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Senior German diplomat in Tehran for nuclear deal talks

May. 23, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

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 pressure from Washington. Tensions have soared in the Mideast recently as the White House earlier this month sent an...

Austria: 3 women found dead in Vienna apparently starved

May. 23, 2019 6:44 AM EDT

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. The bodies of the 45-year-old mother and her daughters, both aged 18, were found in municipal housing in the Austrian capital's Floridsdorf...

Austria: photos of Holocaust survivors defaced in Vienna

May. 22, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Photos of Holocaust survivors exhibited on a central Vienna street have been defaced with swastikas, drawing condemnation from political and Jewish leaders. Broadcaster ORF reported Wednesday that ESRA, a group that brought the work by German-Italian photographer Luigi Toscano to the Austrian...

Austria: Interim ministers sworn in after video scandal

May. 22, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Austria's president on Wednesday swore in new, technocratic ministers to replace politicians from the far-right Freedom Party who left the government following a scandal surrounding its leader. With his government rocking, it remains unclear whether Chancellor Sebastian Kurz will survive a...

The Latest: Hamilton says Lauda 'bright light in my life'

May. 21, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Niki Lauda's death (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton said Niki Lauda was a "bright light in my life" and that he is "struggling to believe you are gone." Hamilton drives for Mercedes, where Lauda served in recent years as the non-executive...

Austrian chancellor set to face confidence vote next week

May. 21, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is set to face a no-confidence vote in parliament next week after his governing coalition collapsed over a corruption scandal that Austria's president warned risks harming the country's image abroad. Speaker Wolfgang Sobotka, a member of Kurz's conservative...

F1 great and aviation entrepreneur Niki Lauda dies at 70

May. 21, 2019 3:04 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Formula One great Niki Lauda, who won two of his world titles after a horrific crash that left him with serious burns and went on to become a prominent figure in the aviation industry, has died. He was 70. Lauda's family issued a statement saying the three-time world champion "passed away...

Austrian government collapses over Ibiza video scandal

May. 20, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

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 purported Russian investor. Kurz said he was seeking the removal of the country's interior minister, Freedom...

The Latest: Austrian leader expects far right to quit gov't

May. 20, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — The Latest on the video scandal that's rocked the Austrian government (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says he expects the far-right Freedom Party to leave his government as it has threatened to do. Kurz, who has asked Austria's president to remove Interior...

Chinese official hands over new panda to Vienna zoo

May. 20, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

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 few weeks in quarantine. He was chosen as a partner for Yang Yang, the zoo's 18-year-old female panda, who has been at...