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Bolivia's Morales says plane held 'hostage' because of Snowden rumors

Bolivia's Morales says plane held 'hostage' because of Snowden rumors

VIENNA, July 3 (UPI) -- Bolivian President Evo Morales' plane left Vienna Wednesday, where it was forced to land based on suspicions U.S. secrets leaker Edward Snowden may be aboard.

Central European presidents back Nabucco West over TAP rival

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, June 17 (UPI) -- The presidents of Hungary, Austria, Romania and Bulgaria have urged Azerbaijan to support the proposed Nabucco West natural gas pipeline over a rival project.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, April 25, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, April 25, 2012.
By United Press International

Austrian president re-elected

VIENNA, April 26 (UPI) -- Austria's President Heinz Fischer won a second term in office, officials said.

Austrian president cruises to re-election

VIENNA, April 25 (UPI) -- Austrian President Heinz Fischer coasted to election to a second six-year term Sunday, with exit polls showing he captured 78 percent of the vote.

Thousands pay respects to Austria's Haider

KLAGENFURT, Austria, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Thousands of people attended a memorial service Saturday for right-wing Austrian leader Jorg Haider, who died in a car crash last weekend, officials said.

Ukraine to speed nuclear power

KIEV, Ukraine, July 17 (UPI) -- Ukraine wants to push nuclear power in an effort to end its dependence on fuel imports.

Turkey reaffirms support for Nabucco plan

ANKARA, Turkey, May 21 (UPI) -- The Turkish president emphasized his country's interest in the Nabucco pipeline project in a meeting with his Austrian counterpart in Ankara.

Pope honors Holocaust victims

VIENNA, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI, a tribute to Holocaust victims in Vienna, expressed "our sadness, our repentance and our friendship with the Jewish people."

Putin: U.S. missile plan a 'harmful thing'

VIENNA, May 23 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the United States' plans for a European missile defense system, calling the proposal a "harmful thing."

Bush meets with EU leaders in Vienna

VIENNA, June 21 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush held talks with EU leaders in Vienna Wednesday on issues including Iran, Iraq and North Korea.

Austria, Romania mull EU, bilateral ties

BUCHAREST, Romania, May 2 (UPI) -- The presidents of Austria and Romania met Tuesday to discuss issues concerning Bucharest's entry next year into the European Union.

Austria takes charge of European Union

VIENNA, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Austria is taking over presidency of the European Union, facing such pressing issues as constitution, trade and admission of new members.

New Austrian president sworn in

VIENNA, July 9 (UPI) -- Heinz Fischer has been sworn in as Austria's new president following the death earlier this week of Thomas Klestil, Austrian newspapers reported Friday.
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Heinz Fischer GColIH (German pronunciation: ; born 9 October 1938) is the President of Austria. He took office on 8 July 2004 and was re-elected for a second and last term on 25 April 2010. Before he took office, Fischer was a member of the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPĂ–). He suspended his membership for the duration of the office.

Born in Graz, Styria, Fischer attended the Gymnasium, focusing on humanities, and taking his Matura exams in 1956. He studied law at the University of Vienna, earning a doctorate in 1961. In 1963 at the age of 25, Fischer, spent a year volunteering at Kibbutz Sarid, northern Israel. Apart from being a politician, Fischer also pursued an academic career, and became a Professor of Political Science at the University of Innsbruck in 1993.

Fischer was a member of the Austrian parliament, the National Council, from 1971, and served as its president from 1990 to 2002. From 1983 to 1987 he was Minister for Science in a coalition government headed by Fred Sinowatz.

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