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Emirates joins airlines’ high-loss club
  + stars: | 2021-06-15 | by ( ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
An Emirates plane is seen at Lisbon’s airport in Portugal, June 24, 2016. The Gulf airline, owned by the government of Dubai, on Tuesday posted a $6 billion loss for 2020. Aggressive cost-cutting by Emirates’ state backers averted a worse financial disaster. For a state-owned company, the airline’s job-cutting zeal stands out. Strong unions and Berlin’s weak hand on the Lufthansa joystick, courtesy of a 9 billion euro government bailout, mean they’re not set in stone.
Persons: Rafael Marchante, Ed Cropley Organizations: REUTERS, Rafael Marchante Emirates, Gulf airline, London, International Airlines Group, British Airways, Air France, KLM, Deutsche Lufthansa, Emirates, Staff, Lufthansa Locations: Emirates, Portugal, Dubai, Singapore
REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/File PhotoDrahi’s newly-created vehicle Altice UK announced the holding in a statement on Thursday which drove BT’s shares to a 17-month high. Altice UK is owned by Next Alt, dealmaker Drahi’s private holding, which also controls SFR, the second largest telecoms operator in France behind Orange. “Altice holds the board and management team of BT in high regard and is supportive of their strategy,” Altice UK, a company formed for the purpose of holding the BT stake, said. “Altice UK has informed the BT board that it does not intend to make a takeover offer for BT,” it added. Altice UK has ruled itself out of making a full takeover offer for six months by virtue of its statement.
Persons: Patrick Drahi, Rafael Marchante, “ Altice, , , Jefferies, Altice, Drahi, Morgan Stanley Organizations: BT Group, REUTERS, SFR, Orange, BT, “ Altice, Britain’s, Deutsche Telekom, Vivendi Locations: PARIS, Lisbon, Portugal, France, British, Spain, Switzerland, United States, Israel, Europe, Dominican Republic, U.S
FILE PHOTO: An advertising board is seen during the first demonstration of the technology 5G in Lisbon, Portugal June 4, 2018. Altice, which pioneered 5G in Portugal, owns MEO, the largest landline operator in the country. A spokesperson for Altice said the company was not planning any sales process “now or in the near future” in Portugal. Altice, which has the bulk of its operations in France, aims to sell its Portuguese unit for about 6 billion euros ($7.3 billion), representing a multiple of 7 to 8 times its core earnings (EBITDA) of 833.6 million euros, the sources said. In 2020, Altice Portugal’s revenues increased 0.5% to 2.1 billion euros, while its core earnings grew 0.2% to 833.6 million euros.
Persons: Spain’s, Rafael Marchante, Franco, Patrick Drahi, Lazard, cautioning, MEO, Altice, MasMovil, Euskaltel Organizations: REUTERS, Major, Telefonica, Orange, Nowo, KKR, Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners, Horizon Equity Partners Locations: Europe, Portugal, Lisbon, Orange, , Providence, Iberia, France
Ryanair wins court challenge against German state aid for Condor
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( Foo Yun Chee | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: A Ryanair plane taxis at Lisbon's airport, Portugal September 27, 2018. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/File PhotoBRUSSELS (Reuters) -Ryanair on Wednesday won its challenge against state aid granted to virus-hit German charter airline Condor, marking its third victory in its fight against billions of euros in support granted to its rivals as Europe’s second-top court annulled a regulatory decision. The Luxembourg-based General Court, however, said that Condor would not be required to repay the German aid for now due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pending a new decision by the European Commission. “The General Court annuls the Commission decision approving the state aid granted by Germany to the airline Condor Flugdienst on the ground of an inadequate statement of reasons,” the Court said. The EU executive last year cleared a 550-million-euro ($670 million) German state-guaranteed loan to Condor, saying the measure complied with the bloc’s state aid rules.
