Former Portuguese First Lady Maria Barroso in a deep coma

Former Portuguese First Lady Maria Barroso in a deep coma

LISBON — Former Portuguese First Lady Maria Barroso has been hospitalized in Lisbon after suffering serious head injuries resulting from a fall.

According to Portuguese news reports, the wife of President Mário Soares is in a deep coma.

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Portugal grants Lisbon transport concession to Spanish group

Portugal grants Lisbon transport concession to Spanish group

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Portugal’s government says it is granting Spain’s Grupo Avanza the concession to operate Lisbon’s subway and bus companies, which are publicly owned.

Sergio Monteiro, secretary of state for transport, said Friday the concession agreement … Read Full Story

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US-Brazilian airline founder wins bid for Portuguese carrier

US-Brazilian airline founder wins bid for Portuguese carrier

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – A Portuguese official says a consortium including the U.S-Brazilian founder of two airlines has won the bidding to buy TAP Portugal, the heavily-indebted national airline.

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Ex-Portugal PM stays in jail after rejecting ankle monitor

Ex-Portugal PM stays in jail after rejecting ankle monitor

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – A judge has ruled that former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates must remain in prison after refusing an offer of house detention requiring him to wear an ankle bracelet monitoring device.

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Portugal reimburses IMF early, displays financial health

Portugal reimburses IMF early, displays financial health

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Portugal is showing off its relative financial health – and signaling it is different from Greece – by paying back another batch of international loans ahead of their due date.

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Portuguese government wants better offers in airline sale

Portuguese government wants better offers in airline sale

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – A senior Portuguese official on Tuesday gave the two bidders in the privatization of TAP Air Portugal three days to improve their offers, hinting the flag carrier’s sale could be called off if they don’t.

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Carriages that carried kings get 21st-century home in Lisbon

Carriages that carried kings get 21st-century home in Lisbon

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – One of Lisbon’s most popular tourist attractions has a new home for its 110th birthday. But what’s on display inside has been turning heads for centuries.

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Two Latin American bidders vie for TAP Air Portugal

Two Latin American bidders vie for TAP Air Portugal

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Portuguese government says it will hold talks with two Latin American airline operators to decide which of the two will be sold a 61 percent stake in state-owned flag carrier TAP Air Portugal.
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Portuguese opinion poll puts leading parties neck-and-neck

Portuguese opinion poll puts leading parties neck-and-neck

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — An opinion poll published in Portugal on Thursday placed the coalition government roughly level with the main opposition Socialist Party five months ahead of a general election, confounding predictions that austerity policies in recent years would … Read Full Story

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Pope Francis pays homage to the statue of St. Mary of Fatima

Pope Francis pays homage to the statue of St. Mary of Fatima

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Fátima, a journey to the altar of the world

Fátima, a journey to the altar of the world
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Portuguese travelers turn into aid agency after Nepal quake

Portuguese travelers turn into aid agency after Nepal quake

ICHANGU NARAYAN, Nepal (AP) – They arrived in Nepal as backpackers a day before a deadly earthquake that flattened large swaths of this impoverished Himalayan nation. In the days since the disaster, they’ve transformed themselves into a two-man amateur aid … Read Full Story

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Text message causes tension in Portugal’s coalition gov’t

Text message causes tension in Portugal’s coalition gov’t

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – A cell phone text message is straining relations between the two parties in Portugal’s coalition government, which plan to stand together in a general election later this year.

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Madeleine McCann’s parents win Portuguese libel case

Madeleine McCann’s parents win Portuguese libel case

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – The parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann have won 500,000 euros ($549,000) in a libel action against a former Portuguese detective who published a book alleging they were involved in their daughter’s disappearance, according to … Read Full Story

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Portugal investigates visas awarded to non-EU investors

Portugal investigates visas awarded to non-EU investors

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Portugal’s Attorney-General’s office says officials are searching government offices and other locations as part of a corruption and money-laundering investigation centered on the granting of residence permits to investors from outside the European Union.

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Portugal, U.S. exchange lessons in crisis response

Portugal, U.S. exchange lessons in crisis response

LISBON — Portuguese and U.S. Marines recently exchanged crisis response tactics during an exercise here that could be used to protect other NATO countries.

Approximately 60 U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa joined the Portuguese Marines, … Read Full Story

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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.

The city council of Porto, where Oliveira was born and lived, announced his death … Read Full Story

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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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