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IAEA: Iran's enriched uranium stock far below allowed limit

Iran's stockpile of enriched uranium is currently less than half of what is allowed under the Islamic Republic's nuclear agreement with major powers, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported Friday.

OPEC, non-OPEC countries slash output with eye towards price boost

Oil prices could be on their way back up, thanks to OPEC and other oil production countries having implemented 86 per cent of agreed output cuts, the producers announced Friday in Vienna, noting that there was still room for improvement.

Austria seeks to create jobs, but new EU immigrants need not apply

Austria plans to create 160,000 jobs in the next three years by subsidizing companies, but the project has raised concerns because it effectively excludes people who recently immigrated from other EU countries.

Austria seeks up to 1.1 billion euros in Eurofighter fraud lawsuit

Eurofighter and its main shareholder Airbus have inflated the price of fighter jets that were sold to Austria, the Defence Ministry said Thursday, alleging that it was defrauded of up to 1.1 billion euros (1.2 billion dollars).

OPEC members produced less oil than production limit in January

OPEC members have more than fulfilled their plan to lower its oil output in January, according to a report that the group of major producers published Monday.

Balkan route countries look to plug last gaps in borders

Countries along the Balkan migration route agreed on Wednesday to seal the already hard borders and prevent a possible new surge of people trying to reach wealthy EU countries.

Austria reports record arrivals over Alpine migration route

The inflow of migrants into Austria's Tyrolean mountains reached a record high last year, the local police chief said on Tuesday, warning that the region was facing mounting problems due to continued arrivals from neighbouring Italy.

Lavrov rejects step-by-step removal of sanctions against Russia

Russia will not engage in a reciprocal process with the West to remove Ukraine-related sanctions step by step, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made clear in an interview that was published online on Sunday.

Conservatives vie for dominance as Liechtenstein goes to polls

Citizens of Liechtenstein go to the polls on Sunday for parliamentary elections in which two centre-right parties are vying for dominance, while smaller parties are seeking a bigger say in the tiny mountaintop monarchy.

2,000 protest against planned Austrian headscarf restrictions

Planned government restrictions for full-face veils and headscarves drew some 2,000 protesters to the streets in central Vienna on Saturday, according to police.

3,000 march against right-wing ball in Vienna

Nearly 3,000 people demonstrated against an annual right-wing ball in Vienna on Friday, police said, while some of the protest was also directed against the interior ministers' plan to curtail rights of demonstrators in the future.

Austrian minister suggests protest limits ahead of right-wing ball

Austria's interior minister proposed Friday that the rights of protesters be curtailed in the future, causing human rights groups to cry foul as far-left activists prepared to rally against an annual right-wing ball in Vienna.

Swiss voters on the fence ahead of poll on higher corporate taxes

The Swiss government wants to raise taxes for international corporations, but voters are split on the plan that will be decided in a referendum next week, according to polls that were published on Wednesday.

Austrian cabinet toughens migration policies to avert early elections

Austria's centrist parties on Monday presented tougher integration policies for migrants and measures to fight unemployment, as key parts of a new agenda that is meant to stave off early elections.

Strained Austrian coalition gets new lease on life with fresh agenda

A new deal to save the strained Austrian government coalition cleared its final hurdle on Monday, as leaders of the social democrats and the conservatives gave their approval, which was followed by a formal cabinet decision.

Austrian government crisis over as coalition agrees on fresh start

An agreement between the coalition partners in the Austrian government has brought a political crisis in the country to an end, Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner said Sunday.

Austria cancels Iranian visas following Trump migration order

Austria is cancelling visas for Iranians destined for the US, including members of non-Muslim minorities, due to changes in US migration policy brought in by new President Donald Trump.

Austrian police detain 11 in major anti-terrorism raids

Eleven men were detained in a large Austrian police operation targeting Islamic State extremists on Thursday, prosecutors said.

Van der Bellen sworn in as new Austrian president

Alexander Van der Bellen was sworn in as president of Austria on Thursday, becoming the country's first head of state without ties to the country's mainstream parties.

