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Europe hunkers down but also notes wins against virus surge

Portugal and Hungary on Monday became the latest European countries to impose curfews against the resurgent tide of coronavirus infections and deaths lashing the continent and filing its emergency wards. But glimmers of hope emerged from France, Belgium and elsewhere that tough restrictions might be starting to work.

Cybercrime money-launders busted by European police, FBI

European and American officials said Thursday that they have arrested 20 people in several countries for allegedly belonging to an international ring that laundered millions of euros stolen by cybercriminals through malware schemes.

Germany investigating McCann suspect in another case

German prosecutors have opened an investigation into whether a 43-year-old who has emerged as a possible suspect in the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann in Portugal may have been involved in a similar crime in Germany.

U.S. women’s soccer to play Portugal in pair of exhibitions

The world champion U.S. women’s soccer team will play a pair of exhibitions against Portugal on its victory tour, on Aug. 29 at Philadelphia and five days later at St. Paul, Minnesota. The Americans open the tour on Aug. 3 against Ireland at Pasadena, California. The U.S. Soccer Federation says a pair of additional friendlies are planned for Oct. 3 and 6. All 23 players on the World Cup roster will be selected for the games. The U.S. has a 16-game unbeaten streak.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Virgil Van Dijk face off in UEFA Nations League final

The final of UEFA’s newest competition features another clash between Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk. The inaugural Nations League ends on Sunday in Porto with Ronaldo’s Portugal taking on the Netherlands of Van Dijk. The Portuguese superstar and the thriving Dutch defender haven’t met since last year’s Champions League final, when Ronaldo’s former team Real Madrid came out on top of Van Dijk’s Liverpool.

Hurricane Leslie churns toward Portugal, Spain

Hurricane Leslie churned across the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday heading toward Portugal and Spain, with forecasters saying the storm will bring heavy rain, high winds and dangerous surf to western parts of the Iberian Peninsula.

Red alerts for Portugal, Spain amid smothering heat wave

Residents and tourists in Portugal and Spain stayed in the shade or flocked to the beach Saturday as southern Europe sweltered in a heat wave that has produced near-record temperatures and threatens to stick around for days to come.

Lionel Messi vs. France with Maradona watching; Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Uruguay

No matter what Lionel Messi does at the World Cup, Diego Maradona will be watching. Messi was already facing outsize pressure in what could be his last World Cup, and Maradona has become an inescapable part of it. Argentina’s biggest World Cup hero is sure to be emotional in the stands again when Argentina begins knockout play against a talented France squad. Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal play Uruguay in Saturday’s other knockout match.