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Portugal Tour winner, two others suspended after doping tests

Portugal Tour winner, two others suspended after doping tests Lisbon - Nuno Ribeiro, the winner of this year's Tour of Portugal race, and two team-mates have failed a doping test and been provisionally suspended, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Friday.

The Portuguese cyclist of the Spanish outfit Continental Team Liberty Seguros has tested positive for CERA, the latest version of the endurance-boosting hormone EPO.

Two Spanish team-mates, Hector Guerra Garcia and Isidro Nozal Vega, have also tested positive for CERA.

Two Dutch student pilots and instructor killed in Portuguese crash

Lisbon  - Two Dutch student pilots and their Spanish instructor were killed when their light aircraft crashed in southern Portugal, officials said Wednesday.

The plane, which was travelling from Seville in Spain to Evora in Portugal, crashed near Castro Verde on Tuesday evening.

The plan was a two-engine Piper registered in Belgium, according to sources at Evora airport. The victims were between 18 and 27 years old.

The causes of the accident were not immediately known. (dpa)

Four killed in train accident in northern Portugal

Lisbon  - Four people were killed Tuesday when a train collided with a private car at an unguarded rail crossing in northern Portugal, rescue services said.

Three other people were injured. All the victims were occupants of the car, the sources said.

The accident occurred near Santa Leocadia while the train was travelling from Regua to Porto. (dpa)

Firefighters battle 13 blazes in northern Portugal

PortugalLisbon  - Over 500 firefighters were on duty Sunday battling a wave of forest fires in northern Portugal, with the region around the port city of Porto the hardest-hit, officials said.

A total of 13 different fires were reported, including five threatening Porto.

At the same time, fire departments around the rest of Portugal were being kept on a heightened state of readiness due to the ongoing heat and dry weather conditions.  dpa

Portugal to accept two former Guantanamo inmates

Portugal to accept two former Guantanamo inmatesLisbon  - Portugal has accepted two former inmates of the United States' Guantanamo Bay detention centre, media reports said Saturday.

The two Syrian men were housed in apartments provided by the Portuguese government, and are considered innocent of any terrorism charges, the Portuguese Interior Ministry said.

The two men have freedom of movement within the country, but will require a visa to travel to other countries within the European Union, the Ministry reported, adding that the two came to Portugal of their own free will.

Wildfires continue ravaging Portugal and Spain

Wildfires continue ravaging Portugal and Spain Lisbon/Madrid - Wildfires on Monday continued ravaging Portugal and Spain, where such blazes have consumed tens of thousands of hectares of vegetation this summer, firefighters and officials said.

More than 70 firefighters were trying to contain a blaze in Portugal's northern Braganca district. Two other fires were brought under control in Braganca and Guarda districts.

A fourth fire crossed over to Spain, where it entered Arribes del Duero nature park near Ciudad Rodrigo.

Collapsed cliff kills at least five on Portugal beach

Collapsed cliff kills at least five on Portugal beachLisbon  - Rocks and earth from a collapsing cliff killed at least five sunbathers Friday in Albufeira on the Algarve coast in southern Portugal, officials said.

Civil rescue officials said that the dead included three women who were killed instantly by the collapse; a 60-year-old man who died of cardiac arrest in the ambulance on the way to hospital; and a 38- year-old woman who died of severe injuries in hospital.

Two killed in light plane crash in Portugal

Two killed in light plane crash in Portugal Lisbon  - The two passengers of a light aircraft died when they crashed near a village on the outskirts of the Portuguese city of Evora, according to local reports Saturday.

An unoccupied private home in the central Portuguese village was set ablaze and another building damaged in Friday's crash.

The accident occurred after the pilot aborted a landing at a nearby airstrip in Evora. The twin-engine propeller-driven plane swung around to attempt a second run at the strip from the opposite direction but struck a building. (dpa)

Portugal to take two Guantanamo detainees

Portugal to take two Guantanamo detainees Washington - Portugal has agreed to resettle two Syrian Guantanamo Bay detainees to assist in US President Barack Obama's plan to close the controversial prison camp by next year, the US State Department confirmed Friday.

Portugal would become the third country in the European Union to accept at least one Guantanamo prisoner, along with Britain and France.

British police reveal cost of hunt for missing Madeleine McCann

British police reveal cost of hunt for missing Madeleine McCann London - British police have spent nearly 750,000 pounds (1.27 million dollars) in the search for Madeleine McCann since the toddler went missing in a resort in Portugal in May, 2007, figures released Monday showed.

No trace has been found of the girl, who would have celebrated her 6th birthday in May, and whose fate prompted a massive international police hunt accompanied by a vociferous campaign by her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann.

Portuguese wife gets damages after accident makes husband impotent

Portuguese wife gets damages after accident makes husband impotent Lisbon - A Portuguese woman has been awarded 50,000 euros in damages after an accident at work made her husband impotent and left her with an unfulfilled sex life, it was reported Sunday.