Minister: Teen terrorist plot in Vienna was still in planning stage

A terrorist plot by an Austrian teen was likely still in the planning stage when it was uncovered last week, Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said Monday in Innsbruck.

Ljubljana to transport its plastic waste to Vienna incinerator

Waste plastics collected in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana will be transported to Vienna for incineration in one of the three waste-to-energy incinerators in the Austrian capital that operate on a non-profit basis, the Ljubljana-based waste management utility reported on Monday.

Official: Attack was imminent, possibly on Vienna underground

Police foiled an imminent attack, possibly on the Vienna underground, when they arrested a radicalized 18-year-old, an official with the Austrian Interior Ministry said on Saturday.

Vienna on high alert after police arrest terrorism suspect

A terrorist attack in Vienna was averted Friday when police arrested a suspect, according to the country's interior minister.

Austria should cut asylum numbers by half, conservatives say

Austria ought to lower its upper limit for asylum applications it will process to 17,000 - just under half the 35,000 it had planned to this year - conservative Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner proposed Wednesday.

No breakthrough in sight at Cyprus talks

Negotiators have not been able to move closer to a final deal that would end the separation of Cyprus into a Greek and a Turkish side after 40 years, the Greek Cypriot side said on the second day of talks in Geneva.

Major powers review Iran nuclear pact amid uncertainty over US stance

Representatives from Iran and six major powers met in Vienna on Tuesday to review their agreement on curbing Tehran's nuclear programme

Afghans suspected of molesting women on New Years' Eve in Austria

A group of six Afghans are suspected of having sexually harassed a number of women in Innsbruck on New Year's Eve, the city's police chief said Monday.

Austria seeks to stop asylum applications on EU territory

The European Union should curb immigration by banning refugee applications on its territory and setting up asylum application centres outside the bloc, according to proposals put forward by Austria's defence minister.

Austrian police give pocket alarms to women for New Year's Eve

Austrian police will start handing out 6,000 pocket alarms to women ahead of New Year's Eve in reaction to the mass sexual assaults that occurred in the German city of Cologne last year, the Interior Ministry said Thursday.

Moroccan detained for possible Christmas season attack in Austria

A Moroccan asylum seeker was detained in Austria after he was overheard talking about a terrorist attack in Salzburg between Christmas and New Year, a prosecution spokesman in Salzburg said Tuesday.

Austria revises security plans for Christmas markets

Austria's Interior Ministry told Christmas market organizers on Tuesday to revise their security plans in reaction to the truck attack in Berlin which killed 12 people.

Police bust gang that smuggled 10,000 migrants to Europe

Investigators have uncovered a Turkish gang that smuggled some 10,000 migrants to Western Europe in the past 10 years, the Austrian Interior Ministry said Monday.

Austrian far-right, Putin's party sign cooperation agreement

Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) and Russia's ruling party United Russia agreed on Monday to cooperate more closely, the FPOe says.

Austria confiscates Hitler's birth house

The Austrian state will confiscate the house where Adolf Hitler was born, Austria's parliament decided, but the future use of the building in Braunau is still unclear.

Austria to veto further EU accession talks with Turkey

Austria will block the continuation of EU talks with Ankara over Turkey's future membership in the bloc, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said Saturday, citing human rights violations in the country.

Other countries join OPEC to cut oil output by 1.76 million barrels

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) managed to broaden its efforts to cut oil output on Saturday, when 11 countries outside this group joined a plan that is aimed at raising prices.

Despite defeat, Austrian far-right aims for big vote take in 2017

This weekend's loss in the Austrian presidential election will not deter Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) from its plan to win the next parliamentary elections and become part of the government, party leaders said Tuesday.

Report: Austria's Van der Bellen won presidency with 53.8 per cent

Green candidate Alexander Van der Bellen won the Austrian presidency with 53.8 per cent of the votes, 7.6 per cent ahead of far-right contender Norbert Hofer, according to the final count that was reported Tuesday by Austrian Press Agency APA.

