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Lubelskie and Malopolska regions in Poland have both recently voted to remain free of "LGBT ideology". (Akos Stiller/Bloomberg)

EU warns Polish regions they could lose funding over 'LGBT-free/unwelcome' zones

Reuters | | Posted by Sharangee Dutta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 06, 2021 11:55 PM IST
  • Polish LGBT activists posted a scan of the letter on social media and on Monday a spokesman for the Lubelskie region confirmed receiving it. A European Commission spokeswoman in Warsaw also confirmed the letter had been sent.
The EU has repeatedly warned that democratic standards are being challenged in Hungary and Poland(REUTERS)
The EU has repeatedly warned that democratic standards are being challenged in Hungary and Poland(REUTERS)

EU says democratic standards under threat in Poland, Hungary

AP | | Posted by Shanza Khan, Brussels
PUBLISHED ON JUL 20, 2021 09:20 PM IST
The European Commission has also started legal action against Poland and Hungary for what the EU’s executive arm sees as blatant disrespect for the rights of LGBT people.
Spain coach Luis Enrique with the players during training(REUTERS)
Spain coach Luis Enrique with the players during training(REUTERS)

Euro 2020: Scoring becomes key as Spain and Poland meet

AP | , Seville
PUBLISHED ON JUN 18, 2021 04:39 PM IST
The focus on Spain at La Cartuja Stadium will be on Álvaro Morata, the striker singled out by fans and Spanish media for his misses against Sweden. He had also been ineffective in Spain's warm-up match against Portugal, which ended 0-0.
Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich. (Twitter)
Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich. (Twitter)

Is Robert Lewandowski the best striker in the world?

UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2021 08:49 PM IST
  • This season, with a last-gasp goal, the Polish forward broke a record once deemed untouchable.
"We do not know why the foetus was not taken out of the belly of the deceased during mummification," said Wojciech Ejsmond from the Polish Academy of Sciences.(Twitter/@warsaw_mummy)
"We do not know why the foetus was not taken out of the belly of the deceased during mummification," said Wojciech Ejsmond from the Polish Academy of Sciences.(Twitter/@warsaw_mummy)

Polish scientists discover world's first 'pregnant' Egyptian mummy

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON APR 30, 2021 12:49 PM IST
Further analysis revealed the whole foetus and scientists working on the Warsaw Mummy Project believe the woman was between 20 and 30 years old and was 26-30 weeks pregnant.
The "Arbeit macht frei" (Work sets you free) gate is pictured on the site of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz, empty due to COVID-19 restrictions. (Reuters file photo for representation)
The "Arbeit macht frei" (Work sets you free) gate is pictured on the site of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz, empty due to COVID-19 restrictions. (Reuters file photo for representation)

3 resign from Auschwitz museum board after right-wing leader's appointment

AP |
PUBLISHED ON APR 16, 2021 03:50 PM IST
After the ruling party took power in 2015, its leaders launched what they described as a “historical policy offensive” aimed at building national pride in the nation's past. It has used museums, state media and other tools to push a patriotic vision of Poland.
Mounted police patrol in a park in Warsaw, Poland.(AP)
Mounted police patrol in a park in Warsaw, Poland.(AP)

Poland plans pensions for dogs and horses engaged in state employment

AP | , Warsaw Poland
PUBLISHED ON MAR 27, 2021 06:26 PM IST
Following appeals from concerned service members, the Interior Ministry has proposed new legislation that would give these animals an official status, and paid retirement to help cover the often costly care bills their new owners face.
People wearing protective masks amid the outbreak of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) walk in the centre of Warsaw, Poland. (REUTERS)
People wearing protective masks amid the outbreak of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) walk in the centre of Warsaw, Poland. (REUTERS)

