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Austrian 'whizz-kid' tapped to form government

Vienna - Austria's president on Friday tasked election winner Sebastian Kurz with forming a government, putting the 31-year-old conservative on course to become the world's youngest leader.

Austria's far right seeks interior ministry top job in coalition talks

Vienna - Austria's far-right Freedom Party said Wednesday it wants the top job in the interior ministry in exchange for entering a coalition with election winner Sebastian Kurz.Kurz's conservative OeVP party won 31.

Conservative Kurz says Austria to play 'active' role in EU

Vienna - Austria's election winner Sebastian Kurz, who may form a coalition with a far-right party ambivalent about the European Union, said Tuesday that Austria would play an "active" role in the bloc.

Austria far-right eyes power in 'whizz-kid' government

Vienna - Austria's far-right looked set Monday for a possible return to power in a coalition with conservative "whizz-kid" Sebastian Kurz, the world's youngest leader-in-waiting, in a fresh triumph for European populists.

Austria's Kurz: world's youngest leader in waiting

Vienna - "Whizz-kid", "Basti Fantasti", "Messiah" are just some of the monikers given to Austrian conservative Sebastian Kurz, the world's youngest leader in waiting.

Austria set to elect EU's youngest leader in rightwing push

Vienna - Austrians were voting Sunday in a watershed election tipped to see conservative Sebastian Kurz, 31, become the EU's youngest leader and form an alliance with the far-right, in the bloc's latest populist test.

Who's who in the Austrian election

Vienna - Austrian conservative Sebastian Kurz, 31, is set to become Europe's youngest leader and could form an alliance with the far-right in Sunday's election. Here is a look at him and his key rivals in the race.

Austria set to elect youngest EU leader in right-wing push

Vienna - Austrians vote Sunday in a snap election tipped to see conservative Sebastian Kurz, 31, become the EU's youngest leader and form an alliance with the far-right, in the bloc's latest populist test.

'Emperor Kurz', the Austrian whizz-kid on the path to power

Vienna - Sebastian Kurz's gaze is focused, his grip firm, each step appears carefully measured.

'Whizz-kid' seen moving Austria right in election

Vienna - Austria is set to move to the right in elections on Sunday with conservative Sebastian Kurz expected to become Europe's youngest head of government and form a coalition with the anti-immigration Freedom Party.

Welcome to Wels, fief of Austria's 'normal' far-right

Wels - When Austria's far-right Freedom Party recently launched its campaign for Sunday's snap elections, the choice of location was easy: Wels, the jewel in their crown.

Austrian 'burqa ban' confuses police — and sharks

Vienna - Austria's new ban on the full Islamic veil and any face-concealing item is causing confusion, with a man in a shark costume the latest to be ensnared, authorities admitted Tuesday.

Austrian party chiefs in pre-vote 'hate duel'

Vienna - The leaders of Austria's two main centrist parties hurled accusations at each other Sunday over a murky smear campaign, in their first one-on-one debate a week ahead of a snap election.

Scandal 'tsunami' threatens to sink Austria's ruling centre-left

Vienna - Caught in a "tsunami" of scandals, the battle already seems all but lost for Austria's ruling centre-left days from a snap election.

Austria moves to ban the burqa

Vienna - New restrictions come into force in Austria on Sunday banning the wearing of the full Islamic veil and other items concealing the face in public places and buildings.

Austrian steelmaker bucks trend with new European plant

Vienna - Austrian steelmaker Voestalpine said Wednesday it will build Europe's first new steelworks in decades, bucking the trend in the sector to close sites or move to where labour is cheaper.

Muslims 'attached' to Europe despite discrimination: study

Vienna - A large majority of Muslims in Europe feel closely connected to the country they live in and trust public institutions despite facing "widespread discrimination", a study suggested Thursday.

Muslims caught in Austrian election crossfire

Vienna - As Austrians grow more openly hostile towards Muslims, major political parties are deliberately brandishing Islamophobia in the Catholic majority country ahead of next month's parliamentary election.

Iran says US seeking to undermine nuclear deal

Vienna - Iran's nuclear chief on Monday accused the United States of seeking to undermine a landmark 2015 deal with major powers, calling on the UN watchdog to resist Washington's "unacceptable demands".

Business incubator identifies novel heart health app

Vienna - Researchers have designed a smart artificial intelligence tool that can diagnose heart problems using a smartphone camera. The end-product development and new start-up forms part of an initiative called START:IP.
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