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Poland snubs Russia before World War II commemoration

Mar. 21, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish authorities have refused to invite a Russian delegation to a commemoration ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. Krzysztof Szczerski, an aide to the Polish president, said Wednesday in comments carried by the Polish news agency PAP that Russia...

Poland's ruling chief speaks strongly against LGBT rights

Mar. 16, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The leader of Poland's right-wing ruling party used hostile language Saturday while speaking against rights for LGBT persons, a subject that has risen to prominence in his political campaign ahead of crucial elections in Poland this year. Jaroslaw Kaczynski spoke to Law and Justice...

The Latest: 16 arrested at NYC student climate protest

Mar. 15, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on global climate protests by students (all times local): 4 a.m. Police say 16 people have been arrested for blocking traffic during a climate protest in front of New York City's American Museum of Natural History. The protesters face charges of disorderly conduct stemming from...

Poland's Catholic Church: 382 priests abused 625 minors

Mar. 14, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Catholic Church authorities revealed Thursday they have recorded cases of 382 clergymen who have abused 625 victims under the age of 18 since 1990. The figure includes 198 priests and friars who abused minors under 15 years old and 184 clergy who abused victims between 15 and...

Lawmaker protests anti-Semitic paper on parliament grounds

Mar. 13, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An opposition lawmaker in Poland is demanding explanations from the parliament speaker about why a right-wing weekly with an anti-Semitic headline was available at the parliament's hotel. Michal Kaminski said Wednesday he spotted the "Tylko Polska" paper with a front-page headline...

Man charged for toppling statue of Polish priest over abuse

Feb. 22, 2019 1:20 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish prosecutors said Friday they have charged the first of three men who pulled down the statue of a prominent Solidarity-era priest amid allegations that he sexually abused minors. The man was charged with disrespectful treatment of a monument and with damaging it, Gdansk regional...

Poland awaiting Israel's apology for minister's comments

Feb. 19, 2019 4:41 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish government official said Tuesday that Warsaw is still waiting for Israel's government to apologize for comments the acting foreign minister made about Poles and their role in the Holocaust. Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sek said the "shameful, scandalous and...

Israeli leaders' Nazi comments derail European summit

Feb. 18, 2019 3:54 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Poland on Monday withdrew from a European summit in Jerusalem, derailing the meeting and embarrassing its Israeli hosts, to protest claims by Israel's acting foreign minister that Poles collaborated with the Nazis and "suckled anti-Semitism with their mothers' milk." The abrupt...

Israeli leaders' Nazi remarks scuttle summit with Europeans

Feb. 18, 2019 7:39 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's off-hand comment in Warsaw about Poland and the Holocaust set in motion a diplomatic crisis that on Monday scuttled this week's summit of central European leaders in Israel. Poland's abrupt decision to cancel its participation in the planned Visegrad...

Polish PM cancels Israel visit amid new Holocaust tensions

Feb. 17, 2019 3:21 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki canceled his plans to attend a meeting of central European leaders in Israel starting Monday amid new tensions over how Polish behavior during the Holocaust is remembered and characterized. Morawiecki informed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...