Careful counting delays Austrian election end result until Tuesday

The announcement of Austria's presidential voting result was pushed back to Tuesday as election commissions applied meticulous counting standards to prevent new irregularities, the Interior Ministry announced Monday night.

Austria counting postal votes but Green presidency is certain

In a repeat election on Sunday that gave Austria's far-right Freedom Party another shot at the presidency, Green candidate Alexander Van der Bellen improved on his wafer-thin lead in May to comfortably win the vote.

EU leaders relieved as Austrian far-right candidate loses presidency

Pro-European and left-leaning politician Alexander Van der Bellen soundly defeated his far-right rival for Austria's presidency on Sunday, in a re-run election that left mainstream leaders across the continent breathing sighs of relief.

Austria's Green candidate for president defeats far-right rival

Austrians opted for a pro-European president by electing Green candidate Alexander Van der Bellen on Sunday with 53.3 per cent of the vote, projections by public broadcaster ORF showed.

Austrian presidential candidates optimistic as country repeats vote

The far-right and Green contenders for the Austrian presidency were both optimistic on Sunday as citizens cast their ballots in the repeat election that could see Austria elect Western Europe's first far-right head of state.

Van der Bellen, a fervent European and a former refugee child

Alexander Van der Bellen won the Austrian presidency with a pro-European platform that also championed the rights of immigrants.

Austria's Hofer softens far-right image on path towards presidency

Austrian presidential candidate Norbert Hofer has tried to soften his Freedom Party's far-right, nationalist image in a bid to win Sunday's election.

Austrian voters choose between rightist, Green president

Austrian voters are casting their ballots Sunday to decide the drawn-out presidential race between far-right candidate Norbert Hofer and his Green rival Alexander Van der Bellen.

Two migrants die in Austria while hiding in freight train

Two migrants have died in Austria while hiding in a goods train, police said on Saturday.

World champion Rosberg retires from F1 racing

Nico Rosberg says he is retiring from Formula One racing, five days after winning his first world title in the sport.

Austrian rightist Hofer touts ties with Russia, US ahead of election

Austrian far-right presidential candidate Norbert Hofer highlighted his good relations with the Russian government and the incoming US administration of Donald Trump Friday as he held his final campaign rally in Vienna.

Six found dead in Austria in family murder-suicide

A 35-year-old woman in Austria is believed to have shot dead her mother, brother and three children, before turning the gun on herself, officials told dpa in confirming media reports.

Vienna keeps historically tainted street names but adds explanations

The city of Vienna has decided to keep street names that honour National Socialists and anti-Semites, but the city will start putting up additional signs that point out the crimes of these historical figures, local politicians said Thursday.

Oil prices jump as OPEC ministers expect to agree on production cut

Oil prices jumped Wednesday as members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) voiced confidence that they could reach a deal to cut output for the first time since 2008.

Is Austria next in line after Brexit and Trump?

Voters in Austria have a choice between a far-right and a Green president. No matter who wins, populism is gaining ground in the country.

OPEC officials optimistic about output cut, but markets uncertain

Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) voiced optimism Monday that they could reach a price-boosting deal this week to cut oil output, but markets were not convinced that the cartel can come up with a significant agreement.

Two people die after avalanche buries group of skiers in Austria

Two men from the Netherlands and Britain have died in Austria after their skiing group was swept under an avalanche in the Tyrolean Alps, police said Sunday.

Austria says Foreign Ministry targeted by Turkish cyber attack

The Austrian Foreign Ministry website has become the target of an online attack that originated in Turkey, Austrian government sources said Saturday.

Austria braces for drawn-out vote count of presidential election

Austrians might have to wait for two days to learn who wins the December 4 presidential election, because ballots will be counted meticulously to avoid renewed irregularities, the Interior Ministry said Thursday.

Elephant tusks worth 560,000 euros seized in Vienna

Austrian customs police have uncovered their largest-ever find of contraband elephant tusks that are worth about 560,000 euros (600,000 dollars) on the black market, the Finance Ministry said Wednesday.

Green candidate warns of far-right takeover ahead of Austrian vote

Austria is at risk of becoming dominated by the far-right Freedom Party (FPO), Green presidential candidate Alexander Van der Bellen said Tuesday as he launched the final stretch of his campaign.

