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"It's been rather straightforwardly suggested to me that it wasn't my academic work, but rather pandemic-related activity that was the problem" - immunologist and infection treatment expert, Dr Paweł Grzesiowski said in TVN24 about his departure from the Centre for Postgraduate Medical Studies. On Thursday, dr Grzesiowski was appointed General Medical Assembly's (NRL) expert on fighting COVID-19 pandemic.

The Sejm has rejected attorney Zuzanna Rudzińska-Bluszcz's bid to stand at the helm of the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights. She was the only candidate running for the office. Deputy Speaker of the lower house Ryszard Terlecki announced the whole procedure of appointing a new ombudsman would start from the scratch.

"The constitutional challenge and the delays in the process of selecting a new Ombuds have created a serious risk that the Polish Ombudsman institution may be left without a head of institution for an unknown period of time" - the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic wrote in a letter addressed to Poland's Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau. "I am particularly concerned that this may hamper the continuity and effective functioning of this important constitutional body" - Mijatovic wrote.

They want to meet with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki to hear declaration that if the president vetoes the "five for animals" bill, the legislation would not be pursued any further. "We don't want to do this, but we can't allow to have a bad, harmful law imposed upon us" - said Michał Kołodziejczak from AGROunia, whom the police handcuffed for a brief moment, but released shorty after.

She says the last two years have been the most difficult time in her life, but she's finally smiling again. Aleksandra Shelton has won the case before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne. The acclaimed fencer sued the Polish Fencing Federation and the Polish Olympic Committee for not allowing her to represent the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

The Ministry of Health on Tuesday confirmed 9,291 new coronavirus infections and the death of 107 COVID patients. So far, Poland has reported over 190,000 cases, of which 3,721 have been fatal. More than 9,000 patients have been reported to be hospitalised across the country.

Esteemed stage and screen actor Wojciech Pszoniak has died aged 78. His played his most well-known roles "The Promised Land", "The Wedding", and "Danton". "Although, we all know that sooner or later everyone will pass away, it always hurts. Sometimes it hurts more, sometimes less. This time it hurts very much" - actor and director Jan Englert told TVN24.

The Ministry of Health on Monday confirmed 7,482 coronavirus infection cases and 41 COVID-related deaths. Since the start of the pandemic Poland has reported over 183,000 infections. Over 8,300 infected patients were being treated in hospitals. During last 24 hours, some 36,000 COVID tests were taken.

Health Minister Adam Niedzielski urged Poles at a press conference on Monday to adhere to coronavirus restrictions as the number of daily infections may surge even up to 20,000 cases. Furthermore, Poland will bring in the army to handle drive-through coronavirus testing facilities amid a surge in new infections that threatens to overwhelm the healthcare system.

Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński had contact with a person infected with coronavirus and has gone into quarantine - deputy spokesman for the Law and Justice party (PiS) Radosław Fogiel informed on Monday. Another senior official who has gone into quarantine is the Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak.

Joe Biden's foreign policy advisor Michael Carpenter has told "Fakty" TVN reporter Marcin Wrona that the Democratic Party's presidential candidate "is committed to ensuring the security of all our allies on the eastern flank, and especially Poland". The head of the "Polish Americans for Trump" committee Łucja Świątkowska-Cannon, however, stressed that Donald Trump has delivered on the promises he had made to the Polish Americans ahead of the previous election.

Attorney Roman Giertych, businessman Ryszard K., and other people have been charged of misappropriating and siphoning off about 92 million zlotys from a real estate developing company between 2010-2014 - said a prosecutor's office in Poznań. Giertych has been detained by the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau (CBA) on Thursday. During the search of his home, the attorney fainted and was taken to a hospital.

