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: Timeline of key events

2007

* May 3 - Kate and Gerry McCann, from Rothley, Leicestershire, leave their three children asleep in their holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in southern Portugal while they dine with friends at a nearby tapas restaurant.

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.

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Madeleine suspect to sue papers for libel

Robert Murat, who became a suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, is planning to sue 12 British media outlets for libel, his lawyers said.

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.

Madeleine police return Murat's PCs

Portuguese police have returned computers and other possessions they seized from Madeleine McCann "suspect" Robert Murat, he said yesterday.

£550,000 damages for McCanns over Madeleine stories

Kate and Gerry McCann accepted £550,000 libel damages today over allegations that they were responsible for the death of their daughter Madeleine.

McCanns send sympathy to dead Spanish girl's parents

The parents of missing Madeleine McCann have sent their condolences to the family of a missing Spanish girl whose body has been found, it emerged yesterday. The body of five-year-old Mari Luz Cortes was found decomposed and floating in an estuary near the southern city of Huelva. The child, who disappeared on 13 January, was identified because of the clothes she was wearing. Huelva is 120 miles from where Madeleine disappeared on 3 May 2007. The three-year-old went missing from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal. Gerry and Kate McCann had sent messages of support to Mari Luz's parents after her disappearance earlier this year and a poster campaign featuring both girls was launched.

Madeleine McCann inquiry almost over, says Portuguese minister

The police investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is almost over, Portugal's Justice minister has said.

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