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Image caption Opponents protested outside parliament - the banner reads: "Euthanasia? Don't kill, cure!". Portugal has taken a big step towards legalising euthanasia by approving proposals from the ruling Socialist Party and some other politicians. Five bills got majority backing from MPs, and now a special committee is to consolidate them into one bill. The country's president can still veto it. The Catholic Church and opposition parties oppose euthanasia. They want Portugal to hold a referendum on it. Euthanasia means deliberately ending the life of a patient who is suffering. It involves a doctor taking an active role in ending a patient's life, whereas assisted death means enabling a patient to take a lethal dose themselves. Full story

21 February