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'Cure' for Chernobyl children: Sun, sea, clean air in Portugal

Peniche - Anya wasn't even born when Chernobyl exploded nearly 30 years ago, but even today its radioactive fallout stalks her and other Ukrainian youngsters growing up near the disused plant.

Convicted Serb war criminal Mrksic dies

Lisbon - A former Serb army commander serving a 20-year sentence for his role in the massacre of Croats during the Balkans wars has died in Lisbon at the age of 68, the Portuguese government said Tuesday.

Hundreds of firefighters battle wildfires in Portugal

Lisbon - Nearly 1,000 firefighters as well as six helicopters and three planes were deployed in Portugal Sunday to battle forest fires raging in the north and centre of the country, authorities said.

Gap closes between Portugal's main parties ahead of vote: Poll

Lisbon - Two months ahead of Portugal's parliamentary elections, the gap was closing between the outgoing centre right coalition and the Socialist Party, a poll showed on Friday.

PKK 'never respected' peace process: Turkey

Lisbon - Turkey's foreign minister said Monday that Kurdish rebels "never respected" the peace process with Ankara, with a ceasefire now in tatters after a series of attacks and cross-border offensives.

Portuguese lawmakers back tightening abortion laws

Lisbon - Portugal on Wednesday tightened its abortion laws, adopting a bill aimed at making women pay to end a pregnancy and requirements for more stringent tests before the procedure.

Protecting the ocean could boost economy by $900 bn, says WWF

Lisbon - More than $920 billion could be generated by 2050 and 180,000 jobs created by expanding the ocean's protected zones, according to a study published Thursday by conservation group WWF.

TAP Portugal privatisation hits turbulence with pilot strike

Lisbon - A 10-day strike by pilots at TAP Portugal, a plunge into losses and sky-high debt have steered the airline, and the government's plans to sell it to private investors, into turbulence.

Kidd's treasure found off Sainte Marie Island

New York - A 50kg bar of silver has been found underwater by Barry Clifford, an American explorer. The very large bar rests among “a lot of other metal”, according to Clifford.The bar was found off the island of Sainte Marie, near Madagascar.

Maddie McCann parents win 500,000 euros in Portugal libel case

Lisbon - A former Portuguese police officer who headed the investigation into the 2007 disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann was ordered to pay 500,000 euros to her parents in a libel case, according to the ruling made public on Tuesday.

NATO calls for 'comprehensive response' to migrant crisis

Lisbon - The plight of migrants in the Mediterranean requires a "comprehensive response", NATO'S head Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday, adding that the alliance would help by trying to stabilise countries in the region.

Portugal coalition partners to field joint list in upcoming polls

Lisbon - Leaders of the two parties in Portugal's centre-right coalition government on Saturday announced they would field a single list of candidates to contest this year's parliamentary elections.

France must not 'fall into the hands of the National Front': PM

Lisbon - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that nuclear-armed France must not fall into the hands of the National Front, during an interview on Portuguese TV.

Brontosaurus dino name back in fashion

The name Brontosaurus, formerly used to describe a family of huge dinosaurs, has been returned to use after being mothballed more than a century ago.

Lisbon mayor steps down to launch election bid

Lisbon - Lisbon's Socialist mayor Antonio Costa, tipped to succeed centre-right Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, stepped down Wednesday to fight Portugal's parliamentary elections this autumn.

Portugal PM seeks to fend off tax controversy

Lisbon - Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho on Wednesday sought to calm a storm over his late payment of taxes and social security contributions as protesters shouted for him to resign.

Study suggests nose is better than eyes at identifying suspects

The standard method of identifying criminals via the eyewitness lineup may be about to change because a recent study suggests the human nose may be more effective at identifying bad guys than the human eye.

Soccer: Sporting Lisbon sever diplomatic relations with Benfica

Lisbon - Portuguese clubs Sporting Lisbon and Benfica, two of soccer’s biggest rivals, are in a diplomatic spat after fireworks were thrown at the Lisbon city derby which took place at the Estádio José Alvalade, Sporting Lisbon’s ground, last Sunday.

Portugal agrees to treat 13,000 Hepatitis C sufferers for free

Hepatitis C infects over 185 million people worldwide, and while there is no vaccine for the virus causing this liver disease, there is now a treatment. Solvaldi has a cure rate of over 90 percent, but it costs a whopping 24,000 Euros for the cure.

Portuguese parliament votes against gay couples adopting

Lisbon - Portugal's parliament on Thursday rejected draft laws to allow gay couples to adopt children, despite a strong vote in favour by the left-wing Socialists which left the margin smaller than ever.
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