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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...

Sprinting for the win Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen, left, hits side barriers at the start of a crash with his countryman Dylan Groenewegen, 2nd left, on the final stretch of the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne race in Katowice, Poland, on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Injured Jakobsen was taken to hospital in serious condition and put into an induced coma. Jakobsen was declared the winner of the opening stage and Groenewegen was disqualified. (AP Photo/Tomasz Markowski)

Dutch cyclist in Poland crash conscious, in good condition

Aug. 7, 2020 10:40 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen is in good condition after he was brought out of an induced coma following a controversial crash with one of his countrymen near the finish line at the Tour of Poland, Doctors at the hospital in southern Poland where Jakobsen is being treated said Friday...

Cemetery workers bury 65-year-old Maria Joana Nascimento, whose family members, behind, suspect died of COVID-19, at Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Brazil is nearing 3 million cases of COVID-19 and 100,000 deaths. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

The Latest: UN says cybercrime hindering pandemic response

Aug. 7, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations’ counterterrorism chief says a 350% increase in phishing websites was reported in the first quarter of the year and many of them targeted hospitals and health care systems, hindering their response to the coronavirus pandemic. Vladimir Voronkov told the U.N....

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...

This satellite image taken on Wednesday Aug. 5, 2020 shows the port of Beirut and the surrounding area in Lebanon following a massive explosion on Tuesday. Residents of Beirut confronted a scene of utter devastation a day after a massive explosion at the port rippled across the Lebanese capital, killing at least 100 people, wounding thousands and leaving entire city blocks blanketed with glass and rubble. (Planet Labs Inc. via AP)

The Latest: Australia pledges $1.4M for Beirut relief effort

Aug. 5, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 6 a.m. Thursday The Australian government has pledged an initial 2 million Australian dollars ($1.4 million) to the relief effort in Lebanon following the deadly blast that ripped across the capital Beirut. Prime Minister Scott...

US Army names head of V Corps HQ to be based in Poland

Aug. 4, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S. and Polish defense officials attended a ceremony Tuesday to name the commander of U.S. Army V Corps overseas headquarters, which will be located in Poland to further enhance America's military presence in the region. U.S. Army Chief of Staff, Gen. James McConville named Maj. Gen....

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...

Members of Poland's women's rights organizations, with obituaries of women who fell victim to violence, protest against plans by the right-wing government to withdraw from Europe's Istanbul Convention on prevention of violence against women and children, in Warsaw, Poland, Friday,  July 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland's top court to probe Europe's domestic violence pact

Jul. 30, 2020 8:21 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Thursday he is asking his country's top constitutional court to study Europe’s Istanbul Convention against domestic violence before his right-wing government decides whether to exit the pact. Poland's government has...