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Muslims caught in Austrian election crossfire

Vienna - As Austrians grow more openly hostile towards Muslims, major political parties are deliberately brandishing Islamophobia in the Catholic majority country ahead of next month's parliamentary election.

Austria's 'wonder-boy', 31, on course for election win

Graz - Tall, tanned and only 31, Austria's rising political star Sebastian Kurz oozed confidence as he strode to blaring pop music into Graz's main square -- seemingly with good reason.

Vienna halts construction of anti-terror walls after outcry

Vienna - Austria's chancellery on Thursday halted the construction of anti-terror walls outside its office in Vienna after critics slammed the government for failing to provide similar protective measures in main tourist areas.

Fresh landslides in Swiss Alps force more evacuations

Geneva - New landslides have forced more evacuations from a valley in the Swiss Alps where eight hikers were buried in a barrage of boulders and mud a week ago, authorities said Friday.

Fresh mudslide in Swiss Alps as eight remain missing

Suisse - Hopes of finding eight people missing after a massive landslide in the Swiss Alps alive are fading, police said Friday, as a fresh barrage of sludge forced more evacuations.

Little hope of finding Swiss landslide missing alive

Suisse - Hopes of finding eight people missing after a massive landslide in the Swiss Alps alive are fading, police said Friday, warning it could take weeks before all those who fled can return home.

Eight missing after huge landslide in Swiss Alps

Ginebra - Eight people were still missing Thursday after a massive landslide swept away a mountainside in the Swiss Alps, ripping apart buildings and forcing the evacuation of a village.

France's Macron sets sights on EU cheap labour rule

Salzburg - The EU is a "real step" closer to overhauling a controversial rule on detached workers, after talks with leaders from eastern and central Europe, French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday.

France's Macron sets sights on EU rule on detached workers

Salzburg - French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday that an EU rule allowing companies to send temporary workers from low-wage countries to other member states without paying local social charges was a "betrayal of the European spirit".

Austria Nazi camp survivors warn of far-right revival

Vienna - An Austrian committee representing victims of one of the Third Reich's biggest death camps warned Wednesday against the risk of seeing the "malicious" far-right return to power in October elections.

Israel detains diamond magnate in money laundering probe

Jerusalem - Israeli police on Monday detained diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz and four others as part of an international money laundering investigation, authorities said.

Austria's Conchita cancels Edinburgh show in visa row

Vienna - Austria's bearded drag idol Conchita said Friday she had cancelled her headlining act at the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival because her Syrian musicians were denied British visas.

Italy hits back over migration security

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has warned Rome will not accept either "lessons" or "threats" from neighbours on border security amid tension over Europe's migrant crisis.

Salzburg Festival features opera's leading lights

Salzburg - Austria's Salzburg Festival opens Saturday, the start of more than a month of classical and dramatic performances featuring some of opera's brightest and most controversial stars.

Keep migrants off mainland, Austria tells Italy

Vienna - Austria's foreign minister Sebastian Kurz called on Italy Thursday to stop migrants from reaching the mainland by halting the ferry services from the islands where they first land.

Google Street View finally captures missing Austria

Vienna - Google's Street View cars on Thursday started taking images in Austria, the only EU country along with Germany to remain largely absent from the popular online service showing 360-degree pictures of places around the world.

OSCE chief nomination ends leadership crisis

Vienna - The OSCE on Tuesday nominated a new chief, ending an unprecedented leadership crisis within the security body after months of squabbling between member states.

OSCE breaks leadership vacuum deadlock

Mauerbach - OSCE members broke Tuesday a deadlock over an unprecedented leadership crisis within the security body at an informal gathering of member states outside Vienna.

Austria bars Turkish economy minister over rally plans

Vienna - Austria said Monday it had barred Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci from entering the country to attend a rally marking the anniversary of last year's failed coup attempt in Turkey.

Austria rows back on Italy border troop threat

Vienna - Austria sought to dampen a row with neighbour Italy on Wednesday after it prompted outrage from Rome by threatening to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering."There is no need to employ temporary border controls...

Auto-barn! Thousands of chickens block Austrian motorway

Vienna - Emergency workers in Austria had an egg-stremely unusual operation on Tuesday removing an estimated 7,000 chickens which were blocking a busy motorway.

Austria ready to deploy army at Italy border

Vienna - Austria will "very soon" impose border checks and deploy soldiers on its frontier with Italy if the influx of migrants across the Mediterranean does not slow, Vienna's defence minister was quoted as saying Monday.

Hitler house expropriation stands: Austria court

Vienna - Austria's highest court ruled Friday in favour of last year's controversial expropriation of the house where Adolf Hitler was born, ending a long-running bitter saga between the state and the former owner.

Climate change can't halt Vienna third runway: court

Vienna - Austria's constitutional court on Thursday overturned a landmark ruling that had blocked Vienna airport's plans to build a third runway because of climate change worries.

Migrant death truck 'mastermind' tight-lipped at trial

Taf - The alleged kingpin of a human trafficking gang accused of killing 71 migrants found in a truck in Austria refused to testify on the second day of his trial on Thursday.

Migrant death truck trial opens in Hungary

Taf - Eleven men went on trial on Wednesday over the deaths of 71 migrants found in an abandoned truck in Austria nearly two years ago, in one of the most disturbing cases marking Europe's migration crisis.

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.

Dutch reject Austrian request to prosecute MP Wilders

Den Haag - Dutch prosecutors have rejected an Austrian request to prosecute MP Geert Wilders over alleged inflammatory remarks about Islam during a visit to Vienna two years ago, officials said Wednesday.

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.
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