21 parties register for Portugal’s general election Oct. 4

21 parties register for Portugal’s general election Oct. 4

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Portugal’s National Election Commission says 21 parties, some in coalitions, will field candidates in the Oct. 4 general election.

The commission said late Wednesday that only 14 parties will run in all … Read Full Story

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Portuguese judges block surveillance law to fight terror

Portuguese judges block surveillance law to fight terror

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Portugal’s Constitutional Court has disallowed legislation that would have given intelligence agencies access to private communications metadata.

The judges declared the bill passed by Parliament last month illegal because it violated article 34 of the Constitution, … Read Full Story

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Portuguese government sees good news in higher tax revenue

Portuguese government sees good news in higher tax revenue

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Portugal’s center-right government is citing a jump in tax revenue as evidence the economy is growing and proof that its crackdown on tax evasion is working.

With less than two months before a general election, the … Read Full Story

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Portuguese election brings a crush of labor demands

Portuguese election brings a crush of labor demands

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – In the run-up to an October general election, Portuguese labor groups are stepping up their pressure for higher pay and better working hours, with police hinting they will stop handing out traffic fines.

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Portuguese government suggests employees start pedaling

Portuguese government suggests employees start pedaling

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – The Portuguese government is recommending its staff try cycling in an effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and save money on gas.

The government has reduced its vehicle fleet from more than 28,000 in 2010 to … Read Full Story

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Portuguese government rests on its laurels ahead of election

Portuguese government rests on its laurels ahead of election

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Portugal’s center-right coalition government is hoping its record overseeing the country’s recovery from the brink of bankruptcy will be enough to get it re-elected in October.

The Social Democratic Party and Popular Party took office after … Read Full Story

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Returning emigrants could overwhelm Portugal, analysts say

Returning emigrants could overwhelm Portugal, analysts say

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Portuguese analysts are warning that the country’s feeble economy and overburdened welfare programs are at risk from a potentially massive return of emigrants who left in search of jobs during the eurozone’s recent financial crisis.

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Portugal’s prime minister cites Greece as warning for voters

Portugal’s prime minister cites Greece as warning for voters

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Portugal’s prime minister is pointing to Greece’s troubles as he seeks to persuade voters to re-elect his center-right coalition government and reject anti-austerity proposals from the main opposition Socialist Party.

With elections three months away, Pedro … Read Full Story

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Ernest Moniz decorated at the Belém presidential palace

Ernest Moniz decorated at the Belém presidential palace

LISBON — The United States Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, a native of Fall River and grandchild of Azorean immigrants, was decorated at the Belém presidential palace in Lisbon on Friday, July 10.
President Aníbal Cavaco Silva, who awarded Moniz … Read Full Story

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Former gov’t official arrested in Portuguese corruption case

Former gov’t official arrested in Portuguese corruption case

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Another former senior member of Portugal’s Socialist Party became the latest ex-government official to be arrested in a corruption investigation that has seen a former prime minister held in prison.

Armando Vara, a deputy minister in … Read Full Story

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‘She was a leader, a woman beyond her years’

‘She was a leader, a woman beyond her years’

Maria Barroso, former Portuguese first lady, dead at 90

Those who knew former Portugal’s First Lady Maria Barroso Soares said her warmth, graciousness and leadership has left an indelible mark on those with whom she crossed paths during her visits … Read Full Story

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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.

Treasury Secretary Isabel Castelo Branco announced Thursday that David Neeleman’s Gateway … Read Full Story

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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.

Socrates is being investigated on … Read Full Story

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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.

Greece’s difficulties in reaching a deal … Read Full Story

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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.

The National Coach Museum, which offers a glimpse of the … Read Full Story

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