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Poland's main ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, wears a mask for protection against the coronavirus in parliament during work on new legislation that is to ensure the health and safety of the postponed presidential election to be held this summer, in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish ruling party chief wants presidential vote by June 28

May. 27, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s most powerful politician, ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, said Wednesday the country's postponed presidential election must be held no later than June 28 to be in line with the national constitution. Originally scheduled for May 10, the vote was postponed...

Poland's president appoints new head of embattled top court

May. 25, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda on Monday appointed a judge backed by the right-wing ruling party to be the new head of the Supreme Court, marking apparent victory in years of government efforts to take control of the court. The new head, Malgorzata Manowska, 55, is also head of the...

Police, wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus, detain independent candidate in Poland's presidential election, Pawel Tanajno, center, during a small protest of business people opposing coronavirus lockdown measures, in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, May 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish opposition sees double standards in distancing rules

May. 23, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Police in Poland on Saturday called on a small protest by business people to disperse because of a ban on large gatherings and the need to keep social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic . The protest, demanding an end to an anti-COVID-19 lockdown, was attended by a few dozen...

Poland's chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, delivers letters with birthday greetings from the Israeli and Polish presidents, to Anna Kozminska, a 101-year-old Polish woman who is believed to the be oldest living person recognized by Yad Vashem for rescuing Jews during the Holocaust, in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, May 22, 2020. Both Reuven Rivlin of Israel and Andrzej Duda of Poland praised Kozminska in letters for her courage in risking her own life help Jews during the German occupation of Poland. (Grazyna Pawlak via AP)

Presidents of Poland, Israel honor 101-year-old WWII heroine

May. 22, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The presidents of Israel and Poland have sent birthday greetings to a 101-year-old Polish woman who is believed to be the be oldest living person recognized by Yad Vashem for rescuing Jews during the Holocaust. Reuven Rivlin of Israel and Andrzej Duda of Poland praised Anna Kozminska...

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)

Polish govt plans to hold presidential election June 28

May. 21, 2020 9:22 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister said Thursday that his government is aiming for June 28 as the date of a presidential election that was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The election, in which conservative President Andrzej Duda is vying for reelection against nine other candidates,...

Pope Francis celebrates a Mass for the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pope John Paul II, in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican Monday, May 18, 2020. The Pope held the morning mass in the chapel where is located the grave of John Paul II. (Vatican Media via AP)

St John Paul II honored as Poland sees new abuse allegations

May. 18, 2020 9:28 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — St. John Paul II was honored on the centennial of his birth Monday with special Masses at the Vatican and in his native Poland, an anniversary that comes as the Polish church finds itself confronted by new allegations of clerical sex abuse. From the small town of Wadowice, Poland,...

New candidate in Poland's presidential election for the opposition Civic Coalition, Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski talks to reporters in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, May 15, 2020. Poland's main opposition party on Friday named Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski as its new candidate in the country's trouble-ridden presidential election. 
The previous candidate for the center-liberal Civic Platform party and its smaller partners, Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska, quit the race earlier in the day because she lost almost all support when she called for a boycott of the election held amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Warsaw mayor is opposition candidate for Poland's president

May. 15, 2020 11:41 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's main opposition party on Friday named Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski as its new candidate in the country's trouble-ridden presidential election. The previous candidate for the center-liberal Civic Platform party and its smaller partners, Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska, quit the...

Poland's main ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, wears an anti-coronavirus mask in parliament during work on new legislation that is to ensure the health and safety of the postponed presidential election to be held this summer, in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland's presidential vote to be in person with mail option

May. 13, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish lawmakers have changed the rules for the country's postponed presidential election to make it a vote in person at polling stations with an option of voting by mail. No date for the vote has been set yet. The changes to the electoral law that were approved late Tuesday come...

Poland's ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, left, and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, center, wearing masks, pray at the monument to the late President Lech Kaczynski, the party leader's twin, killed with 95 others in a plane crash April 10, 2010 in Russia, in Warsaw, Poland Sunday, May 10, 2020. Poland was to hold presidential election Sunday but the anti-coronavirus lockdown and political infighting made it impossible and there is no voting. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland's presidential election to be held within 74 days

May. 10, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's top electoral body gave the speaker of parliament 14 days to set a new date for presidential elections that were to have been held Sunday but were suspended amid debate over how voting could be done during the novel coronavirus pandemic. The election must be held within 60...

In this image taken from video and made available by Buckingham Palace, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II addresses the nation and the Commonwealth on the 75th anniversary of VE Day, from Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, Friday May 8, 2020. (Buckingham Palace via AP)

Europe holds low-key V-E Day commemorations due to virus

May. 8, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Europe marked the 75th anniversary of the surrender of Nazi Germany to Allied forces in low-key fashion Friday because of coronavirus lockdown restrictions across the continent. The big celebrations planned were either canceled or dramatically scaled back. There were no mass gatherings, no...