDIA. Poland's President Andrzej Duda gives a press conference on February 6, 2018 in Warsaw to announces that he will sign into law a controversial Holocaust bill which has sparked tensions with Israel, the US and Ukraine. Janek Skarzynski/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Chanel Olive Thomas at the Miss Supranational 2017 competition

Dec 02, 2017 - 7:18 AM

Chanel finishes as part of the Top 10

At least 5 dead as storm hits central Europe

Oct 30, 2017 - 1:25 AM

The windstorm also disrupts railway operations and leaves hundreds of thousands of homes without power

A woman walks her dogs in Stromovka park in Prague which has closed due to strong winds on October 29, 2017.  Strong winds battered central Europe today, reaching 180 kilometres an hour in the Czech Republic, where two people were killed by falling trees. / AFP PHOTO / Michal Cizek

2 teen campers among 5 dead as storms ravage Poland

Aug 13, 2017 - 12:26 AM

The two girls aged 13 and 14 are crushed by falling trees while sleeping in a tent Some 20 other children are injured when the storm hit the campground for Boy Scouts and Girl Guides hosting 140 youngsters in the village of Suszek

Fallen trees are pictured after a storm nearby the village of Suszek, Chojnice county, in northern Poland, on August 12, 2017.  Photo by Dominik Kulaszkiewicz/AFP

EU takes legal action against Poland over court reform

Jul 29, 2017 - 7:47 PM

The European Commission comes down hard on Warsaw to prevent what it says is not just an increasing threat to Poland s democratic standards but those across the 28 nation bloc

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

EU threatens Poland's voting rights over court reforms

Jul 27, 2017 - 8:01 AM

Brussels says President Andrzej Duda s unexpected vetoing of two controversial reforms including one targeting the supreme court has not ended the risk to the independence of Polish judges

European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans gives a joint press on the Rule of Law in Poland and read-out of the College meeting at the EU Headquarters in Brussels, on July 26, 2017. John Thys/AFP

Polish president approves controversial reform, after vetoing two others

Jul 26, 2017 - 7:51 AM

President Andrzej Duda approves one of 3 controversial judicial reforms that have sparked huge street protests and threats of EU sanctions after vetoing the other two

People demonstrate in front of the presidential palace in Warsaw after Poland's President made a statement to announce that he will veto controversial judicial reforms on July 24, 2017.  Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Polish president vetoes controversial court reforms

Jul 24, 2017 - 5:47 PM

This law would not strengthen the sense of justice in society the Polish president says in a speech

Polish President Andrzej Duda makes a statement to announce that he will veto controversial judicial reforms in Warsaw on July 24, 2017. Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Poland's senate approves controversial court reform

Jul 22, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Poland s senate approves a controversial reform of the Supreme Court despite warnings from the European Union appeals from Washington and massive street protests against the measure

OPPOSITION. Protesters hold candles and shout slogans as they take part in a demonstration in front of Polish Parliament as Polish Senators decide about a new bill changing the judiciary system, July 21, 2017. Wojtek Radwanski/AFP

Prince William, Kate on Brexit diplomacy tour of Poland, Germany

Jul 17, 2017 - 11:20 PM

The visit is not officially tied to British EU diplomatic relations but British media outlets have dubbed it the Brexit diplomacy tour

VISITING POLAND. Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge leave the presidential palace in Warsaw, on July 17, 2017. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/ AFP

Trump kicks off fraught Europe tour with Poland speech

Jul 06, 2017 - 12:25 PM

Looming large over the entire visit is Pyongyang s test of an intercontinental ballistic missile that could deliver a nuclear payload to Alaska

WELCOME TO POLAND. US President Donald Trump (L) and US First Lady Melania Trump (R) react after stepping off Air Force One upon their arrival at Chopin Airport in Warsaw,on July 5, 2017. Wojtek Radwanski/AFP

PH edges Poland to gain 2-1 card in FIBA 3x3 U18 tourney

Jun 30, 2017 - 8:19 PM

Poland’s showing brings them to their second loss while the Philippines moves ahead with a 2 1 card

Polish lawmakers legalize medicinal marijuana

Jun 22, 2017 - 11:23 PM

Poland follows in the steps of the Czech Republic Finland the Netherlands Portugal Spain as well as 23 US states and Uruguay which in 2013 became the first country to make cannabis entirely legal

EU sets June deadline for Poland, Hungary to take migrant share

May 16, 2017 - 11:46 PM

If the 2 countries fail to act on it the EU will not hesitate to impose sanctions says EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos

MIGRATION. Migrants and refugees crowd the platforms at the Keleti (eastern) railway station in Budapest on September 1, 2015. Keleti, the biggest Hungarian railway station was closed today as police evacuated people trying to get on trains bound for Germany. File photo by AFP

Poland counting on 'reset' with France under Macron

May 13, 2017 - 11:21 PM

President Andrzej Duda says French President elect Emmanuel Macron told him he wanted good bilateral ties

RESET. Poland president hopes for a reset in the ties between France and Polance under the presidency of Emmanuel Macron. File photo by AFP

Ukraine probing attack on Polish consulate

Mar 29, 2017 - 5:42 PM

An explosion thought to have been caused by a shot from a grenade launcher hits the fourth floor of Poland s consulate general in the western Ukrainian city of Lutsk

Polish PM injured in car accident – gov't spokesman

Feb 11, 2017 - 7:52 AM

Prime Minister Beata Szydlo is in good condition She will undergo additional routine tests in Warsaw adds the spokesman

ACCIDENT. The scene of the accident involving Polish Prime Minister Beata is pictured on February 10, 2017 in Oswiecim, Poland. Andrzej Grygiel/PAP/AFP

Europe cold snap kills dozens, prompts travel chaos

Jan 08, 2017 - 8:21 AM

UPDATED The double digit sub zero temperatures hit Poland particularly hard with the mercury plummeting below minus 20 degrees Celsius minus 4 Fahrenheit in some regions

DEEP FREEZE. View of a park shot through a windshield covered in snow, in Berlin on January 7, 2017. John Macdougall/AFP

At least 20 die in cold snap across Europe

Jan 07, 2017 - 6:45 PM

UPDATED In Poland government center for security spokeswoman Bozena Wysocka calls the snap coldwave as the deadliest this winter

COLDWAVE. Women protect themselves from the wind and falling snow as they walk along a street as the first snow of the season falls in Warsaw on November 29, 2010. File photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Germany hunts Tunisian suspect after ISIS claims truck attack

Dec 21, 2016 - 7:48 AM

3rd UPDATE The man is in his early 20s known by 3 different names and was born in the southern city of Tataouine reports say

The scene of a terrorist attack is seen on December 20, 2016 after a lorry smashed into a busy Christmas market in central Berlin. Odd Andersen/AFP