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/ 31 January 2008

Polish man struggles to return from the dead

Piotr Kucy (38) from the city of Polkowice in south-west Poland was wrongly identified by authorities last August as a drowned man, only to show up a few days after his own funeral. Despite pointing out the fact that he was alive to government officials, Kucy still remains dead in official records, stopping him from working and paying social insurance.

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/ 25 January 2008

It’s official — Polish post is slow as snails

An IT worker, after receiving a letter on January 3 that was sent on December 20 as priority mail, calculated that a snail would have made it even faster to his home than the letter. Daily Gazeta Wyborcza said Michal Szybalski calculated that it took 294 hours for the letter to arrive at his home. He also said the distance between his home and the sender was 11,1km.

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/ 10 January 2008

Man runs into his wife at brothel

A Polish man got the shock of his life when he visited a brothel and spotted his wife among the establishment’s employees. Polish tabloid Super Express said the woman had been making some extra money on the side while telling her husband she worked at a store in a nearby town.

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/ 17 May 2007

Polish premier’s mum holds the purse strings

Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski revealed on Thursday that he doesn’t have a bank account and instead hands his salary over to his mother. "I still don’t have a bank account," the 57-year-old conservative premier said in an interview with the weekly news magazine, <i>Wprost</i>. "I’m not joking. I keep my money in Mum’s account," he said.

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/ 20 February 2007

Polish author Ryszard Kapuscinski dies

Polish author and journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski, several times cited as a likely candidate for the Nobel Prize for Literature, died on January 22 at the age of 74, TVN24 television reported. Kapuscinski’s books have been translated into 30 languages, arguably more than any other Polish author.

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/ 20 February 2007

Google sues Polish poets over web address

Google has launched legal action against a group of Polish poets, demanding that they give up their internet domain name <i></i>, a member of the cultural collective said on Friday. The domain belongs to GMAiL — the "Grupa Mlodych Artystow i Literatow", or Group of Young Artists and Writers.

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/ 27 September 2006

Polish govt under fire after secretly filmed talks

Poland’s political crisis deepened on Wednesday after a television broadcast of secretly filmed meetings sparked calls for the prime minister to step down. The ruling conservatives of Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski are trying to build a new majority coalition after ditching their leftist partners Self-Defence last week in a row over the budget and a decision to send troops to Afghanistan.

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/ 21 February 2006

Provocative T-shirt show banned in Poland

A university in Poland has banned an exhibition of T-shirts bearing slogans such as "I didn’t cry when the Pope died" and "I’ve got Aids," saying the show was too provocative, press reports said on Tuesday. "The texts printed on the T-shirts could have offended the feelings and beliefs of many people," said Wieslaw Kaminski, president of UMCS University.

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/ 9 February 2006

Two Madonnas upset Poland’s Catholics

Poland’s Roman Catholics expressed outrage on Thursday after a magazine published a picture of the much-revered icon of the Black Madonna with pop icon Madonna’s face transposed on to it. Ultra-Catholic daily newspaper Nasz Dziennik slammed the photo as ”another act of profanation of sacred symbols”.

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/ 24 January 2006

More deaths reported in extreme European cold

Bone-chilling weather claimed dozens of lives on Monday across Europe as glacial temperatures swept the Baltics to the Balkans, brought rare snowfalls to Istanbul and sparked a scramble for heating fuel. The unusually low temperatures have left well more than 100 fatalities in Germany, Poland, Russia, Turkey and the Czech Republic.

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/ 20 October 2005

Unknown gay group claims behind bomb hoax in Warsaw

An unknown gay rights group claimed it planted a dozen fake bombs around Warsaw that paralysed the Polish capital on Thursday, three days before the second round of a presidential election. ”You paralyse our life, we’ll paralyse yours,” a lengthy e-mail sent to media groups in Warsaw said, referring among other issues to a ban on a gay pride parade by Warsaw Mayor Lech Kaczynski.

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/ 19 October 2005

Left-wing Polish government resigns

Poland’s left-wing government, led by Prime Minister Marek Belka, resigned on Wednesday as the Lower House met in a brief first session following its solid shift to the right in last month’s elections. President Aleksander Kwasniewski accepted the resignation at a ceremony at the presidential palace later on Wednesday.

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/ 27 May 2005

Leading Polish newspaper duped by source

One of Poland’s leading newspapers printed a front-page apology on Friday for running a story based on an anonymous source that turned out to be false. The report helped lead to the ouster of the country’s deputy interior minister. The daily took the unusual step of revealing the source’s identity.

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/ 16 May 2005

‘The Council of Europe is the future’

Europe has never been so strong, safe or united, Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski told leaders from across the continent as he opened the Council of Europe’s ”unity” summit at Warsaw’s Royal Castle on Monday. ”Never before has Europe been so strong, so safe, so close to being united,” Kwasniewski said.

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/ 28 April 2005

Clijsters closes in on final

Belgium’s Kim Clijsters reached the quarterfinals of the WTA clay-court tournament in Warsaw, Poland, on Wednesday, defeating 18-year-old Maria Kirilenko of Russia 6-2, 6-1. Clijsters dominated most of the match, conceding her serve just once, immediately after taking a 2-0 lead.

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/ 13 April 2005

Sex shops flourish on John Paul II avenue

As an unfortunate quirk of fate would have it, the avenue that runs through the heart of the Polish capital, Warsaw, bearing the name of native-born Pope John Paul II is a high holy place for sex shops, a Polish newspaper pointed out on Wednesday. The avenue’s residents have repeatedly asked city authorities to intervene.

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/ 7 April 2005

Polish triplets named after pope

The parents of newborn Polish triplets — all boys — have named their sons Jan, Pawel and Karol, in homage to Pope John Paul II, the babies’ father said on Thursday. ”At this very special time, we wanted to pay homage to the pope, and we thought our sons would be happy to have these first names,” the father said.