Ronaldo returns to Portugal for European qualifiers
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo is back on Portugal's national soccer team for the first time since the World Cup.
Ronaldo was included in coach Fernando Santos' team Friday for...
Ex-Man United winger Nani joins Orlando City of MLS
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Former Manchester United winger Nani has become the latest 30-plus star to join Major League Soccer after a career in Europe, agreeing to a three-year contract with Orlando City.
The team said Monday that Nani was given a free transfer from Portugal's Sporting Lisbon and will be a designated player who counts only partially against the team's salary cap.
Striker Fredy Montero returning to Vancouver Whitecaps
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Colombian striker Fredy Montero has returned to Major League Soccer's Vancouver Whitecaps, agreeing to a two-year contract.
Sporting Lisbon in Portugal announced earlier Friday that it had released Montero.
Montero had 47 goals and 34 assists for the Seattle Sounders in 119 regular-season games from 2009-12. He had 13 goals and six assists in 33 regular-season games for the Whitecaps in 2017.
Benfica beats Sporting to move closer to Porto in Portugal
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Benfica beat Sporting Lisbon 4-2 Sunday to move within three points of Portuguese league leader Porto.
Haris Seferovic, Joao Felix, Ruben Dias and Pizzi Fernandes scored for Benfica, which never trailed at Sporting's Jose Alvalade Stadium.
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: 3 detained amid attacks on police, racial tensions
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese police detained three juveniles Thursday amid a spate of attacks on police and night-time burnings of sidewalk trash cans and recycle bins.
Rocks and a homemade incendiary device were thrown at officers who went to investigate a fire, police said in a statement. Nobody was hurt, police said.
Portuguese capital plans 2nd airport amid passenger boom
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's government has unveiled a 1.1-billion euro ($1.26 billion) plan to expand Lisbon's current airport and build a second one, even though an environmental impact study that could thwart its ambitions isn't finished.
National airports operator ANA is footing the bill to adapt a military airfield in Montijo, 30 kilometers (18 miles) by road from Lisbon. It aims to handle around 50 million passengers a year from 2022.
Portuguese yellow vest protest flops, fails to block traffic
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A nationwide protest in Portugal that seeks to emulate France's yellow vest movement has fallen flat, with few people turning out.
Portuguese protesters are attempting to disrupt morning rush-hour traffic at various locations across the country Friday, but they are far outnumbered by police.
The protest grew out of a Facebook page that aims to give voice to people angry about the state of the country.
EU agency: Cocaine dealers’ technology use complicates busts
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The European Union agency that monitors drug abuse says cocaine dealers are increasingly using social media and encrypted communications to do business, making it harder for authorities to crack down on the trade.
The European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction agency said in a report Thursday that "large quantities of cocaine appear to be entering Europe at a regular pace, and law enforcement and customs agents are facing challenges in containing the flow."
Benfica ends Champions League campaign with 1-0 win over AEK
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Benfica finished its Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over AEK Athens on Wednesday.
Both teams were out of contention for the knockout stage, and Benfica had already secured third place and a spot in the round of 32 of the Europa League.
Alex Grimaldo scored the winner in the 88th minute with a well-struck free kick over the wall.
"We had a good match, deserved the win," Grimaldo said. "We tried until the end, I am happy that we did it."
Portuguese prison guards stage strike amid prisoner unrest
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese prison guards are walking off the job in an ongoing pay dispute, just days after prisoners rioted at two prisons amid restrictions caused by strikes.
The prison guards, who are government workers, started a new strike Thursday to demand salary hikes and bonus payments for late shifts.
They have been walking out sporadically all year, and some prisoners are reportedly unhappy about canceled visits because of the walkouts.
China strengthens foothold in EU with Portugal agreements
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal is embracing China's "One Belt, One Road" initiative, which offers loans for the building of large-scale infrastructure projects.
Despite wariness in other European Union capitals about Beijing's strategy, the Portuguese government wholeheartedly endorsed the scheme during a 24-hour state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Portugal fetes China, risking tension with Western allies
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — While some powerful European Union governments are uneasy about China possibly taking more control of the bloc's critical energy and transport infrastructure, one of western Europe's smallest economies is grabbing the opportunity with both hands.
TAP Air Portugal to launch service connecting Dulles, Lisbon
CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — A Portuguese airline is launching nonstop service between that nation's capital and the Washington, D.C., region.
TAP Air Portugal said Thursday that roundtrip service between Lisbon and Dulles International Airport will begin in June.
The service will run each way five days a week. Round-trip fares will begin at $569 in economy class and $2,951 for business class seats.
Russian FM says US pursues ‘hidden agenda’ in Syria
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has accused the United States of pursuing a "hidden agenda" through its military involvement in Syria.
Lavrov said Saturday that in contrast to American claims that it is intervening in Syria to help in the fight against the Islamic State group, the U.S.'s true goal is to overturn the Syrian government supported by Moscow.
County GOP chief: Posting wildfire meme was a mistake
LISBON, Ohio (AP) — A county GOP chairman in Ohio says he was mistaken in publishing a meme on Facebook that appeared to refer to the California wildfires as "God's Punishment to Liberal California."
