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Election produces likely right turn, young leader in Austria

VIENNA — Austria’s 31-year-old foreign minister declared victory for his party Sunday in a national election that set him up to become Europe’s youngest leader and puts the country on course for a rightward turn. Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz claimed the win as final results announced by the Interior Ministry showed his People’s Party had …

Austrian voters concerned about immigration, Islam

VIENNA — Wrapping up a bruising political campaign season, Austrian political parties were counting down Saturday toward an election that could turn the country rightward after decades of centrist governance amid voter concerns over immigration and Islam. Sunday’s vote is coming a year ahead of schedule after squabbles led to the breakup last spring of …

After Munich shooting, tearful witnesses linger at scene

MUNICH – It was the beginning of a typical Friday night out. Crowds streamed through Munich’s glass-and-concrete Olympia Shopping Mall, while across the street, a mostly young crowd relaxed in a McDonald’s restaurant. Then the first shots rang out. On Saturday, the buzz was replaced by silence. Instead of shoppers, kids hanging out or older …

Police: Munich suspect was obsessed with mass shootings

Embed from Getty Images MUNICH—The gunman whose rampage at a Munich mall left nine people dead was a depression-plagued teenager who avidly read books and articles about mass killings and apparently tried to lure young victims to their deaths through a faked Facebook posting, authorities said Saturday. Information from witnesses indicated that his hatred of …

Out in the cold: Refugees get no good news at Greek border

IDOMENI, Greece – Hassan Rasheed’s papers have been cleared but the Iraqi refugee has spent days freezing in a tent with no tarp on the ground and flaps that don’t close, one of 10,000 migrants stuck at a muddy camp on the border of Greece and Macedonia. They’re hoping for a breakthrough in Europe’s troubled …

Merkel demands EU partners share burden of migrant influx

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel, reflecting on “a moving, in some parts breathtaking weekend behind us,” said Monday that all EU countries could help to accommodate the human tide from the Middle East and Africa. French President Francois Hollande announced that his country would welcome 24,000 refugees, and that he and Merkel had agreed …

What the secret agreement between Iran and the UN says

VIENNA – An AP report has revealed that the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency has agreed with Iran that Iranian experts and equipment will be used to inspect Iran’s Parchin military site, located not far from Tehran, where Iran is suspected of conducting covert nuclear weapons activity more than a decade ago. Here are some …

Report on Iran side deal angers GOP; House Dems claim votes

WASHINGTON – Republican opposition to President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal is flaring over revelations of a secret side agreement involving Iranian inspections. But House Democrats are shrugging off the report and claiming they have the votes to back up Obama anyway. The Associated Press reported Wednesday on a previously undisclosed side deal between Iran and …

Iran gives UN agency papers linked to alleged nuke arms work

VIENNA — Iran on Saturday gave the U.N. nuclear agency documents linked to the agency’s probe of allegations that Tehran tried to develop atomic arms, along with a confidential explanation that is unlikely to veer from previous Iranian denials of work on such weapons. Announced by the U.N’s International Atomic Energy Agency, the handover meets …

Formal nuclear deal has been reached with Iran

View image | gettyimages.com VIENNA — A landmark Iran nuclear agreement was reached Tuesday after clearing final obstacles, and a senior diplomat said it included a compromise between Washington and Tehran that would allow U.N. inspectors to press for visits to Iranian military sites as part of their monitoring duties. But access at will to …