• Activists converge on Warsaw for 'biggest' protests against abortion ruling
    WARSAW, October  30 (Reuters): Protesters were planning to converge on Warsaw from across Poland on Friday for what police said would likely be the biggest demonstrations yet against a court ruling that amounted to a near-total ban on abortion. Tens of thousands of activists have mounted daily rallies, marching through cities and disrupting church services in the predominantly Catholic country since last week's Constitutional Court decision. "We expect these to
  • Poland reports record rise in daily coronavirus cases
    WARSAW, October 17 (Reuters): Poland reported a record 9,622 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, according to health ministry data published on Twitter, as fitness workers gathered in the capital to protest against fresh restrictions to fight the pandemic. The country was initially successful in containing the virus in spring but has faced a sharp rise in the number of infections and related deaths in recent weeks, threatening to overload the health system. Earlier this
  • Swiatek wins French Open, becomes first Pole to win Grand Slam singles title
    PARIS, October 10 (Reuters): Teenager Iga Swiatek became the first Polish player to win a Grand Slam singles title when she beat American fourth seed Sofia Kenin 6-4 6-1 in the French Open final on Saturday. The unseeded 19-year-old, who did not drop a set throughout the claycourt tournament, is the youngest winner since Monica Seles lifted the Suzanne Lenglen Cup in 1992. "I'm so happy. I'm so happy my family was here finally. It was overwhelming for me,"
  • Auschwitz memorial director offers to share Nigerian boy's blasphemy jail term
    LAGOS, September 29 (Reuters): The head of Poland's Auschwitz Memorial has written to Nigeria's president offering to serve part of a 10-year jail term handed to a 13-year-old boy for blasphemy. Piotr Cywinski requested a pardon for Omar Farouq, who was accused of making blasphemous statements during an argument and sentenced by a sharia court in Nigeria's northern Kano state last month. If a pardon was not possible, Cywinski said he and 119 other volunteers woul
  • Poland's foreign minister quits amid Belarus crisis
    WARSAW, August 20 (Reuters): Poland's Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz has resigned, the ministry said on Thursday, the second ministerial resignation in a week as Poland tries to play a leading role in the EU response to a political crisis in neighbouring in Belarus. Czaputowicz had signalled in July he may quit, as the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party announced it plans some personnel changes in the government during a reshuffle in the autumn that could see the number
  • Poland faces 'consequences' if exits women's rights treaty - France
    PARIS, July 29 (Reuters): Poland would face possible financial consequences if it pulled out from a European treaty on preventing violence against women, France's junior minister for Europeans affairs said on Wednesday. Earlier this month, Poland's justice minister, who represents a smaller right-wing party within the ruling coalition, said he would request steps to begin the process of withdrawing from the treaty, known as the Istanbul Convention. France's Cl&ea
  • Polish ruling party distances itself from proposal to exit domestic violence treaty
    WARSAW, July 26 (Reuters): Poland's conservative ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) distanced itself on Sunday from a proposal by the justice minister to withdraw from a European treaty on violence against women, saying not all in the coalition were in favour. PiS and its coalition partners closely align themselves with the Catholic Church have previously criticised the Istanbul Convention as too liberal but not adopted any policy for a withdrawal. On Saturday Justice Mi
  • Poland to quit treaty on violence against women, minister says
    WARSAW, July 26 (Reuters): Poland will take steps next week to withdraw from a European treaty on violence against women, which the right-wing cabinet says violates parents' rights by requiring schools to teach children about gender, the justice minister said on Saturday. Zbigniew Ziobro told a news conference his ministry would submit a request to the labour and families ministry on Monday to begin the process of withdrawing from the treaty, known as the Istanbul Conventio
  • Poles vote in presidential election that highlights country's deep divisions
    WARSAW, July 12 (Reuters): Poles were voting on Sunday in a knife-edge presidential election that has highlighted the country's deep political divisions and may shape its future relations with the European Union.   Incumbent Andrzej Duda, an ally of the ruling nationalists Law and Justice (PiS), takes on liberal Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski after a campaign that has shown sharply contrasting visions for the future.   Duda's re-election is cruci
  • Poland seizes three tonnes of cocaine worth $761 million
    WARSAW, June 9 (Reuters): Polish authorities have seized more than three tonnes of cocaine hidden in barrels of frozen pineapple pulp and with a street value of around 3 billion zlotys ($760.9 million), in a record haul for the country.   Police said in a statement on Tuesday they had arrested three men from the northern Polish region of Pomerania, aged from 64 to 71, as a result of their investigation.   The cocaine was discovered in barrels of frozen pineap