BERLIN (AP) — A senior German diplomat headed Thursday to Tehran to press Iran to continue to respect the landmark nuclear deal, despite the unilateral withdrawal of the U.S. and increasing...
BERLIN (AP) — Austrian police say that a woman and her two daughters who were found dead at their Vienna apartment earlier this week appear to have starved to death.
BERLIN (AP) — Photos of Holocaust survivors exhibited on a central Vienna street have been defaced with swastikas, drawing condemnation from political and Jewish leaders.
VIENNA (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called time Monday on his coalition government with the far-right Freedom Party after its leader was shown on video appearing to offer favors to a...
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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says he expects the far-right...
VIENNA (AP) — A senior Chinese official has officially handed over a 19-year-old male giant panda to Vienna's Schoenbrunn zoo.
Yuan Yuan arrived in Vienna last month and has spent the last...
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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has called for an early election after his vice chancellor resigned over...
19-yr-old male giant panda arrives at Vienna zoo
BERLIN (AP) — A 19-year-old male giant panda has arrived at Vienna's Schoenbrunn zoo, more than two years after his predecessor died.
Yuan Yuan, who arrived on Tuesday evening, was chosen as...
BERLIN (AP) — The director of the Vienna State Opera on Wednesday called for allegations of abuse at its renowned youth ballet academy to be cleared up in full, expressing shock at "unacceptable"...
Austria arrests Iraqi over German train attacks
BERLIN (AP) — Austrian authorities have arrested an Iraqi man suspected of carrying out unsuccessful attacks on trains in neighboring Germany last year and sympathizing with the Islamic State...
BERLIN (AP) — An Austrian court has sentenced a dog owner to six months in prison after her Rottweiler mauled a toddler who died of his injuries weeks later.
VIENNA (AP) — Iran's deputy foreign minister says Tehran has received "strong support" from all remaining parties to the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with his country since the U.S. pulled out...
LONDON (AP) — British air accident authorities are investigating the aborted takeoff of a Laudamotion flight from London's Stansted Airport to Vienna that left eight people...
UN nuclear watchdog: Iran stays within limits of 2015 deal
VIENNA (AP) — Iran is continuing to comply with the landmark 2015 deal with major powers aimed at preventing Tehran from building atomic weapons in exchange for economic incentives despite the...
Ryanair takes 100 percent of Austrian airline Laudamotion
BERLIN (AP) — Budget airline Ryanair has taken full control of Laudamotion, an Austrian-based carrier set up by former Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda.
Laudamotion said Tuesday that Ryanair completed the purchase of 100 percent of the shares in the new airline in late December. It didn't give financial details. Ryanair had taken an initial 24.9 percent stake in March and later increased that to 75 percent.
Hundreds demonstrate in Austrian capital against far right
BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of people are marching in downtown Vienna in a protest against the far right.
Austria's APA news agency reported Friday that demonstrators carried signs with slogans directed against the coalition government of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's conservatives and his right-wing coalition partner Freedom Party.
The "offensive against the right" march under the motto "don't let Nazis govern" was timed to coincide with an annual gala event in Vienna organized by the Freedom Party.
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BERLIN (AP) — Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has some special words of welcome for his guest, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who is more than six decades his senior.
Kurz told Mahathir after meetings Monday in Vienna "for me personally it is nice, as one of the youngest prime ministers of the world, to be able to welcome the probably oldest prime minister of the world and also one of the most experienced prime ministers."
Austrian police arrest 19-year-old Syrian for teen’s killing
BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Austria say they've arrested a 19-year-old Syrian man in connection with the killing of a teenage girl near Vienna.
Markus Bauer, spokesman at the Lower Austria prosecutor's office, said Monday that the suspect was arrested overnight after police received tips about his whereabouts.
The victim, a 16-year-old Austrian, was found Sunday covered in leaves and branches in a park in Wiener Neustadt, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Vienna.
German opera singer Theo Adam dies at 92
BERLIN (AP) — Theo Adam, a German opera singer renowned for his Wagner roles, has died. He was 92.
German news agency dpa quoted Adam's family Friday confirming that the bass-baritone died Thursday at a care home in his hometown of Dresden.
Adam made his debut at the Staatsoper Dresden in 1949 before joining East Germany's Berlin State Opera in 1952.
Austrian police arrest man over brutal attack on woman
BERLIN (AP) — Austrian police have arrested a suspect in a brutal Dec. 30 attack on a woman that left her with life-threatening injuries.
The Austrian man told officers he had been stalking various women on a bicycle for weeks and committed the attack out of "frustration" after failing to speak to them.
Austria: 5 monks assaulted at Vienna church
BERLIN (AP) — Five monks were assaulted at a Vienna church on Thursday by two people, at least one of whom apparently demanded money and valuables, police said.
