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Sappers have secured an unexploded artillery shell found by a group of children in Bełżec (Lublin Voivodeship). Unaware of the danger, the kids carried it in front of the block where they live. Most likely, the unexploded ordnance comes from the WWII era.

Fourteen perioperative nurses from the National Oncology Institute (NIO) remain on sick leaves. Eleven of their colleagues who still come to work have been assigned to emergency surgeries and those most urgent planned ones. "We are forced to call off 20 surgeries a day and the patients will have to wait at least until next week," says NIO spokesperson Mariusz Gierej. Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said on Tuesday said the ministry was monitoring the situation and the NIO director was working on new rules of renumeration for employees.

Problems with global energy sector were the main topic of Sunday's telephone talks between Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and United States Vice President Kamala Harris - Polish PM's office and Morawiecki himself informed. "The Vice President recognized Poland’s generosity and leadership in hosting millions of Ukrainian refugees and providing critical humanitarian assistance," the White House said in a statement at its website.

Entrepreneurs in Poland are forced to close down their businesses due to spike in consumer prices and increasing costs of utilities. "Prices are soaring and no wonder people have no money to eat in a restaurant. Unfortunately, Polish restaurant owners are additionally burdened with the costs of energy, electricity, gas and food products we use to prepare dishes for our guests," says Grzegorz, who is shutting down his place in Wrocław. The cost of running his restaurant has increased by 18,500 zlotys within a month last year.

Thursday (September 1) marks 83 years since the outbreak of the Second World War. Official commemorations took part in early morning hours. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was in Wieluń, where first bombs had been dropped in 1939, whereas president Andrzej Duda and defence minister Mariusz Błaszczak took part in a ceremony at Westerplatte Peninsula in Gdańsk. "The defence of Westerplatte went down as a legend of heroism of Polish soldiers, a legend of heroism of all soldiers," president Duda said.

U.S. Ambassador to Poland Mark Brzezinski recorded a video on the Day of Solidarity and Freedom, celebrated in Poland on August 31 to commemorate the anniversary of the August Agreements. "In this dangerous moment for Europe and the world, we need solidarity. Solidarity which you - the Poles - know and understand so well," the ambassador said in his address to the Poles.

Poland celebrates the 42nd anniversary of the signing of the so-called August Agreements which led to the establishment of Solidarity - the first trade union in communist states of the Eastern Bloc. One of the central figures of those events - Poland's former president Lech Wałęsa - announced he would not take part in this year's commemorations due to health problems.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday rebuffed a call by Poland for the EU to temporarily suspend its emissions trading system (ETS) to help rein in high power prices. Eight European Union countries bordering the Baltic Sea - including Poland - have agreed to increase offshore wind power generation capacity sevenfold by 2030.

The government has adopted a draft budget for 2023 - Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said at a press conference after Tuesday's session of the Council of Ministers. "This an ambitious budget for difficult times," Morawiecki added.

Journalist and a Union of Poles in Belarus activist Andrzej Poczobut said in a letter he wrote in prison he was waiting for a court ruling and expecting to be sent to a penal colony. The letter was published on Monday by Viasna Human Rights Centre, on Telegram Messenger banned by Belarusian regime ran by president Alexander Lukashenko.

The oldest Polish woman - Wanda Szajowska - died at home in Kraków on Friday at the age of 111, her friend Maciej Krzyżanowski told Polish Press Agency (PAP). Szajowska was probably the oldest female pianist in the world.