Protests flare across Poland after death of young mother denied an abortion

Family of Agnieszka T say they want to ‘save other women in Poland from a similar fate’, as case met with anger over restrictive termination laws Polish state has ‘blood on its hands’ after death of woman refused an abortion Protests are under way across Poland after the death of a 37-year-old woman this week […]

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Poland starts building wall through protected forest at Belarus border

Barrier will stretch for almost half the length of the border and cost 10 times migration department’s budget Poland has started building a wall along its frontier with Belarus aimed at preventing asylum seekers from entering the country, but which cuts through a protected forest and Unesco world heritage site. The Polish border guard said […]

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Lithuanian girl’s letter from Polish pen pal delivered 51 years late

Discovery of 18 letters at former post office in Vilnius last summer launched effort to trace recipients A letter written to a 12-year-old girl in Lithuania has been delivered 51 years after it was sent by a pen pal in Poland. “I thought that someone was pranking me,” said Genovefa Klonovska after being handed the […]

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Polish state has ‘blood on its hands’ after death of woman refused an abortion

Family says young mother’s health deteriorated rapidly after the twins she was carrying died a week apart in the womb The family of a Polish woman who died on Tuesday after doctors refused to perform an abortion when the foetus’s heart stopped beating have accused the government of having “blood on their hands”. The woman, […]

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‘The biggest task is to combat indifference’: Auschwitz Museum turns visitors’ eyes to current events

Director wants visit to former Nazi concentration camp to spark reflection on ‘silence of bystanders’ Piotr Cywiński has spent a lot of time pondering a question that has exercised historians, philosophers and politicians ever since the end of the second world war. What lessons should we draw from one of the darkest pages in human […]

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Polish senators draft law to regulate spyware after anti-Pegasus testimony

Senate commission plans reform after hearing how NSO software used against government critics Polish senators plan to draft a law that would regulate the use of surveillance technology in the country, after hearing testimony of how the invasive Pegasus spyware has been used against a number of government critics. Poland is the latest country where […]

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Death threats and phone calls: the women answering cries for help one year on from Poland’s abortion ban

As new laws hit the most vulnerable pregnant women in need of care, volunteers struggle to help those unable to access safe abortions ‘I used to judge people’: the Polish woman who became her city’s lone voice for abortion rights One year ago, on the night Poland introduced one of the most restrictive abortion laws […]

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Coronavirus live: Japan and Poland report record cases; Germany seven-day rate at new high

Concerns about new Omicron offshoot in England; France to bring in strict restrictions for unvaccinated people See all our coronavirus coverage Germany’s seven-day incidence rate has risen to a high of 772.7 infections per 100,000 people, up from 706.3. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported 135,461 new infections on Saturday, an increase of 57,439 on […]

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Coronavirus news live: Poland enters fifth Covid wave; Australia reports record daily death toll

Australia reports deadliest day of pandemic so far with record number of 74 deaths; Poland says it expects case numbers to hit new highs in coming weeks All Covid restrictions in England could end in March under No 10 plansChinese told not to buy from abroad as Covid threatens OlympicsWinter Olympics tickets will not be […]

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The Guardian view on Russia and Ukraine: what comes after jaw-jaw? | Editorial

Hopes of a peaceful exit from the crisis are fainter after days of talks. As the military build-up near the border continues, how far will Putin go? A week that began with low expectations has ended with a still bleaker mood. No one believed that three rounds of talks between the US, Russia and others […]

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