Polish conservatives win lower house but lose Senate

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ABOVE: Poland’s parliament. (From Wikimedia Commons)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) | Poland’s conservative ruling Law and Justice party capitalized on its popular social spending policies to win a majority of seats in the lower house of parliament but lost control of the Senate, according to results reported Oct. 14.

When exit polls were released after voting ended Oct. 13, the ruling Law and Justice party appeared headed for a strong victory. The results from the Senate, however, indicate that the opposition will have a tool to prevent the ruling party from rushing through laws without consulting opposition parties — something it has often done during its four years in power.

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Woman held in Poland for adding LGBT rainbow to revered icon

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Above: Flyers of religious icon altered with LGBT symbol (Photo: Beata Zawrzel / AP)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) | Rights groups and government critics in Poland protested on May 7 after police temporarily detained a human rights activist for putting up posters depicting the country’s most revered Catholic icon with the LGBT rainbow on the halos of Mary and baby Jesus.

Prosecutors in the central city of Plock said the woman has been questioned and has heard charges of insulting religious feelings and desecration of the icon of Mother of God of Czestochowa, popularly known as the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, a painting housed at the Jasna Gora monastery in Czestochowa, in southern Poland, since the 14th-century.

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