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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, in a new … Read Full Story

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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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