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A flight from the UK to Portugal was forced to make an emergency landing after the pilot reportedly fainted

A flight from the UK to Portugal was forced to make an emergency landing after the pilot reportedly faintedA Jet2 plane from Manchester, England, to Madeira, Portugal, diverted to Porto. The First Officer landed the plane, and an off-duty pilot helped.



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1,700 firefighters battle Portugal wildfires

1,700 firefighters battle Portugal wildfiresPlanes and helicopters joined nearly 2,000 firefighters in central Portugal Sunday to battle huge wildfires in a mountainous region where more than 100 people died in huge blazes in 2017. Some 1,700 firefighters and 400 vehicles were deployed in one of the biggest mobilisations ever seen in the area to fight the blazes in the heavily forested Castelo Branco region, 200 kilometres (120 miles) north of Lisbon, the rescue services said. Around 20 people have been injured in the blaze, including eight firefighters and 12 civilians, according to the interior ministry.



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Portugal says all 29 dead in bus crash were German

Portugal says all 29 dead in bus crash were GermanLISBON, Portugal (AP) — All the 29 people killed in a tour bus crash on Portugal's Madeira Island were German, Portugal's foreign ministry confirmed Thursday.



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Xi arrives in Portugal to boost trade ties

Xi arrives in Portugal to boost trade tiesChinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Portugal on Tuesday for a two-day visit to boost economic ties, despite concern in some EU capitals over China’s growing influence across the continent. The initiative offers loans to build railways, roads and ports across Asia, Europe and Africa. “Portugal is an important hub in the land and maritime silk routes,” Xi said.



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Couple Visiting Portugal Falls to Their Deaths While Taking Seaside Selfie

Couple Visiting Portugal Falls to Their Deaths While Taking Seaside SelfieAuthorities reportedly believe they were either taking a selfie or retrieving a lost item.



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Wildfires burn out of control in Portugal and Spain

Wildfires burn out of control in Portugal and SpainWildfires in Portugal killed at least 27 people, injured dozens more and left others missing in the country’s second such tragedy in four months, officials said Monday. In neighboring Spain, four deaths were reported. The fatalities in Portugal occurred in densely forested parts of central and northern part of the country after blazes broke out in “exceptional” weather circumstances, Civil Protection Agency spokeswoman Patricia Gaspar said.



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Pilot could face homicide charges over Portugal crash landing

Pilot could face homicide charges over Portugal crash landingA flight instructor and trainee pilot whose small plane killed two people during an emergency landing on a crowded Portuguese beach could face negligent homicide charges, prosecutors said Thursday. The two men refused to speak to reporters as they left court in Almada, across the River Tagus from Lisbon, where they were questioned behind closed doors. “The plane first hit the man, who had his back to it,” Filipe Janeira, 34, who was at the beach, told daily Jornal de Noticias.



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Portugal battles raging wildfires

Portugal battles raging wildfiresMore than ten villages in central Portugal have been evacuated as forest fires rage in the provinces of Castelo Branco and Santarem.  Almost 5,000 firefighters supported by water-dropping aircraft are deployed across central and northern areas of Portugal as the country continues its annual summertime battle against wildfires. “The intensity of the wind is diabolical,” said Jaime Marta Soares, saying new fires keep popping up away from the main fires. (Reuters)



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Huge Portugal forest fire kills 25, injures 16

Huge Portugal forest fire kills 25, injures 16A huge forest fire in central Portugal killed at least 25 people and injured 16 others, most of them burning to death in their cars, the government said Sunday. Several hundred firefighters and 160 vehicles were dispatched late Saturday to tackle the blaze, which broke out in the afternoon in the municipality of Pedrogao Grande before spreading fast across several fronts. “Unfortunately this seems to be the greatest tragedy we have seen in recent years in terms of forest fires,” the visibly moved Prime Minister Antonio Costa said.



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Raging Portugal forest fires kill dozens

Raging Portugal forest fires kill dozensPedrógão Grande (Portugal) (AFP) – Ragingforest fires in central Portugal have killed at least 61 people, many burnt to death in their cars, the government said Sunday, in the country’s worst such disaster in recent history. Authorities declared three days of national mourning as more than 800 firefighters and 260 vehicles battled the blaze, which also left 62 people injured, amid scenes of devastation. The fire erupted Saturday in the municipality of Pedrogao Grande in central Portugal, apparently caused by a lightning strike, and spread furiously in several directions.



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