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Hundreds rally on Polish Mother's Day to support disabled

May. 26, 2018 11:31 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hundreds of people have gathered in Warsaw on Mother's Day in Poland to show solidarity with parents of disabled children staging a sit-in inside parliament. The families have been protesting the amount of state aid given to people raising children with disabilities. Some, but not all...

Polish ruling party chief Kaczynski undergoes knee procedure

May. 24, 2018 8:09 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Poland's right-wing ruling party, has undergone a medical procedure on his knee and now faces rehabilitation. Party spokesman Beata Mazurek said Thursday that the source of Kaczynski's ailment is osteoarthritis. She said it is not yet clear how long...

Aides: Hospitalized chief still controls Polish ruling party

May. 23, 2018 2:07 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Aides to the hospitalized leader of Poland's right-wing ruling party say Jaroslaw Kaczynski has retained full control and no decisions are made without him. The 68-year-old Kaczynski is Poland's most powerful politician, shaping policies from the back seat even though he doesn't hold...

Jewish group questions sainthood for WWII-era cardinal

May. 23, 2018 12:45 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A leading Jewish organization has criticized the Vatican's decision to move World War II-era Cardinal August Hlond along the path to possible sainthood, saying the Polish primate was "extremely" hostile to Jews and failed to condemn a 1946 pogrom. In a letter to top Vatican officials...

Poland hails its first Man Booker International winner

May. 23, 2018 12:31 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's first ever writer to win the Man Booker International Prize said Wednesday she is happy that her book has been given a new life on an international scale and that it is attracting attention to Poland's authors. Olga Tokarczuk won the prize Tuesday with the English translation...

Poland's Olga Tokarczuk wins Man Booker International Prize

May. 22, 2018 6:24 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for fiction Tuesday with "Flights," a novel that charts multiple journeys in time, space and human anatomy. "Flights" beat five other finalists, including Iraqi writer Ahmed Saadawi's horror story "Frankenstein...

Poland breaks with EU, voices empathy with US stance on Iran

May. 22, 2018 11:57 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish leaders are planning to defend the U.S. government's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal within the European Union, where the decision has been strongly criticized. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Tuesday that Poland wants to be an "informal go-between" and to explain...

Funeral for Polish WWII hero held in Warsaw

May. 21, 2018 11:46 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A funeral with military honors was held in Poland's capital Monday for a World War II hero and resistance fighter who took part in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. Stanislaw Likiernik was 16 when Nazi Germany invaded Poland, starting the war. He joined Poland's main underground resistance...

Poland's Walesa visits disabled protesters in parliament

May. 21, 2018 8:40 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Former Polish president and anti-communist leader Lech Walesa met Monday with disabled people and their parents who have been staging a sit-in in the parliament for over a month, offering them his solidarity and strongly denouncing the country's populist government. Several young...

'Shoplifters' wins Palme d'Or, grand prize to Spike Lee

May. 19, 2018 4:51 PM EDT

A tumultuous Cannes Film Festival concluded Saturday with the Palme d'Or awarded to Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Shoplifters," a tender portrait of a poor, impoverished family, while Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento vowed justice will come to all sexual predators. At the closing ceremony for the...