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Austria highest court ends row over Hitler birth house

Vienna - Austria's highest court has put an end to a row over the house where Adolf Hitler was born, rejecting the amount the former owner had demanded in compensation, the interior ministry said on Monday.

Austrian triathlete freed by kidnapper after complimenting orchids

Vienna - A young Austrian triathlete kidnapped while riding her bike talked her way to freedom by complimenting her captor's orchids, a police source said Saturday, confirming press reports.

Austria probes ex-leader's staff over shredding evidence

Vienna - Austrian prosecutors are probing a staffer of former chancellor Sebastian Kurz on suspicion of shredding evidence, possibly linked to the scandal that brought down the government in May, media reports and an official said over the weekend.

Austrian parliament approves total glyphosate ban

Vienna - Austrian lawmakers on Tuesday approved a total ban on glyphosate, putting the country on track to becoming the first EU member to forbid all use of the controversial herbicide.

Austria to finally ban smoking in bars and restaurants

Vienna - Smoking in Austrian bars and restaurants will be banned as of November following a vote in parliament on Tuesday, after years of protracted debate on the issue.

Four traffickers in Hungary migrant truck deaths jailed for life

Szeged - Four human traffickers involved in the gruesome deaths of 71 migrants in a truck abandoned on an Austrian highway in 2015 were jailed for life Thursday, in a case that sparked international revulsion.

Austria set for early elections on September 29

Vienna - The date for early elections triggered by the so-called "Ibiza-gate" scandal which brought down Austria's government has been fixed for September 29, following a decision by a parliamentary commission Tuesday.

Vienna bids farewell to iconic Life Ball AIDS fundraiser

Vienna - The Austrian capital of Vienna will bid farewell to the iconic Life Ball AIDS charity fundraiser Saturday as its extravagant costumes and celebrity guests take over the city's town hall for the last time.

Austria readies for 'fierce' campaign after Kurz fall

Vienna - The outlines of a stormy election campaign have begun to take shape in Austria a day after Chancellor Sebastian Kurz became the first post-war leader to be removed by a no-confidence vote.

Thunberg joins Schwarzenegger in call for climate action

Vienna - Climate activist Greta Thunberg called on citizens to "change everything" to avert climate crisis, at the start of a conference in Vienna Tuesday organised by former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Austria's Sebastian Kurz: from 'whizz-kid' politician to deposed leader

Vienna - "Whizz-kid", "Basti Fantasti" and "Messiah" -- just some of the monikers given to Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz when in 2017 he formed a coalition with the far-right to become the world's youngest leader at just 31 years of age.

Disgraced Austrian far-right leader gains right to MEP seat

Vienna - The disgraced ex-leader of Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPOe), Heinz-Christian Strache, has won the right to take a seat in the European Parliament, according to provisional results published Monday.

Austrian chancellor loses no-confidence showdown

Vienna - Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Monday became the first chancellor in the country's post-war history to be removed from office by a no-confidence vote over a corruption scandal that had already brought down his coalition with the far-right.

Disgraced Austria far-right leader files complaints over video

Vienna - Austria's former vice-chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache said Friday he had filed legal complaints against three people over a hidden-camera video, which forced the far-right politician to resign in disgrace last week and brought down the coalition gov...

Four more deaths on traffic-jammed Everest

Kathmandu - A traffic jam of climbers in the Everest "death zone" was blamed for two of four new deaths reported Friday, heightening concerns that the drive for profits is trumping safety on the world's highest peak.

Three more deaths on overcrowded Everest

Kathmandu - Three more climbers have died on Everest, expedition organisers and officials said Friday, taking the toll from a deadly week on the overcrowded world's highest peak to seven.

Austria's 'Ibiza-gate' video: What we know

Vienna - A sensational hidden-camera recording has brought down Austria's coalition government, with a turbulent campaign now in prospect for early elections, expected to be held in autumn.

Austria's Kurz names new ministers after scandal

Vienna - Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz appointed new cabinet ministers on Wednesday to replace those from the far right who have left their posts in the wake of the so-called "Ibiza-gate" affair.

Austrian chancellor under pressure in wake of corruption scandal

Vienna - Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was facing the prospect of a no-confidence vote in parliament as he grappled Tuesday with the fallout from the "Ibiza-gate" scandal that toppled his coalition with the far right.

Austria's Kurz faces no-confidence vote after scandal

Vienna - Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz will face a no-confidence vote in parliament next week, the speaker of the lower house said Tuesday, as Kurz grapples with fallout from a scandal that toppled his coalition with a far-right party.

Austria's 'Ibiza-gate' video: What we know

Vienna - A sensational video that appeared Friday has already led to the resignation of Austria's Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache and brought down the coalition government, with a turbulent campaign now in prospect for early elections.

Austrian far-right ministers to resign en masse amid 'Ibiza-gate' fallout

Vienna - All remaining ministers from Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) are to resign, a party spokesman said Monday, after one of their number, Interior Minister Herbert Kickl, was fired in the fallout from a corruption scandal that has brought down the...

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

Vienna - After the spectacular corruption scandal which brought down Austria's far-right leader Heinz-Christian Strache, the task of salvaging the fortunes of his Freedom Party (FPOe) will now fall to his unassuming deputy, Norbert Hofer.

Austrian president calls for September poll in wake of scandal

Vienna - Austria's president on Sunday called for fresh elections in September after a corruption scandal embroiling the far-right brought down the coalition government in spectacular fashion.

Demonstrators celebrate Austria government collapse

Vienna - After hours of chanting and whistling, thousands of demonstrators on Saturday cheered the collapse of Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's government over a corruption scandal -- and the prospect of fresh elections.

Merkel urges Europe to stand up to politicians 'for sale'

Zagreb - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that European politicians "must stand up to" far-right politicians "for sale", after a hidden-camera sting brought down nationalist Austrian Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache over allegations he was o...

'Ibiza affair' topples Austrian government, snap election announced

Vienna - Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz dramatically pulled the plug on his coalition government and announced fresh elections Saturday after an explosive camera sting claimed the scalp of his far-right deputy.

Austria far-right chief faces resignation calls over video scandal

Vienna - Austria's opposition called Friday for the resignation of far-right leader and Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache after media reports alleging he had promised public contracts in return for campaign help.

Austria far-right chief faces resignation calls over video scandal

Vienna - Austria's opposition called Friday for the resignation of far-right leader and Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache after media reports alleging he had promised public contracts in return for campaign help.

Juncker warns of far-right 'danger' ahead of EU vote

Vienna - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned his own centre-right political grouping of the dangers of "compromising" with far-right parties, in an interview published on Thursday. "One cannot underestimate the danger from the right.
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