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New Year's saving grace for Vienna's silenced music scene

Vienna - While a virus-laden silence has descended over what is normally a busy period of concerts and balls in the Austrian capital Vienna, the city's world famous New Year Concert is at least providing one saving grace -- albeit to an empty hall.

Migrant workers in limbo as Austrian ski resorts reopen

Ischgl - Austria's ski lifts may be operating but as the country struggles to control coronavirus infections, the sector expects a subdued season -- and migrant workers who depend on it face an uncertain winter.

Austrians press EU to talk turkey, raise farm standards

Weibern - As Katharina and Reinhard Bauer show off cosseted turkey chicks they highlight standards that they -- and the Austrian government -- would like the rest of the EU to adopt as well.

Iran nuclear deal parties eye US return to accord

Vienna - The remaining parties to the ailing 2015 Iran nuclear deal said Monday that they were preparing for the possible return of the US to the pact as President-elect Joe Biden readies to take office next month.

Iran nuclear deal parties try to defuse tensions

Vienna - The remaining parties to the 2015 Iran nuclear accord on Wednesday discussed ways to shore up a deal under mounting pressure from Iranian breaches, US sanctions and uncertainty before President-elect Joe Biden takes office in Washington next month.

Austrian ex-finance minister gets 8 years in jail for corruption

Vienna - A Vienna court on Friday sentenced a flamboyant, jet-setting former Austrian finance minister to eight years in prison in the country's biggest corruption trial since World War II.

Cold War security body OSCE set to fill leadership vacuum

Vienna - The international security body OSCE is expected to fill an unprecedented leadership vacuum, during meetings Thursday and Friday, after it failed to reappoint four of its top leaders in July.

Iconic Vienna hotel turns to drive-in cake as pandemic bites

Vienna - The coronavirus pandemic may have forced many of Vienna's luxury hotels to close indefinitely as global travel restrictions keep away the many millions of tourists who usually visit the Austrian capital every year.

Fugging hell: Tired of mockery, Austrian village changes name

Vienna - Residents of an Austrian village will ring in the new year under a new name -- Fugging -- after ridicule of their signposts, especially on social media, became too much to bear.

'Model pupil' Austria under strain in virus second wave

Vienna - While Austria was held up as a model to follow during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, its return to lockdown Tuesday has sparked a backlash against the government.

Virus curbs tighten in Europe as global deaths top 1.3 mn

Vienna - A swathe of new restrictions to curtail a second wave of coronavirus infections were announced or came into force from Austria to Greece, Italy to Portugal on Saturday as the global death toll climbed above 1.3 million.

EU chief Michel calls for creation of European body to train imams

Vienna - European Council president Charles Michel said Monday he supported creating a European institute to train imams, as he visited Austria to pay tribute to the victims of last week's jihadist attack in Vienna."It is very important to be firm on this.

Austria police raid dozens of 'Islamist-linked' targets

Vienna - Austrian police on Monday raided more than 60 addresses allegedly linked to radical Islamists and seized millions of euros in cash, with orders for 30 suspects to be questioned.

Austria's Muslims wary of backlash after attack

Vienna - When Osama Abu El Hosna found himself under a hail of bullets during the shooting rampage in Vienna, he heroically risked his life to save a policeman at the scene.

Vienna anti-terror chief suspended after attack failures

Vienna - The head of anti-terror operations in the Austrian capital Vienna was suspended Friday as details emerged of further security lapses in the run up to this week's jihadist attack which left four people dead.

Eight detained after Vienna attack had previous convictions

Vienna - Eight of those detained following Monday night's terrorist attack in Vienna had previous convictions, including for terror offences, the Austrian interior minister said Thursday, as the investigation extended to Switzerland and a second, unnamed countr...

OSCE condemns Belarus torture, calls for fresh presidential vote

Vienna - A report from the OSCE election-monitoring organisation published on Thursday condemned "massive" rights abuses and torture in Belarus and called for a re-run of the country's August presidential polls in which President Alexander Lukashenko claimed vi...

Jewish community in Vienna on alert after attack

Vienna - Shalom Berntholz never closes his kosher restaurant in central Vienna, but as a new coronavirus-induced lockdown approached, he decided to shut early. That saved his life.

Austria admits security failings over Vienna gunman

Vienna - Austria acknowledged Wednesday there had been security failings leading up to the deadly gun rampage in Vienna by a convicted Islamic State sympathiser.

Vienna gunman: IS supporter who 'fooled' the system

Vienna - The gunman responsible for an attack in Vienna which left four people dead on Monday night was a convicted supporter of the Islamic State (IS) group who the government says "fooled" official de-radicalisation efforts.
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