Polish politician rescues child and father from burning car

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) | A left-wing party leader in Poland has rescued a 2-year-old boy and his father from a burning car, winning praise across the political spectrum days before a national election.

The car collided with a truck and began to burn on the evening of Oct. 7 in Tabor, south of Warsaw. Robert Biedron witnessed the crash and helped the father and child until rescue officials arrived, fire officials reported.

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Poland’s ruling chief speaks strongly against LGBT rights

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) | The leader of Poland’s right-wing ruling party used hostile language March 16 while speaking against rights for LGBT persons, a subject that has risen to prominence in his political campaign ahead of crucial elections in Poland this year.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski spoke to Law and Justice party activists and government members at a convention in Katowice, ahead of both the European Parliament election, slated in Poland for May 26, and of Poland’s general election in the fall. The elections will decide whether Law and Justice, which is critical of European Union ways and values, will preserve the control of Poland’s parliament it has since 2015.

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Progressive politician seeks Polish ‘Spring’ with new party

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) | A former Polish lawmaker who is openly gay has launched a progressive party ahead of two upcoming elections, presenting a program that includes phasing out coal production and liberalizing the abortion law in Poland.

At a convention on Feb. 3 in Warsaw, Robert Biedron announced the party’s name, Wiosna, or “Spring,” and vowed that he would work to unify the bitterly divided country.

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Poland elects first openly gay mayor in elections

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Robert Biedron already made history once in Poland by becoming the first openly gay lawmaker in parliament in 2011. On Dec. 1, he became the country’s first openly gay mayor.

The 38-year-old’s political successes are a marker of how quickly this deeply conservative and Catholic country has changed in the decade since it joined the European Union. Back then, in 2004, gay rights marches were still being banned and homosexuality was treated as a huge taboo. Since then a growing acceptance of gays and lesbians has arrived hand-in-hand with a flourishing economy.

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