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Portugal struggles to rise from the ashes of its deadliest fire

Pedr - Joaquim Godinho and his wife Edite watch with blank faces and heavy hearts as a bulldozer demolishes the charred remains of their home of nearly 30 years.

Portuguese ex-firefighter jailed for starting 2016 forest fires

Lisbon - A Portuguese former firefighter has been sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison for having started forest fires in central Portugal last year, a regional court announced Tuesday.

Workers strike at VW plant in Portugal

Lisbon - Production at a Volkswagen factory in Portugal was paralysed Wednesday as workers went on strike over plans to introduce a mandatory Saturday shift to allow for production of a new compact SUV model.

Wildfires trap 2,000 villagers in Portugal

Lisboa - Forest fires cut off a village of 2,000 people in Portugal, as firefighters struggled Thursday to control two major blazes in the centre of the country, local officials said.

Portugal arsonists feed wildfire destruction

Lisbon - Portugal's police said Wednesday they had arrested 61 suspected arsonists so far this year, with fires on the rise and figures showing the largest number of people killed in forest blazes since 2003.

Falling tree kills 12 at Portugal religious festival

Lisbon - Twelve people were crushed to death and around 50 injured Tuesday when a 200-year-old oak tree fell on them at a religious festival on the Portuguese island of Madeira.

Spain sends help to battle Portugal's wildfires

Lisbon - Spanish firefighters and water-dumping aircraft have bolstered Portuguese efforts to gain control of forest fires raging in the centre of the country, the European Commission said Monday.

Portugal battling fresh wildfires

Abrantes - Portugal was battling a new rash of forest fires ahead of a weekend of warm temperatures, as authorities warned of further blazes.

Portuguese firefighters gain upper hand against wildfires

Lisboa - Firefighters aided by calmer winds were gaining control of wildfires raging across drought-hit Portugal on Thursday but warned the fire danger remained high in the coming days.

Portugal fires rage as scorching temperatures return

Lisboa - Over 2,600 firefighters battled 62 wildfires raging across Portugal on Thursday, officials said, as the return of scorching heat put an end to the respite after a spate of blazes.

Thieves target historic Portuguese decorative tiles

Lisbon - Gaping holes on the crumbling walls of an abandoned palace in the heart of Lisbon mark where decorative ceramic tiles have been yanked off, to the displeasure of passing tourists.

Pilot could face homicide charges over Portugal crash landing

Lisbon - A flight instructor and trainee pilot whose small plane killed two people during an emergency landing on a crowded Portuguese beach could face negligent homicide charges, prosecutors said Thursday.

Portugal battles raging forest fires

Vila De Rei - Forest fires raged in the early hours of Thursday in central Portugal, cutting off roads and forcing thousands to flee just a month after deadly blazes left more than 60 people dead.

New blazes break out in fire-ravaged central Portugal

Lisbon - More than 2,000 firefighters were battling forest fires that broke out on Sunday in central Portugal, which was hit by deadly blazes last month.

Ten people injured in new Portugal forest fires

Lisbon - Ten people, including nine firefighters, were injured on Monday as two forest fires raged in central Portugal, emergency services said.

US pullout gives 'global push' to Paris climate deal: UN chief

Lisbon - The US decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement has given a "global push" to the deal, as other signatories have strongly recommitted to the landmark accord, UN chief Antonio Guterres said Monday.

Portugal makes early 1-billion euro repayment to IMF

Lisbon - Portugal has made an early repayment of one billion euros to the International Monetary Fund and intends to repay a further 2.6 billion euros of bailout loans by August, the government said Friday.As part of a bailout in 2011, Portugal was loaned 29.

Ex-CIA agent convicted over imam kidnapping to face sentencing

Lisbon - A former CIA agent who was found guilty of kidnapping an Egyptian imam by an Italian court more than a decade ago said Thursday she intended to return to Italy to face her sentence, but hopes to avoid prison.

Main forest fires in Portugal under control

G - The main forest fires that have raged in Portugal since the weekend, killing more than 60 people, were brought under control on Thursday, the civil protection agency said, but grief and anger smouldered across the country.

From village to village, delivering aid in Portugal fire zone

Pessegueiro - Claudia Borges unloads boxes of water and cereal bars from a removal truck at a fire operations centre on a mountaintop in Portugal, black smoke rising in the background.
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