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Retired Austrian journalist missing after Nigerian money scam

Vienna - Peter Pirker, a retired Austrian journalist went missing at the end of May this year and is presumed dead. Police think he may have committed suicide after being hit hard by a Nigerian scam. Relatives think he may be trying to track down the cash.

Austrian woman has 18-pound tumor removed from stomach

Graz - An Austrian woman is recovering in hospital after having a tumor, weighing as much as a seven-month-old baby, removed from her stomach. The tumor had been growing inside the 75-year-old for several years before she realized it was there.

Scientists: Cockatoos learn to use tools by watching fellow birds

Vienna - If someone calls you a bird-brain, you may wish to consider that a compliment. Many birds, especially parrots, are very intelligent. One cockatoo in particular — the Goffin's cockatoo — has shown scientists that it can use tools to obtain food.

N. Korea nuclear reactor 'may be operating again'

Vienna - North Korea's reactor at its main nuclear site, capable of giving the isolated regime plutonium for nuclear weapons, may be operational again, the UN atomic watchdog said in a report seen by AFP Friday.

Yellowstone earthquake threat much larger than estimated

The threat of Yellowstone's earthquake is much larger than previously estimated. Recent seismic activity helped the U.S. Geological Survey Team reach this alarming discovery.

'Sex drive-in' hailed as a success in Switzerland

Zurich - A government-backed experiment in legal prostitution may forever change the sex industry in Switzerland, if not greater Europe.

Hover bikes soon to be a reality

In the future flying machines would replace the automobile our teachers once told us. That prediction has just become a reality. The first hover bike is now making headlines for being the first of many hover machines being produced for the mass market.

IAEA chief to visit Iran for nuclear talks Sunday

Vienna - The head of the UN atomic watchdog will visit Iran on Sunday, the organisation said, ahead of an August 25 deadline for Tehran to answer long-held allegations of efforts to develop nuclear weapons.

Lady Gaga loses fight in 'GaGa' energy drink patent case

Mauthausen - That famous pop diva Lady Gaga is rather upset as an Austrian entrepreneur, who named his energy drink "GaGa," has just won a battle in the patent office allowing him to use the name. Apparently she went a little gaga over the whole thing.

Woman shoots porn in church and gets arrested

A woman in Austria has been arrested after she was accused of filming porn inside a church. A male told police that he recognized the woman by her breasts.

Vienna chosen to host 60th Eurovision Song Contest

Vienna - The Austrian capital city of Vienna has been chosen to host 2015's 60th Eurovision Song Contest, it has finally been announced.

17K join Austrian student's Facebook privacy class action lawsuit

Vienna - Thousands of Facebook users have joined an Austrian law student's class action lawsuit accusing the social media giant of violating their online privacy.

Student starts global class action against Facebook

Austrian law student Max Schrems launched a class action suit in Austria against Facebook for general non-compliance with European Union privacy law.

Cows kill Austrian dog walker

Media from around the world are covering a story about a 45-year-old Austrian woman attacked by a herd of cows. She reportedly died after being stormed by the large group while walking her dog.

Palestinian supporters storm pitch, fight with Israeli players

Bischofshofen - As the conflict in the Middle East rages on, its effects seem to be felt everywhere. Hatred between both pro-Israel and pro-Palestine supporters is becoming more apparent throughout the world.

Boy with cancer receives more mail than entire town

Foxboro - Five-year-old Danny Nickerson wanted cards for his birthday, which is today. He got it in spades, or perhaps avalanches, as 30,000 cards and 3,000 gifts flooded in and more were coming.

Eurovision 2015 dates confirmed

The exact dates for the 60th Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in Austria, in 2015 — in one of three cities yet to be decided — have now been confirmed.

Boy has 232 teeth removed in one day

A 17 year old boy from India endured a seven hour surgery to remove 232 teeth. The rare condition was caused by a complex composite odontoma.

Review: Summer music festival bridges old and new worlds Special

Toronto - The Toronto Summer Festival kicked off its ninth season Tuesday night at Toronto's Koerner Hall with a bravura performance by the Grammy award-winning Emerson String Quartet.

Texas closes its border to Mexico

After repeated attempts to receive aid to help with the Mexican refugee crisis have failed, Texas officials have been forced to take drastic measures.
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