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First UN Mandela prize awarded to Portuguese ex-leader, eye doctor

New York - Portugal's former leftist president Jorge Sampaio and Namibian eye specialist Helena Ndume were awarded the first UN Nelson Mandela Prize on Monday for their work to better humanity.

Shrinking Portuguese town turns to cash-for-babies scheme

Sanl - Rather than turn into a ghost town, one Portuguese village facing an exodus of young adults and dwindling birth rates came up with an answer: pay parents 5,000 euros for every new baby.

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.

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.

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.

Drone controlled by human brain unveiled in Portugal

Lisbon - A Portuguese company has demonstrated groundbreaking technology that allows people to pilot unmanned aerial drones using brainwaves.

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.

US military to close base in Britain in cost-cutting move

Washington - The US military will close a major air base in Britain and withdraw from 14 other installations across Europe as part of a reorganization of forces, the Pentagon said Thursday.

Absences glare again at Ibero-American summit

Veracruz - Latin American nations and their ex-colonial powers, Portugal and Spain, wrapped up a summit Tuesday again marked by major absences, with the leaders of Argentina, Brazil and Cuba shunning the event.

Mexico leader opens summit amid security crisis

Veracruz - Mexico's embattled President Enrique Pena Nieto opened a summit of Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese leaders Monday, turning his attention to diplomacy as he faced anger at home over a security crisis.

Portugal court rejects request to free ex-PM in graft probe

Lisbon - Portugal's top court on Wednesday refused to release ex-premier Jose Socrates, held in preventive custody on corruption allegations, saying his request was "without legal foundation".

Ex-Portuguese PM remanded in custody in fraud case

Lisbon - The detention of Portugal's former prime minister Jose Socrates on suspicion of tax evasion and money laundering has set off a new political earthquake in a country already rocked by high-level scandal.

Judge remands Portuguese ex-PM in custody in fraud case

Lisbon - A Portuguese judge on Monday ordered former Socialist prime minister Jose Socrates to be remanded in custody on suspicion of tax evasion and money laundering.

Portugal's ex-PM returns Monday before judge in tax fraud case

Lisbon - Portugal's former Socialist prime minister Jose Socrates will return before a magistrate on Monday, and will spend a third night in custody following his shock arrest as part of an inquiry into tax fraud, corruption and money laundering.

Portuguese ex-PM Socrates held in fraud inquiry

Lisbon - Portugal's former Socialist prime minister Jose Socrates was arrested as part of an inquiry into tax fraud, corruption and money laundering, the public prosecutor's office announced.

Portugal interior minister resigns over 'golden visas' probe

Lisbon - Portugal's Interior Minister Miguel Macedo resigned Sunday, three days after top officials were detained in a corruption probe linked to "golden visas" for wealthy foreign investors.

Ronaldo shines as Portugal edges battle of width against Ghana

In a widely open match between two counterattacking sides, there was no surprise that all three goals were created in wide areas.

USA's Fabian Johnson dominates right flank against Portugal

One of the few pieces of criticism Paulo Bento has received during his tenure as Portuguese manager is his reluctance to adapt.

USA v Portugal — down to the wire

Manaus - Those football fans unlucky enough not to sneak out of the office to catch today's World Cup action between the United States and Portugal are sure to be kicking themselves.

Op-Ed: Portugal will rely on familiarity to end World Cup trophy curse

All eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo in Brazil. Ronaldo needs to play at the World Cup as the tournament can't afford to be deprived of the best individual in world football, according to FIFA Ballon d’Or voting.

Portugal marks 40 years since end of dictatorship

Lisbon - It should have been a moment for dual celebrations in Portugal as the 40th anniversary of democracy on Friday coincided with the end of the country's international bailout and its crippling conditions.

Portugal set to end bailout program May 17

Lisbon - Portugal is poised to exit the $108 billion bailout program in May. Politicians are stressing the positive aspects of the exit but austerity programs have left deep scars both in the economy and on the populace.

Portugal says will strip 1.4 bn euros from 2015 budget

Lisbon - Portugal on Tuesday laid out savings designed to strip 1.4 billion euros ($1.9 billion) from its budget in the latest step to trim its public deficit.
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Military protest in Lisbon, Portugal on November 10, 2012
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Scenes of protest in Lisbon.
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Scenes of protest in Lisbon - European general strike on November 14.
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