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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addresses the plenary during her first State of the Union speech at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will set out her vision of the future in her first State of the European Union address to the EU legislators. Weakened by the COVID-19 pandemic and the departure of the United Kingdom, she will center her speech on how the bloc should adapt to the challenges of the future, including global warming, the switch to a digital economy and immigration. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

Justice minister accuses EU of 'attack' on Polish democracy

Sep. 17, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's justice minister accused the European Union of waging an “attack on democracy" after the European Parliament passed a resolution criticizing lax adherence to the rule of law and discrimination against women, LGBT people and minorities in the EU member-state. Justice...

FILE - In this Sunday, July 12, 2020 file photo, Presidential candidate Rafal Trzaskowski gestures while addressing supporters at the end of the election day in Warsaw, 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/Petr David Josek, File)

Warsaw mayor mocked for pressuring DJ to change music

Sep. 14, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Warsaw's mayor has come under criticism after a video emerged of him demanding that DJs at a night club change their music, seeming to leverage his influence by stating "it's my city.” Rafal Trzaskowski, who was the opposition candidate in an unsuccessful presidential bid this...

Central European leaders discuss Belarus, fighting COVID-19

Sep. 11, 2020 1:13 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The prime ministers of four central European countries said Friday that a new election should be held in Belarus to allow the country's voters to decide the course of its future. “We all agree that Belarus should hold free elections so that the Belarusian nation can on its own...

Protesters try to prevent police from detaining a demonstrator, center, during a rally in support of Maria Kolesnikova, and other members of the Coordination Council created by the opposition to facilitate talks with Lukashenko on a transition of power, was detained Monday in the capital of Minsk with two other council members, in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. The leading opposition candidate in Belarus' disputed presidential election said Wednesday that the political tension in her country should be solved internally, by the Belarusian people, but she did not exclude the need for future international mediation. (AP Photo)

Nobel laureate warns arrests won't stop Belarus protests

Sep. 9, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarusian authorities on Wednesday detained one of the two last leading members of an opposition council who remained free, moving methodically to end a month of protests against authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. Lawyer Maxim Znak, a member of the Coordination Council...

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki , right, and Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouska ,left, shake hands during an official welcome ceremony before their meeting at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Belarus opposition leader: Foreign mediation may be needed

Sep. 9, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The leading opposition candidate in Belarus' disputed presidential election said Wednesday that the political tension in her country should be solved internally, by the Belarusian people, but she did not exclude the need for future international mediation. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya...

Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński speaks to The Associated in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Jabłoński said that Poland's government welcomes signals that Germany might stop a controversial gas pipeline project, Nord Stream 2, over the poisoning of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

AP Interview: Poland welcomes new German doubts on pipeline

Sep. 8, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s government welcomes signals that Germany might stop a controversial gas pipeline project over the poisoning of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, a Polish deputy foreign minister said Tuesday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Paweł Jabłoński...

Polish police carry protesting environmentalists to the side to clear passage down one of Warsaw's main streets in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. The Polish chapter of the international environmental group Extinction Rebellion blocked the street to spur the government into better protection of the environment, in a second such action in two days, in Warsaw. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Climate activists block Warsaw street, decry govt inaction

Sep. 7, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A few hundred Polish climate activists blocked traffic in downtown Warsaw on Monday to spur the conservative government into protecting the environment better. It was the second action since Saturday by Poland’s chapter of the Extinction Rebellion climate protection group that...

Scientists take saliva samples from Fredzia, the sole male elephant in a group of three elephants at the zoo on Friday Aug. 28, 2020, in Warsaw, Poland. Scientists at Warsaw’s zoo have been taking blood, saliva and other samples from the zoo’s three elephants in recent days in preparations to test whether giving them hemp oil can reduce their stress. Zoo veterinarian Dr. Agnieszka Czujkowska said Friday that hemp oil, also known as CBD, or cannabidiol oil, has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress in other animals, including horses and dogs. They are starting their tests on their three African elephants, who have undergone a period of stress following the death in March of an older female, Erna.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Warsaw zoo tests effect of hemp oil on elephants' stress

Aug. 28, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Scientists at Warsaw's zoo have been taking blood, saliva and other samples from the zoo's three elephants in recent days to prepare to test whether giving them hemp oil can reduce their stress. Dr. Agnieszka Czujkowska, a zoo veterinarian, said hemp oil, also known as CBD, or...

Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki following a vote in parliament that approved legislation for all-postal voting after Sunday presidential election was postponed due to organizational problems, in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday, May 7, 2020. The ruling party says that July 12 is the possible new date for the election.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland's government names new foreign, health ministers

Aug. 20, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister on Thursday appointed new ministers of foreign affairs and health, important postings that will help guide the conservative government's response to the coronavirus pandemic and upheaval in neighboring Belarus. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told reporters...

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, file photo, the Tel Aviv City Hall is lit up with the flag of the United Arab Emirates as Israel and the UAE announced they would be establishing full diplomatic ties, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Secret talks and quiet ties — that's what paved the way for last week's deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel to normalize relations. Touted by President Donald Trump as a major Mideast breakthrough, the agreement was in fact the culmination of more than a decade of quiet links rooted in frenzied opposition to Iran that predated Trump and even Barack Obama, as well as Trump's avowed goal to undo his predecessor's Mideast legacy. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

Quiet ties and secret talks paved way for UAE-Israel deal

Aug. 19, 2020 8:36 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Secret talks and quiet ties — that's what paved the way for last week's deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel to normalize relations. Touted by President Donald Trump as a major Mideast breakthrough, the agreement was in fact the culmination of more than...