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About Verónica
I am a multimedia journalist, currently based in Porto, Portugal. I'm working as a freelancer for Euronews.

Investigative journalism is my passion and ambition.

I'm from Portugal, so I'm a native Portuguese speaker.
I'm also fluent in English (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, CPE - level C2). I have the upper intermediate level (B2) in Spanish and the basic level (A1) in French.
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Investigative Reporting

Do psychedelics reduce distress for palliative care patients? EU funds study to find out

12 Feb 2024  |  www.euronews.com
European researchers have initiated a clinical trial to explore the efficacy and safety of psilocybin, a compound found in magic mushrooms, in alleviating psychological distress in palliative care patients with advanced illnesses. The EU has allocated over €6.5 million to the project, named PsyPal, which will be conducted across clinics in the Netherlands, Czechia, Denmark, and Portugal. The trial, coordinated by the Dutch University Medical Centre Groningen, will involve over 100 patients and focus on conditions such as COPD, MS, ALS, and atypical Parkinson’s disease. The study aims to start in early 2025, with results expected by 2027.

Measles Outbreak in Europe. Doctors Urge Not to Delay Vaccination

24 Jan 2024  |  ru.euronews.com
The World Health Organization has raised alarms over a significant increase in measles cases in Europe, with a 30-fold rise in 2023 compared to the previous year. Over 30,000 cases were reported in 40 out of 53 European countries, leading to 21,000 hospitalizations and five deaths. The UK and Romania are among the hardest hit, with the UK declaring a 'national incident' and Romania experiencing an epidemic. Austria, France, and Germany have also reported notable outbreaks. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and WHO attribute the resurgence to suboptimal vaccination coverage, which has declined since 2020. Health authorities stress the importance of receiving two doses of the MMR vaccine to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus.

Boeing shares plummet after plane window blowout

08 Jan 2024  |  euronews.com
Boeing's shares fell 9% after the FAA grounded 171 of its 737 MAX 9 jets for safety checks following an incident where part of an Alaska Airlines jet's fuselage tore off. Airbus shares rose over 1%, with the company expected to announce record deliveries and orders, maintaining its position as the world's biggest planemaker. Shares of Boeing's suppliers and customers, including Spirit Aero, Alaska Air, and United Airlines, also dropped. The Boeing incident is anticipated to affect the Dow Jones Industrial Average, with Dow Futures already down 188 points. Boeing's CEO Dave Calhoun emphasized the company's focus on responding to the incident, with a safety webcast planned.

UK manufacturers see growing competitiveness against Germany and France

08 Jan 2024  |  www.euronews.com
UK manufacturers are increasingly optimistic about their competitiveness, particularly against Germany and France, with over half viewing the UK as a more competitive place to operate compared to last year. This sentiment is supported by a survey from Make UK and PwC, which also indicates a positive outlook for the manufacturing sector in the new year. Investment in new products, market expansion, and digital technologies, including generative AI, are seen as key drivers for improving business conditions.

International Criminal Court seeks to investigate war crimes in Israel and Gaza. What is Europe's position?

11 Dec 2023  |  pt.euronews.com
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has jurisdiction over Palestinian territories and has opened a formal investigation into violence in the region since 2014. ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan has the authority to investigate war crimes committed by both Palestinians and Israelis. Israel, not a member of the ICC, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have denounced the investigation. The European Union is divided on the issue, with some member states rejecting ICC jurisdiction over Palestine. The EU's support for the ICC remains unchanged, but the bloc's fragmented stance and opposition from non-member allies like the US and UK could hinder the investigation. Belgium is funding the ICC's investigation into the Israel-Hamas conflict, while Ireland's opposition parties failed to pass a motion urging the government to denounce Israel to the ICC. The ICC's ability to conduct investigations relies on state cooperation, which is challenged by geopolitical influences and budgetary constraints.

Why Denmark Will Be Tasked with Blocking Russian Oil Tankers?

