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World’s best tourist destination

For the first time in the history of the “Tourism Oscars” World Travel Awards, Portugal has won the title of leading destination.

Following on from Best European Destination glory clinched in October (click here), the country has literally hit the glass ceiling.

As well as taking World’s Leading Destination 2017, Portugal has been distinguished for having the best tourist board (Turismo de Portugal) with the best official tourism site (visitportugal.com), reports RTP following the awards ceremony over the weekend in Phu Quoc, Vietnam.

Cristiano RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo - Portugal’s most famous ambassador - has been celebrating the win of his 5th Ballon d’Or in Paris, saying he’s actually aiming for a 6th and a 7th.

Joking that he also wants another baby for Christmas - having just welcomed little arrival number 3 for this event-packed year - the footballing sensation who began his career in Madeira said he actually hopes to end up with seven children, too.

Gang allegedly behind Multibanco “explosions” run to groundLess than a week since the country’s most powerful political couple (Minister of the Sea Ana Paula Vitorino and her husband interior minister Eduardo Cabrita) were woken from their slumbers by an ear-shattering dawn explosion as yet another ATM machine was blasted clean out of its support structure judicial police have announced success. The gang believed to be responsible for a trail of similar high-value assaults up and down the country has finally been run to ground.

Orange alert as Storm Ana approaches PortugalAll Portugal’s mainland districts are on orange alert for Sunday due to forecasts of strong winds and rain, snowfall and rough seas with waves reaching up to 10 metres.

The weather depression, dubbed storm Ana by Portugal’s forecasting authority in collaboration with authorities in Spain and France, is forming over Ireland today (Saturday), and expected to move southeast rapidly.

Strong rain is expected throughout the country, along with winds of up to 120 km/hr in the north and centre. Snow, too, is forecast for the Terras Altas region.

CataloniaPuigdemontCoaches and camper vans started to arrive in the Belgian capital on Thursday morning bringing demonstrators supporting the sacked president, Carles Puidgemont, who has been living in Brussels since leaving Spain last month for fear of being arrested.

The protest was held in front of the EU’s parliament building where around 45,000 flag-waving supporters of independence for Catalonia demonstrated to demand the European Union ceases its support of the Spanish government’s position and looks at the Catalonia issue seriously, rather than sticking to its weak get-out clause of “this is a matter for Madrid.”

FireLeiriaSmallCarsRoad management company Ascendi and electricity supply company EDP, both blamed for their part in the Pedrógão Grande fire this summer that killed more than 60 people, technically may be blameless.

Fernanda Paula Oliveira, a professor of Administrative Law at the University of Coimbra, has looked into the laws covering the obligations of Ascendi to keep the area alongside public roads clear of trees and of EDP to keep the area under power lines free of trees and combustible materials.

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