Persons: Rafael Marchante, Condor Organizations: Ryanair, REUTERS, Wednesday, Condor, European Commission, annuls, EU, Commission Locations: Portugal, BRUSSELS, Luxembourg, Germany, EU
REUTERS/Rafael MarchanteCannabis stocks may be the next area of attention for retail investors as a recent rally in meme stocks fizzles, says Vanda Research. That marked the first clear signs of a rotation out of meme stocks, said Vanda. Meme stocks bounced back into the spotlight for retail investors in late May as bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies were crashing. AMC shares began to surge after major shareholder Dalian Wanda Group sold almost all of its remaining stake in the company. While meme stocks are still heftier in value than weeks before, the rally was starting to fizzle with AMC shares pulling back.
Persons: Rafael Marchante, Vanda, Redditors, Ben Onatibia Organizations: REUTERS, Vanda Research, Growers, AMC Entertainment, AMC, GameStop, BlackBerry, Vanda, Dalian Wanda Group, Amazon, Marijuana, Reinvestment
Ryanair says it may not take first 737 MAX until after summer
  + stars: | 2021-06-03 | by ( ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
A Ryanair plane taxis at Lisbon's airport, Portugal September 27, 2018. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/File PhotoRyanair (RYA.I) may decline to accept delivery of its first Boeing (BA.N) 737 MAX until after the summer but has not made a final decision, a senior executive said on Thursday. The airline on May 17 said Boeing had promised the first delivery by the end of that month, but the U.S. firm has not yet given a firm date, said Eddie Wilson, chief executive of Ryanair DAC, the main airline in the Ryanair Group. read more"We need a definitive date as to when we're going to get the airplane and then we've got to decide ... whether that suits us to take them or not because in the normal course of events we don't take aircraft in the summer months," Wilson told Reuters in an interview. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Rafael Marchante, Eddie Wilson, we've, Wilson Organizations: Ryanair, REUTERS, Boeing, Ryanair DAC, Ryanair Group, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Portugal, U.S
A Ryanair plane taxis at Lisbon's airport, Portugal September 27, 2018. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/File PhotoRyanair (RYA.I) may decline to accept delivery of its first Boeing (BA.N) 737 MAX jet until after the summer following a delay in the certification of a version of the jet designed for the airline, a senior executive said on Thursday. "It's really up to Boeing at Seattle to bed in that relationship with the FAA in dealing with issues of certification and how they have to do things differently. Ryanair was initially due to take delivery of its first MAX two years ago before the jet was grounded for 20 months after two fatal crashes. Since then the airline has announced repeated delays, cutting its planned deliveries in time for use in summer 2021 from 40 to 16 to possibly zero.
Persons: Rafael Marchante, we've, Eddie Wilson, Wilson, It's, Michael O'Leary Organizations: Ryanair, REUTERS, Boeing, Irish, Ryanair DAC, Ryanair Group, Wilson, Reuters, Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, Thomson Locations: Portugal, Seattle, U.S
Portugal's Galp Energia gets greener and cuts five-year spending plan
  + stars: | 2021-06-02 | by ( Sergio Goncalves | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/File PhotoPortugal's Galp Energia (GALP.LS) will sharpen its focus on renewable energy and limit fossil fuel spending to already approved developments, resulting in a 20% cut in five-year capital expenditure, the company said on Wednesday. read moreIn a revised strategic plan to 2025, Galp reiterated it would invest between 500 million euros and 700 million euros in capex this year, but by 2025, it would reduce annual spending by 20% to between 800 million euros and 1 billion euros ($1.22 billion). From 2016 to 2020, the upstream absorbed between 70% and 88% of the Galp group's total capex. Galp said its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation should exceed 3 billion euros in 2025, compared to an estimated figure of more than 2 billion euros this year. Its operating cash flow is expected to grow by around 35% and exceed 2.3 billion euros within five years, it said.
Persons: Rafael Marchante, Galp, Andy Brown Organizations: REUTERS, Energia, Thomson Locations: Energia, Galp, Portugal, Spain
Private equity's falling out of love with plastic packaging
  + stars: | 2021-05-20 | by ( Arno Schuetze | ) + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
REUTERS/Rafael MarchanteA decade ago, private equity couldn't get enough of plastic packaging. "While we have invested in plastic packaging in the past – we owned Faerch Plast from 2014 to 2017 – we would not buy a plastic packaging firm today." The plastic packaging market was worth $265 billion in global sales last year, according to figures from Market Data Forecast. Similarly, private equity firm SVPGlobal has revamped German packaging maker Kloeckner Pentaplast (kp) since it acquired it in 2012. "Plastic packaging - not for us.
