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Big waves place Portugal under orange alert

Portugal’s north and central coastalines have been placed under orange alert due to rough waters and large waves.

The orange alert – the second gravest out of four - was announced this...

New Year clouded by uncertainty

Despite the government’s constant affirmations to the contrary, 2014 arrived under a cloud of uncertainty. Prices are rising across the board and public confidence that Portugal is truly “on the...

‘João’ and ‘Maria’ still most popular

João is the most popular name chosen for baby boys baptised in 2013. Data from the births registry shows that the well-worn name of six of the nation’s kings - which slipped from its number one...

Golden visas bring golden investment

Deputy Prime Minister Paulo Portas commented at the weekend that the 471 golden visas that have already been awarded have “far exceeded the programme’s initial objectives”, translating into a €306...

Church charity outraged by sexy calendar

Well-meaning firefighters from Setúbal thought they were stripping off for a good cause when they posed for photos for a cheeky calendar, but their sculpted torsos were just a little too sexy for...

Reward offered over monument vandalism

A fire chief in the castle-town district of Santa Maria da Feira, Aveiro, is offering a €5,000 reward, from his own pocket, for information leading to the detention of vandals who wrecked a...

“High-jacked” funeral leaves family in shock

It was a surreal moment: the family of 82-year-old Maria Irene Oliveira were paying their last respects at her funeral when fire-fighters marched into the church with an order to stop proceedings...

A four-year-old boy left alone at home in an apartment block in Porto while his mother was out working had to be rescued by firemen in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Concerned firemen...

ASAE worker caught speeding

An all-too enthusiastic ASAE worker will now be off the road for 120 days due to his zeal to get to work. A court in Sertã heard how the man was caught driving at 100kph in a 50kph speed limit....

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