Police: 150 Chinese women forced into prostitution in Austria

A gang of criminals trafficked 150 women from China to Austria where they forced their victims to work as prostitutes, Austrian police said Monday after detaining six Chinese suspects.

Croatian Music Festival in Vienna to feature 12 concerts

The 12th edition of the Croatian Music Festival in Vienna, taking place between November 12 and December 11 in that world music capital, features 12 concerts of prominent Croatian artists.

Newborn dies after being abandoned at Vienna airport

A newborn baby died on Thursday after it was discovered in a rubbish bin at Vienna International Airport, police said.

IAEA: Iran edges above a limit set by nuclear deal

Iran has been slightly exceeding one of the limits agreed to under its deal with world powers to curb its nuclear programme, international nuclear inspectors said Wednesday.

OPEC urges non-cartel oil producers to cooperate with output limit

Global oil supplies are at risk in the long run unless countries both in and outside the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) cooperate now to bolster oil prices, OPEC Secretary General Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo said Tuesday.

Austria wants neighbours to prepare for end of Turkey refugee deal

Austria wants Central and Eastern Europe to coordinate police and military policies in case the EU-Turkey migration deal disintegrates, Austrian Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil said Monday.

Austria mulls legal action against planned German road toll

Austria warned Friday that it might take legal action against Germany's plan to introduce a road toll that would effectively be paid by foreign drivers rather than Germans.

Firefighters stop blaze at Austrian parliament

Firefighters raced to control a fire at Austria's parliament in Vienna on Friday.

OPEC meets in Vienna to discuss possible freeze on production

Members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) met Friday in Vienna for talks about a possible freeze on production.

Diplomats: Many open questions about armed OSCE mission in Ukraine

The deployment of an armed police mission to eastern Ukraine is not yet a done deal, and there are several open questions about the plan as proposed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, diplomats told dpa on Thursday.

Hitler's birth house will be razed, Austrian minister says

The house where Adolf Hitler was born will be razed and a new building will be erected in its place, Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said Monday, announcing a final decision on the problematic structure.

EU projects against sex trafficking are underfunded, study finds

The European Union's spending on projects to fight sex trafficking is not in line with the dimension of the problem, according to a policy review released on Monday by the European Commission.

Austria faces high costs for migration despite drop in asylum claims

Austria expects to receive less than half the number of asylum seekers this year than it did in 2015, but the government has still earmarked 2 billion euros (2.2 billion dollars) for migration-related costs in 2017.

Creditors settle debt deal over failed Austrian bank

Creditors have settled their dispute with Austria's failed regional bank Hypo Alpe Adria, the liability fund of the province of Carinthia said Monday.

Vienna policeman says he shot girlfriend, strangled son after fights

The Austrian police officer who was arrested last week for killing his family has told investigators that ongoing disputes with his pregnant girlfriend led him to shoot her and strangle their toddler son, police said Sunday.

Vienna police officer kills pregnant girlfriend and son

A Vienna police officer has killed his pregnant girlfriend and their small son in Vienna and hid their remains some 160 kilometres away in his home town, Austrian police said Friday.

Austrian province set to avoid bankruptcy as creditors accept haircut

Austria's Carinthia province stepped back from the brink of possible bankruptcy Tuesday when Finance Minister Hans Joerg Schelling announced that creditors have been accepting a haircut deal over the failed regional bank Hypo Alpe Adria.

IAEA: 30 developing countries mulling nuclear power programmes

Around 30 developing countries are considering the development of nuclear power programmes, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano said Monday.

Balkan route countries call for tighter borders to halt migration

Europe's external borders must be protected even more tightly to stop the flow of migrants on the Balkan route for good, leaders from the region agreed at an informal summit in Vienna on Saturday.

EU's Tusk demands closure of Balkan route at Vienna summit

European countries must make sure that the Balkan route is completely closed to irregular migrants, European Council President Donald Tusk said Saturday at the start of a summit in Vienna.

