Latest Portugal government News

EU leaders attend summit in person for 1st time this year

May. 07, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

PORTO, Portugal (AP) — European Union leaders and their large following of diplomats and advisers met Friday in Portugal for two days of in-person talks, signaling their belief that the threat from COVID-19 on the continent is waning amid a quickening vaccine rollout. ...

Portugal poised to lift more restrictions as pandemic ebbs

Apr. 27, 2021 07:54 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Six weeks after starting to gradually ease an extended pandemic lockdown, Portugal has kept a lid on the spread of COVID-19 and is on track to further loosen restrictions next week as planned. That means the southern European country is likely...

The Latest: Half eligible Californians have at least 1 shot

Apr. 15, 2021 22:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Gavin Newsom says nearly half of Californians eligible for vaccination have received at least one shot against the coronavirus. He is urging more residents to sign up for appointments and not let apprehension get in the way of getting protected...

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....