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

Kate Simon: From scorchio to squelchio – why I won't get burnt in Portugal

I'm just repacking my suitcase for our family holiday to the Algarve. Out go the flip-flops, in come the waterproofs. You see, I've just checked the five-day forecast for that part of the world and it predicts heavy showers followed by thunderstorms followed by more heavy showers – up until we step on the plane to go home. The word "disappointed" barely sums up the mood in our house as I write.

Police failed to follow up on Madeleine sighting

Portuguese detectives failed to ask for any follow-up investigation after a young girl resembling Madeleine McCann was caught on CCTV in New Zealand, it emerged today.

Click, pack and go: our pick of the week’s deals

After British Airways cabin voted in favour of a strike this week with no indication of when staff might walk out (other than a promise not to strike over Easter), many of you may be feeling uneasy about choosing flights with the flag-carrying airline between now and May.

MTECH head south ahead of GT season

A month-long testing programme in southern Europe is being undertaken by the MTECH team ahead of the forthcoming Avon Tyres British GT Championship season. The Algarve circuit in Portugal and the Spanish tracks of Jerez and Monteblanco are on the schedule for MTECH and its Ferrari 430 Scuderia.

Best for family breaks: Portugal

So there we were, shades on, hair bleached by the sun, kicking back with a few cold ones in the beach-front bar, swapping gnarly surfer tales with the gnarly surfer dudes, as the waves crashed against the sand below and a vast blood-orange sun began its spectacular slow-dive into the wild Atlantic beyond.

Ex-detective faces McCann libel trial

A libel trial will start today of a former senior Portuguese detective who published a book alleging that Madeleine McCann died inside her parents' apartment.

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Madeleine McCann 'is in a secret lair'

Ulster detective leading the hunt on why he thinks she’s being held captive just like Jaycee Dugard

48 Hours In: Faro

The capital of the Algarve has much to offer visitors, including an atmospheric old town, lively bars and great fish restaurants. Cathy Packe explores Portugal's south coast gem

Judge to rule on UK soccer fan's extradition

A judge is expected to give his ruling today on whether an England football fan convicted of involvement in a riot during the Euro 2004 tournament should be extradited to Portugal to serve a prison term.

New Maddy suspect 'highly significant'

The new suspect being hunted in connection with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is a "highly significant person of interest" to the investigation, the family's spokesman said today.

Property abroad: The undiscovered Algarve

Away from the high-rise blocks and stratospheric prices of the tourist trail there are quieter, cheaper areas with historic towns, rustic markets and golden beaches, says Laura Latham

Summer on the Beach: The Algarve

To most, it's a land of factor 30 and golf. But there's plenty to get you out of the resorts, says Kate Simon
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