Merkel praises Portugal’s financial recovery, warns of risks

Merkel praises Portugal’s financial recovery, warns of risks

BERLIN (AP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel is praising debt-heavy Portugal’s economic recovery after a bailout while cautioning its new government against going back to borrow-and-spend policies.

Merkel says Portugal must stay on the “successful road” of restoring its fiscal … Read Full Story

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Anti-austerity Portuguese government gets EU’s OK for budget

Anti-austerity Portuguese government gets EU’s OK for budget

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – In a tug of war over budgets, the European Commission approved Portugal’s so-called anti-austerity spending plan on Friday, but only after extracting a promise for almost $1 billion in additional cost cuts.

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EU accepts Portugal’s budget but warns of dangers ahead

EU accepts Portugal’s budget but warns of dangers ahead

BRUSSELS (AP) – The European Commission has accepted Portugal’s draft budget plans after last-day changes, but warned that risks still lie ahead for the country’s finances.

EU Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis said Friday that “the Commission did not have … Read Full Story

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Portugal eyes tax hikes for banks, cars in annual budget

Portugal eyes tax hikes for banks, cars in annual budget

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Portugal’s government is looking to increase taxes on the country’s most profitable business sectors as it tries to reconcile the debt-cutting demands of European authorities with its anti-austerity promises to workers and pensioners.

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Portugal’s government hangs tough on ending austerity

Portugal’s government hangs tough on ending austerity

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Portugal’s prime minister said Friday he will seek to accommodate European authorities’ concerns about his government’s spending plan for this year, but won’t give up his promise to end austerity in the country.

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Facebook testing expansion of its ‘like’ button in Portugal and 6 other countries

Facebook testing expansion of its ‘like’ button in Portugal and 6 other countries

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – It won’t be long before Facebook’s 1.6 billion users have more ways to quickly express their feelings on the world’s largest social network.

After four months of testing outside the U.S., Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says … Read Full Story

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H&M releases new commercial filmed in Lisbon with David Beckham

H&M releases new commercial filmed in Lisbon with David Beckham

David Beckham was recently in Lisbon, Portugal, to film a new commercial for clothing giant H&M, which was released this week.

The former soccer star and a model can be seen strolling through the streets of Lisbon, visiting well-known places … Read Full Story

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Foes from Mozambique’s war spar as energy windfall looms

Foes from Mozambique’s war spar as energy windfall looms

JOHANNESBURG (AP) – A bronze statue of a former president looms in Mozambique’s capital, but the likeness of Samora Machel – imposing in military uniform and with pointed finger – is a symbol of division for some in a resource-rich … Read Full Story

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Thousands flee renewed fighting in Mozambique

Thousands flee renewed fighting in Mozambique

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) – Some of the more than 3,000 refugees fleeing renewed fighting in Mozambique have accused government troops of killings, sexual assaults and razing villages suspected of harboring opposition fighters, according to a journalist who visited the refugees … Read Full Story

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Study: Portugal ranks 17th in net impact on global innovation

Study: Portugal ranks 17th in net impact on global innovation

WASHINGTON—Portugal ranks 17th in how its domestic policies support worldwide innovation, according to an analysis released Jan. 26 by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a global technology policy think tank based out of Washington.

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Portugal’s new president demands financial discipline

Portugal’s new president demands financial discipline

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – A center-right candidate scored a resounding victory in Portugal’s presidential election Sunday, warning he would use the largely ceremonial post to prevent the center-left anti-austerity government from worsening the debt-heavy country’s financial health.

Marcelo Rebelo de … Read Full Story

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Portugal’s president blocks laws on gay adoption, abortion

Portugal’s president blocks laws on gay adoption, abortion

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Portugal’s president has vetoed bills recently passed by Parliament that granted full adoption rights to same-sex couples and removed abortion restrictions.

President Anibal Cavaco Silva says the legislation granting gay couples the same adoption rights as … Read Full Story

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Portugal to pick a new president but govt calls the shots

Portugal to pick a new president but govt calls the shots

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – A record 10 candidates are running for president of Portugal, but voters don’t appear to share their enthusiasm for a job that holds no executive power in western Europe’s poorest country.

An unmemorable election campaign and … Read Full Story

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Portugal to nominate António Guterres as UN chief

Portugal to nominate António Guterres as UN chief

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Portugal’s government says it will nominate former prime minister Antonio Guterres to become the next secretary-general of the United Nations.

Guterres was the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees until the end of last year, a post … Read Full Story

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CDC: Ask pregnant women about trips to Zika outbreak areas 

CDC: Ask pregnant women about trips to Zika outbreak areas 

More than 3,800 babies with the condition have been reported in Brazil since October
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials issued new guidance Tuesday for doctors whose pregnant patients may have traveled to regions with a tropical illness linked … Read Full Story

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Alex weakens to tropical storm after moving over Azores

Alex weakens to tropical storm after moving over Azores

MIAMI (AP) – A rare January hurricane in the Atlantic weakened to a tropical storm Friday morning after moving over the Azores.

Tropical Storm Alex’s maximum sustained winds had decreased to near 70 mph (110 kph) Friday Read Full Story

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Rare January hurricane moves closer to mid-Atlantic Azores

Rare January hurricane moves closer to mid-Atlantic Azores

MIAMI (AP) – A rare January hurricane in the Atlantic closed in on the Azores on Friday, with authorities in the Portuguese islands warning of waves up to 18 meters (60 feet) high, wind gusts up to 160 … Read Full Story

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Portuguese court rules to extradite ex-CIA agent to Italy

Portuguese court rules to extradite ex-CIA agent to Italy

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – A Portuguese court has ruled that a former CIA operative convicted of kidnapping an Egyptian cleric as part of an extraordinary renditions program should be turned over to Italy to serve her six-year sentence there, a … Read Full Story

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