Austrian election could come unstuck again over postal vote problems

Austria's presidential election, which is to be repeated next month due to irregularities in the first round, is facing another challenge to its credibility in the form of unsticking envelopes.

Turkey halts Austrian archaeological dig over tensions with Vienna

Turkish authorities have halted an Austrian archaeological dig in western Turkey due to diplomatic tensions between the two countries, the Hurriyet newspaper reported on Monday.

Austria's presidential candidate calls burkini ban "ridiculous"

Austrian presidential candidate Alexander Van der Bellen on Sunday called the idea of banning burkinis "ridiculous," according to news agency APA.

Flights resume at Vienna Airport after technical glitch strands 900

A technical glitch at the Vienna International Airport that brought 63 flights to a standstill has been resolved, authorities said Monday.

German man injures two train passengers in Austrian knife attack

A mentally impaired German man attacked and injured two passengers with a knife on a train in Austria on Tuesday, local police said.

Austrian police detain nine men for rape of German woman at New Year

Police in Vienna have detained nine Iraqi men suspected of drugging and raping a 28-year-old German woman on New Year's Eve.

Seven injured in knife, flame attack in Swiss train

A 27-year-old man armed with a knife attacked several train passengers, injuring seven, in the Swiss canton of St Gallen on Saturday.

Turkey calls Austria the "capital of radical racism" after EU spat

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu accused Austria of radical racism on Friday, following a dispute between Vienna and Ankara about Turkey's admission into the European Union.

Turkey, Austria clash over Vienna bid to end Ankara's EU talks

Turkey and Austria exchanged heated accusations on Thursday after Vienna called for an end to Ankara's negotiations to join the European Union due to its lack of democratic standards in the wake of a failed coup.

Turkey remains EU candidate, bloc says after Vienna bid to end talks

Turkey remains an EU membership candidate, the bloc's executive stressed Thursday, after Austria called for an end to the negotiations due to Ankara's lacking democratic standards in the wake of a failed coup.

Putin visit to Slovenia snarls holiday traffic at Austria border

Traffic came to a standstill at a key Alpine pass for hours Saturday in Austria as hundreds of holidaymakers attempted to get through a tunnel before it was blocked as a security measure for a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to neighbouring Slovenia.

Police bust smuggler ring on Hungary-Germany migration route

Police have detained 17 people in several countries who are suspected of having smuggled an estimated 1,000 migrants from Hungary to Germany, investigators in Austria said Monday.

Austria ready for potential border checks at Brenner pass

Construction work has been completed on the Austrian side of the Brenner pass border crossing with Italy in case checks need to be reinstated, an Austrian police official announced on Friday.

Kerry pushes countries to agree on greenhouse chemicals pact

Countries should quickly make the final push towards a new pact on curbing the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a set of chemicals that have a strong global warming effect, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday in Vienna.

Austria prepared to close off eastern border with 30-kilometre fence

Austria has finished preparations for a fence that would cover 30 kilometres of its 300-kilometre border with Hungary, a police spokesman has told dpa.

EU must take hard line on rule of law in Turkey, Austria demands

EU countries should send a tough message to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to honour the rules of law and justice after the military's coup attempt, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said Sunday.

OSCE asks Turkish government to show restraint

The Turkish government should show restraint and honour civil rights in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt, leaders of the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE) say.

Austria rejects EU proposal on jobs for asylum seekers

The EU should not give asylum seekers access to labour markets as this would attract additional migrants, Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said in an interview published Thursday, rejecting a proposal by the European Commission.

Austrian government decides to confiscate Hitler's birth house

Austria will seize the house where Adolf Hitler was born from its private owner to prevent it from becoming an attraction for neo-Nazis, the government decided Tuesday.

Outgoing Austrian president warns country against xenophobia

Outgoing Austrian President Heinz Fischer, stepping down after 12 years in office, spoke out against the right-wing politics of his potential successor Norbert Hofer on Friday.

Rerun of Austrian presidential election planned for October 2

Austrians are set to vote in a rerun presidential election on October 2 after the initial vote was annulled because of irregularities, Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka announced Tuesday.