Poland adds 29,978 new cases, highest single- day spike since start of pandemic

AFP | | Posted by Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON MAR 24, 2021 04:38 PM IST
"The toughest period is ahead of us," Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told reporters from a temporary hospital in comments broadcast on Polish television. Morawiecki said new restrictions over the Easter period would be announced on Thursday.
President Andrzej Duda addressees supporters after voting ended in the presidential election in Lowicz, Poland.(AP)
President Andrzej Duda addressees supporters after voting ended in the presidential election in Lowicz, Poland.(AP)

Polish writer facing prison for calling president 'moron'

AP | , Warsaw
PUBLISHED ON MAR 23, 2021 06:29 PM IST
  • Jakub Zulczyk had criticized the manner in which Polish President Andrzej Duda had reacted to the electoral victory of US President Joe Biden last year.
Paramedics transport a patient with COVID-19 disease from the Usti nad Orlici Hospital, Czech Republic, to the Raciborz Hospital in Poland. (AP)
Paramedics transport a patient with COVID-19 disease from the Usti nad Orlici Hospital, Czech Republic, to the Raciborz Hospital in Poland. (AP)

Czech Republic's hospitals struggle with rising Covid cases

AP | , Prague
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2021 11:12 PM IST
  • Pardubice was the first entire region of the country’s 14 to declare last week intensive care units in its five regional hospitals were overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients in serious condition and it could not take any more.
A large rescue operation early Saturday involved dozens of firefighters, paramedics and helicopters to transport the injured to hospitals. (Representative Image)(AP)
A large rescue operation early Saturday involved dozens of firefighters, paramedics and helicopters to transport the injured to hospitals. (Representative Image)(AP)

Bus accident in Poland kills six Ukrainians, injures 41

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 05:18 PM IST
The accident occurred around midnight on the A4 motorway near the town of Jaroslaw, which is in southeastern Poland near the border with Ukraine.
Tourism body urges Goa government to allow chartered flights from 'safe' places(Photo by Sarang Pande on Unsplash)
Tourism body urges Goa government to allow chartered flights from 'safe' places(Photo by Sarang Pande on Unsplash)

Tourism body urges Goa government to allow chartered flights from 'safe' places

PTI |
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2021 07:46 PM IST
While suspension of international commercial passenger flight services have been extended till March 31, tourism body in Goa suggests government to form travel bubbles with Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, other CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries, the UK, Poland and Finland
Following the discovery of Covid-19 at the farm in Kartuzy county, Polish authorities said all mink there would be culled.(Reuters)
Following the discovery of Covid-19 at the farm in Kartuzy county, Polish authorities said all mink there would be culled.(Reuters)

Poland: Government says Covid-19 strain found in mink can pass to humans

Reuters | , Wasrsaw
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2021 07:19 PM IST
Covid-19 was found in mink in Kartuzy county late last month, in what agriculture officials said was the first such case in Poland, raising fears of costly culls in an industry that counts over 350 farms in the country.
A pathway leading to an observation and security tower between what were electric barbed wire fences inside Auschwitz I. The genocide was too massive to hide. Today, the site of Auschwitz-Birkenau endures as the leading symbol of the terror of the Holocaust. (Markus Schreiber / AP)
A pathway leading to an observation and security tower between what were electric barbed wire fences inside Auschwitz I. The genocide was too massive to hide. Today, the site of Auschwitz-Birkenau endures as the leading symbol of the terror of the Holocaust. (Markus Schreiber / AP)

Polish pride, free speech at stake in Holocaust libel case

AP |
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2021 02:25 PM IST
Two prominent Polish scholars, Barbara Engelking and Jan Grabowski, are being sued by the 81-year-old niece of a wartime village elder who argues a book they co-edited defames her deceased uncle's memory by suggesting he had a role in the death of Jews.
Hours earlier, the top court -- stacked with justices appointed by the ruling Law & Justice party -- published a written justification of its October ruling, which tightened one of Europe’s strictest laws on ending pregnancies.(AP)
Hours earlier, the top court -- stacked with justices appointed by the ruling Law & Justice party -- published a written justification of its October ruling, which tightened one of Europe’s strictest laws on ending pregnancies.(AP)

