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In 'Scene From Baywatch,' Portugal President Makes a Big Save

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, in Algarve region to boost tourism, helped rescue 2 kayakers

(Newser) - In normal nonpandemic years, guests flock to the Algarve in Portugal to holiday in the sun. One high-profile name's own recent trip there may have just given the region a little unexpected promotion. Local media reports that Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has been spending his vacation heading... More »

Trapped by Virus, Man Sails 5K Miles to Get to Elderly Parents

Juan Manuel Ballestero journeyed from Portugal on sailboat after flights into Argentina were canceled

(Newser) - When the coronavirus pandemic hit, Juan Manuel Ballestero was on the island of Porto Santo in Portugal, and the native Argentinian could've remained there indefinitely. But "I didn't want to stay like a coward on an island where there were no cases," Ballestero tells the New ... More »

2 Key Phone Numbers Shared in Madeleine McCann Case

Christian B. investigated for murder; police believe others may have knowledge

(Newser) - The new suspect in the 2007 disappearance of 3-year-old Madeleine McCann in Portugal has been identified as Christian B., a 43-year-old German national and child sex offender currently serving time in prison for rape. McCann family spokesperson Clarence Mitchell said that in 13 years, he couldn't "recall an... More »

Madeleine McCann Development Is 'Biggest Since 2007'

Suspect is serving time in German prison

(Newser) - After 13 agonizing years, the parents of Madeleine McCann may finally get some answers. In what friends of Kate and Gerry McCann say is the biggest breakthrough in the case since the 3-year-old disappeared in Portugal in 2007, a German man has been identified as a suspect, the Telegraph reports.... More »

Ex-CIA Spy Flees Italy Over Fear for Her Safety

Sabrina de Sousa is embroiled in a fraught rendition case

(Newser) - An ex-CIA spy says she has fled Italy for America—apparently to avoid getting tossed in prison, Reuters reports. Sabrina de Sousa was one of 26 people found guilty in Italy in the 2003 "extraordinary rendition" of Egyptian cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr in Milan. But De Sousa, who... More »

29 Dead in Tour Bus Plunge

28 others are injured as bus falls down steep hillside

(Newser) - A tour bus carrying German tourists crashed on Portugal's Madeira Island on Wednesday, killing 29 people and injuring 28 others, local authorities said. The bus, which was carrying 55 people, rolled down a steep hillside after veering off the road on a bend east of the capital, Funchal, and... More »

Art Exhibit Made to Look Like 'Endless Chasm' Claims Victim

Luckily, visitor who got too close to Anish Kapoor's 8-foot-deep hole at Portugal museum will be OK

(Newser) - The "dizzying experience" of peering down into an "endless chasm in space" made a visitor to Portugal's Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art especially woozy, reports Artnet , and now the 60-year-old man is recuperating from his injuries. Last week, the Italian in Porto was checking out Chicago "... More »

What Ronaldo Did in World Cup: Just, Wow

He scores a hat trick, including a beautiful free-kick goal late to tie it for Portugal

(Newser) - Cristiano Ronaldo is considered one of the best soccer players ever, and he proved why on Friday. He scored three times, including one with about 2 minutes left in regulation, to lift Portugal into a 3-3 tie with Spain in their World Cup opener. The feat makes him, at age... More »

'Scene of Horror' Follows Tourists' Selfie Attempt

Brit, Australian died in 100-foot fall in Portugal

(Newser) - A fisherman returning to a Portuguese beach encountered a "scene of horror" early Tuesday: the "unrecognizable" bodies of a tourist couple who appear to have fallen 100 feet to their deaths while trying to take a selfie. Brit Louise Benson, 37, and her Aussie boyfriend, 33-year-old Michael Kearns,... More »

Little Kids Smoking: It's a Festival Tradition

Parents give their kids smokes during the Vale do Salgueiro celebrations in Portugal

(Newser) - The Epiphany celebrations in the Portuguese village of Vale de Salgueiro feature a tradition that each year causes an outcry among outsiders: parents encouraging their children, some as young as 5, to smoke cigarettes. Locals say the practice has been passed down for centuries as part of a celebration of... More »

