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Portugal and former colony Angola seek to repair ties

Lisbon - After years of tensions, Portugal and its one-time African colony Angola are seeking to put relations back on track, with high-level visits planned to push economic ties and repair their troubled past.

Portuguese PM arrives in ex-colony Angola to mend fences

Luanda - Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa touched down in Angola on Monday kicking off a two-day trip designed to improve ties between Luanda and its former colonial master.

Portugal and former colony Angola seek to repair ties

Lisbon - After years of tensions, Portugal and its one-time African colony Angola are seeking to put relations back on track, with high-level visits planned to push economic ties and repair their troubled past.

Booming electric car sales drive lithium rush in Portugal

Boticas - Mining firms are racing to open new lithium mines in Portugal, already Europe's biggest producer of the commodity, thanks to the surge in popularity of electric vehicles powered by lithium-ion batteries.

Portugal fires rage along smouldering stretch of Algarve

Monchique - Wildfires blazed along a smouldering stretch of Portugal's Algarve Thursday, as hundreds of firefighters battled to control flames that have menaced the popular tourist region for a week.

Portugal struggles to put out Algarve wildfire

Monchique - Wildfires scorched across Portugal's southern Algarve region on Wednesday, threatening more villages as the country's prime minister warned the blaze could burn for days before being brought under control.

Arid and ablaze, Europe battles deadly heat

Lisbon - Europe's scorching heatwave has killed nine people in a week in Spain, health authorities said Tuesday, as stifling temperatures kindled wildfires in the country and neighbouring Portugal where a ferocious blaze encircled a resort town.

Portuguese wildfires encircle Algarve resort town

Lisbon - Hundreds of Portuguese firefighters and soldiers battled ferocious forest fires that threatened to engulf an Algarve resort town Tuesday, after sweltering temperatures kindled blazes that have whipped across the region.

Residents cleared from Portugal village near forest fire

Lisbon - A village in a tourist area in southern Portugal was evacuated Friday as more than 400 firefighters tackled a forest fire, emergency services said.

Portugal prepares for fire intervention as heatwave approaches

Lisbon - Portugal said Monday it has mobilised more than 10,000 people and boosted control operations in fire-prone areas of the country ahead of a major heatwave to avoid a repeat of last year's deadly wildfires.

Energy, EU on the agenda as Macron heads to Spain and Portugal

Paris - France's Emmanuel Macron makes his first visit as president to Spain and Portugal, starting Thursday, in his push to overhaul the EU, with the two southern allies seeking French help to connect their energy grids to Europe.

Ryanair strike grounds flights across Europe

Madrid - Ryanair on Wednesday pressed ahead with its cancellation of some 300 flights across Europe as its cabin crew began a two-day strike in Spain, Portugal, Belgium and Italy.

Ryanair cabin crew to strike Wednesday, Thursday

Madrid - With the busy summer season in full swing, Ryanair's cabin crew are all set to go on strike Wednesday and Thursday in Spain, Portugal, Belgium and Italy, forcing the airline to cancel 600 flights.

Ryanair strike hits 600 flights, 100,000 passengers

Madrid - Ryanair on Wednesday said it had cancelled 600 flights in Europe on July 25 and 26 due to cabin crew strikes in Spain, Portugal and Belgium.

Portugal parliament approves new gender change law

Lisbon - The Portuguese parliament on Thursday approved a law that will allow citizens to change their gender and name from the age of 16 without a medical report showing "identity disruption".

Dozens of Hells Angels arrested in Portugal

Lisbon - Portugese police on Wednesday arrested 56 Hells Angels members on charges ranging from attempted murder to pimping, an official said.

Portugal, the European country that wants more migrants

Lisbon - Unlike most European nations, who are trying to reduce the influx of migrants, Portugal is bucking the trend by looking to immigration as a way to counter its declining population.

Ryanair threatened by summer strike

Madrid - Unions representing Ryanair cabin crew based in Spain, Portugal, Belgium and Italy said Monday they would go on strike this summer unless the low-cost airline accepts their demands by a June 30 deadline.

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.

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.
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