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Angered women's rights activists and their supporters block rush-hour traffic at a major roundabout on the fifth day of nationwide protests against recent court ruling that tightened further Poland's restrictive abortion law, in Warsaw, Poland, on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020.  The court effectively banned almost all abortions. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Angry women block traffic across Poland over abortion ban

Oct. 26, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Women’s rights activists and many thousands of supporters held a fifth day of protests across Poland on Monday, defying pandemic restrictions to express their fury at a top court decision that tightens the predominantly Catholic nation’s already strict abortion law. In...

Relatives bury Isaac Nolasco who died of reasons not believed related to COVID-19, in a section of the municipal cemetery Valle de Chalco amid the new coronavirus pandemic, on the outskirts of Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Mexican families traditionally flock to local cemeteries to honor their dead relatives as part of the

The Latest: Mexico health officials acknowledge higher toll

Oct. 25, 2020 10:22 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY — Mexican health authorities acknowledge the country’s true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is far higher than previously thought, saying there were 193,170 “excess” deaths in the year up to Sept. 26. Of those, 139,153 are now judged to be attributable to...

A policeman checks documents of a driver at central Syntagma square in Athens, Greece, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Greece's government has imposed a nightly curfew in greater Athens and other areas with high infection rates as well as a mask requirement. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

The Latest: New outbreak delays easing of rules in Melbourne

Oct. 24, 2020 11:40 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — A COVID-19 outbreak in the north of Melbourne has led health authorities in Australia’s Victoria state to hold off on any further easing of restrictions in the beleaguered city. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews withheld any announcement on an easing on Sunday as the state...

File—File picture taken June 28, 2020 shows Poland's President Andrzej Duda casting his vote during presidential election in Krakow, Poland. Duda was tested positive on Corona. (AP Photo/Beata Zawrzal, file)

Poland's president has coronavirus, apologizes to contacts

Oct. 24, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda says he feels well despite testing positive for the coronavirus, and he apologized Saturday to everyone who must quarantine because they had contact with him. Duda, 48, said in a recording published on Twitter that he was experiencing no COVID-19 symptoms...

in WA police cordon guards the house of Poland's ruling conservative party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski against a crowd protesting a decision by the Constitutional Court, in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Poland’s top court ruled Thursday that a law allowing abortion of fetuses with congenital defects is unconstitutional, shutting a major loophole in the predominantly Catholic country's abortion laws that are among the strictest in Europe. Defying the pandemic-related ban on gatherings, the protesters chanted for the government to resign. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poles vent fury at court's further restrictions on abortions

Oct. 23, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of protesters vented fury across Poland over a top court ruling that declared abortions of fetuses with congenital defects unconstitutional, effectively narrowing one of Europe’s strictest abortion laws. Police vans and units in riot gear were dispatched Friday to...

Newly appointed Polish Education Minister Przemyslaw Czarnek arrives at work, in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday Oct. 21, 2020. Shortly before his arrival, activists dressed as security guards had climbed onto a balcony of the building and hung a banner protesting his recent appointment, considering him a religious fundamentalist. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish academics protest 'fundamentalist' education minister

Oct. 21, 2020 5:59 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Activists dressed as security guards climbed onto a balcony of a Polish Education Ministry building early Wednesday and hung a banner protesting the appointment of a new minister whom they consider to be a religious fundamentalist and a danger to the nation's youth and universities....

Farmers take part in a protest against a proposed animal welfare bill, in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. Thousands of farmers from across Poland gathered in Warsaw to protest the bill, which would prohibit breeding animals for fur and restrict ritual slaughter. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish farmers protest planned animal welfare law

Oct. 13, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of angry farmers chanting anti-government slogans protested Tuesday in Warsaw against draft legislation that would ban fur farms, religious slaughter for export and the use of animals for entertainment and in circuses. Towing a life-size figure of a cow, the farmers...

Women with and without anti-coronavirus masks pass by an ambulance team wearing anti-COVID-19 outfits at a hospital in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. 
Poland's government has announced the entire country a yellow zone after the number of new registered case of coronavirus infection spiked to almost 4,300 on Thursday. The yellow zone rules take effect Saturday and will require Poles to wear masks in all public spaces, also in the open air. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish minister-designate broke virus rules, tested positive

Oct. 9, 2020 8:55 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s opposition says the country's education minister-designate visited his grandmother in the hospital, in breach of rules designed to control the spread of the coronavirus. Two days later, lawmaker Przemyslaw Czarnek tested positive for COVID-19, forcing many staff and...

Poland amends budget to include COVID-caused deficit

Oct. 8, 2020 7:41 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s lawmakers have amended this year’s budget bill to include a deficit equal to $29 billion due to the national lockdown and the cost of financially supporting companies hit by COVID-19 safety measures. The lower house of parliament voted late Wednesday 232-218...

Polish farmers tie up roads to protest animal protection law

Oct. 7, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Farmers across Poland slowed down traffic on main roads with their tractors Wednesday and left wheelbarrows of manure at lawmakers’ offices to protest a new law that bans fur farms and religious slaughter for export, saying it will put them out of business. Driving tractors...