"Contrary to what Stanisław Żaryn claims, after speaking with doctors I've found out that Roman Giertych is in serious condition" - said the wife of the attorney detained on Thursday. She, thereby, contradicted the opinion of the special services minister-coordinator Stanisław Żaryn, who on Thursday had assessed the attorney's condition as "good". Spokesperson for a Poznań prosecutor's office said it was being considered whether or not Giertych would be fit to be questioned.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced a new set of coronavirus restrictions for yellow and red zones. "We want to introduce restrictions that will protect us from the spread of coronavirus, but at the same time, we want to keep the economy running" - the prime minister said after a Government Crisis Management Team meeting.

A Warsaw attorney Roman Giertych has been detained by the Central Anti-Corruption Bureau (CBA) - his wife Barbara said on Thursday. She told TVN24 she only had "a brief contact" with her husband. "He doesn't know what it is about, he has no idea about any charges" - she said. "It's a bizarre situation" - she added.

"I'm happy, but still overwhelmed" - said French Open winner Iga Świątek at the first press conference in Poland after the tournament in Paris. The teenage champion shared what gives her energy before matches and how she will spend her well-deserved holiday. There were also questions about her idol.

Poland reported a record 6,526 new coronavirus infections and 116 related deaths on Wednesday, according to health ministry data published on Twitter, as doctors warn of the healthcare system becoming overloaded. So far, Poland has reported 141,804 cases and 3,217 COVID-related deaths. On Tuesday evening Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki tested negative for coronavirus, whereas former Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski was taken to hospital where he tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.

"A situation where the institution of the Human Rights Commissioner is prevented from functioning fully and effectively pending the election by parliament of a new Commissioner would have a significant adverse effect on the protection of the rights of the Polish citizens and of all people living in Poland" - the Venice Commission said in a statement issued on Monday. The Council of Europe's advisory body also said it was "concerned by the risk of paralysis of the Ombudsman institution of Poland". After Polish parliamentary committee twice rejected Zuzanna Rudzińska-Bluszcz's bid to become the new Commissioner for Human Rights, the office remains in the hands of Adam Bodnar, whose term had expired in early September.

The Disciplinary Chamber of Poland's Supreme Court on Monday lifted the immunity of judge Beata Morawiec from Kraków. The decision came upon a request by the prosecutor who intends to press corruption charges against the judge. The ruling is not yet legally binding and has been criticised by many members of Poland's judiciary, as well as the Commissioner for Human Rights Adam Bodnar.

On the 11th of October the United States celebrate General Pulaski Memorial Day. "As we join together in celebration of General Pulaski’s commitment to the cause of liberty, we reaffirm the enduring bond between our Nation and his native Poland" - U.S. President Donald Trump wrote in a proclamation marking the occasion. General Pulaski died on October 11, 1779, due to wounds sustained during the Siege of Savannah.

Polish e-commerce platform Allegro debuted on Warsaw Stock Exchange on Monday and immediately became the largest IPO in Poland's history, as well as the largest company ever listed in Poland. As of Monday morning, the company's shares were trading at over 65 zlotys, compared to IPO price of 43 zlotys, which was an increase by over 50 percent.

There's no need to think about introducing a state of emergency as of yet, but if the situation gets really worse, such a need may emerge - the chief of the ruling PiS party's parliamentary club Ryszard Terlecki said on Monday. Poland's Health Ministry informed about further 4,394 infections and 35 deaths on Monday.

Polish teenager Iga Świątek became the youngest player to reach the French Open women's final in 19 years when she crushed Argentine qualifier Nadia Podoroska 6-2 6-1 on Thursday.

The whole of Poland will become a yellow zone from Saturday (October 10) on - Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said at a press conference on Thursday, as the country grapples with a sharp spike in coronavirus cases. Furthermore, wearing masks outside will be compulsory across the whole of the country.

Due to a spike in coronavirus cases in Poland, the Ministry of Health has introduced a set of new restrictions that are to become effective in the so-called red and yellow zones. "From Saturday on, Warsaw will almost certainly join the yellow zone" - said the spokesman for the health ministry Wojciech Andrusiewicz.

