China signs bilateral agreements with Spain in Madrid

China signs bilateral agreements with Spain during a three day visit from Chinese President Xi Jinping on his way to a meeting of Group of 20 leaders in Argentina. China, currently engaged in a trade war with the United States, is seeking to strengthen its ties with Spain and Portugal as other European Union members are trying to restrict Chinese investments. IMAGES of the signing

Spain’s Sanchez meets Chinese President Xi Jinping in Madrid

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in Madrid. China, currently engaged in a trade war with the United States, is seeking to strengthen its ties with Spain and Portugal as other European Union members are trying to restrict Chinese investments. IMAGES

This year’s first big session of giant waves surfing in Nazaré

About twenty professional surfers, specialists in giant waves, participate in this year’s first big session of giant waves in Nazaré, Portugal.

New lease of life for Portugal’s booming ceramics bastion

Ignoring temporary walls which point to ongoing large-scale expansion, workers burn the midnight oil at Portugal’s byword for ceramic creativity to meet orders from around the globe. For more than 130 years, Bordallo Pinheiro has been producing all manner of artistic glazed pottery, and business is booming again a decade after the company almost went to the wall.

‘Zombie’ storm Leslie smashes into Portugal

Storms packing nearly 180 kilometre-per-hour winds batter Portugal leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power before carrying heavy rain on into Spain. IMAGES

In Portugal, goats are helping to fight forest fires

Fernando Moura and his herd may not look like heroes but the Portuguese farmer and his 370 goats are the latest recruits in the country’s battle against summer forest fires.

Booming electric car sales drive lithium rush in Portugal

Mining firms are racing to open new lithium mines in Portugal, already Europe’s biggest producer of the commodity, thanks to the surge in popularity of electric vehicles powered by lithium-ion batteries. A voiced version of an AFPTV report.

Fleeing fire, Portugal residents shelter in reception centre

Residents of Portugal’s Monchique region, ravaged by spreading wildfires take refuge in a reception centre in the country’s south. Ferocious fires stoked by sweltering temperatures and strong winds, have injured dozens and left a blackened trail of seared forest, charred homes and incinerated cars.

Firecrews in Spain and Portugal struggle to control wildfires

Firefighters in Spain and Portugal are still struggling to bring wildfires under control. Thousands of people have been driven from their homes, as temperatures reach over 46 degrees Celsius in parts of both countries.

Portugal struggles to put out Algarve wildfire

Over 1,400 firefighters and soldiers battle the blaze around the mountain spa town of Monchique in one of Europe’s top tourist destinations.