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Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for Covid-19
Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for Covid-19
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The Portuguese soccer player for Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for Covid-19.

Regional News • Europe • United Kingdom
England puts Portugal back on Covid-19 quarantine list
Torre de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
Torre de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal Credit: Berthold Werner (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

British transport minister Grant Shapps announced that travellers from mainland Portugal to England would have to quarantine from 03:00 UTC on Saturday. The announcement comes just weeks after the country was put on the safe list.

Travellers from the Portuguese islands of the Azores and Madeira are still allowed to skip quarantine.

Sports • Soccer
Bayern breeze past Lyon to face PSG for the Champions League title
Bayern breeze past Lyon to face PSG for the Champions League title
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Bayer have beaten Lyon 3:0 and qualified to the Champions League final. Gnabry, twice, and Lewandowski scored for the German side.

Bayern have won all 10 matches in this Champions League edition with an aggregate score of 42:8.

Bayer will play for the title against PSG on August 24 at the Estádio da Luz, Lisbon.

Sports • Soccer
PSG reach their first Champions League final
PSG reach their first Champions League final
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PSG have beaten RB Leipzig 3:0, at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, and qualified to the Champions League final for the first time in the club history. The club are the first French team to reach the Champions League final since Monaco in the 2003-04 season.

Marquinhos, Angel di Maria and Juan Bernat scored the goals for PSG.

PSG will play for the title against Bayern Munich or Lyon on August 24.

Sports • Soccer
Lyon defeats Manchester City, qualifies for the Champions League semi-finals
Lyon defeats Manchester City, qualifies for the Champions League semi-finals
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Lyon qualified for the semi-final of the Champions League by beating Manchester City 3:1 in Lisbon.

Cornet and Moussa Dembélé, twice, scored for the French side, while De Bruyne was the scorer for the English team.

Lyon's will face their 2009-2010 semi-final adversary, Bayern Munich, on August 19 at 19:00 UTC.

Sports • Soccer
Bayer Munich humiliates Barcelona and sails to the Champions League semi-finals
Robert Lewandovski scores for Bayern Munich
Robert Lewandovski scores for Bayern Munich Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

Playing at the Estádio da Luz, in Lisbon, Bayern Munich crushed Barcelona, won 8:2 and qualified to the Champions League semi-finals.

The German side scored with Thomas Muller (twice), Philippe Coutinho (twice), Ivan Perisic, Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski. Bayern became the first team to score eight goals in a Champions League knockout match.

Bayern will face Manchester City or Lyon in the semi-finals on August 19 at 19:00 UTC.

Sports • Soccer
RB Leipizig beat Atletico Madrid to reach Champions League semi-finals
RB Leipizig beat Atletico Madrid to reach Champions League semi-finals
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RB Leipzig overcame a defensive Atletico Madrid to reach their first Champions League semi-final. With a 2:1 victory, Leipzig ended the dream of Madrid to reach their third final in the last six years.

Dani Olmo and Tyler Adams scored for the German side, and João Felix scored for the Spanish.

RB Leipzig will face PSG on August 18 at 19:00 UTC for a spot in the Champions League final.

Sports • Soccer
PSG scores twice in stoppage-time to advance to Champions League semi-finals
PSG scores twice in stoppage-time to advance to Champions League semi-finals
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In the first UEFA Champions League match, PSG has beaten Atalanta 2:1, to reach the semi-finals for the first time in 25 years.

The game, played at Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, was decided in the last minutes with PSG managing a comeback in dramatic fashion. Marquinhos got their equaliser in the 90th minute, with Choupo-Moting scoring the winner two minutes later.

PSG will face in semi-finals the winner of the game between RB Leipzig and Atletico Madrid.

Sports • Soccer
Manchester City and Lyon advance to the last eight in the Champions League
Manchester City and Lyon advance to the last eight in the Champions League
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Manchester City and Lyon will face each other on the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. The game will be played on August 15 at the Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon.

In Manchester, City qualified with a 2:1 win against Real Madrid, with goals by Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.

In Turin, Juventus won the game 2:1, with two goals by Cristiano Ronaldo, but Lyon qualified on the aggregate result -- by having more away goals.

Regional News • Europe
Portugal reports zero Covid-19 deaths in a day - first time since March

With 106 new Covid-19 cases Portugal reports the lowest number of new infections in a single day in almost three months and reports the first day without a Covid-19 death since March.

In total Portugal has now reported 51,569 Covid-19 cases and 1,738 deaths.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Juan Carlos, former king of Spain has allegedly left country over corruption investigation
Archive picture from 2007
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According to Spanish media the former king of Spain Juan Carlos has left the country. "La Vanguardia" and "ABC" state that he has allegedly traveled trough Portugal and to the Dominican Republic.

