Warsaw high schools close after upsurge in Covid-19 cases | AFP

Warsaw high schools are empty and students are following online courses from home, while the Polish capital and other major cities in the country have introduced partial confinement following a sharp rise 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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Von der Leyen meets Czech PM Babis ahead of EU summit | AFP

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen meets the Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, in Brussels for the European summit. Babis will also represent Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, who is in isolation after having been in contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19.

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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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Russia and Belarus stage military drills near Polish border | AFP

Russia and Belarus stage military drills in the Brest region, near the Polish border, as Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko warned of a possible “war” with neighbouring countries, whom he accuses of supporting a burgeoning opposition movement.

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Belarus opposition figurehead Svetlana Tikhanovskaya meets Polish PM | AFP

The Belarus opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who claimed victory over President Alexander Lukashenko in a disputed election last month, meets with Polish Prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Warsaw.

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Polish nationalists protest against ‘LGBT ideology’ | AFP

Dozens of Polish nationalists protest against what they call ‘LGBT ideology’. A counter-demonstration of LGBT activists is organized on the other side of the road. There is a substantial police presence between the two demonstrations.

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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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Mike Pompeo arrives in Warsaw for official visit | AFP

Polish minister of Foreign Affairs Jacek Czaputowicz greets US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo upon arrival.

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Pompeo and Polish Defence Minister sign agreement on enhanced defence cooperation | AFP

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo meets Polish president Andrzej Duda and signs an agreement with the Polish Minister of national defence Mariusz Błaszczak for enhanced defence cooperation between the two countries.

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US secretary of State arrives at Polish presidential palace | AFP

US secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives at the Polish presidential palace in Warsaw to meet Polish president Andrzej Duda.

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Rafal Trzaskowski concedes defeat in Polish presidential election | AFP

The liberal mayor of Warsaw and defeated presidential contender, Rafal Trzaskowski, calls on winner, incumbent President Duda, to “free himself from his political party” and believes that his score of over 48% is a “message of hope”.

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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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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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Poland: Trzaskowski addresses supporters as Duda leads by small margin | AFP

Polish presidential candidate Rafal Trzaskowski of the opposition Civic Platform addresses supporters in Warsaw on election night as President Andrzej Duda leads by a small margin, according to an exit poll. IMAGES

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Polish democracy has ‘matured’ says president on election day | AFP

Polish president Andrzej Duda says Poland’s democracy is becoming ‘increasingly mature’ and that in terms of governing the country, during his tenure the country has begun taking matters into its ‘own hands’ .

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Residents of Polish capital vote in presidential election | AFP

Residents in the Polish capital Krakow vote in the final round of the presidential election as incumbent Andrzej Duda faces off against Rafal Trzaskowski. IMAGES

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Polish opposition candidate Rafal Trzaskowski holds final rally ahead of presidential run-off | AFP

Polish opposition candidate Rafal Trzaskowski arrives at a rally in Raciborz on the last day of the campaign before the second round of the presidential election. The liberal contender could narrowly defeat Poland’s right-wing incumbent president Andrzej Duda in a knife-edge election on Sunday, according to final polls. IMAGES

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Poland: Duda holds final rally ahead of presidential run-off | AFP

Polish President Andrzej Duda holds a rally in Rzeszow on the last day of the campaign ahead of the presidential run-off, with counter-demonstrators also attending. Originally scheduled for May 10, the election was postponed by over a month due to the coronavirus pandemic. IMAGES

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Visegrad Group Prime Ministers meet in Warsaw | AFP

Polish President and Prime Minister, Andrzej Duda and Mateusz Morawiecki, welcome Czech, Slovak and Hungarian Heads of Government, Andrej Babis, Igor Matovic and Viktor Orban to mark the start of the Polish Presidency in the Visegrad Group. IMAGES of the leaders meeting

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Polish president Andrzej Duda votes in presidential election | AFP

Polish president Andrzej Duda casts his vote in the first round of the country’s presidential election. Polls indicate that Duda, backed by the governing Law and Justice (PiS) party, will fall short of a majority and there will need to be a run-off on July 12. Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, a liberal from the Civic Platform (PO) opposition party who has promised to heal ties with Brussels, is predicted to be his rival in the second round. IMAGES

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