Columbiana County Republican Party Chairman Dave Johnson says he deleted the meme. It showed a landscape ablaze along with the text about "Liberal California."
Air Astana plane lands safely after emergency over Portugal
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — An Air Astana plane with six crew on board and no passengers declared an emergency over Portugal on Sunday after experiencing problems with its command and control system but landed safely just over an hour later, a senior Portuguese Air Force officer said.
Lt. Gen. Manuel Costa told The Associated Press the plane, made by Brazilian manufacturer Embraer, landed at Beja air base, about 180 kilometers (90 miles) southeast of Lisbon, on Sunday afternoon.
Cyclone Leslie slams into Portugal, leaves 27 injured
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A weakened hurricane Leslie slammed into the coast of Portugal, leaving 27 people injured as it uprooted trees, brought down power lines and smashed store windows with gusting winds and heavy rain.
Over 60 people were forced to leave their homes by the storm and over 300,000 people suffered power outages overnight, Luis Belo Costa of Portugal's National Protection Agency said. He also gave the injury toll but added that none of the injuries were life-threatening.
Leslie weakens from hurricane as it nears Portugal, Spain
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Hurricane Leslie weakened slightly into a post-tropical cyclone late Saturday as it closed in on Portugal and Spain, bringing heavy rain, high winds and dangerous surf to western parts of the Iberian Peninsula.
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Seferovic goal gives Benfica 1-0 win over Porto
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Swiss striker Haris Seferovic scored in the second half to give Benfica a 1-0 win over FC Porto on Sunday.
Seferovic struck a headed pass from Luis "Pizzi" Fernandes past goalkeeper Iker Casillas in the 62nd minute.
Host Benfica held on in the final minutes after defender Cristian Lema was sent off with a second yellow card in the 83rd.
Benfica coach Rui Vitoria said it was a "hard win, but entirely deserved."
700 firefighters in Portugal battle wildfire west of Lisbon
SINTRA-CASCAIS, Portugal (AP) — Over 700 firefighters battled a wildfire Sunday in a national park west of Lisbon that forced Portuguese authorities to evacuate about 350 people.
The fire that broke out overnight in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park that covers hilly terrain near the Atlantic coast injured 17 firefighters and one civilian, Andre Fernandes of Portugal's civil protection agency said Sunday.
Portugal charges 12 over huge wildfire that killed 66 people
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Prosecutors in Portugal are bringing charges of criminally negligent homicide against 12 defendants over the deaths of 66 people in a major wildfire last year.
At Pedrogao Grande, 200 kilometers (120 miles) northeast of Lisbon, 47 people died in their cars as they fled the flames in June 2017. Investigators allege the municipal road they used was not properly maintained and had dense woodland running close along it.
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400-year-old shipwreck found off Portugal coast
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Archaeologists in Portugal say they have discovered off Lisbon a 400-year-old shipwreck they describe as the most important underwater find in the country for two decades.
The municipal council of Cascais, a town near Lisbon, said Monday the Portuguese ship was involved in the hugely lucrative spice trade between Portugal and India. Pepper corns, cowry shells used in the slave trade and bronze artillery pieces litter the wreck site.
Renato Sanches scores on his Benfica return as Bayern wins
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — All Renato Sanches needed was some home comfort.
Sanches finally showed why Bayern Munich gave him one of the richest contracts in Bundesliga history in 2016, ending a two-year scoring drought with his first goal for the team — on his return to the club where he had his breakthrough.
Sanches netted the second goal in Bayern's win over Benfica on Wednesday to help give the German club a 2-0 win in their Champions League opener.
Benfica vows to fight Lisbon prosecutors’ corruption charges
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Benfica says it will fight corruption charges that could lead to the Portuguese soccer club being banned from competition.
The Lisbon attorney general's office says it is charging Benfica in connection with alleged attempts to gain access to magistrates' investigations involving the club or its league rivals.
Apart from the club, the public prosecutor is also charging two court clerks.
Police nab cocaine at sea, taking 3-month total to 11 tons
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Police in Portugal say they have seized 840 kilograms (1,850 pounds) of cocaine from a yacht in the Atlantic, bringing seizures of the drug at sea over the past three months to more than 10 metric tons (11 U.S. tons).
A police statement Wednesday said the two men and two women on board are suspected of smuggling the cocaine from the Caribbean to Europe. They were not identified.
Researchers win prize for restoring children’s eyesight
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Researchers in the United States and Britain are sharing a 1 million-euro ($1.16 million) prize from a Portuguese scientific foundation for developing revolutionary gene therapy that has restored the sight of children.
The Lisbon, Portugal-based Champalimaud Foundation's annual Vision Award was given Tuesday for work on the treatment of children blinded from birth by genetic disease.
Porto stunned by Guimaraes, Benfica draws 1-1 with Sporting
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — FC Porto squandered a two-goal lead in a 3-2 home loss to Guimaraes on Saturday, while Benfica needed a late goal by 18-year-old Joao Felix to draw 1-1 with Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese capital derby.