Police said the assault happened at about 1:30 p.m. (1230 GMT; 7:30 a.m. EST) at a complex in the city's Floridsdorf district. No church service was underway when the assailants entered the Maria Immaculata church.
Austrian police detain 2 in Vienna restaurant shooting
BERLIN (AP) — Austrian police say they have detained both a witness and a man who was wounded in a shooting at a Viennese restaurant that left another man dead.
Police said Sunday that the 29-year-old witness, who was eating with the two other men at a central Vienna restaurant before Friday's shooting, became a suspect because he made contradictory statements.
The 23-year-old who was wounded in the shooting was also detained.
Shooting in central Vienna leaves 1 dead, 1 badly wounded
BERLIN (AP) — A shooting Friday in central Vienna left one person dead and another seriously wounded, Austrian authorities said. Police were looking for the gunman.
The shooting took place at about 1:30 p.m. in the Lugeck square area of the Austrian capital. Police said a man fired several shots and one person died at the scene. They posted on Twitter that it appeared to be a "targeted crime."
EU officials, firms meet African leaders to talk investment
BERLIN (AP) — European officials and companies met with African leaders in Vienna Tuesday for talks intended as a springboard to increase investment in Africa.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, whose country currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, said investments of around 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) could materialize as a result of guarantees and other arrangements presented at the meeting.
Europa League Draw List
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Draw Monday for the last 32 of the Europa League:
Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic) vs. Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)
Club Brugge (Belgium) vs. Salzburg (Austria)
Rapid Vienna (Austria) vs. Inter Milan (Italy)
Slavia Prague (Czech Republic) vs. Genk (Belgium)
Krasnodar (Russia) vs. Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)
Zurich (Switzerland) vs. Napoli (Italy)
Malmo (Sweden) vs. Chelsea (England)
Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) vs. Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany)
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Refugee teens in Austrian schools straddle different worlds
VIENNA (AP) — Lilas Almalaki didn't know a word of German when she enrolled in an Austrian middle school two months after fleeing her war-torn homeland in 2015, so she relied on the proficient English she learned as a top student in Syria to keep the bullies in place.
Hassan Husseini didn't speak German either and had never spent a day in a classroom when he arrived as an Afghan refugee the same year. He had a tougher time when picked on.
Oil producers join forces and cut production again
VIENNA (AP) — Oil prices spiked sharply higher Friday as major oil producers, including the OPEC cartel, agreed to cut global oil production by 1.2 million barrels a day to reduce oversupply.
The Latest: OPEC backs 6-month oil production cut package
VIENNA (AP) — The Latest on the OPEC oil meeting (all times local):
OPEC's president says the oil cartel in conjunction with non-OPEC producers including Russia have agreed to cut oil production by 1.2 million barrels a day in January for six months.
Suhail Mohamed al-Mazrouei, who is also the United Arab Emirates' energy minister, said at the conclusion of a two-day meeting in Vienna, that the reduction is a "major step forward."
The Latest: OPEC output decision delayed until Russia talks
VIENNA (AP) — The Latest on OPEC's meeting on whether to cut oil production and support energy prices (all times local):
Saudi Arabia's energy minister says OPEC nations have not yet been able to decide upon a possible production cut and is expressing skepticism about when an agreement will be reached.
Oil prices perk up on trade truce, possible OPEC decision
A rally in oil prices after a two-month slide indicates traders are betting that OPEC and its allies including Russia will agree to produce less crude.
Representatives of oil-producing nations will hold a highly anticipated meeting Thursday in Vienna, with analysts predicting that they will agree on a cut of at least 1 million barrels a day in an effort to bolster prices.
Soros-backed university in Hungary moves programs to Vienna
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Central European University said Monday it will move its U.S.-accredited degree programs from the Hungarian capital of Budapest to Vienna next September, as Hungary's government is refusing to sign an agreement allowing it to stay.
Police: 3 men walk off with Renoir ahead of Austria auction
BERLIN (AP) — Three unknown men allegedly stole a painting by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir from an auction house in Vienna, police said Wednesday.
The thieves walked into the Dorotheum auction house on Monday and removed the painting from a wall in a room on the second floor where it was on display. They then left the building through three different exits and escaped, police said in a written statement.
Vienna conference calls on combating anti-Semitism in Europe
VIENNA (AP) — Jewish and European leaders are vowing to combat the resurgence of anti-Semitism on the continent and proposed concrete measures to counter the hatred of Jews.
The head of the European Jewish Congress, Moshe Kantor, warned at Wednesday's "Europe Beyond Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism - Securing Jewish Life in Europe" conference in Vienna that "Jewish communities in Europe are increasingly concerned about their security and pessimistic about their future."
UN nuclear watchdog says Iran abiding with 2015 deal limits
VIENNA (AP) — The U.N.'s nuclear watchdog said Monday that Iran is abiding by the deal reached in 2015 with major powers that aimed at preventing Tehran from building atomic weapons in exchange for economic incentives.
