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People demonstrate against police violence and an attempted restriction on abortion rights in Warsaw Poland, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. Nationwide protests Saturday were scheduled to coincide with Polish women gaining the right to vote 102 years ago. Weeks of protests against a high court's ruling to further restrict Abortion rights have evolved into the largest protest movement since communism fell 30 years ago.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Police block Warsaw march against abortion ruling, force use

Nov. 28, 2020 2:57 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Police blocked protesters from marching in Poland's capital as demonstrations took place across the country against an attempt to restrict abortion rights and recent police violence. Police and protesters played a game of cat and mouse in Warsaw as officers set up cordons which the...

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2020 file photo, Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki speaks during a news conference at the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania in Vilnius, Lithuania. Morawiecki says on Friday, Nov. 27 he has confirmed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Warsaw is ready to block the EU’s huge budget and recovery package because it’s linked to democratic standards in member states. Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook that he spoke with Merkel, whose country holds the rotating European Union presidency, about the 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget for 2021-2027 and the urgently needed coronavirus recovery package that is to be implemented in January.(AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis, file)

Polish PM says he's told Merkel of plan to veto EU budget

Nov. 27, 2020 3:26 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister on Friday said he had confirmed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Warsaw is ready to block the EU's huge budget and recovery package because it's linked to democratic standards in member states. Mateusz Morawiecki wrote on Facebook that he spoke with...

Hungary, Poland uphold their veto to EU money mechanism

Nov. 26, 2020 3:07 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The leaders of Hungary and Poland vowed Thursday to uphold their veto of the European Union’s next budget — and its massive pandemic relief fund — saying a mechanism that ties payment of funds to rule of law principles risks derailing the bloc. The EU has...

EU nations on Med coast renew push for migrant quotas

Nov. 26, 2020 10:26 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Four European Union countries that hundreds of thousands of unauthorized migrants have entered over the past five years have expressed concern that new proposals to revamp the EU’s asylum system will continue to leave them to cope with the challenge alone. Greece, Italy, Malta and...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday that it is still uncertain if a deal on the future relationship between the EU and the UK will be possible before the end of the year. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

EU: Poland, Hungary should ask EU top court on rule of law

Nov. 25, 2020 10:46 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The EU's top official advised Hungary and Poland Wednesday to take their objections to a proposed mechanism linking the bloc's money to respect of the rule of law to the European Court of Justice — instead of blocking a 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and coronavirus...

Israeli animal rights activists wearing protective gear demonstrate against the spread of coronavirus among mink in Denmark's fur industry ahead of international Fur Free Friday, in Tel Aviv, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

The Latest: Tennessee won't mandate vaccines in its schools

Nov. 24, 2020 7:10 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s governor says that once coronavirus vaccines become available, they will be optional in the state’s K-12 public schools. Gov. Bill Lee said Tuesday that vaccines will be very important for Tennessee to “ultimately really be able to handle” the...

Agata Grzybowska, left, a photo journalist, is detained by police in Warsaw, Poland, on Monday Nov. 23, 2020. Police detained several people as women-led protests over abortion rights flared up again in Warsaw and elsewhere in Poland. The protests, organized by the group Women's Strike, have been occurring regularly ever since the country's constitutional court issued an Oct. 22 ruling that further tightens an abortion law that was already one of the most restrictive in Poland.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Photojournalist detained at Poland's latest abortion protest

Nov. 23, 2020 4:45 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Police detained several people and charged a female photojournalist with assaulting a police officer as women-led protests over abortion rights flared up again on Monday in Poland. Soon after the protest in Warsaw began, police arrived and forcibly removed people, including...

A woman wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus walks past a propaganda billboard with the characters for

The Latest: China starts mass testing 3 million in Tianjin

Nov. 21, 2020 12:42 AM EST

BEIJING — China is starting mass testing on 3 million people in a section of the northern city of Tianjin and has tested 4,015 others in a hospital in Shanghai after the discovery of a pair of cases there. The National Health Commission recorded seven new domestically transmitted cases Saturday,...

Medical staff attend to a journalist affected by tear gas fired by police during a protest against a top court ruling restricting abortions in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Polish police came under criticism on Thursday for using tear gas and force on mostly female and young protesters during the latest in a string of women-led protests against a top court ruling restricting abortion.(AP Photo/Agata Grzybowska)

Amnesty 'horrified' at force used against Polish protesters

Nov. 20, 2020 12:37 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Amnesty International said Friday that it was “horrified” that Polish authorities used “excessive” force, including the use of tear gas, against protesters this week. The human rights group also expressed deep concerns at the detentions of protesters, who...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a news conference following an EU Summit video conference at the European Council building in Brussels, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. European Union leaders made no progress Thursday toward resolving a diplomatic dispute with EU members Poland and Hungary to unlock a 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and recovery package aimed at putting the bloc's economy back on track after the pandemic. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, Pool)

EU leaders fail to solve political fight blocking big budget

Nov. 19, 2020 5:20 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders made no progress Thursday toward resolving a dispute to unlock a 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and pandemic recovery package which is held up by Poland's and Hungary's rejection of a linkage between rule of law standards and budget disbursements. Instead,...