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  • Galatasaray beaten, Beşiktaş draws in friendlies
    Galatasaray lost to Rapid Vienna while Beşiktaş was held to a draw against Mainz in friendly matches on July 23
    Hurriyet.  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:38:00 +0200.
  • Protests target Israel football club
    Pro-Palestinian protesters disrupt a football match in Austria between the Israeli club Maccabi Haifa and French team Lille.
    BBC News.  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:08:28 GMT.
  • Bits Blog: Hackers Find Way to Outwit Tough Security at Banking Sites
    A new cyberattack allows criminals to bypass the security mechanisms at banks in Austria, Japan, Switzerland and Sweden.
    By Nicole Perlroth.  International Herald Tribune.  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:29:46 GMT.
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  • Theater Review: ‘The Pianist of Willesden Lane,’ a Jewish Girl’s War Story
    “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” at 59E59 Theaters, is about a Jewish girl who escapes Vienna on the kindertransport and finds refuge in music while living without her family in London.
    By Charles Isherwood.  International Herald Tribune.  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:12 GMT.
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  • Credit Suisse in steep loss after US tax case
    Credit Suisse, Switzerland's second-biggest bank, posted a second-quarter net loss of 700 million Swiss francs ($779 million) Tuesday after paying the largest penalty ever imposed in a U.S. criminal tax case.
    Miami Herald.  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:44 EDT.
  • 'I felt like my head was going to explode'
    Britain's Geraint Thomas on drinking 1.5 litres of fluid per hour to combat the heat and ride in breakaways in the Alps.
    BBC News.  Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:42:57 GMT.
  • China Says Iran, World Powers Likely To Extend Nuclear Deadline
    China's chief negotiator at the Iran nuclear negotiations in Vienna says Tehran and world powers are likely to extend the July 20 deadline they had set for reaching a permanent agreement on Iran's nuclear program.
    Radio Liberty.  Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:42:49 +0000.
  • Iran Nuclear Talks Remain Deadlocked
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held more inconclusive meetings with his Iranian counterpart in Vienna Monday, as efforts continued to break the deadlock in talks on the future of Iran’s nuclear program. ...
    Voice of America.  Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:43:59 -0400.
  • Ministers Press Iran on Nuclear Program
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and three of his European counterparts have joined talks in Vienna to press Iran for more concessions on its nuclear program, as next Sunday’s deadline looms. ...
    Voice of America.  Sun, 13 Jul 2014 06:29:27 -0400.
  • 2014 World Cup: Sergio Aguero By The Numbers
    Aguero will miss Argentina's showdown with Switzerland, but is rehabbing a thigh injury in hopes of returning later in the tournament.
    By Kurt Badenhausen.  Forbes.  Tue, 1 Jul 2014 16:07:00 GMT.
Switzerland map, showing Berne, the capital city, and other major Swiss cities
Austria map, showing Vienna, the capital city of Austria, and other major Austrian cities
Slovenia map, showing Ljubljana, its capital city, and parts of adjacent countries

Facts About the Alpine States

The Alpine States consist of Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, and Liechtenstein.  These nations are located in the Alpine region of south central Europe, and you find more news and information about them by visiting the official government websites listed below.

The Swiss Confederation's capital city is Berne, and its national currency is the Swiss Franc.  The primary languages used in Switzerland are German, French, and Italian; in 2007, the estimated population of Switzerland was 7,555,000.

The Republic of Austria's capital city is Vienna, and its currency is the Euro.  The primary language used in Austria is German, and in 2007, the estimated population of Austria was 8,200,000.

The Republic of Slovenia's capital city is Ljubljana, and its currency is the Tolar.  The country's national language is Slovene, and its estimated population in 2007 was 2,009,000.

The Principality of Liechtenstein's capital city is Vaduz, and its currency is the Swiss Franc.  The Alemannic German dialect is spoken in Liechtenstein, and in 2007, the nation's estimated population was 34,000.

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