For young Portuguese workers, so-called "Green slips" are often the best way to find a job. But with companies exempted from social security contributions, the slips have turned out to be a great deal for employers and a bad one for workers.
The spread of nematodes, tree-killing worms carried by small insects, is a nightmare for Portuguese producers of maritime pine wood. Faced with the scale of the scourge, Brussels has issued a partial embargo on exports of Portuguese wood.
Last July, violence between rival gangs in Quinta da Fonte highlighted the urgent need for a change in this poor suburb of Lisbon. Schools, associations and police are looking at creative answers to the area's problems.
Portuguese authorities closed the probe into the disappearance of four-year-old Madeleine McCann on Monday. They lifted the "suspect" label from her parents and property consultant Robert Murat due to lack of evidence.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport will not uphold an appeal by Portuguese football clubs Benfica and Vitoria Guimaraes against FC Porto. Porto, which has been involved in a match-fixing scandal, will remain in the Champions League.
Portuguese police have closed their investigation into the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann, or "Maddie", who went missing last year aged three, the public prosecutor's office said.(Report: J. LeMasurier)
Germany sent favourites Portugal packing as they moved on to the final four of Euro 2008 thanks to a thrilling 3-2 win. Outmuscled and outwitted by a ruthless German squad, Ronaldo & Co paid a heavy price for poor defending from set pieces.