Lithuania and Poland have decided to recall their ambassadors to Belarus for consultations in the hope of reducing regional tensions, days after they dismissed a demand from Minsk that they do so. "Support for Belarusians and their efforts to democratize the country remains a priority to us" - Poland's FM Zbigniew Rau wrote on Twitter.

The European Parliament on Monday debated the proposed mechanism tying the distribution of EU funds to observing the rule of law by member states. "Breaches of the rule of law cannot be tolerated and we will continue to defend it" - said Vera Jourova, European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency.

The Ministry of Health on Tuesday confirmed 2,236 new coronavirus infections, as well as the death of 58 COVID-infected patients. Since the start of the pandemic, Poland has recorded more than 104,000 infection cases. Furthermore, another 40 ventilators have been put to use within the last 24 hours, over 550 hospital beds have been taken, and 24,000 coronavirus tests have been done.

Fantasy writer Radek Rak has been awarded the Nike Literary Award for "A Tale of a Serpent’s Heart or Another Word about Jakób Szela". This year's readers' award went to Joanna Gierak-Onoszko for "The 27 Deaths of Tony Obed".

Robert Lewandowski has been named the best player of the 3rd week of German Bundesliga by "Kicker" magazine. Bayern Munich's striker, who has just been crowned the Player of the Year by UEFA, scored four goals against Hertha Berlin on Sunday, helping his team to win the thrilling game 4:3. Polish goalkeeper Rafał Gikiewicz from Augsburg has also made it to the week's best eleven.

Poland's total number of coronavirus cases passed the 100,000 mark on Sunday, according to the health ministry's Twitter account, as infection rates surge in the country which has reported daily records three times in the past week. On Monday, the ministry confirmed 2,006 new infection cases and further 29 deaths.

Napoli's Poland midfielder Piotr Zieliński has tested positive for COVID-19, the Serie A club said on Friday, five days after they hosted Genoa who have been hit by a spate of cases. The player will miss a hit match against bitter rivals Juventus on Sunday, as well as three games for Poland's national team against Finland, Italy and Bosnia.

Due to the latest series of spikes in coronavirus infections in Poland, the Ministry of Health on Thursday updated the map of restrictions. The list consists of 44 counties and 7 cities with county rights that have been marked either a yellow or red zone. 17 of them, including the town of Sopot, have been marked red, whereas 34, including Gdańsk, Gdynia, Szczecin, Kielce and Rzeszów, have been marked yellow. The capital city of Warsaw is on the list of places likely to have coronavirus restrictions tightened soon. The changes become effective on Saturday (Oct.3).

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski won the UEFA men's Player of the Year award on Thursday, ahead of Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne and Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Pernille Harder won the Women’s Player of the Year award for the second time. Bayern's manager Hansi Flick became the coach of the season.

"Let's quit discussing these LGBT abominations, homosexuality, bisexuality, equality parades" - Przemysław Czarnek said a few months ago. First as a voivode, and then as Law and Justice lawmaker, he often discussed the topic of sexual orientation in the media. What he practically never talked about were science and education - the issues he will now be dealing with as minister.

Poland's ruling nationalists appeared to have taken a turn further to the right on Wednesday with the appointment of an ultra-conservative education chief in a new cabinet lineup, raising the prospect of new friction with the European Union. Furthermore, the chairman of the ruling Law and Justice party Jarosław Kaczyński has joined the cabinet as deputy PM.

He wanted to return two beer bottles, but when the shop assistant refused, he got angry and verbally assaulted her. One of the clients, a woman, stood up for the troubled employee. After a short altercation, the man approached the young woman. She didn't hesitate and swiftly overpowered the aggressive man. The whole incident was captured on CCTV.

I have the utmost respect for the religious tradition of the country I'm an ambassador to, but human rights are human rights, they're universal - U.S. Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher said in an interview for Wirtualna Polska portal. She added that using anti-LGBT rhetoric only alienates Poland, which translates into particular business decisions.

Dozens of scholars from esteemed international universities have called on the EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen to act "promptly and meaningfully" in regard to the Polish justice system. "Polish authorities continue to openly abuse, harass and intimidate judges and prosecutors who are seeking to defend the rule of law" - wrote the authors an open letter, seen by TVN24.

