Madeleine claims difficult to listen to, says mother

Kate McCann admitted today that listening to claims that she faked her daughter Madeleine's abduction was difficult - but said nothing could be as bad as losing her child.

McCanns dismiss detectives' claims over Madeleine

Gerry McCann angrily dismissed Portuguese detectives' claims that his daughter Madeleine is dead as he arrived at court today.

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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.

Case against Madeleine McCann detective postponed

Kate and Gerry McCann travelled to Portugal for the libel trial of a Portuguese policeman who published a book including claims Madeleine McCann was dead only for the case to be put off today.

My Father's Wives, By José Eduardo Agualusa

In this spirited road novel by the Angolan winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (for The Book of Chameleons), a Lisbon-based film-maker criss-crosses southern Africa in search of the truth about her reputed biological father, a jazz virtuoso.

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Madeleine McCann's parents return to Portugal

Kate McCann returned to Portugal today for the first time since being quizzed by police over her daughter Madeleine's disappearance.

Judge bans policeman's Madeleine book

A Portuguese judge today banned further sales or publications of a former policeman's book which claimed Madeleine McCann is dead, a spokesman for the missing girl's parents said.

Portsmouth take Yebda on loan

Benfica midfielder Hassan Yebda will spend the rest of this season on loan at Portsmouth, the Portuguese club have confirmed.

'Robinson Crusoe' killer recaptured after 16 years in caves

A murderer on the run, who spent 16 years hiding in caves around his home village in northern Portugal, has been recaptured looking "like Robinson Crusoe", police said yesterday.

Bolton rule out Veloso move

Bolton manager Gary Megson has ruled out making a new bid for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Miguel Veloso.

Lisbon: Portugal's capital shares the UK's time zone but its citizens enjoy life way beyond midnight

You know you are in Portugal when the pavement is trying to impersonate the ocean. And right now the ground beneath my feet is trying particularly hard. An elaborate mosaic of basalt and limestone, it sends waves of polished black and creamy off-white rippling across Lisbon's main square. They rush past the statue of Dom Pedro IV, ignoring him entirely – rather like the natives, who call the praca "Rossio" ("common land") in defiance of the ex-king whose name it officially bears. They roll past the fountains at either end. They even swirl beyond the limits of the vast plaza, south along Rua Augusta to the Praca do Comercio and the north bank of the Tagus, upwards and west to the Bairro Alto district, east into the tight corners of Alfama.

Fore site: Claudia Winkleman gets active in Portugal's Penha Longa resort

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