News British girl Madeleine McCann, who was allegedy abducted 03 May 2007 from the resort apartment where she was on vacation with her family in the Algarve

British police reportedly made the request to their Portuguese counterparts in a recent meeting between the two forces

Madeleine probe 'a ludicrous waste'

Scotland Yard's review of the Madeleine McCann case is a "ludicrous" waste of money, a senior member of the its governing body has claimed.

Britons enjoy weekend of sunshine

The Spring sunshine is set to drench the majority of the UK again today with more warm weather bringing a fine end to Britain's glorious "barbecue weekend".

Travel challenge: A family break in the Algarve at Easter

Each week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a one-week Easter break in the Algarve, based on a family of four travelling together in mid-April...

Cycling: Contador set to step up a gear

Alberto Contador plans to show an improvement in form at the Tour of Murcia starting today, following his fourth place at last month's Tour of Algarve on his return from a doping ban.

'Madeleine in America' claim is probed

The parents of missing Madeleine McCann today welcomed new information which suggests their daughter may be in America.

Traveller's Guide: The Algarve

It's not just sun, sand and Brits on the beach – Portugal's south coast offers dramatic countryside inland, too, says Cathy Packe

Briton kidnapped and tortured in Portugal over 'unpaid debts'

A British man had an ear, two fingers and three toes cut off after being kidnapped in Portugal and tortured for 13 days over an alleged debt.

The holiday company that made Europe our summer home

The demise of the Travel Club of Upminster marks the end of the package holiday era, says Simon Calder

Stay the night: Longevity Wellness Resort, Portugal

There's not one, two but three spas at this bold new resort in Portugal's mountains, says Kate Simon

Briton arrested over Portugal beach photos

A 48-year-old British tourist has been arrested in Portugal on suspicion of taking photographs of children.

Sunderland complete Bramble transfer

Titus Bramble today completed his move from Wigan to Sunderland.

Cristiano Ronaldo 'very happy' at birth of son

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is "very happy" after becoming a father for the first time, according to reports.

Travel Agenda: House of Commons tours; Ukraine; The Algarve

Today: The House of Commons in London opens to the public on Saturdays. The year-round, 75-minute "blue badge" guided tours will supplement the seasonal summer opening and cost £14 per adult ( www.parliament.uk ).

Put away those golf clubs, this is the Algarve resort of the future

The founders of Woolley Grange are behind a bold new hotel in Portugal. Kate Simon reports

Madeleine McCann: A new film to remind us of her disappearance

She has been gone 1,000 days. If she is alive, she will soon be seven. The McCanns' search goes on
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