Polish church apologizes after Mass held for far-right group
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Polish church apologizes after Mass held for far-right group

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Catholic Church authorities in eastern Poland denounced nationalist views Wednesday, Apr. 20, and apologized after a radical extreme-right organization held a Mass in a regional cathedral. Father Andrzej Debski, a spokesman for the church authorities in Bialystok, said the apology came after believers complained that a Mass was held in Bialystok … Continue reading

Thousands of Poles protest efforts to change abortion law
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Thousands of Poles protest efforts to change abortion law

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of Poles rallied Saturday, Apr.9, against tightening Poland’s anti-abortion law, which is already among Europe’s strictest. Street protests were organized in Warsaw and in other Polish cities by a new pro-abortion group that opposes a recent call by some Catholic bishops for an unconditional ban on abortion in Poland, and … Continue reading

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s president is traveling to Washington for a security summit but has no meeting scheduled with President Barack Obama. Observers in Poland say controversial government policies may be the reason. President Andrzej Duda’s schedule, released Tuesday, Mar.29, includes no meetings with Obama or any key U.S. politicians. Poland’s top security official, … Continue reading

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s environment minister has approved a deeply contested plan to allow extensive logging in Europe’s last pristine forest, arguing that the decision will help save it from bark beetle, a kind of woodworm. Following weeks of deliberations and protests, Jan Szyszko said Friday, Mar.25 said he has approved the logging of … Continue reading

Poland reopens probe into 2010 crash that killed president
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Poland reopens probe into 2010 crash that killed president

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s government opened a new investigation Thursday, Feb. 5, into the 2010 plane crash in Russia that killed President Lech Kaczynski, with the defense minister saying that evidence pointing to Russian involvement was covered up in an earlier probe. The new investigation could exacerbate Poland’s already deeply strained relations with Russia … Continue reading

Deep freeze across Balkans makes migrant journeys harder
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Deep freeze across Balkans makes migrant journeys harder

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Subfreezing temperatures and snow have settled over Central Europe, adding to the difficulties of migrants heading to Western Europe but not weakening their determination to continue their journeys. Liene Veide, a spokeswoman for the United Nations refugee agency, said that some 2,000 migrants continue to cross from Macedonia into Serbia daily, … Continue reading

Radical Poles mark Independence Day with anti-migrant march
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Radical Poles mark Independence Day with anti-migrant march

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of flag-waving Polish nationalists marched through Warsaw on Wednesday with an anti-migrant message as they marked Independence Day. The event took place peacefully in contrast to violence that has marked the holiday in past years. The march was organized by several radical far-right organizations under the slogan “Poland for Poles. … Continue reading

Right-wing Polish leader: Migrants carry diseases to Europe
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Right-wing Polish leader: Migrants carry diseases to Europe

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Former Polish prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski has shocked some in Poland by claiming that the Muslim migrants now arriving in Europe are carrying diseases that could hurt local people. The comments sparked a sharp rebuke from some of his political opponents, with one left-wing politician, Janusz Palikot, slamming Kaczynski’s statement as … Continue reading