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Beira

(bā`rə), region and former province, N central Portugal, S of the Douro River. The old capital was CoimbraCoimbra
, city (1991 pop. 96,142), capital of Coimbra dist., W central Portugal, on the Mondego River, in Beira Litoral. The old capital of Beira, it is a market center with small industries but is known chiefly for its history and for the famous university, which was founded
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. The province extended to the Atlantic coast between the Douro and the Mondego and SE of the Mondego to the upper Tagus. The region is now occupied by the provinces of Beira Alta (capital ViseuViseu
, town (1991 pop. 20,589), capital of Viseu dist. and Beira Alta, N central Portugal. The town has agricultural-processing and textile industries. It is famous for its wine.
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), Beira Baixa (capital Castelo Branco), and part of Beira Litoral (capital Coimbra) and is further subdivided into the districts of Aveiro, Viseu, Coimbra, Guarda, and Castelo Branco. The region is traversed by the Serra da Estrela, Portugal's highest mountain range. Grains, fruits, and olives are grown. Industries include fishing and the manufacture of textiles and forest products. The area had been recovered from the Moors even before Portugal was formed, but Moorish attacks continued into the 13th cent. Later Beira was contested in the incessant Portuguese-Castilian wars.

Beira

(bāy`rä), city (1997 pop. 397,368), capital of Sofala province, E central Mozambique, a seaport on the Mozambique Channel (an arm of the Indian Ocean), at the mouths of the Púngoè and Búzi rivers. A commercial center, the city grew (beginning in 1891) as the terminus of a railroad into the interior. Beira has handled the foreign trade of Congo (Kinshasa), Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Malawi as well as of Mozambique, but rail service was interrupted by bombings during the war for Zimbabwean independence in the late 1970s and was ultimately halted as a result of the Mozambique civil war. Rail service has since been restored to parts of Mozambique and to Zimbabwe and connections beyond.

beira:

see antelopeantelope,
name applied to any of a large number of hoofed, ruminant mammals of the cattle family (Bovidae), which also includes the bison, buffalo, sheep, and goats. Found in Africa and Eurasia, they range in size from pygmy antelopes, 12 in.
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Beira

a port in E Mozambique: terminus of a transcontinental railway from Lobito, Angola, through the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaïre), Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Pop.: 566 000 (2005 est.)
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Beira is the closest sea port to Zimbabwe's borders, and many have lamented Africa's pioneers and border makers for not positioning Zimbabwe further east .
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The two cranes, ordered by Cornelder de Mocambique (CdM), were loaded onto ships, fully-erected and arrived in Beira during a very tight time window, despite huge monthly tide variations.
It would be better to have two decent rail lines, to Nacala and Beira, and perhaps a new port built somewhere else.
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The Beira, a new, British-built two-seater V8-engined sports car, has just been unveiled by Norfolk-based Breckland Technology.
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These dangers include Keenan's evil mother, Beira, the Winter Queen, determined to maintain power at any cost and not allow her son to find his Queen.