Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal director, dead at 106

Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal director, dead at 106

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Manoel de Oliveira, a celebrated Portuguese movie director believed to be the world’s oldest filmmaker, has died, authorities said. He was 106.

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In Portuguese factory, echoes of Europe’s fight for jobs

In Portuguese factory, echoes of Europe’s fight for jobs

VILA NOVA DE GAIA, Portugal (AP) – A rusting yellow production line dangles from the ceiling of the cavernous Valadares factory, the long racks of ceramic sinks and toilets whose manufacture once provided jobs for 1,500 people gathering dust in … Read Full Story

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Portuguese jets will head to Romania for NATO mission in May

Portuguese jets will head to Romania for NATO mission in May

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) – Four Portuguese F-16 fighter jets and 150 Portuguese troops and civilians will be sent to Ukraine neighbor Romania in May and June to participate in NATO aerial policing missions, Romania’s top defense body said Tuesday.

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Spanish bank makes $1.1 billion bid for Portugal’s Banco BPI

Spanish bank makes $1.1 billion bid for Portugal’s Banco BPI

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Spain’s Caixabank has offered 1 billion euros ($1.14 billion) to take full control of Portugal’s Banco BPI, where the Spanish bank already owns 44 percent of the stock.

Barcelona-based Caixabank S.A. said in a statement to … Read Full Story

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Opposition member chosen new East Timor prime minister

Opposition member chosen new East Timor prime minister

DILI, East Timor (AP) – East Timor’s president has chosen opposition party member Rui Maria de Araujo as the new prime minister of the half-island nation, his office announced Wednesday.

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East Timor president accepts prime minister’s resignation

East Timor president accepts prime minister’s resignation

DILI, East Timor (AP) – East Timor’s president on Monday accepted the resignation of independence hero Xanana Gusmao as prime minister ahead of an expected restructuring of the government that would make it more inclusive.

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East Timor independence hero submits resignation as PM

East Timor independence hero submits resignation as PM

DILI, East Timor (AP) – East Timor independence hero Xanana Gusmao resigned as prime minister Friday, stepping down ahead of an expected restructuring of the government next week.

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Portugal approves citizenship plan for Sephardic Jews

Portugal approves citizenship plan for Sephardic Jews

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Portugal’s government on Thursday approved a law granting citizenship rights to the descendants of Jews it persecuted 500 years ago, following Spain’s adoption of similar legislation last year.

Cabinet spokesman Luis Marques Guedes said the government … Read Full Story

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Mormon church creates 11 new missions worldwide, including Portugal

Mormon church creates 11 new missions worldwide, including Portugal

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The Mormon church has announced the creation of 11 new missions worldwide, including two in Utah.

Joining Logan and Orem with new missions are Modesto, California; Yakima, Washington; Trinidad; Costa Rica; Peru; Bolivia; Portugal; and … Read Full Story

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Leader of the Azores Liberation Front dies at age 79

Leader of the Azores Liberation Front dies at age 79

PONTA DELGADA — The leader of the Azores Liberation Front (FLA), José de Almeida, 79, died Monday in Ponta Delgada, after a long illness, his son told the LUSA news agency.
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Portuguese police detain ex-premier in fraud case

Portuguese police detain ex-premier in fraud case

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates has been detained by police as part of an investigation into corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud, Portugal’s Attorney-General’s office said Saturday.

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Blighted harvest drives olive oil price pressures

Blighted harvest drives olive oil price pressures

BEJA, Portugal (AP) – If your favorite bottle of Mediterranean olive oil starts costing more, blame unseasonable European weather – and tiny insects.

High spring temperatures, a cool summer and abundant rain are taking a big bite out of the … Read Full Story

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Portugal gets first female interior minister

Portugal gets first female interior minister

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – A female law professor with no political career is Portugal’s new head of the police and immigration services, replacing an interior minister who quit the government amid a corruption scandal.

Anabela Rodrigues, a former head of … Read Full Story

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Portugal in 2nd attempt to sell TAP Air Portugal

Portugal in 2nd attempt to sell TAP Air Portugal

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s government is trying for the second time in two years to sell flag carrier TAP Air Portugal.
The government announced Thursday it intends to sell a 66 percent stake in the airline, with 5 percent of that … Read Full Story

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Portugal’s BCP among 13 Europe banks that flunk test

Portugal’s BCP among 13 Europe banks that flunk test

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank says 13 of Europe’s 130 biggest banks have flunked an in-depth review of their finances and need an extra 10 billion euros ($12.5 billion) to cushion themselves against any future crises.

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Mozambicans to vote on Wednesday

Mozambicans to vote on Wednesday

JOHANNESBURG (AP) – The capital’s streets named after Vladimir Lenin and Kim Il Sung are lingering reminders of Mozambique’s post-independence Marxism as the country, now one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, prepares for its fifth democratic election on WednesdayRead Full Story

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Lisbon mayor takes charge of Portugal’s Socialists

Lisbon mayor takes charge of Portugal’s Socialists

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Portugal’s main opposition Socialist Party has chosen a new leader to fight next year’s general election.

Lisbon Mayor Antonio Costa collected around two-thirds of the vote in a contest with Antonio Jose Seguro, party leader for … Read Full Story

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Brazil says no to global forest plan

Brazil says no to global forest plan

NEW YORK (AP) – Despite its critical role in protecting the Amazon rainforest, Brazil will not endorse a global anti-deforestation initiative being announced at the U.N. climate summit, complaining it was left out of the consultation process. A U.N. official … Read Full Story

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