Persons: Rafael Marchante, Marcus Brennecke, Lindsay Goldberg, Schur, Thomas Unger, Juergen Diegruber, Hoffmann, SVPGlobal, Kloeckner Pentaplast, kp, Victor Khosla, Grupa Kety, Grupa, ESG, Flint Organizations: REUTERS, pharma, Companies, Partners, Partners Group, WHAT'S, Ontario, Board, 3i, Weener Plastics, Thomson Locations: Seixal, Portugal, Austrian, U.S, London, Germany, Europe
Cisco beats quarterly revenue estimates
  + stars: | 2021-05-19 | by ( ) + 0.99   time to read: 1 min
A visitor uses a mobile phone in front of the Cisco booth at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 26, 2019. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/File Photo GLOBAL BUSINESS WEEK AHEADCisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O) on Wednesday beat quarterly revenue estimates, benefiting from sustained demand for its networking and teleconferencing tools as offices remained closed despite accelerated COVID-19 vaccinations. The company's revenue rose to $12.80 billion in the third quarter ended May 1, above analysts' average estimate of $12.56 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Rafael Marchante Organizations: Cisco, Mobile, REUTERS, Cisco Systems Inc, Wednesday, Thomson Locations: Barcelona, Spain, Refinitiv
Portugal to allow EU and UK tourists with a negative coronavirus test
  + stars: | 2021-05-15 | by ( ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Passengers wearing protective face masks walk at Lisbon's airport during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Lisbon, Portugal June 15, 2020. REUTERS/Rafael MarchantePortugal will allow tourist flights from European Union countries with low infection rates and from the UK, but passengers must show a negative coronavirus test on arrival, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday. The announcement came a day after the Portuguese tourism authority gave the green light to UK tourists to enter the country from Monday. Tourists from Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland are also allowed to start flying to Portugal. Visitors will have to show proof of a negative test taken up to 72 hours before a flight and airlines will be fined between 500 euros ($607) and 2,000 euros for each passenger who boards without presenting proof of a negative test.
Persons: Rafael Marchante Organizations: REUTERS, European Union, Interior Ministry, Tourists, Thomson Locations: Lisbon, Portugal, Rafael Marchante Portugal, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland
Demonstrators protest against lithium mines in downtown Lisbon, Portugal September 21, 2019. Governments say mining could attract investment and create jobs but lithium projects face opposition from environmentalists and local communities who fear irreversible damage such as soil pollution or destruction of the natural habitat of various endangered species. "Green mining must also be challenging such sentiments through the involvement of the local population in understanding the mutual benefits these projects could bring," he said. Peter Handley, head of the European Commission's raw materials unit, said it was essential to let people know lithium mining would be done "the right way, in full compliance with regulations". "Mining in the past was a very dirty operation," Handley said.
Persons: Rafael Marchante, , Joao Matos Fernandes, Peter Handley, Handley, Sara Munoz, Jeremy Wates Organizations: REUTERS, Portuguese, Mining, Energy, European Environment Bureau, Thomson Locations: Lisbon, Portugal, Europe, Spain,
Portugal extends COVID-19 air travel curbs until mid May
  + stars: | 2021-05-01 | by ( ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Passengers wearing protective face masks walk at Lisbon's airport during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Lisbon, Portugal June 15, 2020. The decision on India means Portugal is joining a growing number of countries imposing such restrictions. They will have to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure for Portugal. The extension of air travel restrictions came on the same day most of Portugal moved to the final phase of a gradual easing of rules imposed in January to tackle what was then the world's worst COVID-19 surge. Portugal's 1,200 km land border with Spain also reopened on Saturday after more than three months of restrictions and border checks.
