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Changing mood in Europe a year after Austria migrant disaster

Vienna - The gruesome discovery of 71 dead migrants in a truck in Austria last August shocked Europe and led countries to open their borders to a massive influx of people fleeing war and poverty, mainly from the Middle East.

Vienna zoo hails rare birth of tiny giant panda twins

Vienna - A giant panda on loan from China to Austria has given birth to two naturally conceived twins, an exceptionally rare event for the endangered species, Vienna's famous Schoenbrunn Zoo said Tuesday.

Austrian child kidnappee Kampusch admits freedom has been difficult

Vienna - Ten years ago this month, Natascha Kampusch escaped from the man who had abducted her as a child eight years earlier. But as the Austrian told AFP, freedom has not been all easy.

Austrian FM says against Turkey EU membership bid

Vienna - Austria's Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz opposes any steps that would bring Turkey closer to joining the European Union, he said in remarks released Saturday.

Austria pushes EU to end Turkey membership talks

Vienna - Austria's government said Thursday that Turkey is unfit to join the European Union in the wake of the recent post-coup crackdown, calling for the bloc to discuss ending membership talks.

Austrian chancellor rejects Turkish 'intimidation'

Vienna - Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern said he will not bow to "intimidation" from Turkey after receiving online death threats as tensions rise between the EU and Ankara, in comments published Tuesday.

'Big risk' of EU-Turkey migrant deal collapsing: Juncker

Vienna - European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said that the EU's deal with Turkey on halting the flow of migrants towards the bloc is at risk of breaking down, in comments published Friday."The risk is big. The success so far of the pact is fragile.

Austria hands over Paris attacks 'accomplices'

Vienna - Austria has handed over to France two suspected members of the same Islamic State cell that massacred 130 people in Paris last November, prosecutors said Friday.

European people-smuggling ring smashed

Vienna - Austrian police said Monday that an international operation smashed an alleged people-smuggling ring suspected of illegally bringing more than 1,000 people from Hungary into western Europe over the past year.

Kerry announces fresh talks with Russia on Syria

Vienna - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday announced he would hold talks on the war in Syria with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of a regional summit next week in Laos.

Austrian city wants to banish display of Turkish flags

Vienna - An Austrian mayor demanded on Friday that Turkish residents "immediately" stop displaying national flags in windows and on balconies, saying foreign politics had no place in his city.

Austrian kidnap victim Kampusch tells of struggles 10 years on

Vienna - Austrian kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch, who was abducted as a child and imprisoned for eight years, says life is still "not normal" a decade after her escape in an interview published Tuesday.

A year on, no business as usual at Austrian border

Nickelsdorf - It's holiday season at Nickelsdorf on Austria's border with Hungary as families hit the highway. But although the huge numbers of refugees seen here a year ago have gone, things are far from normal.

Austria jihad recruiter sentenced to 20 years

Vienna - A Muslim preacher at the centre of an Austrian jihad propaganda network was sentenced to 20 years in jail for recruiting young fighters to the Islamic State group.

Wrecking ball or supermarket for Hitler's house

Vienna - Austria's cabinet approved Tuesday legislation that will see the state seize ownership of the house where Hitler was born, although the government appeared divided on what to do with the building.

Austria to hold new presidential vote on October 2

Vienna - Austrians will again vote in a presidential election on October 2 after the far-right managed to get its narrow defeat from May declared null and void, the government said Tuesday.

Austrian interior minister 'ashamed' after vote annulled

Vienna - Austria's interior minister said Saturday he was "ashamed" after the country's highest court declared the result of May's presidential election null and void because of widespread procedural "sloppiness".

Austrian far-right gets election defeat annulled

Vienna - Austria's Norbert Hofer won Friday another shot at becoming the European Union's first far-right anti-immigration president after his nation's highest court dramatically annulled his narrow election defeat from May.

Austria court to rule Friday on far-right election challenge

Vienna - Austria's Constitutional Court has said it will rule Friday on the challenge brought by the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) against its candidate's narrow defeat in May's presidential election.

Huge opium production fall won't stop heroin glut: UN

Vienna - Global opium production plunged almost 40 percent last year but the world remains awash with heroin, the narcotic that still kills the most people worldwide, the United Nations said Thursday.
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