Polish abortion protest leader seeks inspiration from Belarus

WARSAW (Reuters) – As Poland’s abortion protests continue into a second week, their top organiser, Marta Lempart, says she is grateful for a clear role model to the East – Belarus’s opposition movement.Marta Lampert, leader of the movement Strajk Kobiet (Women’s Strike), wears a face mask during an interview with Reuters, in Warsaw, Poland, October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Kacper PempelTens of

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Pompeo meets Polish leaders, signs defense pact, discusses Belarus

WARSAW (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Warsaw on Saturday where the two discussed a new defense agreement and their support for the people of Belarus. Pompeo and Morawiecki also discussed the COVID-19 pandemic, securing 5G networks and a new bilateral agreement to cooperate in the development of Poland’s civil nuclear

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Polish president accuses German-owned tabloid of election meddling

WARSAW (Reuters) – Polish President Andrzej Duda suggested on Friday that Germany was trying to meddle in the presidential election after a German-owned tabloid newspaper reported on a pardon that he granted to a man who had served his sentence in a paedophilia case. Duda, a conservative who faces a neck-and-neck race against a centrist opponent in a presidential runoff

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Poland has 14 days to announce new presidential vote date: electoral commission

WARSAW (Reuters) – The head of Poland’s electoral commission said on Sunday that the speaker of parliament had 14 days to declare the date of a new presidential election. Poland had been due to hold a presidential election on Sunday and, while the vote was not officially cancelled or postponed, the electoral commission had said on Thursday it could not

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Poland pushes postal vote for presidential election, coronavirus deaths up

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s ruling nationalists edged closer on Monday to a green light for holding a May presidential election as a postal ballot due to the coronavirus pandemic after overcoming initial resistance in parliament. The Law and Justice Party (PiS) has said the election should go ahead despite the rising death toll from the highly contagious COVID-19 respiratory disease

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Head of junior Poland coalition party quits over election plan

WARSAW (Reuters) – Accord, a junior party in Poland’s ruling coalition, will stay in government, its head Jaroslaw Gowin said on Monday, but he said he was quitting as he opposes the country holding a presidential election in May, when its coronavirus outbreak is expected to peak. The biggest party in the conservative alliance, the nationalist Law and Justice (PiS),

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Poland charges two including Huawei manager with spying for China

State TV says a Chinese tech executive at Huawei Poland was arrested, alongside a Polish national. Poland has charged a Chinese manager at tech giant Huawei and a Polish national involved in cyber business with espionage on behalf of China. Polish state television on Friday reported that two men, arrested on Tuesday, were charged by Poland’s Internal Security Agency. Polish security agents

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Polish officials seize 2 tonnes of cocaine from Colombia: PM

WARSAW (Reuters) – Polish officials have seized two tonnes of cocaine from Colombia worth around 2 billion zlotys ($510 million), Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday. “This was the biggest amount of drugs seized in the last 30 years,” Morawiecki told a news conference, adding that the security forces have detained several suspects, including four Colombians, two Poles and

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