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LGBT rights supporters protest in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. A large crowd of LGBT rights supporters gathered in Warsaw on Saturday to protest the arrest of a transgender activist who had carried out acts of civil disobedience against rising homophobia in Poland. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Protesters decry government's anti-LGBT attitudes in Poland

Aug. 8, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Demonstrators turned out in Warsaw and other Polish cities Saturday to protest anti-LGBT attitudes promoted by the government as well as the detention of pro-LGBT protesters. “You will not lock all of us up!” people chanted at a protest in Warsaw that drew thousands of...

Police scuffle with pro-LGBT protesters angry at the arrest of an LGBT activist in Warsaw, Poland on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. The incident comes amid rising tensions in Poland between LGBT activists and a conservative government that is opposed to LGBT rights. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Arrest of Polish LGBT activist leads to scuffle with police

Aug. 7, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — LGBT rights activists scuffled with police Friday in Warsaw after turning out on the streets to protest the arrest of an an activist. According to Polish media reports, the activist was placed under two-months arrest Friday for protest actions against anti-homosexual attitudes. After...

Piotr Grabarczyk and his boyfriend Kamil Pawlik, right, from Poland, wait for a taxi outside the airport after Grabarczyk arrived in Barcelona, Spain, early Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Like them, many LGBT people are choosing to leave Poland amid rising homophobia promoted by President Andrzej Duda and other right-wing populist politicians in power. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Polish LGBT people leaving as post-vote mood grows hostile

Aug. 6, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — When a right-wing populist party won the right to govern Poland five years ago, Piotr Grabarczyk feared “bad things” might happen to gay men like him and other LGBT people. He sometimes considered leaving the country, but waited. Friends and a job bound Grabarczyk to...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

Central, Eastern Europe on Pompeo's itinerary for next trip

Aug. 6, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to central and Eastern Europe next week to discuss efforts to counter Russian and Chinese influence in the region and talk about U.S. troop deployments on the continent. The State Department said Thursday that Pompeo will visit the Czech...

Poland's conservative President Andrzej Duda,left, being sworn in for his second five-year term by lawmakers at the parliament in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. As precaution against the coronavirus spread all lawmakers were wearing masks. First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda is standing by Duda.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland's leader sworn in for 2nd term as critics stay away

Aug. 6, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s conservative President Andrzej Duda was sworn in for a second five-year term Thursday, but many opposition lawmakers and former presidents and prime ministers broke with tradition and stayed away from the ceremony. The political figures missing as Duda took the oath of...

FILE - In this Sunday, July 12, 2020 file photo, incumbent President Andrzej Duda flashes a victory sign in Pultusk, Poland. The Supreme Court of Poland has upheld the reelection of President Andrzej Duda after deciding that complaints about the validity of the country’s presidential election were insufficient to void the results. The ruling paves the way for Duda to take the oath of office before both chambers of parliament on Thursday Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)

Poland's top court confirms Duda's election for president

Aug. 3, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Supreme Court of Poland on Monday upheld the reelection of President Andrzej Duda after deciding that complaints about the validity of the country's presidential election were insufficient to void the results. The ruling paves the way for Duda to take the oath of office before...

FILE - In this June 6, 2011 file photo, the German and U.S. flags fly on a lamp post in front of the White House in Washington ahead of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit. Defense officials say the U.S. will pull 12,000 troops from Germany, bringing 6,400 forces home and shifting 5,600 to other countries in Europe, including Italy and Belgium. The plan will cost billions of dollars and take years to complete.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

US to bring 6,400 troops home from Germany, move 5,600 more

Jul. 29, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred on by President Donald Trump's demand to pull troops out of Germany, the U.S. will bring about 6,400 forces home and shift about 5,600 to other countries in Europe, American defense leaders said Wednesday, detailing a Pentagon plan that will cost billions of dollars and take years...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens during a news conference at the State Department Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Washington. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool via AP)

US hits Poland, others in Europe over Holocaust claims

Jul. 29, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is criticizing a number of eastern and central European nations, including Poland, for failing to compensate Holocaust victims and their families and communities for property seized during Nazi occupation in World War II as the numbers of survivors dwindles due to age....

El presidente Andrzej Duda, acompañado por su esposa Agata Kornhauser-Duda, saluda a sus simpatizantes el domingo 12 de julio de 2020, en Pultusk, Polonia. (AP Foto/Czarek Sokolowski)

Runner-up's team wants Poland's presidential election voided

Jul. 22, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The campaign team for the opposition challenger in Poland's presidential election, Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, says it now wants the vote annulled, alleging numerous irregularities. The liberal Trzaskowski lost the July 12 runoff by a narrow margin to conservative incumbent...

Polish foreign minister expecting to leave job in reshuffle

Jul. 20, 2020 5:17 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s foreign minister says he is expecting to leave his job in the near future. Jacek Czaputowicz spoke amid talk of a major reshuffle in the right-wing government following the recent re-election of President Andrzej Duda, the government’s ally. Czaputowicz told...