Near-blind ex-boxer puts troubled kids on right path

In some ways, says Portuguese ex-boxer Jorge Pina, the loss of most of his sight was the making of him. “I didn’t lose my sight, I just see things differently,” he says. Forced to abandon his world title dreams, Pina devotes his time to helping troubled kids from rough neighbourhoods stay on the right path by channelling their energy into sport.

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.

Pressure ramps up on Ronaldo amid rape investigation

Just a few days after Cristiano Ronaldo was accused of raping a woman in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009, the football star has been left out of the Portuguese national squad for its upcoming matches in October and November, and Nike has taken the rare step of expressing concern about one of its own athletes. Kathryn Mayorga, an American former model, decided to go public with her allegations as a result of the #MeToo movement, her lawyer says.

Portuguese shipwreck discovered at the bottom of River Tagus

A wreckage of a Portuguese trading vessel is discovered at the bottom of the mouth of the Tagus River, near Lisbon.

Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we travel to Mozambique where schools are increasingly teaching in the local Changana dialect in addition to the country’s official language, Portuguese. And we take you to Benin where the niche sport of fencing has taken a foothold — with the national federation setting its sights on Olympic qualification.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

Wildfires rage in south of Portugal

Hundreds of Portuguese firefighters and soldiers battled ferocious forest fires that raged around the Monchique Range in the Algarve as meteorologists warned of “significant winds” to come.

Residents of Portuguese town attempt to keep cool in heatwave

Resident of the Portuguese town of Amora outside Lisbon try to stay cool in the Europe’s heatwave — with many people opting for the beach.

France’s Macron meets Portuguese PM Costa in Lisbon

French President Emmanuel Macron meets Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa in Lisbon. IMAGES

Cristiano Ronaldo starts a two-day visit to China

Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo greets hundreds of fans at a promotional event in a mall in Beijing, during his first day of a two-day visit to China.