Sam Wallace: The medallion man from the sticks whose talent brought forgiveness

Five years ago, after England went out of Euro 2004, my newspaper sent me from Lisbon to Madeira to find the father of Cristiano Ronaldo who, after his first season at Manchester United, was starting to show signs that he might become the superstar he is now.

Chris Mullin: Contrary to opinion, we're not all at it

We despised representatives of the people have put up with many falsehoods

Primark targets Belgium in push across Europe

The discount fashion store chain Primark plans to launch in Belgium next year, in the latest phase of its European expansion.

McCanns to sue Portuguese former police chief

The parents of Madeleine McCann are suing the Portuguese former police chief who led the inquiry into her disappearance to prevent further publication of his "deeply offensive" book about the case.

The Complete Guide To: The Azores

Scattered across the North Atlantic lie nine volcanic islands with Portuguese heritage. Each is distinctive. But Simon Calder finds they share one attribute: a totally relaxed atmosphere

The Back 9 - 19 March 2009

Conchita Cintrón: Matador who led the way for women in the bullring

Conchita Cintrón Verrill, who fought a long uphill battle to establish a central role for women as matadors, has died in Lisbon, where she had lived in retirement for many years.

Portugal PM vows to defend honour over mall

Portugal's prime minister, Jose Socrates, is embroiled in an alleged corruption scandal over permission granted for a British development on protected land outside Lisbon.

Madeleine McCann's father returns to Portugal

Missing Madeleine McCann's father was in Portugal today for the first time since returning to the UK.

Great and good await child sex verdict

Prosecutor to conclude Portuguese trial involving state officials and celebrities

Barça look beyond Messi's magic for Sporting showdown

Valdes urges team-mates to provide cutting edge with talisman expected to be out

Waldemar Bastos, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Waldemar Bastos has become a de facto lightning rod for his country, Angola's, struggles – from the day he was arrested as an innocent schoolchild by the Portuguese secret police, to the more recent moment when his eldest son was killed by one of the factions who turned a war of independence into a savage civil one.

Veteran Saramago reaches end of epic journey

Portugal's Nobel Literature laureate Jose Saramago has announced the completion of his latest work "The Elephant's Journey", based on the real-life epic journey of an Indian elephant named Solomon who travelled from Lisbon to Vienna in the 16th century.

Equator, by Miguel Sousa Tavares, translated by Peter Bush

Passion at zero degrees
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Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

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Rachael Lander interview: From strung out to playing strings

From strung out to playing strings

Award-winning cellist Rachael Lander’s career was almost destroyed by the alcohol she drank to fight stage fright. Now she’s playing with Elbow and Ellie Goulding
The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise about nutrition?

A big fat surprise about nutrition?

The science linking saturated fats to heart disease and other health issues has never been sound. Nina Teicholz looks at how governments started advising incorrectly on diets
Emmys 2014 review: Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars

Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars?

The recent Emmy Awards are certainly glamorous, but they can't beat their movie cousins
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On the road to nowhere

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Arsenal vs Besiktas Champions League qualifier: Gunners know battle with Turks is a season-defining fixture

Arsenal know battle with Besiktas is a season-defining fixture

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Pete Jenson: Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought

Pete Jenson: A Different League

Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought
This guitar riff has been voted greatest of all time

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Britain’s superstar ballerina

Britain’s superstar ballerina

Alicia Markova danced... every night of the week and twice on Saturdays
Berlin's Furrie invasion

Berlin's Furrie invasion

2000 fans attended Eurofeurence
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