Jan 10, 2016

Campaigning begins for Portuguese presidential election

Campaigning for Portugal’s presidency officially got underway Sunday, with a record 10 candidates, led by conservative Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, contending the Jan. 24 ballot. De Sousa, a 67-year-old professor of law and veteran TV political commentator, is backed by 52.9 percent of the ...

Nov 27, 2015

Is Portugal about to go down the same road as Greece?

An anti-austerity alliance including radical leftist parties takes power. A shaky economy and huge debts menace the national economy. The rest of Europe watches with a wary eye. Sound familiar? This is not Greece, but another eurozone country: Portugal. A nation that just months ...

Carriages that carried kings get new Lisbon home

Jun 13, 2015

Carriages that carried kings get new Lisbon home

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One of Lisbon’s most popular tourist attractions has a new home for its 110th birthday. However, what’s on display inside has been turning heads for centuries. The National Coach Museum, which offers a glimpse of the fabulous wealth Portugal possessed during the days of ...

Researchers find 'super salamander' fossil

Mar 25, 2015

Researchers find 'super salamander' fossil

Researchers have found fossil remains of a previously unknown species of crocodile-like “super salamander” that roamed the Earth more than 200 million years ago. University of Edinburgh researchers say the species discovered in Portugal was among the Earth’s top predators. The team said Tuesday ...

Fossils push back snake origins by 65 million years

Jan 28, 2015

Fossils push back snake origins by 65 million years

Snakes have been slithering on Earth far longer than anyone ever realized. Scientists on Tuesday described the four oldest-known snake fossils, the most ancient of which was a 10-inch-long (25-cm) reptile called Eophis underwoodi that lived about 167 million years ago and was unearthed ...