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Portugal's struggling opposition party elects new leader

LISBON, Jan 14 Portugal's main opposition Social Democrats have elected Rui Rio, former mayor of the country's second-largest city of Porto, as their new leader who will face the daunting task of boosting the centre-right party's lowly ratings ahead of a 2019 election.

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Portugal unemployment rate at 8.2 percent in November - INE 08 Jan 2018

LISBON Portugal's monthly unemployment rate fell to 8.2 percent in November, down from a revised reading of 8.4 in October, which was the lowest since early 2005, provisional data from the National Statistics Institute showed on Monday.

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Portugal, once in EU bailout, sees budget deficit almost disappear 22 Dec 2017

LISBON Portugal's budget deficit was just 0.1 percent of gross domestic product in the 12 months ending in September, putting the country on course to beat its full-year target and reduce its debt burden.

UPDATE 1-Portuguese bond yields at best level against peers since 2010 20 Dec 2017

* Euro zone periphery govt bond yields http://tmsnrt.rs/2ii2Bqr (Writes through)

Portuguese bond yields hit best level against Italy and Spain since Jan 2010 20 Dec 2017

* Euro zone periphery govt bond yields http://tmsnrt.rs/2ii2Bqr

Portuguese bond rally dims after Fitch upgrade morning fever pitch 18 Dec 2017

LONDON Portugal's bond yields hit their lowest since early 2015 in early trading before inching up, after an unprecedented two-notch upgrade from Fitch boosted investor optimism.

UPDATE 3-Portuguese bond rally dims after Fitch upgrade morning fever pitch 18 Dec 2017

* Euro zone periphery govt bond yields http://tmsnrt.rs/2ii2Bqr (rewrites throughout, updates prices, adds Germany)

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Ryanair unions lift Christmas strike threat 18 Dec 2017

DUBLIN Unions representing Ryanair pilots in Ireland and Portugal on Sunday suspended plans to strike before Christmas, lifting the threat of industrial action at the low-cost giant after it agreed on Friday to recognise trade unions for the first time. | Video

Ryanair pilots in Portugal suspend strike, union to negotiate 17 Dec 2017

LISBON Ryanair pilots in Portugal decided on Sunday to suspend their strike set for Dec. 20 after the company agreed to recognise the unions and negotiate on Friday in a surprise decision, Portugal's Union of Civil Aviation Pilots (SPAC) said.

Portuguese yields drop below Italy for first time in almost 8 yrs 15 Dec 2017

LONDON, Dec 15 Portugal's 10-year bond yield fell to its lowest level in more than two years on Friday, trading below Italian yields for the first time since early-2010 ahead of a Fitch Ratings review that could give the country a second investment grade rating.

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With no deal in sight, U.S. Congress faces looming government shutdown

WASHINGTON The U.S. Congress raced the clock to avoid a federal government shutdown before a midnight deadline on Friday after a meeting between President Donald Trump and Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer failed to produce a deal. | Video