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Europe considers new COVID-19 strategy: Accepting the virus

Jan. 20, 2022 15:38 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — When the coronavirus pandemic was first declared, Spaniards were ordered to stay home for more than three months. For weeks, they were not allowed outside even for exercise. Children were banned from playgrounds, and the economy virtually stopped. But officials...

Portugal draws fire with plan for COVID-positive voters

Jan. 20, 2022 11:03 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s government is under fire over its plans to let people infected with COVID-19 cast their ballots at polling stations in an upcoming election, as officials struggle to square the right to vote with the duty to protect public health. Eligible...

Portugal's election campaign begins under pandemic limits

Jan. 16, 2022 05:04 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The official two-week campaigning period for Portugal’s Jan. 30 general election kicked off Sunday, but there will be none of the large flag-waving rallies usually associated with the buildup to the ballot because of the coronavirus pandemic. The vote...

Portugal lets in Moroccan workers, hopes to stop traffickers

Jan. 12, 2022 12:18 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal and Morocco signed an agreement Wednesday setting out legal guidelines for Moroccans to live and work in the European Union country, as part of an effort by the two countries to fight illegal migration and human trafficking. The deal came after...

Portugal Communist chief temporarily exits election campaign

Jan. 11, 2022 07:20 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The leader of the Portuguese Communist Party is temporarily dropping out of campaigning for his country's Jan. 30 general election for an urgent heart procedure, the party announced Tuesday. Jerónimo de Sousa, 74, requires a coronary angioplasty and stent...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jan. 07, 2022 13:39 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Fake vaccine quote circulates after...

Portuguese court convicts 11 in national armory heist case

Jan. 07, 2022 10:55 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A Portuguese court on Friday acquitted a former defense minister but convicted 11 others in connection with the theft of weapons from the national armory more than four years ago, according to the defendants’ lawyers and local media reports. Former Defense...

Portugal adds virus booster jab incentives, cuts isolation

Jan. 06, 2022 10:11 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s government announced Thursday further incentives for people to get COVID-19 booster shots and said new rules will require people to isolate only if they live with someone who tests positive. People who had a booster jab two weeks previously will...

Hackers hit major Portuguese media group, take down websites

Jan. 06, 2022 05:09 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — One of Portugal’s leading media conglomerates said Thursday that a group calling itself “Lapsus$” hacked the company’s online services, taking down some of its most popular websites and contacting subscribers. Grupo Impresa said the attack was aimed...

Portugal ponders how to hold election amid omicron surge

Jan. 05, 2022 10:42 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Authorities in Portugal are wrestling with a conundrum: how to hold a general election scheduled for Jan. 30 amid a surge in COVID-19 cases that is confining hundreds of thousands of potential voters to their homes. Around 400,000 people are currently in...