Thousands protest in Poland as abortion ruling is enforced

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 02:46 PM IST
Protesters on Wednesday defied lockdown restrictions on public gatherings as well as freezing temperatures.
People wait to receive the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine at a temporary vaccination centre at the International Fair in Poznan, Poland. (Reuters)
People wait to receive the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine at a temporary vaccination centre at the International Fair in Poznan, Poland. (Reuters)

Poland's population rapidly shrinking under pandemic

AP |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 10:21 PM IST
Poland, a nation with a population of more than 38 million, registered 357,400 births last year, the lowest number since 2005, and some 486,200 deaths from various causes, the highest number registered since the war, in which Poland lost millions of citizens.
Authorities in the Polish city of Krakow have become the first to include financial support for an LGBT shelter in a country where the community has faced hostility from the government.(Pixabay)
Authorities in the Polish city of Krakow have become the first to include financial support for an LGBT shelter in a country where the community has faced hostility from the government.(Pixabay)

Polish city funds LGBT shelter despite government hostility

Warsaw | By Associated Press | Posted by Shivani Kale
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 06:25 PM IST
Authorities in the Polish city of Krakow have become the first to include financial support for an LGBT shelter in a country where the community has faced hostility from the government.
The EU has secured contracts with a range of drugmakers including Pfizer and BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca, for a total of more than two billion doses for Covid-19 vaccine.(AP)
The EU has secured contracts with a range of drugmakers including Pfizer and BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca, for a total of more than two billion doses for Covid-19 vaccine.(AP)

Despite hi-tech advances, many Europeans wary of taking Covid shot

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 03:49 AM IST
Surveys have pointed to high levels of hesitancy towards inoculation in countries from France to Poland, with many used to vaccines taking decades to develop, not just months.
Prosecutors have opened an investigation into whether the Polish flag was publicly insulted after a family in Warsaw hung a flag from their balcony combined with a lightning bolt, a symbol for women’s rights in Poland.(Yahoo)
Prosecutors have opened an investigation into whether the Polish flag was publicly insulted after a family in Warsaw hung a flag from their balcony combined with a lightning bolt, a symbol for women’s rights in Poland.(Yahoo)

Investigation opened after women’s symbol put on Polish flag

Warsaw | By Associated Press | Posted by Shivani Kale
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 07:59 PM IST
Prosecutors have opened an investigation into whether the Polish flag was publicly insulted after a family in Warsaw hung a flag from their balcony combined with a lightning bolt, a symbol for women’s rights in Poland.
Representational Image(Unsplash)
Representational Image(Unsplash)

Abortion helpline calls surge in Poland after court’s near-total ban

Poland | By Reuters | Posted by: Alfea Jamal
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 11:35 AM IST
Calls to a Polish abortion support hotline have increased more than five-fold since a court imposed a near-total ban on terminations in October, organisers of the service said on Thursday, as protests over the ruling continue.

Post ‘No Means No’, India’s James Bond Dhruv Verma preps for his next: ‘The Good Maharaja’

UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 05:01 PM IST
Dhruv had undergone into hardcore training for a year in Hollywood under the guidance and blessings of legendary megastar Steven Segal.
Polish critics have been urging the government to chose a more conciliatory path.(AP)
Polish critics have been urging the government to chose a more conciliatory path.(AP)

Poles voice fears of ‘Polexit’ as govt defies EU over budget

Warsaw, Poland | By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON DEC 09, 2020 05:14 PM IST
Poland’s conservative government, led by Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s Law and Justice party, denies that it has ever wanted to leave the 27-member bloc and popular support for EU membership runs extremely high.
Poland’s ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party made battling what it calls “LGBT ideology” a key plank of election campaigns in 2019 and 2020 in a bid to rally core religious conservative voters.(Unsplash)
Poland’s ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party made battling what it calls “LGBT ideology” a key plank of election campaigns in 2019 and 2020 in a bid to rally core religious conservative voters.(Unsplash)

