Diplomats: Portugal’s Guterres tops fifth poll for UN chief

Diplomats: Portugal’s Guterres tops fifth poll for UN chief

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Portugal’s former Prime Minister Antonio Guterres kept his spot as the first choice to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general, and was the only candidate to get the minimum nine required “yes” votes in … Read Full Story

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Passenger train derails in Spain, killing 4 and injuring 48

Passenger train derails in Spain, killing 4 and injuring 48

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – A passenger train derailed Friday in Spain’s northwestern Galicia region, killing at least four people, including an American tourist, and injuring 48 others who were taken to hospitals, authorities said.

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Diplomats: Portugal’s Guterres tops poll for next UN chief

Diplomats: Portugal’s Guterres tops poll for next UN chief

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Portugal’s former prime minister Antonio Guterres has maintained his spot as first choice to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general, topping the fourth successive informal poll in the Security Council, diplomats said Friday.… Read Full Story

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Portugal’s anti-austerity effort brings little growth

Portugal’s anti-austerity effort brings little growth

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Portugal’s economy is growing only half as quickly as the anti-austerity government had hoped, as its key policy of driving domestic demand comes up short.

Portugal’s economy grew at an annual rate of 0.9 percent in … Read Full Story

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UN Diplomat: Portugal’s Guterres tops 3rd poll for UN chief

UN Diplomat: Portugal’s Guterres tops 3rd poll for UN chief

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Portugal’s former prime minister Antonio Guterres topped the third successive poll of candidates seeking to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general, making him the clear front-runner for the job as the world’s top diplomat, … Read Full Story

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EU sets new deficit deadlines for Spain, Portugal

EU sets new deficit deadlines for Spain, Portugal

BRUSSELS (AP) – The European Union has set new deadlines for Spain and Portugal to bring their budget deficits into line after both countries escaped fines for failing to rein in spending.

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Major forest fire in Portugal’s Madeira islands burns homes

Major forest fire in Portugal’s Madeira islands burns homes

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – A major forest fire in Portugal’s Madeira Islands forced the evacuation of more than 400 people and left 174 others seeking medical treatment, officials said Tuesday.

The wildfire encroaching on the capital Funchal is now … Read Full Story

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NASA joins forces with Portuguese researchers

NASA joins forces with Portuguese researchers

PORTO — Researchers at Porto University have signed an agreement with NASA to observe the North Atlantic using air, submarine and surface vehicles to share knowledge and information.
One of the researchers involved with the project, João Tasso, told Lusa … Read Full Story

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UN diplomats: Portugal’s Guterres tops poll for UN chief

UN diplomats: Portugal’s Guterres tops poll for UN chief

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Portugal’s former prime minister Antonio Guterres topped the second informal poll to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general, but unlike the first round he got two “discourage” votes, leaving the contest in play, U.N. … Read Full Story

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Rolling Stone lists Portuguese festival among world’s ‘Wildest Transformational’ events

Rolling Stone lists Portuguese festival among world’s ‘Wildest Transformational’ events

Castelo Branco, Portugal — Boom Festival, an alternative event held in the interior of central Portugal, from 11 to 18 August, has been named by US magazine ‘Rolling Stone’ as one of its ‘7 Wildest Transformational Festivals’.

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EU Commission refrains from fining Spain, Portugal

EU Commission refrains from fining Spain, Portugal

BRUSSELS (AP) – The European Union’s executive refrained Wednesday from calling for heavy fines against Spain and Portugal for breaching budget rules and sought instead to set “new fiscal paths” for the two countries.

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Diplomats:Ex-Portuguese minister tops poll for next UN chief

Diplomats:Ex-Portuguese minister tops poll for next UN chief

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Portugal’s former prime minister Antonio Guterres topped the first informal poll to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next U.N. secretary-general on Jan. 1 followed by Slovenia’s former president Danilo Turk.

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Police help Lisbon port move cargo amid dock workers’ strike

Police help Lisbon port move cargo amid dock workers’ strike

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Riot police have held back striking Lisbon dock workers while port operators remove ship containers stranded for several weeks by the walkout over pay and labor rights.

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Portuguese lawmakers extend pregnancy rights to gay women

Portuguese lawmakers extend pregnancy rights to gay women

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Gay women will soon have access to artificial insemination in Portugal after the country’s Parliament approved legal changes widening access to the procedure.

Lawmakers voted Friday to change the law on artificial insemination, which previously was … Read Full Story

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Portugal wins more time for recovery after rating decision

Portugal wins more time for recovery after rating decision

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Portugal and the rest of the eurozone could breathe a sigh of relief Friday after international ratings agency DBRS said it wasn’t lowering Portuguese sovereign debt to junk status – a feared move that likely would … Read Full Story

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Portugal gets relief from spike in walkouts after bailout

Portugal gets relief from spike in walkouts after bailout

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – The Portuguese are getting some relief from strikes that disrupted their lives after the country’s financial bailout forced authorities to cut pay, pensions and other entitlements.

Official statistics show there were 105 walkouts in the first … Read Full Story

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Portugal expects less austerity and healthier state finances

Portugal expects less austerity and healthier state finances

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Portugal’s anti-austerity government said Thursday it can substantially reduce the country’s budget deficit in coming years without cutting pay or pensions or increasing income tax.

The government forecasts the deficit will fall from 4.4 percent of GDP last … Read Full Story

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U.S. ranks 1st, Portugal 6th in how their national policies impact global biopharma innovation

U.S. ranks 1st, Portugal 6th in how their national policies impact global biopharma innovation

WASHINGTON—Portugal ranks 6th in how its domestic policies support worldwide life sciences innovation, according to an analysis released April 7 by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a global technology policy think tank.

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