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Portugal under extreme risk of wildfires as country braces third heatwave of summer

Every mobile phone in Portugal has been sent a text warning of the extreme risk of wildfires as the country braces for its third heatwave of the summer. The country has entered a state of alert, with temperatures expected to reach 38C and strong winds predicted in the coming days. The messages warned those in […]

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62-year-old French man survives 16 hours in Atlantic Ocean after his vessel capsized

A 62-year-old French man survived for 16 hours at sea by using an air bubble inside his boat after it capsized. The 12-metre vessel, which had set sail from Portugal’s capital Lisbon, sent out a distress signal late on Monday evening from the Atlantic Ocean. Spanish coastguards found the upturned boat, but the sea was […]

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Deadly wildfires hit Portugal, Spain, France, Greece and Morocco; thousands evacuated

Thousands of firefighters are battling wildfires in Portugal, Spain and southwestern France, in the grip of a heatwave that shows no sign of easing. In northern Portugal, a pilot died when his waterbombing plane crashed in the Foz Coa area, near the Spanish border. Fires are ravaging areas of France’s Gironde region, where more than […]

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Portugal’s ruling Socialist Party wins unexpected majority

Portugal’s ruling Socialist Party has won an unexpected outright majority in Sunday’s snap general election for only the second time in its history. The election was called when Prime Minister António Costa failed to pass a budget after losing the support of two smaller parties. Mr Costa said Portugal needed stability to ensure economic recovery. […]

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Portugal votes in snap election amid Covid-19, no clear winner in sight

Portuguese voted on Sunday in a snap parliamentary election with no clear winner in sight and uncertainty increased by potentially low turnout amid record coronavirus infections. A late surge by the opposition centre-right Social Democratic Party (PSD) clawed away the ruling Socialists’ once comfortable poll lead, with the two sides in a statistical tie according […]

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s statue in India’s touristy state of Goa runs into controversy

A statue of footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has sparked controversy in the Indian state of Goa, with residents objecting to a Portuguese footballer being honoured instead of a player from India. Michael Lobo, a minister in the Goa state government, on Wednesday tweeted that the statue is aimed at promoting football as a sport and to […]

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Portugal bans bosses from text messaging and emailing staff out of working hours

Portugal banned bosses from text messaging and emailing staff out of working hours as part of new laws dubbed “right to rest”. The move is part of changes being introduced to improve work-life balance in response to an expansion of working from home in the country. Companies with more than 10 staff could face fines […]

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Cristiano Ronaldo breaks the world record for most goals scored in men’s international football

Cristiano Ronaldo broke the world record for goals scored in men’s international football as he hit his 110th and 111th goals for Portugal in their dramatic 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over the Republic of Ireland. The 36-year-old scored two late headers after he had a penalty saved by Gavin Bazunu. Ali Daei, who scored […]

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Cristiano Ronaldo scores 109th international goal to equal world record

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to equal the all-time international goal scoring record as Portugal qualified for the last 16 of Euro 2020 in a thrilling conclusion to Group F on Wednesday. The Juventus forward was unnervingly accurate with two penalties to earn Portugal a 2-2 draw against reigning World Cup champion France in Budapest. In […]

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Chelsea beat Manchester City 1-0 to clinch Champions League title

Chelsea clinched the Champions League title on Saturday after beating Manchester City 1-0 in an all-English final. A first-half goal from summer signing Kai Havertz, the most expensive player in Chelsea’s history, was enough to earn Thomas Tuchel’s side victory in front of thousands of fans at Porto’s Estadio Dragao in Portugal. Meanwhile, Manchester City’s […]

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World’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge opens for public in Portugal

The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge opened in Portugal. The bridge is called 516 Arouca — because it’s 516 meters long and is in the town of Arouca, an hour south of Porto. The bridge connects Aguieiras Waterfall and Paiva Gorge and is the latest adventure offering in the Arouca Geopark, known for its extreme […]

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With only 7 vacant ICU beds Portugal hospitals on brink of collapse amid COVID surge

Portugal on Saturday said it had only seven vacant beds left in its intensive care units (ICUs) set up for COVID-19 cases on its mainland, as a surge in infections prompted the authorities to send some critical patients to Portuguese islands. Health Ministry data showed on Saturday that, out of 850 ICU beds allocated to […]