Poland’s populist president wins re-election Jul 14, 2020 0 624 12345 AFPWarsawPolish President Andrzej Duda has squeezed past his europhile rival to win re-election, official results showed on Monday, but the narrow victory puts his allies in the populist right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party government on the back foot.Seeking close ties with US President Donald Trump, Duda has vowed to tighten already highly restrictive laws against abortion and has campaigned against LGBT rights.The incumbent won a new five-year term with 51 percent in Sunday’s vote against Warsaw’s liberal mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, who had promised to mend ties with the European Union.Experts said the result means the governing PiS party, which has been criticised at home and abroad for controversial reforms of the judiciary seen as eroding democratic freedoms, will face a more confident opposition.“It’s a small victory,” said Kazimierz Kik, a political expert from Kielce University.“President Duda has won the election but the real success is for Rafal Trzaskowski and the opposition which has gained ground,” he said.Anna Materska-Sosnowska, a Warsaw University political scientist, said the high mobilisation of young people for Trzaskowski pointed to “a new opposition force”.But she warned there was also a “realistic” risk that Poland could begin to resemble Hungary, which has been accused of drifting towards authoritarianism under nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban. RELATED ARTICLES Russia charges ex-scribe Ivan Safronov with treason Jul 14, 2020 0 616 No return to normality for foreseeable future in pandemic, says WHO Jul 14, 2020 0 61 Latin America now second-worst region for virus deaths Jul 14, 2020 0 1800 Mexico’s COVID-19 deaths top 35,000, surpassing Italy MEXICO CITY: Mexico’s official death toll from the novel coronavirus has risen to 35,006, the health ministry announced on Sunday. The new figures saw Mexico surpass the number of deaths in Italy, which was initially one .. Pandemic caused postponement of 50,000 cancer operations in Germany DPA Berlin Around 50,000 operations to treat cancer were not carried out in Germany during the coronavirus pandemic up to mid-June, the head of the German Cancer Aid organisation said on Monday. This represented around a .. France agrees to over €8 billion in pay rises for health workers AFP Paris The French government and unions signed an agreement on Monday giving over eight billion euros in pay rises for health workers, with the prime minister admitting the move was overdue in view of the coronavirus .. World hunger worsening as coronavirus weighs and obesity rises: UN AFP Rome Nearly one in nine people in the world are going hungry, with the coronavirus pandemic exacerbating already worsening trends this year, according to a United Nations report published on Monday. Economic .. US judge orders delay of first federal executions in 17 years DPA Washington A US judge on Monday ordered a delay in federal executions, hours before one was to be carried out for the first time in 17 years, hampering the Trump administration’s plan to revive capital punishment by the .. 21 injured as major fire breaks out on US Navy ship in California LOS ANGELES: An explosion on a United States Navy ship moored at a base in California set off a major fire on Sunday injuring 21 people, officials and local media said. The USS Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault .. Trump steps up Twitter attacks on medical experts, including Fauci WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to attack medical experts combatting the coronavirus, accusing them of playing politics and hindering an economic rebound. The president retweeted several ..