Defending champion Porto appeared to have the game well in hand after Yacine Brahimi and Andre Pereira both scored before halftime.
But Andre Andre converted a penalty in the 63rd minute and substitute Antonio Carvalho leveled in the 76th.
New South Korea coach targets Asian title
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — New South Korea coach Paulo Bento wants to bring the Asian Cup back to Seoul for the first time since 1960.
The former Portugal and Sporting Lisbon boss was appointed last week to take the Taeguk Warriors to the 2022 World Cup but the 49 year-old first wants continental success in January.
Portugal, Spain make progress against major wildfires
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Authorities in Portugal and Spain said Thursday they have halted major wildfires but warned the battle isn't over yet.
Bulldozers working through the night to create firebreaks helped stop a blaze in southern Portugal's Algarve region that has raced across a hill range for seven days, the Civil Protection Agency said.
Temperatures also fell, with a maximum of 26 degrees Celsius (79 Fahrenheit) forecast for Thursday.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Firefighters and anxious residents braced Tuesday for a fifth straight night of battling a major wildfire that is racing across tinder-dry forested hills in southern Portugal.
The blaze is sending high plumes of smoke across the Algarve region's famous beaches and bringing criticism of authorities for failing to halt the flames.
The Latest: Dutch campsites evacuated amid brush fire
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Authorities have evacuated four campsites as a brush fire swept through tinder-dry countryside in the eastern Netherlands.
The regional security service said that firefighters from three provinces were battling the blaze Tuesday in Wateren, 135 kilometers (85 miles) northeast of Amsterdam, and a military helicopter was also on its way to help.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Firefighters in Portugal were close to bringing a major, four-day wildfire near a popular tourist area under control Monday as sweltering weather gripped much of Europe.
The Portuguese Civil Protection Agency said firefighters had contained 95 percent of the blaze in rolling hills by the country's southern Algarve coast, though they were wary of reignitions and changes in the wind.
The Latest: EU: Wildfires show impact of climate change
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Latest on hot weather and wildfires in Europe (all times local):
A European Union official says the dozens of forest fires in Sweden this summer "have highlighted once again the impact of climate change."
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Lisbon broke a 37-year-old record to notch its hottest temperature ever as an unrelenting heat wave baked Portugal and neighboring Spain. New heat records were set in 26 places around Portugal.
Portugal's weather service said the capital reached 44 degrees Celsius (111.2 degrees Fahrenheit) on Saturday afternoon, surpassing the city's previous record of 43 C (109.4 F) set in 1981.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Latest on Europe's heat wave (all times local):
France's health minister says only about 4 percent of the visits to hospital emergency rooms across the country are linked to the current heat wave, which the government considers a relatively low level.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Eight places in Portugal broke local temperature records as a wave of heat from North Africa swept across the Iberian peninsula — and officials predicted the scorching temperatures could get even worse over the weekend.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Latest on the extreme heat in Europe (all times local):
Some 400 firefighters and five water-dropping aircraft are battling a wildfire in southern Portugal.
The blaze broke out Friday afternoon near the town of Monchique, in rolling hills that extend back from popular beaches in the country's Algarve region.
The Civil Protection Agency says the fire is running through eucalyptus forests and dense undergrowth in a sparsely inhabited area.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A Portuguese politician who campaigned against real estate speculation has quit after it emerged he bought a downtown Lisbon building for 347,000 euros ($405,000) and renovated it for sale with a list price of 5.7 million euros ($6.7 million).
Ricardo Robles resigned his seat on Lisbon City Council on Monday, saying controversy over the deal had become a political problem and made it hard for him to do his job.
Trapped tourists call wrong Lisbon police for help
LISBON, Maine (AP) — Two tourists who became trapped in an elevator accidently called the wrong Lisbon police department for help.
Dispatcher Cathy Roy told WCSH-TV Tuesday she was working at the Lisbon Police Department in Maine a few weeks ago when she received a call from the trapped tourists. The only problem was they were in Lisbon, Portugal.
CACERES, Spain (AP) — The flamenco strains were so haunting I asked the quintet of 20-somethings playing guitars on the doorstep of a massive, whitewashed centuries-old church if I could listen for a spell.
"Sure. Want a sip?" one replied, offering the litrona — a quarter-gallon bottle of beer — they were sharing. Then they went back to jamming, their notes echoing up the steep, narrow lane in one of the most monument-filled, tourist-empty cities in the Iberian peninsula.
World Cup goalkeeper Rui Patricio joins Wolves
WOLVERHAMPTON, England (AP) — English Premier League newcomer Wolverhampton has signed Portugal World Cup goalkeeper Rui Patricio from Sporting Lisbon.
The transfer is subject to international clearance, Wolves said on Monday.
Patricio, who helped his country win the European Championship two years ago, has agreed on a four-year deal with the winner of the second-tier Championship.
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.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Authorities in Portugal say that a British and an Australian tourist plunged to their deaths in a coastal town while reportedly taking selfies from a wall overlooking the beach.
The Correio da Manha newspaper reported Tuesday that the tourists' bodies were found on a beach in Ericera, around 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Lisbon, along with mobile phones, wallets and other possessions.