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Election triumph hands Austria's Kurz range of coalition options

29 Sep 2019

VIENNA Austrian conservative leader Sebastian Kurz triumphed in Sunday's parliamentary election while the scandal-tainted far right took a beating and the Greens surged, leaving Kurz the option of forming a coalition with either of them. | Video

Austria votes in snap parliamentary poll, conservatives seen heading new coalition

28 Sep 2019

VIENNA Austrians vote on Sunday in a snap parliamentary election that conservative leader Sebastian Kurz looks set to win, but he will still need a coalition partner to secure a majority and it remains unclear whom he will pick.

Austrian election winds up as favourite Kurz keeps coalition options open

27 Sep 2019

VIENNA Austrian political parties began winding up their campaigns on Friday, two days before a parliamentary election Sebastian Kurz's conservatives are tipped to win, as the left-wing Greens and far right warned he could pick the other side as partner.

Austria's AMS lights up Osram bidding war with new $4.9 billion offer

27 Sep 2019

VIENNA Austrian sensor maker AMS raised its takeover offer for Osram to 4.5 billion euros ($4.9 billion) on Friday, ratcheting up the pressure on a private equity consortium also vying to buy the German lighting group.

Iran commits new breach of fraying nuclear deal, expands enrichment - IAEA

26 Sep 2019

VIENNA Iran has committed another breach of its nuclear deal with major powers by enriching uranium with advanced centrifuges, a report by the U.N. nuclear watchdog policing that deal said on Thursday, further fraying the landmark accord.

Austria's Greens want Kurz to show willing, and fast, on coalition

25 Sep 2019

VIENNA Austria's Greens will only pursue coalition talks with the presumed winner of Sunday's parliamentary election, Sebastian Kurz, if he quickly shows he is serious about a public investment package in environmental measures, their leader said.

Austria's Kurz, famed for leaning to far right, could change course

25 Sep 2019

VIENNA Austrian conservative Sebastian Kurz ate the far right's lunch two years ago with a hardline immigration policy, then formed a coalition with them, only to ditch them after a video sting scandal. Now he is set to lead the country again at just 33.

Austria's Kurz set to return to power and look left after Ibiza scandal

24 Sep 2019

VIENNA Young Austrian conservative Sebastian Kurz is cruising to victory in Sunday's parliamentary election, but after a video sting blew up his coalition with the far right, he could well reach to the other end of the spectrum for a partner this time.

Argentina's IAEA hopeful sounds 'perfect', U.S. energy secretary says

17 Sep 2019

VIENNA Argentina's contender to become the next chief of the U.N. nuclear watchdog "sounds like a perfect candidate", U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on Tuesday, while stopping short of a formal U.S. endorsement.

'Time is of the essence,' IAEA tells Iran, pressing for answers

09 Sep 2019

VIENNA The U.N. nuclear watchdog told Iran on Monday there is no time to waste in answering its questions, which diplomats say include how traces of uranium were found at a site that was not declared to the agency.

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