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 police report 'leaked on internet'

Portuguese police's final report on their investigation into Madeleine McCann's disappearance was apparently leaked online today.

Murat 'settles claims'

Robert Murat, the first named suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, has settled libel claims against several British news outlets for £500,000, it was reported today.

Angel Tavira: One-handed fiddler in 'The Violin'

Angel Tavira will be remembered as the wizened, one-handed octogenarian fiddler in the acclaimed 2005 Mexican film El Violin, also known as The Violin. He was 81 at the time and had never acted before, but in a sense he barely had to, for in real life, he was a wizened, one-handed octogenarian fiddler. In any case, his performance won him Best Actor award, in the specialist Un Certain Regard section, at the 2006 Cannes film festival. He was on a flight back to Mexico when the award was announced.

Police submit final McCann report

The end of the 14-month Portuguese investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann – and the potential clearance of her parents of any involvement – came a step closer after it was confirmed that police have submitted their final report on the case.

Prosecutor ponders closing Madeleine case

Portugal's Attorney-General Fernando Pinto Monteiro today dismissed claims that the Madeleine McCann investigation is about to be shelved.

'Drunk' holiday parents return to UK

A British couple holidaying in Portugal who were due in court today after allegedly getting so drunk that they passed out while in charge of their three young children are believed to have left the country, the Foreign Office said.

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Portuguese police want McCanns to return

Kate and Gerry McCann were said to be upset last night after being called back to Portugal by detectives who want to conduct a reconstruction of events on the night last year when their daughter Madeleine went missing.

We're going to the Algarve with the WAGs

Forget that secluded villa. A summer holiday at a golf resort may offer just the kind of fun your family really desires. Kate Simon heads for the Algarve

Liberty celebrates its best Christmas

London's swelling ranks of super-rich residents flocked to Liberty for their festive shopping, helping the mock Tudor-fronted emporium to enjoy its best Christmas.

Thompson boost for England as Barkley is ruled out

There was mixed news for the England head coach, Andy Robinson, yesterday. First, it was confirmed that the Bath inside centre Olly Barkley is out of England's opening autumn international against New Zealand on 5 November.

Water industry comes under fire as 3.6 billion litres are lost every day

Billions of litres of water are gushing out of Britain's crumbling mains network every day as the country faces its worst drought for 100 years.

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