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Belarus leader defends rights record during Austria visit

Vienna - Belarus's leader Alexander Lukashenko defended his isolated country's human rights during a visit to Austria Tuesday, as he seeks closer ties with the European Union amid tensions with Russia.

Austria conservatives, Greens to enter coalition negotiations

Vienna - Austria's Sebastian Kurz announced Monday his conservatives would enter exclusive coalition talks with the Green party, taking a step closer to forming a government following a September election.

Vienna orchestra celebrates 50th birthday with new woman chief

Vienna - When Vienna's ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra marks its 50th anniversary with a special concert on Wednesday, it will be under the baton of its new chief conductor who, for the first time in Austria, is a woman.

Srebrenica survivors protest Handke's Nobel prize

Sarajevo - Women from Srebrenica, site of the worst massacre during Yugoslavia's bloody collapse, protested in Sarajevo on Tuesday against the award of the Nobel literature prize to Peter Handke, an Austrian accused of being a Serb apologist during the 1990s wars...

Dutch judge extends custody for farmhouse cult suspects

Den Haag - A Dutch judge on Wednesday extended the detention of two men suspected of keeping a family captive for nearly a decade in a farmhouse by another 90 days.

Austrian Post fined over customer data misuse

Vienna - Austria's postal service have been fined 18 million euros ($20 million) for working up data about their customers' assumed political allegiances, the justice ministry said Tuesday.

Jo Weil kicks off touring production of 'Bodyguard – The Musical'

The opening night of "Bodyguard – The Musical" took place on October 23, starring German actor Jo Weil, and it was well-received.

Suspected Dutch kidnap case opens old wounds in Austria

Vienna - The case of an Austrian suspected of holding a Dutch family captive for nearly a decade has sparked memories of two other high-profile kidnappings in the Alpine country.Following the detention earlier this week of Josef B.

Handke's Nobel riles Balkans and authors

Belgrade - Austrian writer Peter Handke's Nobel literature prize win has irked the Balkans, while voices beyond the region spoke out against honouring an admirer of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic.

Austria conservative Kurz tapped to form government again

Vienna - Austria's president on Monday tasked election winner Sebastian Kurz with forming another government, putting the 33-year-old conservative on course to start tough coalition negotiations after his far-right former ally was brought down by scandals.

Knives out among Austria's far-right after poll rout

Vienna - Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) grappled Tuesday with the fallout from heavy losses in Sunday's elections as its scandal-hit former leader said he was bowing out of politics.

Austria Greens in spotlight after strong election gains

Vienna - Austria's Greens on Monday found themselves in the unexpected position of possible kingmakers, a day after getting their best electoral results ever, reaffirming a trend of gains for ecologists throughout Europe.

Austria's right-wing 'whizz-kid' Sebastian Kurz

Vienna - "Whizz-kid", "Basti Fantasti" and even "Messiah" -- these are just some of the accolades awarded to 33-year-old Sebastian Kurz, whose place at the top of Austrian politics was confirmed in snap elections on Sunday.

Austria far-right under pressure after fresh fraud allegations

Vienna - Austria's far-right FPOe party was under pressure Friday after fresh allegations of fraudulent expense claims against its former leader surfaced just ahead of key parliamentary polls at the weekend.

Austria, Russia keep in step ahead of polls

Vienna - As Austrians go to the polls Sunday, one image that stands out from the last right-wing administration is that of the foreign minister dancing with Russian President Vladimir Putin at her wedding, causing widespread derision in the small Alpine country...

Centre-right favourites in Austria poll despite ex-allies' scandals

Vienna - Austrians look set to put 33-year-old right-winger Sebastian Kurz back at the helm of government in snap elections on Sunday, despite a spectacular corruption scandal bringing down his previous coalition in May.

Austrian far-right Freedom Party dogged by Nazi past

Vienna - A return of Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) to government is seen as likely after Sunday's parliamentary elections, highlighting once again the party's chequered history.

Austria far-right voters unfazed by Ibiza-gate scandal

Vienna - Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) looked to be in serious trouble earlier this year when then leader Heinz-Christian Strache was caught up in a bribery scandal linked to Russia but voters seem unfazed and ready to back the party again in Sunday'...

Climate concerns boost Greens at Austria polls

Vienna - A highway tunnel under a national park?

Austria's Kurz divides voters on campaign trail

Baden - Love him or hate him, Austria's polarising right-wing former chancellor Sebastian Kurz is firing up voters on both sides ahead of a snap election on September 29.

Fuelling populism and influencing votes - Austria's biggest tabloid

Vienna - The "Ibiza-gate" corruption scandal cost Austria's far-right its place in government, but also the tacit support of the country's most powerful newspaper, the tabloid Kronen Zeitung.

Austria's oldest Holocaust survivor dies at 106

Vienna - The oldest Austrian Holocaust survivor, who lived through four concentration camps, has died at the age of 106, Vienna's Jewish Community organisation (IKG) said Friday.

No German, no benefits: new rules hurt Austria's immigrants

Linz - Austria's rightward drift, expected to be confirmed in elections late this month, is already affecting immigrants in one region, where those with poor German proficiency are losing their benefits.

Andreas Gabalier, Austria's 'populist' pop star, faces far-right claims

Vienna - With his lederhosen and lyrics about his love for the mountains, Andreas Gabalier has become the biggest name in Austrian pop music, but recently has had to defend himself against claims of far-right sympathies.

Norbert Hofer: new 'friendly face' of Austria's far-right

Vienna - Norbert Hofer, who was formally elected on Saturday to lead Austria's far-right party into national elections, has gained a reputation as the friendly face of the Freedom Party (FPOe) in contrast to some of its firebrands.

Austria's far-right party elects leader ahead of polls

Graz - Austria's far-right party on Saturday formally elected Norbert Hofer to lead it into national elections later this month.

Austrian football stadium turned into a forest

Vienna - The rustling of the wind through trees has replaced the referee's whistle at a football stadium in the Austrian city of Klagenfurt after an unusual art installation was revealed there on Thursday.

Report crowns Vienna 'most liveable city' for second year

Vienna - The Austrian capital Vienna has retained its ranking as the world's most liveable city, according to an annual report from the Economist.

Austria's far right eyes comeback in polls

Vienna - Austria's far right, relatively unscathed by the so-called "Ibiza-gate" scandal that brought down its government in May, hopes for a second chance in national elections next month.

The fallout from Austria's 'Ibiza-gate' scandal

Vienna - Austria will hold snap elections next month after sensational hidden-camera footage, involving a mystery Russian woman, plunged the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) into a corruption scandal and brought the government down.
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