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Portugal ex-PM to stand trial for money laundering, forgery

Apr. 09, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

A Lisbon judge ruled Friday to put former Portuguese Prime Minister José Sócrates on trial for alleged money-laundering and forgery but said the statute of limitations had expired on more than a dozen corruption allegations. Judge Ivo Rosa said that 1.7 million euros...

Fugitive Italian mobster is arrested in Lisbon COVID clinic

Mar. 29, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A Italian fugitive, convicted in his homeland of ordering the revenge killing of a mobster’s wife, was arrested in Portugal on Monday in a clinic where he was reportedly being treated for COVID-19. Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese said in a...

Senior European official challenges Portugal over racism

Mar. 24, 2021 06:51 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A senior European human rights official is sounding the alarm about a rise in racism and discrimination in Portugal. The Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published a report Wednesday into “the increasing...

The Latest: Sinovac: CoronaVac vaccine effective in children

Mar. 23, 2021 00:54 AM EDT

BEIJING — Sinovac said on Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine CoronaVac is safe and effective in children ages 3-17. The results were from early and mid-stage clinical trials with over 550 subjects, said Geng Zeng, the medical director at Sinovac, at a press conference. ...

The Latest: Australia seeks vaccine aid for Papua New Guinea

Mar. 19, 2021 00:35 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he is working with U.S., Indian and Japanese partners to provide emergency coronavirus vaccine to Papua New Guinea. Australia has provided 8,000 AstraZeneca doses from its own stockpile to its nearest...

Top Portugal court nixes euthanasia law, says it's imprecise

Mar. 18, 2021 12:26 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s Constitutional Court on Monday blocked a law passed by parliament introducing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill and gravely injured people. The court said in a statement that the law is imprecise in...

The Latest: Caution ahead of Tokyo Olympic torch relay

Mar. 16, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

TOKYO -- Organizers plan to exercise extreme caution when the Olympic torch relay starts next week. They know any stumble could imperil the opening of the Tokyo Games in just four months. The relay is scheduled to begin on March 25 from northeastern Fukushima prefecture....

Portugal's euthanasia law goes for constitutional review

Feb. 18, 2021 12:37 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s president on Thursday asked the country’s Constitutional Court to evaluate a recent law passed by parliament that allows euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill and gravely injured people. Portuguese President...

Portugal gets more European help as virus deaths remain high

Feb. 12, 2021 09:51 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — France and Luxembourg are joining Germany in sending medical staff to help at hospitals in Portugal, where deaths from COVID-19 remain the highest in the world by size of population. Germany’s Defense Ministry said Friday it’s extending by...

Portugal extends its virus lockdown as firefighters get jabs

Feb. 11, 2021 12:27 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s parliament voted Thursday to extend a state of emergency through March 1, allowing the government to keep the current national lockdown in place for the rest of this month. Internal Affairs Minister Eduardo Cabrita said the...