In a confidential quarterly report distributed to member states and reviewed by The Associated Press, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran has been abiding with key limitations set in the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA.
Austrian ex-officer suspected of spying for Russia since 90s
BERLIN (AP) — Austria's government said Friday that a retired colonel in the country's military is suspected of having spied for Russia for decades, a claim swiftly dismissed by Moscow.
The 70-year-old man from Salzburg, who wasn't named, allegedly provided a Russian intelligence agency with information about Austria's military and political situation, officials said.
Kevin Anderson vs Kei Nishikori in Vienna final
VIENNA (AP) — Kei Nishikori will try to end his long losing streak in ATP finals and Kevin Anderson will go for his second title of the year at the Erste Bank Open on Sunday.
The fifth-seeded Nishikori reached his third final of 2018 after beating Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals.
A winner of 11 ATP events, Nishikori hasn't triumphed since winning in Memphis in February 2016. He has lost eight straight finals since.
Soros-backed university in Hungary partly moving to Vienna
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Academic freedom in Hungary came under question Thursday as Central European University said it will move its U.S.-accredited programs from Budapest to the Austrian capital of Vienna because of the "uncertain" academic environment in Hungary.
The government called the university's announcement "a political ploy" to discredit the nation.
European court rejects Austrian’s case over prophet slur
BERLIN (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights says an Austrian woman's conviction for calling the prophet of Islam a pedophile didn't breach her freedom of speech.
The Strasbourg-based ECHR ruled Thursday that Austrian courts had "carefully balanced her right to freedom of expression with the right of others to have their religious feelings protected."
Niki Lauda released from hospital after lung transplant
VIENNA (AP) — Three-time Formula One champion Niki Lauda has been released from a Vienna hospital nearly three months after undergoing a lung transplant.
The Vienna General Hospital says the 69-year-old Lauda left on Wednesday "in good general condition." It says he must still spend several weeks in rehabilitation.
Women tie the knot in Austria’s first same-sex marriage
BERLIN (AP) — Two women have tied the knot in Austria's first same-sex marriage, months after the country's Constitutional Court ruled to legalize it.
Vienna's city government said the wedding took place Friday at a registry office in the capital. Austrian media reported that the women who married at a private ceremony were one of the couples whose case prompted the court ruling in December.
Iran summons German envoy over extradition of its diplomat
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state-run IRNA news agency is reporting that the country's Foreign Ministry has summoned the German ambassador over a German court decision to hand over an Iranian diplomat wanted in Belgium.
A German court on Oct. 1 approved the extradition of Vienna-based Assadollah Assadi, who is wanted in Belgium on suspicion he was part of a failed plot to bomb an Iranian opposition rally near Paris on June 30.
Austrian court rejects Iraqis’ appeal against rape sentences
BERLIN (AP) — An Austrian court has rejected appeals by eight Iraqi citizens against their prison sentences for gang-raping a German tourist on New Year's Eve in 2015.
The men were convicted in March 2017 and sentenced to between nine and 13 years. The Austria Press Agency reported that the Vienna state court ruled Thursday there was no reason to reduce the sentences.
German court approves extradition of Iranian diplomat
BERLIN (AP) — A German court said Monday it has approved the extradition of an Iranian diplomat wanted in Belgium on suspicion he was part of a failed plot to bomb an Iranian opposition rally near Paris.
Austrian police hunt cross-dressing, hijab-clad bank robber
BERLIN (AP) — Police in Austria are on the lookout for a tall man who robbed a bank disguised with a latex mask, glasses, bright red lipstick and an Islamic-style headscarf.
Vienna police said Wednesday the suspect robbed a bank in Linz at the end of July, threatening staff with a pistol and making off on an electric kick scooter.
Police say the suspect had also tried to rob a bank in Vienna two weeks earlier wearing the same hijab-and-mask outfit, but fled without any money.
Russian club drops 2 players after Instagram poem dispute
MOSCOW (AP) — Two Russian players have been left out of Spartak Moscow's squad for a Europa League game amid a dispute over a poem posted on Instagram.
Spartak says captain Denis Glushakov and defender Andrei Yeshchenko won't travel to Austria for Thursday's game against Rapid Vienna.
Miffed Italy to snub Austria over passports for Italians
ROME (AP) — Italy says that for now it's snubbing a proposed bilateral meeting in Vienna because of Austria's plan to offer citizenship to mostly German speakers in Italy's South Tyrol region.
Austria: 6 deportees set fire to cell, leave farewell note
BERLIN (AP) — Austrian police say six men have been hospitalized with serious injuries after setting alight the mattresses and bedding of the deportation cell in which they were being held.
Vienna police said Saturday that five Afghans and an Iranian man tried to block the cell door with a locker and left a joint farewell note expressing anguish about their imminent deportations.
Officers were able to force open the cell and some 70 firefighters tackled the blaze late Friday.