Persons: Rafael Marchante Organizations: REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Lisbon, Portugal, Brazil, India, South Africa, France, Netherlands, Spain, Germany
EU countries move towards COVID passes to reopen summer travel
  + stars: | 2021-04-14 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
REUTERS/Rafael MarchanteBRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union countries formally agreed on Wednesday to launch COVID travel passes as a step towards reopening to tourism this summer and will negotiate details with the bloc’s lawmakers in May, two diplomatic sources said. The 27 EU member states “underlined their commitment to have the framework ready by the summer of 2021,” said a document endorsed by national envoys and seen by Reuters. EU countries are working in parallel to ensure “that the necessary technological solutions are in place”, the EU27 decision read, so that the new digital or paper certificates can be put to use once approved. While member states would be obliged to recognise EU-approved vaccines, specific countries could also issue certificates covering jabs Russia’s Sputnik or China’s Sinovac vaccines that are only authorised on their territory. Other EU countries would decide whether to accept a certificate referring to a vaccine not approved by EU regulators.
Persons: Rafael Marchante BRUSSELS, , Organizations: REUTERS, Union, Reuters, EU Locations: Albufeira, Portugal, COVID, , EU
Portugal extends restrictions on Spanish border until April 15
  + stars: | 2021-04-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Portuguese police officers check a car at the border between Portugal and Spain, following an order from the Spanish government to set up controls at its land borders over coronavirus, in Vilar Formoso, Portugal, March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/File PhotoLISBON (Reuters) - Portugal on Sunday extended restrictions on travel via land and sea to Spain that had been due to end this weekend until April 15 as it works to contain the spread of COVID-19. The interior ministry said the restrictions would remain in place for a further 11 days, adding that the measures did not prevent citizens or residents of Portugal from entering the country. Portugal, which has so far reported 780,322 COVID-19 cases and 16,879 deaths, is slowly lifting some other restrictions after a three-month nationwide lockdown came into force early this year. Meanwhile, Greece said on Sunday it was extending restrictions on domestic flights until April 12 and on international flights until April 19 as the number of new infections there continues to rise.
Persons: Rafael Marchante Organizations: REUTERS, Vehicles Locations: Portugal, Spain, coronavirus, Vilar Formoso, LISBON, COVID, Britain, Brazil, South Africa, Greece
Cannabis companies are eyeing New York's new legal marijuana market. New York's new legal marijuana market could be worth billions, creating a massive opportunity for some of the biggest cannabis companies in the US. REUTERS/Rafael MarchanteBig cannabis companies in the US typically both grow and sell marijuana, so New York's rules represent a departure. The advantages that New York's 10 current cannabis companies will enjoy could make them enticing acquisition targets. He added, however, that the other Canadian cannabis companies "understand that first mover advantage matters."
Persons: Cantor Fitzgerald, they're, Sam Ghods, Rafael Marchante, Viridian, Candescent —, they'd, Richard Vogel, Jay Czarkowski, Aaron Miles, Miles, Adrian Sedlin, Sedlin, he's, Pablo Zuanic, Associated Press Erich Mauff, Jushi, Chuck, Ghods, Kenneth Shea Organizations: Stifel, Green Thumb Industries, Labs, New York, Analysts, Viridian Capital Advisors, Bloomberg Intelligence, New York ., — Verano, Workers, AP, Wellness Holdings, MedMen's New, Canna Advisors, Verano, Aurora Cannabis, Associated Press, Walgreens Locations: New York, New, California, Arizona, York, New York City, Los Angeles, MedMen's New York, Canada, Aurora Cannabis Denver, Pennsylvania , Illinois, Virginia
South Korea's LG considering all options for loss-making mobiles
  + stars: | 2021-01-20 | by ( Heekyong Yang | Joyce Lee | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s LG Electronics said on Wednesday it was considering all options for its loss-making mobile division, which analysts said could include shutting its smartphone business or selling off parts of the unit. FILE PHOTO: Visitors use their mobile phones next to LG booth during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Rafael MarchanteLG said in a statement that 23 consecutive quarters of losses in its mobile business had totalled around 5 trillion won ($4.5 billion) amid stiff competition. Ending its mobile business could also help LG focus on expanding in vehicle parts, where it recently launched a joint venture with automotive supplier Magna International to make electric car components. “(LG’s) mobile business has done everything possible to reduce cost,” Ko Eui-young, an analyst at Hi Investment & Securities, said.