"I'd rather stay poor and do without the money, because no money in the world can match good health - but the verdict is just," the wife was quoted as saying by Publico newspaper.

She added that because the accident had affected not just her husband but the entire family, the damages payment should have been higher.

Portuguese "Cro-Magnon" escapee lives in caves for 16 years

Lisbon  - A Portuguese fugitive lived in caves for 16 years, the daily Publico reported Thursday.

The man escaped from prison after serving two years of a 10-year sentence for homicide.

He then lived in mountain caves in the Braga area in the north, surviving on food that relatives brought to him.

When police finally located the 54-year-old "Cro-Magnon" with a long beard, he was armed and resisted arrest.

But he then turned out to be so lonely that he just could not stop chatting, a police source was quoted as saying.

The man's only entertainment in his cave was a radio which he listened to for football news. (dpa)

Portugal gets new economy minister after insult in parliament

Portugal gets new economy minister after insult in parliamentLisbon  - Portuguese Finance Minister Fernando Teixeira dos Santos will on Monday be sworn in as economy minister after Manuel Pinho resigned from the post over making an offensive gesture to a political opponent, government sources said Friday.

Teixeira will hold both the finance and economy portfolios until the general elections in September.

Pinho was forced to step down suddenly on Thursday after making a horns gesture to a member of the opposition during a parliamentary debate on the state of the nation.

Portugal sets September 27 for parliamentary elections

Portugal sets September 27 for parliamentary elections Lisbon - Parliamentary elections in Portugal have been set for September 27, announced President Anibal Cavaco Silva on Saturday.

There is no clear favourite for the elections. Until recently, the Socialists had been tipped to lead, but a setback in the recent European Parliament elections has made some analysts question how well they will do in national elections.

The Socialists currently have an absolute majority in the parliament.(dpa)

Real Madrid sell unwanted Saviola to Benfica

Real Madrid sell unwanted Saviola to Benfica Madrid - Portugese giants Benfica announced late Friday that they had bought Javier Saviola from Real Madrid.

According to Spanish and Portuguese media, Benfica will pay Real 5 million euros (6.98 million dollars) for the little Argentine striker.

Saviola, 27, has hardly played for Real since joining them in 2007, after finishing his contract at Barcelona.

He had joined Barca aged 19 in 2001 from River Plate. He made a bright start at the Camp Nou but failed to fulfill his early potential, and his career has been on the slide ever since.

Whaling body ends meeting without decisions - EU split

Whaling body ends meeting without decisions - EU split Lisbon/Funchal - The International Whaling Commission (IWC) on Friday ended its 61st annual meeting without concrete results and with deep splits in its midst.

Hundreds of delegates from 85 countries attended the five-day meeting on the Portuguese island of Madeira.

Whales and the internally divided European Union were "the big losers" of the meeting, the animal rights group Pro Wildlife said.

Whaling body postpones controversial decisions on hunting

Whaling body postpones controversial decisions on huntingLisbon/Funchal - The International Whaling Commission (IWC) on Thursday decided to postpone controversial decisions at its 61st annual meeting on the Portuguese island of Madeira, environmentalists said.

The sources described the decision as a "scandal," saying it would send a negative signal to the public opinion.

The 85-nation IWC put off a decision on Denmark's proposal to allow Greenland's indigenous inhabitants to hunt 50 humpback whales over five years.

The proposal was to be dealt with by an extra meeting by the end of the year.

Whaling congress may fudge key decisions, environmentalists fear

Whaling congress may fudge key decisions, environmentalists fear Lisbon/Funchal - Environmentalists Tuesday expressed concern that the International Whaling Commission (IWC) may shun key decisions as its five-day meeting on Madeira went into its second day.

The 61st annual IWC meeting brought hundreds of delegates from 85 countries to the Portuguese island.

The meeting was likely to take "no controversial decisions," representatives from various environmental lobby groups told the German Press Agency dpa.

Madeira meeting pits whaling countries and opponents

Madeira meeting pits whaling countries and opponentsFunchal, Portugal  - Portuguese Environment Minister Francisco Nunes Correia on Monday called for flexibility at the start of a five-day meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) pitting whaling countries and their opponents.

Japan, Denmark, Norway and Iceland were expected to press for more whaling rights at the IWC's 61st annual meeting which brought hundreds of delegates from 85 countries to Portugal's Madeira Island.

Portugal's Prime Minister Socrates survives vote of no confidence

Portugal's Prime Minister Socrates survives vote of no confidence Lisbon - Prime Minister Jose Socrates late Wednesday survived a vote of no confidence in parliament, dealing a blow to the ambitions of the right-wing conservative opposition just months before elections.

Socrates survived with 120 negative votes from his social democrats - the Socialist Party (PS) - against 78 members who voted for the no-confidence bid.

There were 22 abstentions from the Greens and left wing parties. It was the fourth vote of no-confidence that Socrates has survived since taking office.(dpa)

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