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

Travel: On a magic carpet ride above the olive groves

Carolle Doyle joined an unusually quiet flying circus as 26 hot air balloons traversed Portugal from North to South, across the vineyards and fir forests of the Douro and finally down to the sea

Travel: 48 hours ... in the Algarve

With cheaper flights to Faro, now is the time to discover Portugal's most beautiful coast.

Golf: Phillips targets a Ryder call-up

ENGLAND'S VAN PHILLIPS set his sights on a Ryder Cup place after continuing his fine form in the Madeira Island Open yesterday.

Golf: Phillips holds nerve to win first Tour title

VAN PHILLIPS breathed a sigh of relief after surviving a nail- biting play-off to claim his first European Tour title at the Algarve Portuguese Open. The 26-year-old from Maidenhead took the first prize with a par four on the first play-off hole after his compatriot John Bickerton had fluffed his third shot into a greenside bunker.

Golf: Smyth stays in front

VETERAN Irishman Des Smyth retained his lead in the Algarve Portuguese Open yesterday when young Swede Fredrik Jacobson slipped up at the close.

Golf: Smyth sweeps clear of field

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The best resorts in; The Algarve

Despite the popularity of southern Portugal as a family holiday destination, there are still some pockets that haven't been invaded by the tour operators. Jill Crawshaw knows them well

Travel: Cape of good times

The south-western tip of Portugal offers an intriguing base to explore the Algarve.

Old foes are just a river and worlds apart

One bank of the Guadiana River is in Spain, the other in Portugal. Jasper Winn swam across one of Europe's loveliest borders

Portugal: Ox-drawn ploughs or golf-course buggies - the choice is yours

Beaches, hilltop villages and some serious wilderness in between - Jeremy Atiyah finds something for everybody in Portugal's seven provinces

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Property: It's an ill Nino that's blowing

At last I have uncovered the real reason why it has proved so difficult for me to find a house to buy. It is all to do with El Nino, which has become the global explanation for the inexplicable.

Travel: Green Channel, Red Channel

Trains are kinder to the world than cars, so the fact that railways around the world are accelerating is good news. The 1997 World Rail Speed Survey published by Railway Gazette International shows Japan has stolen the fastest train title from France with the new bullet train. It travels between Hiroshima and Kokura at an average speed of 162.7mph.

Monday Life

On the sliding scale of tiredness, I've long since passed dog and am nudging dead. My right eyelid has been twitching since Wednesday and I keep finding shoes in the laundry basket. The only thing that has kept me going was the prospect of this holiday, and now we're on a mountain, the Algarve spread out gaudily below our lemon grove. Susannah, who I haven't seen in six months, has arrived from Madrid, and, after two all- nighters and a charter flight, my only thoughts are of sleep.

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