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Poland party leader vows more social benefits ahead of votes

Feb. 23, 2019 2:32 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's ruling party leader has pledged more social benefits for families with children and for the elderly as he opened the right-wing party's campaign ahead of key elections this year. Speaking at a party convention Saturday, Jaroslaw Kaczynski announced an upgrade to the generous...

Workers restore Polish priest's statue despite abuse claims

Feb. 23, 2019 11:56 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Shipyard workers in northern Poland on Saturday put back into place the metal statue of a prominent Solidarity-era priest that protesters toppled amid allegations that he sexually abused minors. Karol Guzikiewicz, head of the Solidarity union at the Gdansk shipyard, said the statue...

Saric criticizes World Cup qualifying system as Croatia out

Feb. 23, 2019 12:37 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Dario Saric says basketball's World Cup qualifying system "doesn't make any sense" to him after Croatia was eliminated from contention Friday. The Croatians had a strong run in the 2016 Olympics, winning their group and reaching the quarterfinals. But they will be sitting home this summer...

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...

Israeli acting foreign minister doubles down on Nazi comment

Feb. 22, 2019 11:56 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's acting foreign minister has doubled down on his divisive claim that Poles collaborated with the Nazis and "suckled anti-Semitism with their mothers' milk." Israel Katz said in a live TV interview late Thursday that he did not regret his comment, insisting that "I, as a son of...

The Latest: Cardinal condemns how church handles sex abuse

Feb. 21, 2019 4:10 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the Vatican's conference on dealing with sex abuse by priests (all times local): 5:45 p.m. A Colombian cardinal has warned fellow Roman Catholic bishops at a Vatican summit they could be imprisoned for covering up crimes if they don't properly deal with clergy sex abuse...

Searing testimony heard at Vatican sex abuse summit

Feb. 21, 2019 3:43 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The day began with an African woman telling an extraordinary gathering of Catholic leaders that her priestly rapist forced her to have three abortions over a dozen years after he started violating her at age 15. It ended with a Colombian cardinal warning them they could all face prison...

Poland ruling party allegedly financed politics from charity

Feb. 21, 2019 12:43 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's opposition lawmakers on Thursday demanded explanations from the ruling party about reports that one of its regional offices used donations for the Red Cross to finance its parliamentary campaign. Gazeta Wyborcza daily reported recently that Red Cross funds raised from the...

Polish activists pull down statue of priest in abuse protest

Feb. 21, 2019 8:59 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Activists in Poland toppled a statue of a prominent Solidarity-era priest early Thursday amid allegations that he sexually abused minors, a protest against what they called a failure by the Catholic Church and society to resolve the problem of clergy sex abuse. The protest came only...

Abuse survivors demand Vatican transparency, accountability

Feb. 20, 2019 4:42 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Survivors of clergy sex abuse on Wednesday demanded transparency, zero tolerance for abuse and accountability for religious superiors who cover up for rapists, setting a confrontational tone on the eve of Pope Francis' high-stakes abuse prevention summit. The victims also demanded to...