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Envoys to Iran nuclear talks hail 'progress' in Vienna

Vienna - The EU, Russia and Iran hailed progress at nuclear talks Saturday as discussions resumed in Vienna following an attack on one of Tehran's nuclear sites.

Enrichment, sabotage cast shadow over new Iran nuclear talks

Vienna - Talks to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal resume in Vienna Thursday facing new tensions, with Tehran preparing to ramp up uranium enrichment in response to an attack on a facility it blamed on arch-foe Israel.

New life for Iran nuclear deal? Here's where it stands

Vienna - The Iran nuclear deal -- thrown into disarray when the US left it in 2018 -- may get a second lifeline with US President Joe Biden saying he is ready to reverse his predecessor Donald Trump's decision.

Russia hails 'successful' start to talks to save Iran nuclear deal

Vienna - Russia said talks aimed at salvaging an international agreement on Iran's nuclear programme got off to a "successful" start on Tuesday, with the US expected to join indirectly for the first time since President Joe Biden's arrival in the White House.

Europeans drop plan to censure Iran at UN nuclear watchdog

Vienna - European nations Thursday dropped a planned resolution at the UN nuclear watchdog criticising Iran, in a bid to hasten the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal that was praised both by Tehran and Washington.

Europeans to push for Iran censure at UN nuclear watchdog meeting

Vienna - The three European members of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal will put forward a resolution condemning Iran's suspension of some inspections by the UN nuclear watchdog, diplomatic sources said Monday.

Austria bets on millions of tests to contain Covid-19

Vienna - While Austria has struggled to contain the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, it is fast emerging as a world leader in testing as a way to reopen schools and businesses.

Fighting patriarchy at top of Austrian banking

Vienna - Gerda Holzinger-Burgstaller is out to shake up the banking sector: in a world still dominated by men in dark suits, the Austrian wants to break the region's glass ceiling once and for all.

Austria refugee home saved by former resident

Baden - The white paint has not yet dried, but as Sukhdeep Singh walks through the house where he used to live in the Austrian town of Baden, he is already picturing the refugees who -- thanks to him -- will soon be calling it home.

Iran producing uranium metal, further violating 2015 deal: IAEA

Vienna - Iran has started producing uranium metal, the UN nuclear watchdog said Wednesday, in a fresh breach of the limits laid out in Tehran's 2015 deal with world powers.

Austria attack highlights Europe's jihadist dilemma

Vienna - The fallout from last November's shootings on the streets of Vienna has shone a light on Europe's dilemma in dealing with jihadists, particularly the continent's struggles to deradicalise such individuals.

Austrians defy ban to protest Covid restrictions

Vienna - Thousands of people, including some neo-nazis, defied a ban to march Sunday in Vienna in protest against the curfew and lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

Once ski-mad Austria split on pistes open in lockdown

Semmering - On the surface, the Austrian ski resort of Semmering looks to have adapted well to the coronavirus pandemic. Loudspeakers exhort skiers lining up in orderly queues to wear FFP2 masks and respect distancing measures.

Austria probes coronavirus vaccine 'queue-jumping'

Vienna - Authorities in Austria said Tuesday that they are looking into reports of alleged queue-jumping, including by several mayors, in the government's coronavirus vaccination programme.

New Year's saving grace for Vienna's silenced music scene

Vienna - While a virus-laden silence has descended over what is normally a busy period of concerts and balls in the Austrian capital Vienna, the city's world famous New Year Concert is at least providing one saving grace -- albeit to an empty hall.

Migrant workers in limbo as Austrian ski resorts reopen

Ischgl - Austria's ski lifts may be operating but as the country struggles to control coronavirus infections, the sector expects a subdued season -- and migrant workers who depend on it face an uncertain winter.

Austrians press EU to talk turkey, raise farm standards

Weibern - As Katharina and Reinhard Bauer show off cosseted turkey chicks they highlight standards that they -- and the Austrian government -- would like the rest of the EU to adopt as well.

Iran nuclear deal parties eye US return to accord

Vienna - The remaining parties to the ailing 2015 Iran nuclear deal said Monday that they were preparing for the possible return of the US to the pact as President-elect Joe Biden readies to take office next month.

Iran nuclear deal parties try to defuse tensions

Vienna - The remaining parties to the 2015 Iran nuclear accord on Wednesday discussed ways to shore up a deal under mounting pressure from Iranian breaches, US sanctions and uncertainty before President-elect Joe Biden takes office in Washington next month.

Austrian ex-finance minister gets 8 years in jail for corruption

Vienna - A Vienna court on Friday sentenced a flamboyant, jet-setting former Austrian finance minister to eight years in prison in the country's biggest corruption trial since World War II.
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