More than 100,000 people displaced so far amid violence in Syria: U.N. World Food Programme

VIENNA (Reuters) - More than 100,000 people from the towns of Ras Al-Ayn and Tal Abyad have been displaced by the escalation of violence in Syria, the U.N. World Food Programme said on Saturday.

The World Food Programme and its partners will still support people in the northeast despite a deterioration in the security situation, it said. About 580,000 of the people it feeds in the region are currently living in Kurdish-controlled areas.

IAEA opens conference on nuclear power's role in tackling climate change

VIENNA, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Climate change is one of the greatest challenges to the world, but reducing greenhouse gas emissions will be difficult to achieve without a significant increase in the use of nuclear power, according to the acting chief of UN nuclear watchdog at a conference held here on Monday.

Iran nuclear deal can be saved by goodwill not sanctions – Slovakia’s IAEA hopeful says

4 Oct 2019; MEMO: The 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the remaining signatories can still be saved after the US withdrawal but Iran must return to the full implementation of its commitments and in return be offered some goodwill instead of sanctions, the Slovak candidate to head the United Nation’s nuclear agency said on Thursday, Reuters reported.

Austria's Kurz faces tricky search for partners despite victory

30 September 2019; AFP: The 33-year-old leader of Austria's centre-right People's Party Sebastian Kurz faces the start of a tough search for possible coalition partners Monday, despite resounding success in parliamentary elections.

His OeVP party won a clear victory with around 37 percent in Sunday's vote, a marked improvement on its performance in 2017. The result means Kurz will have the responsibility of sounding out other parties -- which may be an uphill task.

Austria holds early vote after far-right corruption scandal

VIENNA (AP) — Austrians are electing a new Parliament, four months after a corruption scandal brought down ex-Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s coalition government with the far-right Freedom Party.

Some 6.4 million voters aged 16 and up are eligible to cast ballots for Sunday’s election.

The Alpine country of 8.8 million has been run by a non-partisan interim administration appointed in June, after the publication of a video showing Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache appearing to offer favors to a purported Russian investor triggered the Kurz government’s collapse.

UN nuclear watchdog starts general conference amid mounting Iran tension

VIENNA, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- The International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) 63rd General Conference opened here on Monday amid heightened tensions over the Iran nuclear deal.

Many of the IAEA's 171 member states are represented at the meeting from Monday to Friday. The application of the IAEA's safeguards in the Middle East and in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, as well as issues related to radiation safety and ways of strengthening the agency's technical cooperation activities are on the agenda.

Four candidates contend position of IAEA chief

VIENNA, September 6. /TASS/: The nomination of candidates for the position of director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency ended on September 5. There are four candidates for the post, Russia’s permanent representative at international organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, said on Friday.

"The deadline for the nomination of candidates for the vacant post of the IAEA director general has expired. Now we know that four contenders will contest this post. All of them are experienced professionals and well-known to us," Ulyanov tweeted.

Former UN chief Ban calls for "global citizens" to build bridges

ALPBACH, Austria, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- Former UN chief Ban Ki-Moon, who is co-chair of the Ban Ki-Moon Center for Global Citizens in Vienna, said Sunday that the concept of global citizenship is an important framework in times of rising populism and nationalism.

Global citizens identify themselves not only as a member of a nation, but also as a member of global community, Ban said, adding that they can act as agents of change and future leaders.

"Our aim is to build bridges rather than walls," he added.

Austrian farmers concerned about EU-U.S. beef deal: industry group

VIENNA, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Austrian cattle farmers are concerned that the recently-announced beef deal between the European Union (EU) and the United States could impact their livelihoods, according to an industry interest group.

The deal announced on Friday means that the United States will be able to increase its beef exports to the EU, which will eventually reach up to 35,000 tons annually within seven years.

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