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Illegal drugs market 'thriving': UN

Vienna - The global narcotics market is "thriving", with production of cocaine and opium soaring and opioids wreaking havoc, the UN crime and drugs agency said Thursday in a gloomy annual assessment."As the report...

Austria to ban burqas from October

Vienna - New Austrian legislation came into force Friday that will ban the full-face Islamic veil in public places from October 1.

Cow kills hiker in Austrian Alps

Vienna - A hiker in the Austrian Alps was fatally gored on Wednesday when a cow charged at her, local police and media said.

Austria's fantastical factory of 'raw art'

Vienna - Nestled in the hills of Austria sits Gugging, an artists' colony with a difference where the worlds of psychiatry and art collide -- with spectacular success.

OPEC oil squeeze to remain, but will it lift prices?

Vienna - Oil producers within and outside OPEC are expected Thursday to extend a deal cutting output aimed at lifting the price of crude, but US rivals could spoil the party.

Mozart junior: Curse of the 'missing spark'

Salzburg - Having famous parents can be a mixed blessing, but Austrian musician Franz Xaver Mozart had it tougher than most.

Kurz: Austria's own Macron or 'mini-dictator'?

Vienna - History could remember 30-year-old Sebastian Kurz as Austria's own version of Emmanuel Macron by becoming its youngest ever chancellor -- or as the man who let the far-right back into power.

Austria snap elections set for October 15

Vienna - Austria's snap election will be on October 15, party chiefs agreed on Tuesday after the centrist "grand coalition" collapsed.

'Massive' boar chases British ambassador

Vienna - Britain's ambassador to Austria has generally been given a warm welcome but one wild boar at least appears to have little time for diplomatic niceties.

Austria heads for snap elections

Vienna - Austria's new centre-right leader Sebastian Kurz called on Sunday for snap elections, setting up another nail-biting vote in Europe that could see the far-right win power.

Austria's unhappy coalition on the brink

Vienna - Austria's squabbling centrist coalition looked increasingly shaky Friday as Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz made clear he would pull his centre-right People's Party (OeVP) out of the government if he became its new chief.

Austria's unhappy coalition on the brink

Vienna - Austria's squabbling centrist coalition looked increasingly on the brink Friday as Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz made clear he would pull his centre-right People's Party (OeVP) out of the government if he becomes its new chief.

Eastern taste: Latvian crowned Europe's top sommelier

Vienna - After a week of rigorous tests ranging from blind tastings to expertly pairing wines with sumptuous meals, a Latvian has beat out 37 rivals to become Europe's top-rated sommelier.

Europe's far-right down but not out

Vienna - After Austria and the Netherlands, the defeat of France's Marine Le Pen in a presidential run-off is a new blow for the European far-right, but its march to power is far from over, analysts say.

Austria's oldest football club faces final whistle

Vienna - "Vienna til I die!" chanted the fans, in accented English, at a recent rainy match, testament to the British roots of Austria's oldest football club: the once-mighty First Vienna FC 1894.

Soul-searching scientists struggle to get message across

Vienna - "We mortals do not understand you." That's the heartfelt cry from former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres, pleading with scientists to use everyday language to help counter growing public mistrust.

Hitler's Aphrodite 'gift' back on display in Austria

Vienna - The Austrian city of Linz, where Adolf Hitler spent several years as a teenager, will once again display an Aphrodite sculpture offered by the Fuehrer after keeping it in storage for years.

Iran nuclear deal under review as uncertainty grows

Vienna - Iran and major powers met Tuesday in Vienna to review adherence to their 2015 nuclear deal as uncertainty grows about the landmark accord's future under US President Donald Trump.

Weird clouds may have inspired 'The Scream': scientists

Vienna - The psychedelic clouds in Edvard Munch's iconic "The Scream" have alternatively been interpreted as a metaphor for mental anguish or a literal depiction of volcanic fallout.

Attacks against Austrian migrant shelters soar

Vienna - Austria recorded a sharp rise in attacks against migrant shelters last year, with 49 cases that mostly went unsolved compared to 25 in 2015, authorities said Friday.
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