Persons: Rafael Marchante LG, ” LG, Brian Kwon, ” Ko Eui, , that’s, 1,100.6100 Organizations: LG Electronics, LG, Mobile, REUTERS, “ LG Electronics, Analytics, Analysts, Magna International, Hi Investment, Securities, Samsung Electronics Co, Apple Inc Locations: SEOUL, Barcelona, Spain
Chinese regulator approves Cisco's $4.5 billion Acacia deal
  + stars: | 2021-01-19 | by ( Josh Horwitz | Lusha Zhang | ) sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Cisco Systems Inc’s purchase of Acacia Communications Inc has been approved by China’s antitrust regulator on condition that the companies ensure fair competition, the watchdog said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Rafael MarchanteThe State Administration for Market Regulation’s (SAMR) green light brings the $4.5 billion dollar deal to a close after approval from other countries including the United States. Network gear maker Cisco first announced its intention to acquire optical components manufacturer Acacia in 2019, looking to capture more business from telecoms companies. One of China’s top market regulators, SAMR has authority akin to the European Commission to approve acquisitions involving multinational corporations. In 2018 Qualcomm Inc’s planned $44 billion takeover of Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors NV collapsed after the regulator stalled on issuing public approval.
Persons: Rafael Marchante, SAMR, Donald Trump’s, chipmaker Organizations: Cisco Systems, Acacia Communications, Cisco, Mobile, REUTERS, Administration, United States, Network, European Commission, Qualcomm, Semiconductors, chipmaker Broadcom, Infineon Technologies, Cypress Semiconductor, Israel’s Mellanox Inc, Semiconductor, Alibaba, Holding Locations: SHANGHAI, Barcelona, Spain, United, China, Dutch, Singapore, U.S
FILE PHOTO: A visitor uses a mobile phone at the Samsung booth at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 26, 2019. An early Galaxy S21 launch is a likely tactic to capitalise on Huawei’s woes, said Counterpoint Research analyst Sujeong Lim. In the U.S., the Galaxy S21 price starts at $799.99, S21 Plus at $999.99, and S21 Ultra at $1,199.99. The standard S21’s screen size is 6.2 inches, with the S21 Plus at 6.7 inches and S21 Ultra is 6.8 inches, optimal for watching videos and gaming. The latter two are close in size to last year’s Galaxy Note ‘phablets’ - a cross between a phone and a tablet.
Persons: Rafael Marchante, Sujeong Lim, Lim, Samsung, Roh Organizations: Samsung Electronics Co, Samsung, Mobile, REUTERS, Galaxy, Huawei Technologies Locations: SEOUL, Barcelona, Spain, U.S,
Acacia agrees to Cisco's sweetened offer of $4.5 billion
  + stars: | 2021-01-14 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: A visitor uses a mobile phone in front of the Cisco booth at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 26, 2019. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/File Photo(Reuters) - Optical component maker Acacia Communications Inc on Thursday agreed to be bought by network gear maker Cisco Systems Inc for a sweetened offer of $4.5 billion. Cisco had previously offered $2.84 billion.
Persons: Rafael Marchante, Acacia Communications Inc Organizations: Cisco, Mobile, REUTERS, Acacia Communications, Cisco Systems Inc Locations: Barcelona, Spain
The United States can restrict sales to blacklisted firms of goods made domestically as well as goods made abroad containing U.S. technology. Wright Robotics markets its temperature scanners as designed in California. In support of the devices, a testimonial on Wright Robotics’ home page from “Sheila H.” reads, “We decided to get this one because their company is in California. I saw other products have an issue with tech support or after-sales because the sellers are in China.”The U.S. Commerce department, which blacklisted CloudMinds, declined to comment. Wright Robotics touts its scanners as “T-Mobile 4G LTE ready” and sells them through the T-Mobile IoT Marketplace.