Wild Clip Shows Moment Surfer Breaks His Back

'What can I say, I got a little excited': Andrew Cotton

(Newser) - A big-wave surfer is already dreaming of getting back on his surfboard a day after breaking his back in what the Telegraph describes as "mountainous seas" off Nazare, Portugal. Britain's Andrew Cotton, 36, was one of several professional surfers riding big waves Wednesday when a gigantic wall of... More »

Man Who Beat 'Adulterous' Wife Escapes Jail Time

Activists slam 'revolting' court ruling in Portugal

(Newser) - Women's rights groups reacted with outrage after a Portuguese court quoted the Bible in a ruling that justified a suspended sentence for a man who attacked his "adulterous" ex-wife with a nail-spiked bat, NPR reports. The appeals court judges in Porto called adultery a "serious attack" on... More »

8-Year-Old Girl Killed When Plane Crash-Lands on Beach

She and another sunbather died on the Portugal beach

(Newser) - A light plane made an emergency landing on a packed beach near Lisbon, Portugal, on Wednesday afternoon, killing a 56-year-old man and an 8-year-old girl who were sunbathing, authorities said. Hundreds of sunbathers were on the popular beach at Caparica and witnesses said some sunbathers ran into the sea to... More »

Court Rules Sex Still Matters for Women Over 50

Case involved a woman who underwent a botched gynecological surgery

(Newser) - A less ordinary ruling out of Europe on Tuesday: The continent's Court of Human Rights found that three Portuguese judges erred in deciding that sex is less important for older women, reports the AP . The case involves Maria Morais, a then-50-year-old who in 1995 underwent a gynecological surgery after... More »

In Fire 'Like Horror Movie,' Her Quick Thinking Saved 12

Government the target of criticism after forest fire kills 62 in Portugal

(Newser) - "It was like a horror movie," says a survivor of Portugal's deadliest fire on record , and like in a horror movie, she survived by finding a good hiding spot. The BBC reports Maria do Céu Silva and 11 others made it through the fearsome blaze by... More »

'Biggest Tragedy of Human Life We Have Known in Years'

At least 57 dead in Portugal, many killed in cars as flames blew across road

(Newser) - Raging forest fires in central Portugal killed at least 57 people, many of them trapped in their cars as flames swept over a road, in what the prime minister on Sunday called "the biggest tragedy of human life that we have known in years." Nearly 60 other people... More »

Gilliam: Convent Reports 'Ignorant Nonsense'

Filmmaker denies harming Portugal convent

(Newser) - Terry Gilliam is finally making his long-delayed Don Quixote movie , but not without controversy: Portuguese public broadcaster RTP reported that while filming The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Gilliam's crew damaged a famous Portuguese convent. Per RTP, the 12th-century Convento de Cristo, which was once a Knights Templar stronghold... More »

Cristiano Ronaldo Bust Strikes Terror Into Internet's Heart

The notoriously handsome athlete's bust is the exact opposite of that

(Newser) - Famous soccer player and handsome person Cristiano Ronaldo had an airport in his hometown renamed in his honor Wednesday, the Telegraph reports. That's good. Not so good (or handsome) was the bronze bust unveiled outside the newly minted Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira International Airport in Portugal. The bust, supposedly a... More »

Looks Like We've Got a New UN Chief

Set to become secretary general when vote is formalized: former Portugal PM Antonio Guterres

(Newser) - He once served as Portugal's prime minister, and now Antonio Guterres is set to serve as the United Nations' secretary-general, the BBC reports. As Reuters reports, the UN Security Council's 15 members had to vote for all 10 candidates, with each secret ballot they cast signifying an "... More »

Portugal Stuns France to Lift First Major Cup

They win Euro 2016 despite Ronaldo injury

(Newser) - Portugal's players crowded around Cristiano Ronaldo as he sat on the turf, but their tearful captain couldn't withstand the pain of his injury any longer. The Portuguese had to win their first major trophy the hard way on Sunday, stunning France 1-0 after extra time in the European... More »

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