Forest fires are a key part of the lifecycle of the woods, but they can also be deadly.
Italy, Portugal and Spain have all gone up in flames in recent weeks, highlighting the need to rethink how Mediterranean countries protect people and save ecosystems.
From hospital waiting lists to suicide rates, here's how cuts affected health in Ireland and Greece.
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Portugal's wildfire has killed 64 people. Yet, as with Grenfell Tower in London, the risk of such a blaze was foreseeable.
Ângela Ferreira’s ‘Wattle and Daub’ - performance by Selma Uamusse at ‘Old School’, Lisbon in February 2016.
A new art exhibition in Johannesburg mines the rich intersections between Mozambique, South Africa and Portugal.
Young people using the infamous ‘nyaope’ drug in Johannesburg.
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Portugal won the war on drugs by giving up. What lessons can South Africa learn from their approach?
The official Angolan broadcaster, or Emissora Oficial de Angola, under construction between 1963-67.
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Portugal used radio propaganda in its colonies in the 1960s against local liberation movements. Decades later there are still lessons to be learned for occupying armies from their failed strategies.
Protesters in New York ahead of inauguration.
The people who voted for the new American president may not be as hard for the Left to reach as it may appear.
Athens can celebrate two consecutive quarters of growth. Berlin must stomach some weakness. Everyone should remember cheap money isn't free money.
Antonio Guterres from Portugal will become the next UN secretary-general.
There were seven highly regarded and qualified women who could have been selected as the next UN secretary-general. So why did the job go to another man?
It costs multiple millions to sponsor a global sports event. Why bother when non-sponsors cleverly associate themselves for next to nothing?
‘And he’s missed it’.
Perverse mental processes take over when the chips are down. And there's something you can do about it.
The mountain village of Novara di Sizilia, Italy.
When villages across Spain, Portugal and Italy are abandoned, the regions' unique culture and heritage is lost, too.
‘Judges smoke it, even lawyers too.’ – Peter Tosh.
The UK may have signed the UN drugs convention – with its emphasis on prohibition – but that doesn't mean it can't legalise the drug.
Spain's most controversial sport has been in strife lately. But anthropologist Robin Irvine explains why a year working on a bull-breeding estate made him optimistic for its future.
Portugal's return to growth has many calling it the star pupil of the eurozone crisis. A look beyond the headline figures puts this into question, however.
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Like Greece and Spain, Portugal endured a bailout and austerity. But it has not seen the rise of a Syriza or Podemos equivalent.
He may not look it, but this guy is totally radical.
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Our drugs policy expert sheds some light on the Liberal Democrats' radical new proposals.
Dark times for Portuguese science?
Every five years, the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT) reviews its research institutes from Astronomy to Zoology. But this year, for the first time, the FCT contracted the European Science…
Hold onto your hats: fresh trouble in Portugal.
Banco Espírito Santo, the Portuguese bank, has become the top concern for international investors in recent days. The Portuguese stock exchange has taken a big hit and other European equity markets have…
In a rather symbolic coincidence, the forthcoming European elections will take place one week after the Portuguese exit from the bail-out programme. A blend of austerity, recession and hopelessness defined…