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Barroso says job controversy shows EU must change mentality

Lisbon - Former European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso on Tuesday said controversy over his appointment to a job at Goldman Sachs revealed anti-US hostility in Europe.

Jailhouse dogs check in at Portugal prison

Lisbon - Gloria is a regular at Portugal's most infamous prison, but it isn't crime that keeps her coming back. The golden Barbado da Terceira is just one of the canine guests at a most unusual dog kennel run by inmates.

Portugal backtracks on early IMF loan repayment

Lisbon - Portugal's Socialist government said Saturday it will not make early payments of 6.6 billion euros in IMF loans this year in order to maintain financial reserves.

Portugal's ruling party calls German minister a 'pyromaniac'

Lisbon - The head of Portugal's ruling Socialists called German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble a "pyromaniac" Thursday after he criticised Lisbon for reversing course on austerity.

Portugal to levy sugar tax on soft drinks

Lisbon - Portugal's Socialist government will introduce a sugar tax on soft drinks in 2017 which is expected to raise 80 million euros ($88 million) for the nation's public health service, a budget bill presented Friday showed.

Around 80,000 faithful flock to Fatima shrine in Portugal

Lisbon - Around 80,000 pilgrims gathered at the Roman Catholic shrine of Fatima in central Portugal on Thursday to mark the anniversary of what is said to be the final apparition of the Virgin Mary to three shepherd children in 1917.

Antonio Guterres, refugee champion to UN chief

Lisbon - Former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres, nominated Thursday to be the next UN secretary-general, is a self-described man of action who earned his stripes as the world body's refugee chief, tirelessly pressing rich nations to do more.

Guterres vows to 'serve most vulnerable' as UN chief

Lisbon - Antonio Guterres, the man set to become the next United Nations secretary-general, vowed Thursday to serve "the most vulnerable" when he takes up the post.

UN's Ban hails likely successor Guterres as 'superb choice'

Rome - Departing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday hailed his likely successor Antonio Guterres as a "superb choice", ahead of the former Portuguese prime minister's expected backing by the Security Council.

Antonio Guterres, tireless refugee champion

Lisbon - Former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres, who is poised to become the next UN secretary-general, is a self-described man of action who earned his stripes as the world body's refugee chief, tirelessly pressing rich nations to do more.

Portugal's Guterres set to be UN secretary general

New York - Portugal's former prime minister Antonio Guterres is poised to become the next secretary general of the United Nations following a decisive vote by the Security Council on Wednesday.

Security Council powers weigh in to pick new UN chief

New York - The race to become the next UN chief takes a decisive turn on Wednesday when the big powers at the Security Council will for the first time indicate which candidates they are prepared to block.

Portugal's Guterres holds lead in UN chief race

New York - Portugal's former prime minister Antonio Guterres maintained his lead in the race to become the next UN secretary-general following a fifth straw poll by the Security Council on Monday, diplomats said.

Portugal seeks assurances over EU's treatment of Barroso

Lisbon - Portugal's prime minister on Friday said he had called for "clarifications" from European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker that there would be no "discriminatory treatment" of his EC predecessor Jose Manuel Barroso, whose decision to work for Goldma...

Spanish crash train going four times speed limit: black boxes

Madrid - The train that derailed and killed four people in Spain was travelling at 118 kilometres per hour, a court said Tuesday based on information from its black boxes, on a track that allowed just 30 kph.

France backs EU ethics probe into Barroso's Goldman job

Bucharest - French President Francois Hollande Tuesday threw his weight behind a Brussels probe into whether former European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso breached EU ethics guidelines by joining US bank Goldman Sachs.

Speeding most likely cause of Spain train crash: mayor

Porri - Excessive speed is the most likely cause of a train crash in northwestern Spain which killed four people, the mayor of the local town suggested Saturday.

Portugal's Guterres strengthens lead in race to be UN chief

New York - Portugal's former prime minister Antonio Guterres on Friday strengthened his lead in the race to become the next secretary-general of the United Nations following a fourth straw poll by the UN Security Council, diplomats said.

American, Portuguese among dead in Spain train crash

Spain - A train carrying tourists to Portugal from northwestern Spain veered off the tracks and smashed into a pillar Friday, killing its Portuguese driver as well as a US passenger and two Spaniards.

Firefighters battle wildfires in Portugal, Spain

Lisbon - Thousands of firefighters in Spain and Portugal on Wednesday battled blazes that threatened locals and tourists, as authorities hoped the arrival of cooler weather would help tame the flames.

Firefighters bringing blazes under control in Portugal, France

Lisbon - Firefighters were making progress in quenching forest fires that have ravaged parts of Portugal and France, officials said Friday, as Spain faced a rash of possibly deliberate blazes.

Firefighters battle blazes in France and Portugal

Marseille - Fires that raged through countryside near Marseille left a trail of destruction but were no longer threatening the southern French city on Thursday, while another blaze erupted near the Spanish border, forcing dozens to evacuate.

Portugal battles deadly forest fires

Lisbon - Three people have died in raging forest fires on Portugal's holiday island of Madeira where flames damaged homes and a hotel and forced around 1,000 people to flee.

Three die as fires ravage Madeira

Lisbon - Three people were killed, two seriously hurt and around a thousand forced to flee overnight as fires ravaged the Portuguese holiday island of Madeira, reaching the capital Funchal, rescuers said Wednesday.

Portugal's former PM Guterres leads race to be next UN chief

New York - Portugal's former prime minister Antonio Guterres held the lead in the race to be the next UN secretary-general after a second secret straw poll on Friday, diplomats said.

Second straw poll could shake up race for UN chief

New York - The race to become the next UN chief gathers pace on Friday with a second straw poll that could spring surprises and prompt some candidates to end their bid to become the world's top diplomat.

Retrial row halts extradition of ex-CIA agent from Portugal

Lisbon - Portugal has put the brakes on the extradition to Italy of a former CIA agent over her role in the 2003 kidnapping of an Egyptian imam who claimed he was subsequently tortured.

On the Harry Potter trail in Portugal — Rowling's inspiration

Porto - It feels as if time has stood still at Lello, a Gothic Revival style bookstore in the historic centre of Porto, whose heady "olde worlde" ambiance inspired some of the scenes for Harry Potter.It was in Portugal's second city that Potter author J. K.

11 jailed in Spain stamp scam, one of country's 'biggest frauds'

Madrid - Spain's top criminal court said Wednesday it had sentenced 11 former executives of stamp firm Afinsa to up to 12 years in jail for their role in a vast scam that ruined thousands of savers.

Portugal's Guterres leads first-round vote for UN chief

New York - Antonio Guterres, Portugal's ex-prime minister who was UN refugee chief for 10 years, led the closely watched first straw poll vote Thursday to pick the next UN secretary-general, diplomats said.
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