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Should All Drug Use Be Made Legal? | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Should All Drug Use Be Made Legal? Although the media sporadically reports on major narcotic raids, the general consensus about the war on drugs is t...

Gay Marriage Prospects Strong in Portugal

Advocate. | Advocate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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A marriage equality law in Portugal appears likely to pass the parliament, which has the votes to overturn any presidential veto. ...

Czech president wants Lisbon treaty opt-out

The Independent | Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Czech president has scuppered the EU's hopes of implementing the Lisbon Treaty with fresh demands that threaten to unravel the entire documen...

Portuguese news site 'kills' former PM Sharon

Haaretz. | Haaretz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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An erroneous report in a popular news site from Portugal this week started a false rumor that former prime minister Ariel Sharon was dead. ......

Kevin Widemond, basketball player from Newark, dies during game in Portugal | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

LISBON, Portugal -- Kevin Widemond, a 23-year-old guard from Newark, died of a heart attack during a Portuguese basketball tournament. Texas A&M-C...

Kearny woman accused of bilking, threatening immigrants in N.J. | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

KEARNY -- For fees of upwards of $1,000, Rosa Blake offered to help dozens of undocumented immigrants from Portugal, Brazil and elsewhere navigate...

Portugal passes gay marriage bill

Al Jazeera. | Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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Same-sex marriages approved but proposal to let gay couples adopt children is rejected....

Switzerland, Slovakia qualify for World Cup

AP | STUART CONDIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

— Switzerland and Slovakia earned Europe's final two automatic berths for next year's World Cup on Wednesday night, while Argentina tried to beat out Uruguay and Ecuador for South America's last certain spot in the 32-nation field.

Costa Rica played at the United States, which clinched its sixth straight berth last weekend, and the Ticos hoped to stay ahead of Honduras and gain the final automatic place from North and Central America and the Caribbean.

Portugal, Greece, Slovenia and Ukraine finished second in their groups and joined Bosnia-Herzegovina, France, Ireland and Russia in the European playoffs. They will be drawn into four pairs on Monday, and the winners of home-and-home, total-goals matches on Nov. 14 and 18 will qualify for next year's 32-nation field.

By the end of Wednesday, 23 of the 32 nations will have been determined for next year's tournament in South Africa.

In addition to the U.S., Mexico had ensured a berth in CONCACAF, while Denmark, England, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Serbia and Spain had clinched automatic berths in Europe. Brazil, Chile and Paraguay had earned berths from South America, and Australia, Japan, North Korea and South Korea won Asia's spots. Ghana and Ivory Coast joined host South Africa, which qualified automatically as host.

Portugal says Pope Benedict XVI to visit Fatima

AP | BARRY HATTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The office of Portugal's president says Pope Benedict XVI will visit the Fatima shrine next year.

A statement says the pope will preside at the Portuguese shrine's annual May 13 ceremonies.

Three shepherd children claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary during apparitions in Fatima in 1917, the first time on May 13 of that year. The shrine is visited by millions of pilgrims each year.

The last visit to Fatima by the head of the Roman Catholic Church was by Pope John Paul II nine years ago. Other possible trips by Pope Benedict XVI next year include to Malta and Britain.

UK reports: Pope Benedict XVI to visit Britain

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Pope Benedict XVI will next year make the first visit to Britain by a pontiff in decades, British media reported Wednesday.

Reporters traveling to New York with Prime Minister Gordon Brown reported news of the planned visit, but Brown's Downing Street office refused to officially confirm it.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols, head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, said he was encouraged and pleased by reports of the pope's visit. He said the British government had invited the pope on several occasions, but that any official confirmation would have to come from the Vatican.

"We are glad the Holy Father is giving such consideration to the invitations he has received from Her Majesty's government, which accord closely to the wishes and requests also expressed by the bishops of England and Wales," Nichols said in a statement. "The prospect of a visit by Pope Benedict fills us with joy."

Three British newspapers and the Sky News and BBC broadcasters all cited unidentified sources in reporting the planned visit.

Madeleine McCann's parents return to Portugal

The Independent | Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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Kate McCann returned to Portugal today for the first time since being quizzed by police over her daughter Madeleine's disappearance. ...

Nissan Celebrates Earth Day With EV Prototype; Announces Partnership With Oak Ridge National Laboratory | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Nissan plans to begin selling a full-electric vehicle to fleet customers in the U.S. in 2010, and the Renault-Nissan Alliance has started pilot progra...

Nissan Brings Electric Vehicle Prototype to Tennessee for Earth Day | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Nissan plans to begin selling a full-electric vehicle to fleet customers in the U.S. in 2010, and the Renault-Nissan Alliance has started pilot progra...

Portugal Launches First Ever Commerical Wave Farm

treevolution | Laura Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The world's first commercial wave farm started operating off the coast of Portugal at Agucadoura on Tuesday. It comprises three red "articulated sea s...