15 Nov 2023  |  ru.euronews.com
The European Union has tasked Denmark with inspecting and potentially blocking Russian oil tankers passing through its waters to enforce a $60 per barrel price cap on Russian oil exports. This measure is part of the EU's 12th sanctions package against Russia, aimed at reducing the country's oil revenue and preventing sanctions evasion. Denmark's strategic location is crucial as it oversees the passage of 60% of Russia's maritime oil exports. The inspections will focus on tankers without Western insurance, which are suspected of posing environmental risks. The initiative aligns with broader efforts by the G7, EU, and Australia to regulate Russian oil exports amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Sanctions against HAMAS investors unlikely to shake group's funding

02 Nov 2023  |  ru.euronews.com
The US Treasury Department has imposed sanctions on key figures and financial networks associated with HAMAS following an attack on Israel on October 7. These sanctions target the external financing of the Palestinian group, including its secret investment portfolio, which is primarily held by HAMAS supporters in the Arab world. Despite these efforts, Jonathan Schanzer, a former financial analyst for terrorism at the US Treasury and now a senior vice president at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, believes these sanctions are unlikely to significantly harm HAMAS's financial resources, which include substantial funding from foreign governments like Iran and Qatar. HAMAS also receives funds through cryptocurrencies, with over $40 million in transactions linked to the group between 2020 and 2023. Turkey, a NATO member, does not consider HAMAS a terrorist organization and allows its activities within its borders. The US has also targeted HAMAS's financial intermediaries in countries like Iran, Qatar, Sudan, and Algeria. The Holy Land Foundation in the US was shut down for funding HAMAS, while Interpal in the UK was cleared by the High Court of allegations of supporting HAMAS.

Russian oligarch Alexey Kuzmichev detained in France as part of a money laundering and sanctions violation investigation

01 Nov 2023  |  ru.euronews.com
Russian billionaire Alexey Kuzmichev was detained for questioning in France regarding tax evasion, money laundering, and international sanctions violations. Searches were conducted at various locations, including Kuzmichev's Paris home and villa in Saint-Tropez. While under custody since the morning of October 30, no official charges have been filed against him. His lawyer declined to comment, and Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov stated that Russia would protect Kuzmichev's rights once more information is provided by French authorities. The EU considers Kuzmichev one of the most influential people in Russia, close to Vladimir Putin, and supportive of Russian authorities responsible for the annexation of Crimea and destabilization in Ukraine.

China announces billions in investments in developing countries and pledges market opening

18 Oct 2023  |  www.euronews.com
China's President Xi Jinping announced over €100 billion in financing for Belt and Road Initiative projects in developing countries and pledged to open China's market to foreign companies. The announcements were made at the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, where Xi also addressed criticisms of the BRI's impact on poorer countries' debt. Indonesian President Joko Widodo emphasized the need for BRI projects to avoid complicating fiscal conditions. The forum also saw the attendance of Russian President Vladimir Putin, marking his first trip outside the former Soviet Union since an ICC warrant was issued against him.

Why are four out of five people with autoimmune diseases women?

05 Oct 2023  |  ca.news.yahoo.com
Scientists have identified a potential reason why women are more prone to autoimmune diseases than men, attributing it to the presence of two X chromosomes in females. A study by Stanford University researchers, published in the journal Cell, found that the molecule Xist, which inactivates one of the X chromosomes to prevent protein overproduction, can also trigger autoimmune responses. Experiments on male lab mice with a modified Xist gene showed similar autoimmune responses to females when exposed to an irritant. This discovery could enhance the detection and treatment of autoimmune conditions.

World Bank slashes China growth forecast for next year

03 Oct 2023  |  www.euronews.com
The World Bank predicts a 5.1% growth rate for China's economy in 2023 but has downgraded its 2024 forecast from 4.8% to 4.4%. The downgrade is attributed to China's slow post-COVID recovery, high debt, property sector weakness, and structural issues like an aging population. The East Asia and Pacific region is expected to grow by 5% in 2023, slightly lower than previously projected, with a further reduction in 2024 due to global economic challenges. China's economic difficulties significantly impact regional growth.

What are the highlights of the upcoming G20 Summit in India?

08 Sep 2023  |  tr.euronews.com
The G20 Summit in New Delhi, India, will see leaders from the world's richest and most powerful countries gather for a two-day conference. Key topics include the potential influence of the BRICS economic bloc, the ongoing war in Ukraine, and global issues like climate change and cybersecurity. The summit faces challenges in reaching a consensus, particularly due to objections from Russia and China regarding references to the Ukraine conflict. Notable absences include Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The summit's outcome remains uncertain, with historical precedents suggesting possible compromises.

The 2023 G20 Summit: What to Keep in Mind?

