Portugal’s Socialists prepare 4 more years in government
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The center-left Socialist Party got the most votes in Portugal's general election Sunday, leaving it poised to continue leading the government for another four...
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's Socialist prime minister is vowing to address the challenges of a low national birth rate, the increasing cost of health care and climate change as he bids for a...
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's prime minister is warning against complacency in the fight against wildfires after huge blazes in 2017 that killed more than 100 people were followed by two...
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's prime minister isn't carrying out his threat to resign — and has even scored a political victory over opponents six months before a general...
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's prime minister is warning opposition parties his minority government will resign if parliament approves a bill giving teachers retroactive pay to replace income...
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's secretary of state for the environment resigned Thursday after it emerged he appointed a cousin as his assistant, deepening a controversy over family connections...
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's prime minister says it's not a problem that his Cabinet contains a husband and wife, as well as a father and daughter, and insists that the relatives of senior...
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's Cabinet has gone out into the street to observe a minute of silence as part of a day of national mourning it decreed for victims of domestic violence.
Portugal: Prime minister asks if skin color shaped questions
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's prime minister caused uproar in parliament when he asked if the color of his skin had prompted a lawmaker's questions during a debate on racial tensions and police conduct Friday.
"It must be because of my skin color that you're asking me whether I condemn or don't condemn" police violence, Prime Minister Antonio Costa, who is of Indian descent on his father's side, told the inquiring legislator.
Portugal PM defends Ronaldo amid rape accusation
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa has spoken out in defense of soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been embroiled in a rape accusation.
Speaking to television on the Spanish island of Lanzarote on Saturday, Costa made an appeal to the presumption of innocence, as well as Ronaldo's successful career.
Ronaldo still scoreless as Juventus extends perfect start
ROME (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo is still scoreless after three matches with Juventus.
Juventus, however, is doing just fine.
Mario Mandzukic scored one and set up another with a backheel pass as the Bianconeri won at promoted Parma 2-1 on Saturday to remain perfect.
With Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Costa in attendance at Parma's Ennio Tardini Stadium, the closest Ronaldo came to scoring was with a header off a corner that went just wide midway through the first half.
Portugal says major wildfire will take days to put out
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A major wildfire blackening hills in Portugal's southern Algarve region likely will take several more days to bring under control, the country's prime minister said Wednesday.
Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said that efforts to control the fire that broke out Friday were being hampered by gusting winds, the region's deep ravines and the numerous plantations where combustible eucalyptus is grown for paper pulp.
BRUSSELS (AP) — If the NATO summit was tough on the dozens of leaders attending, it appears to have been even tougher on European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
The European Union leader was seen stumbling, walking awkwardly and losing his balance several times ahead of a gala dinner Wednesday.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's president and prime minister have attended a Mass in a rural town to mark the anniversary of a wildfire that killed 66 people.
President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Prime Minister Antonio Costa joined other government members and scores of local people Sunday at a small church in Pedrogao Grande, which is located about 200 kilometers (120 miles) northeast of Lisbon.
The Latest: Portugal joins Brown climate change pact
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a visit by Portugal's prime minister to California (all times local):
Portugal has officially joined an international coalition led by California Gov. Jerry Brown to fight global warming by reducing carbon emissions.
Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa signed the agreement Thursday after meeting with Brown at the Capitol. That followed a speech before the state Senate.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Portugal's prime minister and other officials are visiting the California state Senate to boost ties between the two governments.
Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins said Thursday that California has the largest population of Portuguese Americans, at more than 300,000 people. She says California and Portugal are signing a memorandum of understanding on clean energy. Its details weren't immediately available.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived in Portugal for a 24-hour official visit during which she will discuss the European Union's future with local officials.
Merkel flew Wednesday to the northern Portuguese city of Porto, where she was met by Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's governing Socialist Party is in disarray over how to react to corruption investigations against some of its former senior members, including a former prime minister.
New allegations that former Energy Minister Manuel Pinho took money from a company while in office, coming after accusations that ex-PM Jose Socrates pocketed 34 million euros ($40 million dollars), have caused discomfort and squabbling in the center-left party, which runs a minority government.
Portuguese minister resigns over 106 wildfire deaths
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Portuguese minister in charge of emergency services resigned Wednesday after 106 people were killed in unprecedented wildfires this year in the Iberian nation.
The European Union's Emergency Management Service, meanwhile, says the area burned by wildfires this year in Portugal is the largest on record for the nation, more than six times the annual average for the last eight years.
Portugal braces for wildfire calamity as temperatures rise
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's government is taking the rare step of decreeing a state of public calamity before a forecast rise in temperatures that authorities fear will worsen a spate of wildfires.
Prime Minister Antonio Costa's office says in a statement that he will meet with heads of the emergency services, including the armed forces, on Friday to prepare for a weekend rise in temperatures to around 40 C (104 F).
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Three junior members of Portugal's government are quitting after coming under suspicion in an investigation into foreign trips provided by national energy company Galp.
Prime Minister Antonio Costa says he has accepted the resignations of his secretaries of state for tax affairs, industry and business internationalization. They work under more senior government ministers.
Blame game in Portugal over wildfire that killed 64 people
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's prime minister lost his patience with journalists' questions Wednesday as accusations flew about who or which agency might be to blame for the deaths of 64 people in a raging forest fire.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has started a foreign tour that will include his first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.
Modi met with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa on Saturday during a six-hour stop in Lisbon. Modi will then continue on to Washington where he will meet with Trump on Monday.
Portugal brings 2nd wildfire under control after 64 died
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Official reports into Portugal's deadliest natural disaster in decades have described freak conditions that drove the wildfire that killed 64 people, while Portuguese authorities said Thursday they have contained a second fire that raged for five days close by.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The eurozone's top official said "fatigue may have played a role" for comments he made last month that unleashed a storm of criticism across southern Europe.
In an interview with Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant, published Monday, Jeroen Dijsselbloem said the scale of the backlash made it look like "I committed a war crime."
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's prime minister said Tuesday the country's finance minister was recently asked whether he would be available to become the eurozone's top official, replacing Jeroen Dijsselbloem.
Antonio Costa said in an interview with Lisbon's Radio Renascenca that Portugal rejected the approach because Finance Minister Mario Centeno is still guiding the country out of its recent financial crisis.
BERLIN (AP) — European government leaders, Social Democratic party chairmen and international delegations are arriving in Berlin for a convention of the so-called Progressive Alliance.
It's an association of mostly social democratic party members, who want to work closer together in their fight against populism and authoritarianism.
Portugal’s finance minister feels the heat in row over bank
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's finance minister is at the center of a political storm that could decide his future in the government: did he or didn't he lie to Parliament?
The opposition Popular Party claims it has proof Finance Minister Mario Centeno lied when he told lawmakers he had no written exchanges with the new head of a state-owned bank over that person's demands for accepting the job.
Portugal expects no debt relief before German elections
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's prime minister says he doesn't expect eurozone authorities to make any substantial progress on resolving the bloc's debt problems before Germany's national elections in a year's time.
Antonio Costa says the contentious issue of possible debt relief for heavily-indebted eurozone countries such as Portugal won't be up for discussion before Germans vote.
Portugal, Spain try to stamp out wildfires after deadly week
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Firefighters in Portugal and Spain kept battling scores of wildfires Monday after a week of the worst fire destruction in years on the mountainous Iberian Peninsula.
Stoked by winds and high temperatures, the wildfires have killed at least four people in Portugal and one in Spain over the last week and forced hundreds to flee their homes.