Daniel Silva

Europe counts cost of heatwave as Spain PM says more than 500 died

Climate change protesters said the scorching weather should be a wake-up call for the continent

Mobile tech is going to the dogs… literally

Among countless new 'wearable' gadgets presented this week at the Mobile World Congress trade fair were monitors that attach to dog or cat collars

Foldable phone outlook hinges on the bend

Samsung, the world’s biggest seller of smartphones, unveiled a handset that folds open like a book

Spanish right celebrates landslide election win

Spain's conservative Popular Party has gained its biggest election win ever from voters desperate to end the soaring unemployment in the country.

Right storms towards win in crisis-hit Spain

Spain's right storms towards a landslide win in Sunday elections, carried by popular anger over an economic slump.

Al-Qaeda suspect ‘plotted to poison water’

An al-Qaeda suspect plotted to poison tourists' water supplies to avenge the killing of Osama bin Laden, a Spanish judge has said.

Endangered sites see boom in ‘tourism of doom’

Tracking endangered wildlife in politically troubled, impoverished Zimbabwe might not seem the ideal holiday spot but it's in hot demand.

Golf legend Ballesteros diagnosed with brain tumour

Spanish golf legend Seve Ballesteros, a five-times Major winner, said on Sunday he had been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Portuguese slum welcomes tourists to improve reputation

With its unpaved roads often strewn with litter, the Cova da Moura slum on the outskirts of Lisbon has long been seen as Portugal's byword for crime and decay -- and a place to be avoided. But a local youth group is offering guided tours of the community in the hope of improving its reputation and bringing much-needed business to area shops and restaurants.

Portuguese clubs fall on hard times

Portugal's football clubs have produced top players such as Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo, but they are facing their biggest financial crisis in years, which has left some teams struggling to stay afloat. The majority of the nation's 18 premier league teams currently owe their players back wages of between one and five months.

Green Day, Coldplay win but no luck for Zamajobe

United States punk-rock trio Green Day and British act Coldplay shared top honours at the MTV Europe Music Awards on Thursday, picking up two prizes each in an event broadcast from the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, to millions worldwide. South Africa's Zamajobe, who was nominated for best African act, left empty-handed.

Portuguese wildfires rage on

Nearly 3 000 firefighters and soldiers on Tuesday battled dozens of wildfires that continued to rage in parched Portugal as police found the charred body an elderly woman near her rural home, emergency services said. Eleven fires were raging out of control in the centre and north of the country.

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