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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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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Remembering the Challenger after 30 years

Remembering the Challenger after 30 years

For a dedicated group, the legacy of Christa McAuliffe is defined by her ability to inspire children, not the failed space shuttle launch that claimed her life 30 years ago.

“I feel, here is this vibrant woman who lived for … 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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Lionel Messi wins FIFA world player award for 5th time

Lionel Messi wins FIFA world player award for 5th time

ZURICH (AP) — Lionel Messi has won the FIFA world player of the year award for a record fifth time.

Messi ended Cristiano Ronaldo’s two-year hold on the Ballon d’Or trophy, soccer’s top individual honor.

The Barcelona forward regained the … Read Full Story

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José Mourinho leaves Chelsea for 2nd time

José Mourinho leaves Chelsea for 2nd time

LONDON (AP) – Jose Mourinho’s second spell as Chelsea manager ended Thursday, only seven months after he won his third Premier League title with the club.

Although Chelsea is only one point above the relegation zone, the 52-year-old coach … Read Full Story

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Troubled Portuguese bank halts steep share slide

Troubled Portuguese bank halts steep share slide

LISBOAN (AP) — Shares in Portuguese bank Banif on Tuesday halted their recent steep fall after its chairman gave assurances there were no plans to close the troubled financial institution, which has a representative office in Fall River, Mass.

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Belenenses and Rio de Janeiro Brazil All Stars to take part in International Futsal Challenge in Mass. and R.I.

Belenenses and Rio de Janeiro Brazil All Stars to take part in International Futsal Challenge in Mass. and R.I.

FALL RIVER – Here’s an early Christmas present for Greater Fall River soccer fans.

The International Futsal Challenge, featuring two international and two domestic teams, will make a stop at Durfee High School’s Luke Urban Field House on Saturday, Dec. … Read Full Story

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Post-coup constitution keeps Portugal in political limbo

Post-coup constitution keeps Portugal in political limbo

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – History has returned to haunt Portugal, with a constitutional amendment adopted after a military coup more than 30 years ago holding the eurozone country in a tense political limbo that threatens to rekindle its financial troubles.… Read Full Story

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TAP’s privatization signed and sealed

TAP’s privatization signed and sealed

LISBON (LUSA) — The sale of a 61 percent stake in the Portuguese flagship carrier TAP was approved by the Council of Ministers on Thursday with the acting government deeming the sale an urgent and unavoidable need.

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Portugal’s government ousted amid austerity backlash

Portugal’s government ousted amid austerity backlash

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Anti-austerity lawmakers forced Portugal’s center-right government to resign Tuesday by rejecting its policy proposals at the start of what was supposed to be a second consecutive term in office – and four more years … Read Full Story

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Ronaldo says he’s afraid of nothing, but won’t discuss FIFA

Ronaldo says he’s afraid of nothing, but won’t discuss FIFA

LONDON (AP) – The most important date of the year for Cristiano Ronaldo has nothing to do with Real Madrid’s big “clasico” games against Barcelona. Or crucial Champions League matches. Or representing Portugal on international duty.

According to Ronaldo, it’s … Read Full Story

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Portugal braces for fall of gov’t amid austerity backlash

Portugal braces for fall of gov’t amid austerity backlash

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Portugal’s new government faced what were likely to be its final hours in power Tuesday as anti-austerity forces in Parliament prepared to force its resignation.

The showdown came less than two weeks after the center-right government … Read Full Story

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‘Ronaldo the movie’ to debut Nov. 9

‘Ronaldo the movie’  to debut Nov. 9

Filmed over 14 months with unprecedented access into the inner circle of Cristiano Ronaldo, the movie  “A Year In The Life Of The World’s Best Footballer” will be released worldwide on Monday, Nov. 9.

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Portugal gives Ronaldo a rest, calls up newcomers for games

Portugal gives Ronaldo a rest, calls up newcomers for games

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Cristiano Ronaldo is getting a rest from Portugal’s national team.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos left Ronaldo off his 23-man squad, instead picking newcomers Lucas Joao and Goncalo Guedes to face Russia on Nov. 14 and Luxembourg … Read Full Story

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Belgium moves to No. 1 in FIFA rankings for 1st time, Portugal remains 4th

Belgium moves to No. 1 in FIFA rankings for 1st time, Portugal remains 4th

ZURICH (AP) – Belgium has moved up to No. 1 in the FIFA rankings for the first time.

Despite only reaching the World Cup quarterfinals last year, Belgium rose two places after two wins in European Championship qualifying matches.

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Storm kills 1, causes severe flooding in southern Portugal

Storm kills 1, causes severe flooding in southern Portugal

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Authorities say a heavy storm has killed one person and caused severe flooding in Portugal’s Algarve region.

Authorities were cleaning up and counting the cost of the damage Monday after the heavy storm hit the seaside … Read Full Story

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World’s best surfers take on the planet’s biggest waves in Portugal

World’s best surfers take on the planet’s biggest waves in Portugal

NAZARÉ — As a huge tide crashed into shore at Praia do Norte in Portugal from a stormy sea on Sunday, Nov. 1, some of the world’s best surfers saw it as an opportunity to show just what they’re capable … Read Full Story

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