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Newsline: Suspected arson at Portugal’s embassy in Sweden

Swedish authorities are investigating a large fire that broke out at the Portuguese embassy in central Stockholm on Wednesday. The fire is being treated as arson according to the Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva. “Everything points to an isolated act from a disturbed person who demanded to speak with the official in charge of the portuguese consular service. His demand was accepted but before they could speak he acted criminally by starting a fire and then running away.” said Silva in a televised statement from Lisbon. According the police 14 people received medical assistance after the fire and two were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation though none are believed to be in a serious condition. Police have now arrested a man linked to the investigation but will not comment on his role.

http://www.euronews.com/2018/04/04/suspected-arson-at-portugal-s-embassy-in-sweden

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Newsline: Police suspect arson after fire at Stockholm embassy building injures 14

Police in Stockholm have arrested a man on suspicion of arson after a fire at an embassy building injured 14 people. The alarm was raised about the fire at the Narvavägen building housing the embassies of Portugal, Tunisia, Argentina and Belgium as well as apartments and a restaurant at around lunchtime on Wednesday afternoon. “The operation is still ongoing. Around 14 people have been affected by the fire, with no serious injuries but smoke and minor injuries,” Stockholm police press spokesperson Kjell Lindgren told The Local. “The latest information from the fire fighters is that there’s no one left in the building, but they’re still working to extinguish the fire in the apartment section.” Lindgren said police were looking to speak to a person who they “think could have something to do with” the incident, with a description released to the public in an effort to locate him. Asked if it’s thought the fire was started deliberately, Lindgren affirmed “we think it was lit by someone, which is why we’ve started an investigation into arson”. An arrest was made in central Stockholm just after 2pm on Wednesday, with a man arrested suspected of arson on reasonable grounds (the lower degree of suspicion according to Swedish law).

https://www.thelocal.se/20180404/police-suspect-arson-after-fire-at-stockholm-embassy-building-injures-14

Newsline: Portugal investigates London Consulate’s online appointment booking system

Portugal’s Minister of Foreign of Affairs has revealed that an investigation is under way at the country’s Consulate in London due to allegations of fraud. According to Augusto Santos Silva, the online appointment booking system is being abused, blocking applications while expediting requests by applicants for a fee. The minister further said that the government and the London Consul General were working to end these fraudulent acts which are currently the Consulate’s biggest operational problem.

http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/investigation-into-london-consulate-appointment/43976

Newsline: Portugal closes Libyan embassy due to fighting

The Portuguese government said that it had decided to temporarily suspend the Portuguese diplomatic representation in Trípoli due to the lack of security in Libya. According to the government communiqué, “this temporary suspension comes after the repatriation of Portuguese citizens who said they wanted to return home and had asked the Portuguese embassy for help”. “The Portuguese citizens who have stayed behind (mainly citizens with dual nationality), do so of their own free will”, the communiqué added.

http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/portugal-closes-libyan-embassy-due-to-fighting/32225

Newsline: Philippine Embassy warns of recruitment scam for non-existent jobs in Portugal

The Philippine Embassy in Lisbon warned of an Internet scam offering fake jobs in Portugal in exchange for expensive processing fees exacted through money transfer. In an advisory, the embassy noted “an upsurge” in the number of Filipinos who have fallen victim to the scam, carried out via email purporting to come from companies in Portugal offering jobs and visa processing assistance “through payment of exorbitant fees.” “The Philippine Embassy in Lisbon would like to remind the public to be extra cautious in making transactions over the Internet with spurious companies and individuals offering employment and issuances of entry/working visas for Portugal,” read an Embassy statement released by the Department of Foreign Affairs. The embassy warned that scammers use the names of “real and even reputable” Portuguese companies using information from official websites, lending authenticity to their job offers. Those who fall for the scheme are asked to pay fees for documents not really required by Portuguese authorities, including “entry clearance certificates,” “international overseas employment certificates” and “affidavits of guarantee fund.” The embassy urged Filipinos hoping to land jobs overseas to be more discerning about Internet offers. It said the requirement for fees for testing and processing documents prior to employment “is a sure sign of a scam.” The embassy said it was coordinating with Portuguese authorities and companies cited in the scams to issue their own public advisories.

http://globalnation.inquirer.net/103384/job-hunters-warned-of-recruitment-scam-for-non-existent-jobs-in-portugal

Newsline: Portuguese embassy in Libya target of gunmen attack

A security officer was wounded in an attack by four gunmen at the Portugese embassy in Tripoli, news agency Lusa said. The men fled when other security officers arrived on site, the Portuguese agency said, adding that the wounded officer’s life was not in danger. A string of attacks targeting diplomats and Libyan politicians have hit Tripoli. Earlier this week, Tunisian and Jordanian diplomats in Libya were kidnapped. Diplomats in the Libyan capital say militias which fought to topple the Moamer Kadhafi regime in the 2011 uprising often carry out kidnappings in order to blackmail other countries into releasing Libyans held abroad.

http://news.yahoo.com/portuguese-embassy-libya-target-gunmen-attack-224044938.html

Newsline: Angola’s Lisbon Embassy windows smashed

Angola’s ambassador to Lisbon said there was no connection between the act of vandalism against the Lisbon embassy early Sunday morning and the current state of relations between the two countries. “We believe this act was just an incident but we have to take care that this kind of thing doesn’t happen again”, Marcos Barrica, told the Angolan news agency Angop. Refusing to come to “any immediate conclusions”, the diplomat said it was “too early to conclude that the reason behind the incident had anything to do with the poorer relations with Portugal”. The embassy services are going to continue to work normally while the police investigate the incident. Estevão Alberto, the embassy press attaché said “paving stones had been thrown against the Avenida da Republica building and windows in the entrance hall and visitor room had been broken”, but the losses had not yet been calculated. The Portuguese government has condemned the “disturbances” on Sunday by “a group of unknown individuals” that caused damage to the building.

http://theportugalnews.com/news/angolas-lisbon-embassy-windows-smashed/29821