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Portugal's Passos Coelho tasked with forming new government

Lisbon - Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva on Tuesday tasked centre-right leader Pedro Passos Coelho with forming a "stable and lasting government" after his coalition won reelection at the weekend.

Cloudy future for Portugal's conservatives despite election win

Lisbon - Portugal's centre-right leader Pedro Passos Coelho on Monday savoured an election victory that came despite four difficult years of austerity and many predictions of defeat, but he faces turbulence in the months ahead, commentators said.

The three leaders vying for power in Portugal

Lisbon - As Portugal goes to the polls Sunday, we profile the leading players in an election dominated by the punishing austerity measures the country had to sign up to to stay in the eurozone: - Premier Pedro Passos Coelho - Portugal's dogged prime minister P...

Portugal votes in test for austerity policies

Lisbon - Portugal voted Sunday in an election seen as a test of four years of austerity, with the centre-right coalition that pushed through the punishing bailout seen as the favourite -- but unlikely to win a clear mandate.

For many families in Portugal, economic crisis has not ended

Porto - She used to be a hairdresser with a mortgage on a spacious apartment in Porto, Portugal's second-largest city and the birthplace of port wine.

Portugal set to vote austerity government back into power

Lisbon - Portugal could make eurozone history this weekend by becoming the first bailed-out country to re-elect a government which pushed through harsh austerity measures.

Portugal goes to the polls with voters resigned to austerity

Lisbon - Portugal goes to the polls on Sunday with voters hesitating between re-electing the ruling centre-right coalition that steered the country through a punishing bailout and the Socialists who promise to ease austerity.

Portugual's main parties neck and neck two weeks to election

Lisbon - Just over two weeks from Portugal's parliamentary elections the Socialist Party holds a slim lead over the ruling right-wing coalition but is not expected to win an absolute majority, an opinion poll released Friday said.

Britain to take 'thousands more Syrian refugees': Cameron

Lisbon - Britain will take in thousands more Syrian refugees, Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday amid growing pressure at home and abroad to address the crisis.

'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.
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