The Spanish royal court has published a letter by Juan Carlos where he tells his son about his intentions to move into a foreign country. The alleged move into the Dominican Republic happens while Carlos is under investigation for possible corruption and tax fraud after allegedly having gotten $100 million in bribes from Saudi-Arabia for the building of a high-speed train route in Saudi-Arabia by a Spanish syndicate.

During the regency a Spanish king is granted immunity. Carlos has forfeited the title in 2014.

Sports • Soccer
Porto wins the Portugal Cup
Porto wins the Portugal Cup
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Porto has beaten Benfica 2:1 to take the Portugal Cup title in a match played in Coimbra. Porto celebrated the "double", as it also won the Portuguese title for the 2019/20 season.

Both Porto goals were scored by the central defender Chancel Mbemba, with Carlos Vinicius scoring for Benfica.

Sports
F1 2020 season extended with 3 races at Nürburgring, Portimão and Imola
F1 2020 season extended with 3 races at Nürburgring, Portimão and Imola
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Formula One's preliminary schedule has been extended into October and November with the addition of 3 new rounds in Europe (Germany, Portugal and Italy). Those races replace the races in the Americas, now officially ruled out for 2020.

Reports in sports media suggest that the final calendar could see 15 to 18 races, with at least Bahrain and Abu Dhabi tracks expected to be added as season closers.

Climate & Environment
Portugal adjusts plans to end energy from coal by 2021
Portugal adjusts plans to end energy from coal by 2021
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According to the energy company EDP its Sines coal power plant will be shut down in 2021, accelerating the original 2023 shutdown plans. This will make Portugal the third country in the European Union to end the energy production from coal-fired power plants.

EDP has stated that they are "now evaluating the development of a green hydrogen production project in Sines" and are "committed to fulfill all labor obligations towards the 107 workers at the plant".

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
Ryanair to challenge TAP bailout in courts
Ryanair to challenge TAP bailout in courts
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Ryanair announced Friday it would go to European courts to challenge the latest Portuguese government’s investment in TAP. The government reached a deal with private shareholders of TAP to increase its state in the company to 72.5%.

Before the bailout, the Portuguese state had 50% of TAP and Atlantic Gateway, owned by Brazilian-American aviation businessman David Neeleman and Portuguese entrepreneur Humberto Pedrosa, had 45% of the airline, which suffered heavy losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lifestyle • Travel
After a three-month lockdown, Spain is reopening its borders to tourists
Chueca neighborhood of Madrid, May 2020
Chueca neighborhood of Madrid, May 2020 Credit: Nemo / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Spain is reopening for tourism after a three-month strict lockdown. The country is welcoming back tourists, however, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez urges to uphold social distancing measures and the use of face masks. Sánchez said to remain "on our guard" as a second wave of Covid-19 "must be avoided at all costs". Portugal will keep its borders with Spain closed until July 1.

Sports • Soccer
UEFA Champions/Europa League closing stages set for August in Portugal, Germany and Basque Country
Champions League
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UEFA announced yesterday several details for the remaining Champions League and Europa League matches. The interrupted rounds of 16 are scheduled to restart on August 5 at unconfirmed locations.

Afterwards, Champions League matches from the quarter-finals up to the final will be played between August 12-23 in Lisbon, while Europa League matches are to be played between August 10-24 at four German cities (Cologne, Duisburg, Dusseldorf and Gelsenkirchen).

Finally, the Women's Champions League will wrap up in the Basque Country region of Spain between August 21-30.

Law
Police identify new suspect in 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann
The tributes to Madeleine in the square in her hometown of Rothley on 17 May 2007.
The tributes to Madeleine in the square in her hometown of Rothley on 17 May 2007. Credit: Thesevenseas (Creative Commons CC0 Waiver)

A 43-year-old German prisoner who lived periodically in southern Portugal's Algarve region between 1995 and 2007 in a camper van is now the focus of Scotland Yard's investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann 13 years ago.

"It's more than 13 years since Madeleine went missing and none of us can imagine what it must be like for her family, not knowing what happened or where she is,"

"Following the tenth anniversary, the Met received information about a German man who was known to have been in and around Praia da Luz. We have been working with colleagues in Germany and Portugal and this man is a suspect in Madeleine's disappearance," Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell said in a statement Wednesday.

Law
Football Leaks' whistleblower released from custody

Rui Pinto is now under house arrest, still banned from the Internet, and awaiting trial. Extradited from Hungary in March 2019 for alleged attempts of blackmailing an investment fund, Pinto is currently facing 90 allegations of criminal offense in Portugal. Pinto had previously published evidence of corruption and tax evasion that have since lead to investigations both in and outside the world of football.

Regional News • Europe
Portugal government announces to treat migrants as residents during Covid-19 pandemic

In order to allow migrants and asylum seekers, that are currently living in Portugal, access to the public services of the country during the coronavirus pandemic, the government has announced to treat them as residents. Being treated as such they can use social security services such as healthcare or welfare, but also open bank accounts, close rental contracts and work. The only requirement is an ongoing request for residency.