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Sharp rise in attacks on refugee shelters in Austria

Vienna - Attacks on centres for asylum seekers in Austria are on course to double this year, according to government figures released on Saturday.

After 'gluegate', Austrian election set for Dec 4

Vienna - Austria's parliament on Wednesday approved December 4 as the new date for the presidential election re-run in a scandal-ridden race that could usher in the European Union's first far-right head of state.

Austrian far-right leader publishes drugs test

Vienna - The head of Austria's popular far-right Freedom Party (FPOe), long subject to allegations he takes illegal drugs, published Wednesday results of tests that he said show he is clean.

Stone Age mummy still revealing secrets, 25 years on

Bolzano - When police heard about the frozen corpse up in the Alps in September 1991, they opened a criminal probe. Murder it was, but the crime was rather old -- and the ultimate cold case.

Austria presidential re-run proposed for December 4

Vienna - Austria's main political parties on Tuesday proposed holding the country's presidential election re-run on December 4, after it was delayed because of a problem with the glue on postal votes.

Austria's Hofer wants broader Visegrad group of central EU nations

Prague - Austria's far-right presidential candidate Norbert Hofer said Monday he wants a broader Visegrad group of central European countries that would have a stronger voice within the EU.

Austria election re-run to be postponed 'due to glue problem'

Vienna - Austria's government was forced Monday to announce an embarrassing postponement of its October 2 presidential election because of glue failing to stick on postal votes."The defective vote envelopes have glue on the top edge and on the side.

Austria far-right's Hofer wants Hitler house torn down

Vienna - The far-right candidate in Austria's troubled presidential election wants the house where Hitler was born demolished as well as to improve relations with the Jewish community, according to comments published Sunday.

Austrian election postponement all but certain

Vienna - An embarrassing postponement of Austria's high-stakes October 2 presidential election looked all but inevitable Saturday, because of technical problems involving glue failing to stick on postal votes.

Austrian election risks coming unstuck

Vienna - Austria's hopes of finally getting a new president looked in severe doubt Friday, with the far-right candidate saying he expects a postponement of the October 2 election due to technical glitches.

UN says Austria risks breaking 'taboo' on refugees

Vienna - The UN refugee agency said Wednesday Austria is in danger of breaking a decades-old tradition of helping those in need, after Vienna moved a step closer to potentially shutting its borders to migrants.

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.

Turkey recalls ambassador to Austria after rows

Ankara - Turkey has recalled its ambassador to Austria to review relations after a series of disputes with the European Union member state, the Turkish foreign minister said on Monday.

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.

Turkey minister accuses Austria of being 'capital of radical racism'

Ankara - Turkey's top diplomat escalated on Friday a war of words with Austria, calling it the "capital of radical racism" after Vienna urged an end to Ankara's EU membership talks.

Closing EU door to Turkey 'serious mistake': Juncker

Berlin - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday rejected Austria's call for the EU to end membership talks with Turkey, warning that it would be a grave error.

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.

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.

Migration is 'poison' for Europe, says Hungary PM

Budapest - Hungary's right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Tuesday described the arrival of asylum seekers in Europe as "a poison", saying his country did not want or need "a single migrant".

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.

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".
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