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'Harry Potter' books burned at Catholic parish in Poland

Apr. 1, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Priests at a Catholic parish in northern Poland have drawn criticism after they burned books, including from the "Harry Potter" series, and other items that their owners said had evil forces. Images from the burning at Gdansk's Mother of Church parish on Sunday were posted on Facebook...

A rare albino penguin makes its debut at zoo in Poland

Mar. 22, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An extremely rare albino penguin has made its debut at Gdansk Zoo in northern Poland. The albino penguin hatched in mid-December and has been under veterinary care. In the wild, such an unusual-looking penguin would be rejected by other penguins and would have little chance of...

Statue of divisive Polish priest removed from Gdansk square

Mar. 8, 2019 7:33 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Workers in the Polish city of Gdansk dismantled Friday a statue of the late Solidarity-era priest, Henryk Jankowski, following allegations he sexually abused minors. Councilors in the city voted Thursday to have the statue removed, and to have the name of the square where it stood...

Gdansk mayor: No public space for divisive priest's statue

Mar. 5, 2019 8:01 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The new mayor of the Polish city of Gdansk says a statue of late Solidarity-era priest Henryk Jankowski, at the center of allegations he abused minors, should not stand in a public place. The statue recognizes Jankowski's staunch support for the Solidarity pro-democracy movement in...

Slain Gdansk mayor's deputy wins by-election in Poland

Mar. 4, 2019 7:42 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The deputy to slain Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz has won a by-election to become his successor and the first woman to hold the post, officials in Gdansk said Monday. The city's electoral commission said that 39-year-old lawyer Aleksandra Dulkiewicz was backed by more than 82 percent...

Poland holds vote in Gdansk to elect slain mayor's successor

Mar. 3, 2019 2:17 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Residents in Poland's northern city of Gdansk voted Sunday in a by-election to choose the successor to late Mayor Pawel Adamowicz, who was fatally stabbed during a charity event. The slaying of the liberal longtime mayor became a platform for calls for political reconciliation but...

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...

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...