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besAuthorities in Portugal, Andorra and Spain, in addition to the United States, are investigating dozens of Venezuelan citizens suspected of laundering hundreds of millions of euros allegedly obtained from bribes when they held positions in public companies under the presidency of Hugo Chávez.

The former Vice Minister of Energy in the Chavez administration, Nervis Villalobos, was in Madrid last week for laundering money allegedly diverted from the state oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela S.A..

culatraCoveA Communist Party proposal to end, once and for all, the nightmare demolitions on the Algarve's Ria Formosa islands has been defeated in parliament.

The ruling Socialist Party voted against the proposal, despite when in opposition voting against the demolitions. Astoundingly, the lone MP from the People Nature and Animals party voted against the demolitions, so, with the Social Democrats and CDS abstaining, the Communists' motion was rejected.

MinisterEnvironmentThe Minister of the Environment, João Matos Fernandes, continues in his post after last weekend's ministerial reshuffle, with his role augmented to include the remit for Energy Transition.(HERE)

The addition of this responsibility to the pro-oil minister's workload has raised serious questions as to his suitability to lead the country from oil and coal power dependence to the grassy uplands of green energy self-sufficiency or surplus.

olhaoportOlhão residents and road users, well used to standstill summer traffic and choking fumes, may see an end to vehicles having to inch their way through the city along the EN125.

In July this year, the Minister of Planning and Infrastructure, Pedro Marquês visited the municipality and assured residents that a bypass, talked about for decades, indeed would be built.

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