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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Nine out of ten seniors in Portuguese homes suffer from dementia

Nine out of ten seniors in Portuguese homes suffer from dementia

Nine out of 10 older residents of nursing homes in Portugal show cognitive alterations that point to dementia, according to a study carried out by the União das Misericórdias Portuguesas (UMP), one of the organisations that runs the most of … Read Full Story

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Portugal’s head of culture quits after uncultured threats

Portugal’s head of culture quits after uncultured threats

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – The Portuguese government’s head of culture quit Friday after causing an outcry by threatening on social media to slap two newspaper critics.

Culture Minister Joao Soares said in a statement he didn’t want to create problems … Read Full Story

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Portugal gives cool reaction to IMF’s economic critique

Portugal gives cool reaction to IMF’s economic critique

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Portugal’s new Socialist government has given a frosty response to an International Monetary Fund report that points out weaknesses and risks in the debt-heavy country’s economic recovery plans.

The IMF says growth remains “modest” despite favorable … Read Full Story

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Say whaaaaaat?!

Say whaaaaaat?!

Despite many thinking that Spanish and Portuguese are practically the same language, as we all know, that’s just not the case.

Folks at the Flama — a digital network created by Latinos focusing on comedy and culture — actually took … Read Full Story

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Portugal’s new government determined to leave behind austerity policies of recent years

Portugal’s new government determined to leave behind austerity policies of recent years

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The construction cranes poking up from the jumble of terracotta roofs on Lisbon’s skyline can be counted on one hand — a dismal reminder for Ricardo Gomes of how little work there is for his construction company.

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$2.8 billion bank rescue hurts Portuguese budget deficit

$2.8 billion bank rescue hurts Portuguese budget deficit

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Rescuing a bank has proved costly for Portugal’s efforts to balance its books, with the National Statistics Institute estimating the country’s 2015 budget deficit at 4.4 percent – way above the 2.7 percent target.

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Portugal makes arrest in major Brazilian corruption probe

Portugal makes arrest in major Brazilian corruption probe

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese police arrested a suspect and carried out searches in Lisbon on Monday in connection with a major corruption investigation in Brazil that’s ensnared senior politicians.

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Crisis response U.S. Marines sharpen skills in Portugal

Crisis response U.S. Marines sharpen skills in Portugal

U.S. EMBASSY LISBON, PORTUGAL — The U.S. Marines kept their weapons trained on the suspect as they closed in on him in the parking lot of the embassy. One Marine cautiously approached the man to search him for weapons … Read Full Story

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Portugal’s new president wants prudence, growth after crisis

Portugal’s new president wants prudence, growth after crisis

 LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has been sworn in as Portugal’s new president, making an appeal for prudent government spending after a recent financial crisis as well as a new focus on generating growth and jobs.… Read Full Story

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Salvaged Portuguese bank posts $1BN loss, making sale harder

Salvaged Portuguese bank posts $1BN loss, making sale harder

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – A Portuguese bank salvaged from the collapse of a major lender has reported losses of 981 million euros ($1 billion) in 2015, casting a cloud over the government’s attempts to sell it.

Novo Banco, a so-called … Read Full Story

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Portugal’s post-bailout spending plan earns cheers and jeers

Portugal’s post-bailout spending plan earns cheers and jeers

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Portugal’s prime minister said Monday his center-left government’s spending plan is scrapping austerity and restoring hope after years of hardship, but his opponents said he is being reckless with the eurozone country’s finances.

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