As Law and Justice (PiS), we've accepted the composition of the new cabinet, also in terms of staff. The coalition leadership is to finally green-light it on Tuesday - deputy PM Jacek Sasin told TVN24. He added that it was very likely that PiS chairman Jarosław Kaczyński would join the government as one of four deputy prime ministers.

"Respect for these fundamental rights, which are also enshrined in OSCE commitments and the obligations and standards of the Council of Europe and the European Union as communities of rights and values, obliges governments to protect all citizens from violence and discrimination and to ensure they enjoy equal opportunities" - reads an open letter signed by 50 ambassadors and members of international organisations operating in Poland. Among the signatories was the U.S. Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher. Poland's Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński commented on the letter via Twitter.

The leadership of the Law and Justice party is to meet on Monday afternoon to discuss details of the cabinet reshuffle. According to Polish Press Agency (PAP), at Monday's meeting the final composition of the government is to be established. On Saturday, the leaders of PiS, United Poland and Accord signed a new coalition agreement after weeks of infighting.

The Warsaw Rising Museum has published photographs taken by a Soviet reconnaissance plane which flew over Poland's capital on the 18th of September, 1944. The pictures taken in the middle of the ongoing fights in the city show important buildings, bridges and artillery batteries.

Władysław Szpilman's Steinway & Sons grand piano has become the highest-sold musical instrument in the history of Poland. At Tuesday's bidding organised by Poland's oldest auction house DESA Unicum, the famous piano went for over one million zloty. The artists pen and watch, which he kept on him through his time in the Warsaw Ghetto, have also found new owners.

Law and Justice is prepared for all scenarios, we are hoping for cooperation in order to carry out our programme, but it has to be a constructive cooperation - said the spokesperson for PiS Anita Czerwińska after the party leadership meeting on Wednesday. She added that "the ball is in United Poland's court". Shortly after 7pm, the leaders of PiS and United Poland, Jarosław Kaczyński and Zbigniew Ziobro, met to discuss ruling coalition's future. Their meeting lasted for over an hour.

Chairman of the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) Jarosław Kaczyński met on Monday evening with junior coalition partner chief - justice minister Zbigniew Ziobro. The PiS party spokesperson Anita Czerwińska said Kaczyński had set out conditions for the ruling coalition's future existence. "We're waiting for a reply" - she added.

Poland's ruling right-wing coalition should remain united, the leader of a junior partner in the alliance said on Monday, attempting to smooth tensions that threaten to wreck the government and trigger a snap election. The ruling party held an emergency meeting on Monday devoted to the crisis in the coalition. PiS spokesperson Anita Czerwińska said after the talks had ended that the party would inform about the outcome "in an appropriate time".

"Let me be clear: LGBTQ+ rights are human rights — and 'LGBT-free zones' have no place in the European Union or anywhere in the world" - Joe Biden wrote on Twitter on Monday. This way, the former U.S. vice president and current presidential candidate reiterated the words of the EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen.

Kinga Duda has been appointed as social advisor to the President of Poland - according to the President's Chancellery official website. Her father, president Andrzej Duda, has reassured on Twitter that his daughter has not been receiving any remuneration for this job.

The European Union's chief executive said on Wednesday there was no place in the bloc for so-called "LGBT-free zones", a pointed criticism of Poland's nationalist government pushing to curb the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The ministry of health on Tuesday informed about 605 new coronavirus infections and the death of 24 people. Such high number of deaths has not been reported since June 18, when 30 deaths were recorded. Since the start of the pandemic a total of 75,134 infections and 2,227 have been reported in Poland.

The European Parliament on Monday debated the current state of the rule of law and LGBT rights in Poland. Vice President of the European Commission Vera Jourova announced the EU executive would soon decide on how to push forward the EU law infringement procedure against Poland. She also stressed that the EU won't tolerate discrimination of LGBTI people.