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Going back in time on Portugal's 'presidential train'

Porto - Built in 1890, this train once carried Portugal's kings and presidents, not to mention other guests like Elizabeth II or Pope Paul VI, before it was taken off the rails in 1970.Now, after a one-million-euro ($1.

Beijing hails Portugal's openness to Chinese investment

Lisbon - Portugal is a country "open" to Chinese investment and could play a "constructive" role in economic relations between China and the European Union, the foreign minister of the Asian economic powerhouse said Friday.

Israel wins Eurovision with #MeToo inspired song

Lisbon - Israel won the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon early Sunday after singer Netta Barzilai beat 25 other contestants with her uptempo song "Toy" whose lyrics were inspired by the #MeToo movement.

Eurovision Song Contest final kicks off in Portugal

Lisbon - Cyprus and Israel were frontrunners as the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, the annual song and dance fest known for its outrageous costumes and glitz, kicked off in Lisbon on Saturday night.

Stage set for Eurovision nailbiter in Portuguese debut

Lisbon - Portugal plays host for the first time Saturday to the Eurovision Song Contest -- the annual music spectacle known for its mix of outrageous costumes, glitz and politics.

Israel's Netta, the voice of #MeToo at Eurovision

Lisbon - With her powerful voice and attention-grabbing clothes, Israeli singer Netta Barzilai has become the voice of the #MeToo movement at Saturday's Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.

Eurovision up for grabs as Portugal hosts song contest for first time

Lisbon - Portugal plays host for the first time Saturday to the Eurovision Song Contest -- the annual music spectacle known for its mix of outrageous costumes, glitz and politics.

Barred by Kiev, Russian singer gets another shot at Eurovision

Lisbon - Blocked from taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine last year due to a row between Moscow and Kiev, Russian singer Yuliya Samoilova says participating in Lisbon this week will be a "dream come true".

Lisbon in Eurovision tourism boost as locals sing the blues

Lisbon - With Lisbon steeped in kitsch and glam as it prepares to host this year's grand finale of Eurovision, officials are hoping the pop fest will draw even more tourists to the Portuguese capital.

Building boom lifts Lisbon allure — and property prices

Lisbon - Lisbon's azure skies are dotted with forests of cranes as scores of construction workers give Portugal's capital a shiny and new, if pricey, veneer.

New life for Portugal's oldest forest ravaged by fires

Lisbon - Around 3,000 volunteers on Sunday began an ambitious reforestation project in Portugal's oldest forest, ravaged by last year's devastating wild fires.

Portugal starts clearing forests to prevent deadly fires

Lisbon - Portugal on Saturday launched an unprecedented drive to clear its vast forests in order to prevent a repeat of last year's deadly wildfires, which killed 112 people and sparked a massive backlash against the Socialist government.

Portugal leases empty monasteries, forts to boost tourism

Elvas - The star-shaped walls of the hilltop town of Elvas dominate the plains of Portugal's southern Alentejo region near the border with Spain.

Ryanair cabin crew in Portugal threaten strike

Lisbon - A union representing Ryanair cabin crew in Portugal threatened Friday to go on strike in March and April if talks over pay and work conditions with the Ireland-based budget airline fail to make progress.

Portugal community centre blaze death toll rises to nine

Lisbon - The death toll following a fire at a community centre in northern Portugal rose to nine on Wednesday after a 67-year-old man died in hospital, a government spokesman said.

Fire kills eight, injures dozens at Portugal community centre

Lisbon - Fire ripped through a community centre in northern Portugal, where dozens of people were watching a weekend football match, killing at least eight and injuring many more, officials said Sunday.

Drug sales on darknet a 'growing threat': EU report

Lisbon - Drug trafficking on the so-called darknet of hidden networks and web sites represents a growing threat that Europe must fight together, according to a report published Tuesday by the EU's police and drugs agencies.

EU to re-think civil protection aid after Portugal fires

Lisbon - The European Union is re-thinking civil protection assistance, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Monday, after a request from Portugal which this year suffered several deadly forest fires.

Portugal forest fires death toll rises to 44

Lisbon - The death toll from forest fires that have devastated parts of central Portugal in recent days rose again on Friday to 44, following the death of one of the people injured in the blazes, authoriities said.

Portugal forest fires death toll rises to 43

Lisbon - The death toll from forest fires, which ravaged swathes of land in central Portugal in recent days, has risen to 43 after the discovery of another corpse, authorities said Thursday.
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