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Vienna Mayor Michael Ludwig from the Social Democrats, SPOE, waves at the start of a TV debate for local elections in Vienna, Austria, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020.  Citizens in Vienna cast their votes Sunday to elect the mayor of the Austrian capital. Polls see the incumbent mayor Michael Ludwig of the Social Democratic Party of Austria in the lead. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Center-left wins Vienna election, no comeback for Strache

Oct. 12, 2020 2:45 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's main center-left party has won a regional election in Vienna that saw the far-right Freedom Party lose more than two-thirds of its support and its former leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, apparently fail to make a political comeback. Preliminary final results from Sunday's election,...

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives for an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. European Union leaders will be assessing relations with China during their final day of a summit meeting which already saw bruising talks on foreign affairs issues. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, Pool)

EU court rules against Hungary's Orban over Soros university

Oct. 6, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's highest court ruled Tuesday that changes by Hungary to its law on higher education which effectively forced a university founded by George Soros to leave the country weren't in line with EU law. The European Court of Justice ruled against Prime Minister Viktor Orban's...

US sees "important progress" in Helsinki nuclear arms talks

Oct. 6, 2020 8:49 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — The top U.S. negotiator in nuclear arms control talks with Russia held in Helsinki says a one-day follow-up meeting to earlier talks in Austria has yielded “important progress.” Ambassador Marshall Billingslea, President Donald Trump’s special envoy for arms control,...

US, Russia to hold latest nuclear arms talks in Finland

Oct. 4, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — The United States and Russia will hold a round of nuclear arms control talks in the Finland's capital, Helsinki, on Monday to follow up on negotiations in Austria this summer, the Finnish president’s office said. “The round of discussions on strategic stability and nuclear...

A woman wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus walks past a shopping mall on a rainy day in Beijing, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Even as China has largely controlled the outbreak, the coronavirus is still surging across other parts of the world. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China lifts pandemic bar on entry by foreigners

Sep. 23, 2020 11:50 PM EDT

BEIJING — Chinese officials say foreigners holding certain types of visas and residence permits will be permitted to return to China as the threat of the new coronavirus continues to recede. The decision lifts a months-long blanket suspension covering most foreigners apart from diplomats and those in...

Attorney Alexander Klauser and chairman of the consumer protection association Peter Kolba, from left, speake during a joint press conference of a class action lawsuit against the Tirol regional authorities for failing in their public health duties, related to the virus outbreak in the ski-resort of Ischgl, seen as a key location from which the virus spread across Europe, in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Group sues Austrian govt over ski resort virus outbreak

Sep. 23, 2020 7:55 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian consumer protection group said Wednesday it has filed four civil lawsuits against the country's government for failing to contain a coronavirus outbreak at an Alpine ski resort that has been blamed for thousands of infections worldwide during the early phase of the pandemic. The...

FILE - In this June 5, 2020, file photo, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Hawaii's governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The Latest: Honolulu to allow some activities to resume

Sep. 22, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU -- Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city plans to allow some activities that were shut down last month to control the spread of the coronavirus to resume under new guidelines. The mayor said Tuesday the city will allow social gatherings of up to five people, including at beaches and hiking trails. ...

Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Rafael Mariano Grossi from Argentina, addresses the media during a news conference after a meeting of the IAEA board of governors at the International Center in Vienna, Austria, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Iran: nuclear deal with world powers worth preserving

Sep. 21, 2020 7:00 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The head of Iran's nuclear agency said Monday that the landmark 2015 deal between Tehran and world powers on his country's atomic program is struggling since the unilateral U.S. withdrawal, but is still worth preserving. Ali Akbar Salehi told delegates at a conference of the International...

FILE -- In this Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 file photo clouds of smoke are pictured over Europe's largest lignite power plant in Belchatow, central Poland. Government stimulus programs to pull the world out of the coronavirus pandemic offer “a tremendous opportunity” to build a clean-energy economy, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said Thursday, calling on governments not to “invest in the past.

UN chief: don't 'throw away' stimulus money on fossil fuels

Sep. 17, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Thursday on governments not to “throw away” economic stimulus funds by supporting fossil fuel industries that contribute to global warming. Speaking at a virtual conference on climate change, Guterres noted that countries have...

FIFA open to help fund anti-corruption agency for sports

Sep. 14, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — FIFA would help fund a global agency to tackle corruption in sport, its president Gianni Infantino said Monday. Creating a body like the World Anti-Doping Agency to address financial corruption, match-fixing and the influence of organized crime in sport has been talked about for more than a...