Gridlock in Warsaw as thousands protest abortion ban | AFP

Protesters in Warsaw occupy several key roundabouts in the city centre to block traffic and chant anti-government slogans, brandishing the protest symbol — a red lightning bolt, as thousands of people take to the streets of Poland for a fifth straight day of protests against a constitutional court ruling that would impose a near-total ban on abortion in the EU country. Poland’s constitutional court last week ruled in favour of further restrictions, stating that an existing law allowing the abortion of damaged foetuses was “incompatible” with the constitution.

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Poland police detain pro-choice protesters as they try to force entry of church | AFP

Police struggle with protesters as they target a Catholic church in Warsaw in the fourth straight day of upheaval against a near-total ban on abortion in Poland. Protesters accuse the Church of “intervening in the the political situation” following a ruling by Poland’s constitutional court that an existing law allowing the abortion of damaged foetuses was “incompatible” with the constitution.

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Demonstration at Poland Law and Justice Party offices after abortion ruling | AFP

Pro-abortion protesters head to the Law and Justice Party offices in Warsaw after Poland’s constitutional court struck down a provision of the Catholic country’s abortion legislation, allowing what is already one of Europe’s most restrictive laws to be further tightened and provoking outcry from rights groups.

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Here are the top stories for Thursday, October 22nd: U.S. jobless claims see slight drop; GOP-led Senate panel advances Barrett as Dems boycott; Residents leave homes near Colorado wildfires; Poland’s top court rules out abortions due to fetal defects.

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Poland: start of partial lockdown measures in Warsaw and major cities | AFP

Start of partial lockdown measures in Warsaw. Poland’s Prime Minister has asked people to “stay home” if possible, as he announces a raft of restrictions in major cities to stem a record spike in coronavirus cases.

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WWII bomb explodes unexpectedly in Poland during botched defusal | AFP

One of the biggest bombs of the Second World War, called “Tallboy”, is neutralised by the Polish navy at the bottom of a shipping channel in north-western Poland.

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Polish farmers protest animal rights bill in front of parliament | AFP

Polish farmers rally in Warsaw against an animal rights bill that would ban the breeding of animals for fur — a major industry in Poland — and stop exports of halal and kosher meat.

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Poland’s Duda welcomed by Ukraine’s Zelensky in Kiev | AFP

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky greets his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda with a ceremony at the Mariyinsky Palace in Kiev.

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Today in History for September 1st

Highlights of this day in history: Nazi Germany invades Poland, start of World War II; Beslan hostage crisis begins in Russia; Bobby Fischer beats Boris Spassky for world chess crown; Boxer Rocky Marciano and singer Gloria Estefan born. (Sept. 1)

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Today in History for August 31st

Highlights of this day in history: Britain’s Princess Diana killed in a Paris car crash; Poland’s Solidarity labor movement born; Jack the Ripper’s first victim found dead in London; Violinist Itzhak Perlman and singer Van Morrison born. (Aug. 31)

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Pompeo on Belarus, Iran, US troops moving to Poland

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds press conference with Polish foreign minister after signing defense cooperation deal Saturday with Polish officials that will pave the way to redeploy American troops from Germany to Poland. (Aug. 15)

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Pompeo leaves Warsaw after signing US troop deal

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo departs Warsaw after he sealed a defense cooperation deal with Polish officials that will pave the way to deploy more American troops to Poland. (Aug. 15)

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US to send additional 1,000 troops to Poland (Pompeo) | AFP

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announces that the US will send “an additional 1,000 troops” to Poland, on top of the 4,500 already present there, during a press conference in Warsaw. SOUNDBITE

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Today in History for August 14th

Highlights of this day in history: Truman announces Japan’s surrender in World War II; Blackout hits Northeast U.S., Canada; FDR signs Social Security; British troops arrive in N. Ireland; A strike in Cold War Poland; Steve Martin born. (Aug. 14)

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Military ceremony in Warsaw after Andzej Duda sworn in for second term as president | AFP

A military ceremony is held in Warsaw after Andzej Duda was sworn in for a second five-year term in office in Poland. In the second round of the presidential election, he narrowly defeated the liberal mayor of Warsaw Rafal Trzaskowski, 51-49%. Some of the opposition MPs boycotted the ceremony in parliament.

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Scare Tactics About ‘LGBTQ Ideology’ Helped Trump’s Ally Win the Polish Election

In the middle of a pandemic and a projected Europe-wide recession, Poland’s presidential election has been all about gay rights, as the incumbent president has relied heavily on homophobia to rally his supporters to win re-election.

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Poland’s populist president narrowly wins re-election | AFP

Polish President Andrzej Duda has squeezed past his europhile rival to win re-election, but the narrow victory puts his allies in the populist right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party government on the back foot.

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Here are the top stories for Sunday, July 12th: Florida reports single-day highest number of virus cases nationwide; At least 11 hurt in fire at Naval Base San Diego; Poland presidential runoff too close to call; Search expanded for missing actress Naya Rivera.

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Polish president ahead by tiny margin in run-off: exit poll | AFP

Poland’s right-wing head of state Andrzej Duda arrives at his headquarters to the applause of his supporters as he is ahead by a tiny margin in the presidential run-off against Warsaw’s liberal mayor, according to an exit poll. IMAGES

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