08 Sep 2023  |  es.euronews.com
The 2023 G20 Summit in New Delhi faces significant challenges, including the lack of consensus on key issues due to objections from Russia and China, particularly regarding the Ukraine conflict. The growing influence of the BRICS nations and their potential to challenge Western dominance is a key topic. Expert Dennis Snower warns of the dangers of fragmented global cooperation, emphasizing the need for unity on issues like climate change and security. The absence of key leaders like Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping adds to the uncertainty, but there remains hope for partial agreements similar to past summits.

Here's what to watch out for at the G20 summit 2023

07 Sep 2023  |  euronews.com
The G20 summit in New Delhi has prompted city beautification efforts in anticipation of the world's richest and most powerful countries' leaders attending. India, holding the G20 presidency for 2023, faces challenges in reaching consensus due to Russia and China's objections to the language used regarding the Ukraine conflict. The summit will address the growing influence of the BRICS economic bloc and its potential shift away from Western dominance. Key global issues like climate change and international safety may be overshadowed by the war in Ukraine and power conflicts between countries. The absence of Russia's Putin and China's Xi Jinping adds to the complexity of reaching a unified agreement. However, the possibility of an '18 + 2 rule' could allow for progress despite disagreements, as demonstrated by the 2017 G20 summit.

The Saudi telecommunications company STC becomes the largest shareholder of Telefónica

06 Sep 2023  |  es.euronews.com
Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has acquired a 9.9% stake in Telefónica for €2.1 billion, becoming its largest shareholder. The acquisition involves 4.9% of Telefónica's share capital and 5% in financial instruments, pending regulatory approval. STC's CEO, Olayan Alwetaid, emphasized the investment as a strategic opportunity without intentions of majority control. Previously, BBVA and BlackRock were the largest shareholders. STC's investment underscores confidence in Telefónica's management and strategy.

Turkish Airlines orders 10 long-haul Airbus jets

04 Sep 2023  |  euronews.com
Turkish Airlines has placed an order for 10 A350-900 long-haul jets from Airbus, with deliveries scheduled between 2025 and 2027. This will increase their total A350-900 fleet to 24. The deal, estimated at nearly $3.2 billion based on 2018 list prices, aligns with the airline's expansion goals, especially in Africa and Asia, leveraging the new Istanbul airport as its main hub.

Portugal is covered by a smoke cloud from Canada's forest fires

28 Jun 2023  |  pt.euronews.com
A smoke cloud from Canada's forest fires has covered mainland Portugal and is expected to dissipate starting Thursday, intensifying over the Azores from Wednesday and Madeira from Thursday. Canada is experiencing its worst fire season on record, with over 76,000 square kilometers burned. The smoke crossed the Atlantic via a jet stream, reaching Norway and the UK. While it enveloped New York City in a dangerous orange haze earlier this month, prompting health warnings from Governor Kathy Hochul, it is not expected to significantly worsen air quality in Europe as it remains in the upper layers of the atmosphere, potentially creating picturesque skies.

Portuguese street artist Vhils creates underwater museum to combine art with marine conservation

15 Apr 2023  |  euronews
Portuguese street artist Vhils, also known as Alexandre Farto, has created an underwater museum off the coast of Algarve, Portugal, called the 'EDP Art Reef'. The museum will feature 13 sculptures made from decommissioned parts of power stations, which have been decontaminated and will be coated in live coral to foster marine life. The project, which began in early 2021, is Vhils' most ambitious to date and aims to be environmentally friendly. The University of Algarve will monitor the sculptures to ensure they contribute positively to the ecosystem. Some pieces are also displayed at EDP's headquarters in Lisbon. The underwater museum is expected to open to visitors in June 2024.



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Cubans are divided over more rights for women and the LGBT community

02 Apr 2022  |  visao.pt
The Cuban government has proposed a new Family Code that includes legalization of same-sex marriage, adoption by same-sex couples, equal division of domestic tasks, prenuptial agreements, and medically assisted reproduction. Despite these progressive measures, public support is lukewarm, with only 54% in favor according to meetings held across the island. The code revises laws dating back to Fidel Castro's era, who admitted responsibility for past persecution of gays. The Catholic Church opposes the proposal, citing gender ideology threats. Mariela Castro is optimistic about the reforms, while expert Bert Hoffman notes the uncertainty of the referendum outcome, a first in Cuba's history.

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