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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.

Firefighters contain huge wildfires in Corsica and Portugal

Sisco - Firefighters managed to contain huge wildfires in Portugal and the French island of Corsica on Saturday, though hot weather meant the risk of them spreading again remained high.

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.

Main forest fires in Portugal under control

G - The main forest fires raging in Portugal since the weekend, which have killed more than 60 people, were brought under control on Thursday, the civil protection agency said.

Angolan VP to be tried for corruption in Portugal

Lisbon - Angolan Vice President Manuel Vicente will face trial in Portugal over allegations he bribed a magistrate to drop two investigations against him, according to a Wednesday ruling cited in Portuguese media.

Fire chief reopens debate over cause of deadly Portugal blaze

G - A fire chief reopened the debate over Portugal's deadly forest blaze Wednesday, arguing it had a criminal origin, as hundreds of firefighters struggled to contain it.

Questions swirl over Portugal fire's 'road of death'

Castanheira De P - Portugal's N236, now dubbed the "road of death", lies charred black from the devastating fire that swept from one side of forest to the other, trapping families and couples in their cars, and firefighters who had come to the rescue.

Portugal PM demands answers as deadly forest fires still rage

Pedr - Portugal's prime minister led calls Tuesday to find out why a highway now dubbed the "road of death" -- where most of the 64 victims of a giant forest fire perished -- had not been blocked off, as questions mounted over the disaster management response...

Portugal's deadly forest fires: the victims

Lisbon - A child who died in the flames during his parents' honeymoon, a family saved by a water tank and a group of friends rescued by a generous neighbour.

Portugal forest fire: What we know

Lisbon - The huge forest fire that erupted Saturday in central Portugal killed at least 64 people and injured 135 more, with many trapped in their cars by the flames.

'Everything burned': Portugal fire survivors recount horror

Vila Facaia - When the fire roared into the village of Pobrais, in central Portugal, Miguel Manuel's mother called him in a panic. He rushed to help her, braving the danger of driving through flames, but it was too late by the time he arrived.

Portugal risks more and more deadly fires: experts

Paris - Highly exposed to global warming's climate-altering impacts, Portugal is likely to see more massive forest fires such as the one -- still raging -- that has killed at least 60 people this weekend, experts say.- Why Portugal, why now?

'Portugal weeps' as deadly forest fire still rages

Pedr - More than 1,000 firefighters on Monday battled a giant forest fire that swept through central Portugal at the weekend, killing at least 62 people.

Portugal forest fire: What we know

Lisbon - The huge forest fire that erupted Saturday in central Portugal killed at least 61 people and injured 62 more, many trapped in their cars by the flames.

Portugal forest fire turns route 236 into road of hell

Figueir - Trapped in his car by the raging wildfires that killed around 60 people in Portugal, Luis Prior managed to save his life by rushing head-on through the flames.
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