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Austrian leader defends press freedom after email leak

Sep. 25, 2018 8:52 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz insisted Tuesday that any attempt to restrict press freedom was "unacceptable," in the wake of a reported suggestion from an interior ministry official that police limit contact with critical media to a minimum. Kurz's comments on the sidelines of the U.N....

Dense swarm of bats causes flap at Vienna airport

Sep. 24, 2018 8:49 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Birds are a well-known hazard for airport operators, but Vienna airport officials have had to deal with different winged intruders: a swarm of bats. Airport spokesman Peter Kleemann told the Austria Press Agency on Monday that the dense swarm of bats descended on one runway for about 45...

Ex-health minister tapped to lead Austrian opposition

Sep. 22, 2018 3:11 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's main opposition party is set to make a former health minister its new leader after ex-Chancellor Christian Kern announced his departure. The Austria Press Agency reported that Kern said Saturday that the center-left Social Democrats' top leadership unanimously endorsed Pamela...

UK leader May hits back on Brexit plan; pound falls

Sep. 21, 2018 1:41 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May accused the European Union on Friday of creating an "impasse" in divorce negotiations by bluntly rejecting her blueprint for Brexit, sending the value of the pound falling as worries about a chaotic U.K. exit from the EU soared. With British newspapers...

The Latest: EU's Tusk says Brexit compromise still possible

Sep. 21, 2018 1:29 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit, the political divorce between Britain and the rest of the European Union (all times local): 6:30 p.m. EU Council President Donald Tusk says he remains convinced that a Brexit compromise that is "good for all, is still possible." His comments come a day after a clear lack...

Turkey arrests Austrian national for alleged terror links

Sep. 21, 2018 5:54 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's official news agency says an Austrian national has been arrested for alleged terror links. Anadolu Agency reported Friday that writer Max Zirngast — referring to him as only Max Z. — was arrested along with two others for "membership in an armed terror organization"...

EU, UK fail to resolve border row as Brexit deadline looms

Sep. 20, 2018 12:18 PM EDT

SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — Britain and its European Union partners failed on Thursday to secure a breakthrough in Brexit talks, largely because of seemingly intractable divisions over the best way to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland and how to deal with future trade. With Britain's departure from...

The Latest: 65 Syrian migrants land in Cyprus

Sep. 20, 2018 11:49 AM EDT

SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to the influx of migrants (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Cyprus police say 65 people — including 24 children and 18 women — believed to be Syrian migrants are receiving medical check-ups after arriving aboard a boat spotted southeast of...

EU looks to Egypt, Africa for help with migrant challenge

Sep. 20, 2018 11:00 AM EDT

SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — European Union leaders agreed Thursday to enter talks with Egypt to help stem the flow of migrants entering Europe from Africa, offering to step up economic cooperation and the prospect of a high-profile summit in Cairo as incentives. Speaking to reporters after hosting talks...

The Latest: May says hers is only serious plan on table

Sep. 20, 2018 10:05 AM EDT

SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — The Latest on Brexit talks at the European Union summit (all times local): 4 p.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May has said her Brexit plan is the "only serious and credible" proposal on the table, minutes after EU chief Donald Tusk said May's plan will not work. May says her...