Poland should act to stop LGBTI intolerance, says Council of Europe

Warsaw | By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 10:19 AM IST
Polish politicians should stop stigmatising LGBTI people, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights said in a memorandum published on Thursday, adding that such behaviour risked legitimising homophobic violence.
The upheaval began when Poland’s constitutional court, packed with loyalists of the conservative ruling party, ruled October 22 to ban abortions in cases of congenital fetal defects, even if the fetus has no chance of survival.(Associated Press)
The upheaval began when Poland’s constitutional court, packed with loyalists of the conservative ruling party, ruled October 22 to ban abortions in cases of congenital fetal defects, even if the fetus has no chance of survival.(Associated Press)

Rage and hope fuel women’s revolt over abortion in Poland

Warsaw, Poland | By Associated Press | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 07:36 PM IST
When Poland’s right-wing government first tried to restrict abortion rights, the actress and singer delivered an intense performance onstage in Wroclaw in 2017 that included her spreading paint in the national colours — white and red — onto her breasts and face, ending with a fist raised high.
On Roman Dmowski Square, protesters are chanting “My body - my business!”, “Legal abortion!” and other slogans critical of Poland’s governing right-wing Law and Justice Party. (Representational Image)(Pixabay)
On Roman Dmowski Square, protesters are chanting “My body - my business!”, “Legal abortion!” and other slogans critical of Poland’s governing right-wing Law and Justice Party. (Representational Image)(Pixabay)

Poland’s Warsaw hit by protests against abortion ban

Warsaw [Poland] | By Asian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 02:15 PM IST
Poland’s feminist organization Strajk Kobiet has organized a protest in downtown Warsaw on Saturday to draw public attention to the decision of Poland’s Constitutional Court to outlaw abortions.
Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (right) with Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban.(AFP file photo)
Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (right) with Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban.(AFP file photo)

Hungarian, Polish PMs to discuss EU budget veto

Budapest | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Niyati Singh
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 10:28 PM IST
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki will hold talks in Budapest Thursday on their recent EU budget veto over the planned link of funding to rule of law criteria.
Polish bishops have called for the creation of counseling centers to counter “behaviors that until recently were considered unacceptable and morally reprehensible.”(Unsplash)
Polish bishops have called for the creation of counseling centers to counter “behaviors that until recently were considered unacceptable and morally reprehensible.”(Unsplash)

Your sexuality can make you enemy of the state in Poland

By Bloomberg | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 01:02 PM IST
Five of Poland’s 16 provinces and more than 80 towns and cities have declared themselves free of LGBTQ “ideology” or passed resolutions aimed against sexual minorities.
LGBT rights have been a flashpoint in Poland over the last two years.(Reuters)
LGBT rights have been a flashpoint in Poland over the last two years.(Reuters)

LGBT activists welcome rainbow light show in Poland, say more action needed

Warsaw | By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 05:44 PM IST
Several cities in Poland illuminated buildings with rainbow colours on Monday in a gesture of solidarity with the LGBT+ community, but activists called for more support in the face of rising hostility.
Photo of Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia(Twitter)
Photo of Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia(Twitter)

Virus-hit Italy hosts Poland without coach and star forward

Press Trust of India | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 12:44 PM IST
Poland tops Group 1 in League A. It is a point above Italy and two above the Netherlands. Italy plays in Bosnia-Herzegovina on Wednesday, while Poland hosts the Netherlands.
The Commission said LGBT people were facing growing discrimination in Europe, even as most people in the bloc were becoming more accepting of gay rights.(Unsplash)
The Commission said LGBT people were facing growing discrimination in Europe, even as most people in the bloc were becoming more accepting of gay rights.(Unsplash)

EU launches LGBT protection strategy as homophobia rises in east

Brussels | By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
PUBLISHED ON NOV 13, 2020 09:46 AM IST
The European Union’s executive Commission launched its first strategy to protect the rights of LGBT people on Thursday, a challenge to right-wing governments in Poland and Hungary that have become increasingly homophobic in the past year.
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