Persons: Rafael Marchante, CloudMinds, Sheila H, , , SoftBank’s Pepper, Karl Zhao, Zhao, Weeks Organizations: Mobile, REUTERS, Wright Robotics, U.S, U.S . Commerce, SoftBank Group, Reuters, CloudMinds Technology Inc, Cloud Robotics Inc, Wright Robotics Inc, LinkedIn, Sprint, SoftBank, Inc, Valley Bank, Small Business Administration Locations: TOKYO, U.S, China, Barcelona, Spain, United States, California, Shanghai, Cayman
Breakingviews - Weed merger smells funky, but could offer high
  + stars: | 2020-12-16 | by ( Anna Szymanski | ) + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Rafael MarchanteNEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - A merger between two Canadian weed providers may not smell great, but it should provide just enough of a high. But the market value of the two companies only increased by around $200 million after the deal was announced. Yet, long-term, this may be the transformational move the larger company needs to avoid remaining primarily a Canadian player. While legalization has been sluggish compared to many weed executives’ projections, the trend is moving in the right direction. And they’ll not only have to compete with a dominant company like $10 billion Canopy Growth, but also potentially with multinational food and beverage giants.
Persons: Rafael Marchante Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters Locations: Cantanhede, Portugal, Canadian, U.S, United States
Aphria shareholders will receive 0.8381 shares of Tilray for each Aphria share they hold, according to a press release. Watch Tilray trade live here. Watch Aphria trade live here. Tilray rallied as much as 27.2% on Wednesday after the company announced plans to merge with Aphria and create the world's biggest marijuana company. Aphria shareholders will receive 0.8381 shares of Tilray for each Aphria share they hold, representing a 23% premium to Tilray's Tuesday closing price.
Persons: Rafael Marchante Tilray, Aphria, Tilray, Read, Joe Biden's Organizations: REUTERS, Nasdaq, Cannabis, Republican, Markets, JPMorgan Locations: Cantanhede, Portugal, New Jersey , Arizona, South Dakota, Montana, Georgia
Portugal to help Mozambique train forces against militants
  + stars: | 2020-12-11 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.92   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi and Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa attend a welcoming ceremony at Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal July 2, 2019. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/File PhotoLISBON (Reuters) - Portugal said on Friday it would help Mozambique train up security forces to tackle a wave of militant attacks in the north of the African nation. Cravinho told Lusa news agency a Portuguese team would work with Mozambique’s government from next month to draw up a strategy to train local soldiers, marines and other forces. Mozambique had already asked the European Union for help in training its forces to battle the insurgency, which has alarmed countries across southern Africa and beyond and forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes. Cravinho said Portugal, which takes over the presidency of the European Union in January, would support Maputo’s request.
Persons: Filipe Nyusi, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, Rafael Marchante, Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado, Joao Gomes Cravinho, Cravinho, Nathan Sales Organizations: REUTERS, Portuguese Defence, European Union, Counterterrorism, U.S . State Department, Islamic Locations: Jeronimos, Lisbon, Portugal, LISBON, Mozambique, Mozambique’s, Tanzania, Portuguese, Africa, Islamic State
FILE PHOTO: Gates, passport control and toilets signs are seen at Lisbon's airport, Portugal, June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Rafael MarchanteLISBON (Reuters) - The head of Portugal’s SEF border service resigned on Wednesday after months of backlash over the fatal beating of a Ukrainian man detained at Lisbon airport for trying to enter the country without a valid visa. Ihor Homenyuk, 40, died in March at an airport detention centre run by SEF where he was taken after refusing to board a flight out of the country. The ministry declined further comment on the resignation, and the SEF did not immediately respond to a Reuters question on whether it was linked to the Ukrainian man’s death. “After learning the circumstances of the Ukrainian citizen’s death at Lisbon Airport, resignation was the only possible action,” opposition PSD lawmaker Ricardo Leite wrote on Twitter, referring to Gatoes’ departure.
Persons: Rafael Marchante LISBON, Ihor Homenyuk, , SEF, Cristina Gatoes, , Ricardo Leite, Ana Logrado, Pedro Neto Organizations: REUTERS, SEF, Lisbon Airport, Twitter, Borders, Amnesty Locations: Lisbon's, Portugal, Lisbon, Ukrainian, Portuguese
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