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  • Ministers back to Vienna for final Iran nuclear deal push
    Foreign ministers from major powers were expected back in Vienna on July 4 seeking to score a huge diplomatic success by nailing down a nuclear deal with Iran after almost two years of intense effort.
    Hurriyet.  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 12:15:00 +0200.
  • Statement by US Secretary of State John Kerry
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says that over the past few days genuine progress has been in Vienna made toward a nuclear deal with Iran, but that negotiators are not yet where they need to be on several important issues.
    Voice of America.  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 11:32:00 -0400.
  • Kerry Cites Progress, But Says Iran Nuclear Talks 'Could Go Either Way'
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking in Vienna on July 5, said there has been genuine progress in the Iranian nuclear talks but that "we are not yet where we need to be" and that the talks could go either way.
    Radio Liberty.  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 00:24:18 +0000.
  • World Bodypainting Festival 2015 in Austria
    Artists from more than 45 countries compete in the World Bodypainting Festival in Austria, in multiple categories including ultraviolet painting under black light, and face painting.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Sat, 4 Jul 2015 11:39:51 EDT.
  • Kerry, Iran's Zarif Talk in Vienna as Deadline Approaches
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met for about an hour in a new round of talks late Saturday in Vienna, as comments by the top U.N. ...
    Voice of America.  Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:14:08 -0400.
  • US makes Fifa extradition request
    The US has asked Switzerland to extradite seven Fifa officials arrested on corruption charges in May, Swiss authorities say.
    BBC News.  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:34:26 GMT.
  • Court rejects Facebook privacy case
    A court in Vienna declines to hear a legal case involving allegations that Facebook has broken EU data privacy laws.
    BBC News.  Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:05:29 GMT.
  • Bits Blog: Facebook Wins a Round in Austrian Court Case
    Max Schrems, an Austrian law student, had accused the social media giant of violating Europe’s tough privacy rules.
    Mark Scott.  International Herald Tribune.  Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:28:15 GMT.
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  • Earn More, Produce Less. Austria Wine's Audacious Success.
    A slow wave of persuasion is shifting the tide of opinion about Austrian wine. It’s also pushing up prices – and demand – to unprecedented levels.
    By Cathy Huyghe.  Forbes.  Wed, 1 Jul 2015 08:45:00 GMT.
  • Amid Final Talks on Iran Nuclear Deal, Obama Calls Strict Verification Crucial
    Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, returns to Vienna for an intensive final week of talks after high-level meetings in Tehran.
    Michael R. Gordon and David E. Sanger.  International Herald Tribune.  Wed, 01 Jul 2015 02:06:36 GMT.
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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
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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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