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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.

Portugal 'does not deserve' EU penalties over deficit: French minister

Paris - French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said Monday that Portugal does not deserve European Union penalties for government budgetary overruns."Portugal has made enormous efforts in the past years.

Spanish police smash global GPS tracker scam

Madrid - Spanish police said Sunday they had broken up a crime group suspected of cheating over 8,000 people in over 70 countries of around 25 million euros ($27 million).

Stade de France attack victim's daughter hopes for tribute

Paris - The daughter of Manuel Dias, who was killed by a suicide bomb blast outside the Stade de France on November 13, is hoping her father's memory will be honoured at Sunday's Euro 2016 final.

Portugal tourism booms as terror strikes around Mediterranean

Vilamoura - Instability and violence in the Mediterranean's former top tourist destinations are proving a boon to Portugal's Algarve region, seen as a safe haven by comparison, local businesses say.

Portugal detains suspected double agent

Lisbon - Portuguese authorities on Wednesday said they had detained an intelligence services officer on suspicion of being a double agent and selling secrets to Russia.

Polish grandpa heads from New York to Portugal... in a kayak

New York - A Polish grandfather left New York Sunday on his third solo trans-Atlantic crossing in a kayak, aiming to arrive in Portugal in time to celebrate his 70th birthday on firm ground in September.

Green Thumbs Up: Portugal reaches zero emissions milestone

Portugal has set a milestone in its efforts to move to renewable energy, running the entire country for four straight days using only solar, wind and hydro-electric power.

Portuguese police bust Russian gang in football club swoop

Lisbon - Portuguese police have rounded up a Russian mafia gang suspected of buying cash-strapped football clubs and using them for major money-laundering operations, law officials said Wednesday.

Portuguese court paves way for ex-CIA agent's extradition to Italy

Lisbon - Portugal's highest court has approved the extradition to Italy of a former CIA agent convicted over the kidnapping of an Egyptian imam as part of the agency's secret renditions programme, a judicial source told AFP Saturday.

Portugal ex-cop wins appeal in Maddie McCann libel case

Lisbon - A Portuguese ex-policeman who headed the probe into the disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann has won his appeal in a libel battle with her parents, overturning a verdict that saw him ordered to pay out huge damages, the court said Tuesday....

Greece, Portugal make common cause against austerity, refugee crisis

Atenas - Left-leaning Greece and Portugal on Monday said they were determined to push for "alternatives" to European austerity and join forces to tackle the refugee crisis.

12 Portuguese killed on French 'road of death'

Lyon - Twelve Portuguese passengers, including a seven-year-old girl, died when their minibus collided with a heavy lorry on a motorway in central France known locally as "the road of death".
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