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Germany extends Austria border controls over migrants

Berlin - Germany said Friday it was extending by another half year border controls with Austria, which were reintroduced in several places in the passport-free Schengen zone in response to the migrant influx.

Austria ex-chancellor quits politics, bid for top EU job

Vienna - Former Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern announced Saturday he would retire from politics, thereby also ending his bid to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as EU Commission president next year.

Enforcing Austria's burqa ban a delicate matter in Alpine resort

Zell Am See - With its pristine waters, snow-covered mountains and breathtaking Alpine views, the Austrian lakeside town of Zell am See is one of the top European destinations for visitors from the Gulf region.

Russia's Gazprom, Austria's OMW sign deal

Sanktpeterburg - Russia's Gazprom and Austria's OMW have signed an agreement on a project to develop the Urengoy gas field in western Siberia, Russian President Vladimir Putin said after talks with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in Saint Petersburg Wednesday.

Bruegel the Elder masterpieces in Vienna world first

Vienne - The world's first-ever monograph exhibition dedicated to 16th century Flemish master Pieter Bruegel the Elder opens Tuesday in Vienna, bringing together half of all of his extant works, organisers said.

Austrian minister defends press freedom after media storm

Vienna - Austria's far-right interior minister, Herbert Kickl, insisted Tuesday that press freedom was "inviolable" as he tried to defuse a storm after his ministry appeared to ask police to limit cooperation with the media.

Turkey court keeps Austrian student in jail on terror charges

Ankara - A Turkish court ordered an Austrian student and journalist to be kept in jail ahead of a trial on terror charges following his detention last week, his lawyer said on Friday.

Austria ex-chancellor Kern eyes Juncker's job at EU commission

Salzburg - Former Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern, head of the opposition Social Democrat (SPOe) party, said Wednesday he could make a bid to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as EU Commmission president next year.

EU must convince southern members over border guard plan: Austria

Vienne - The EU must convince Italy, Spain and Greece to back a plan to bolster the bloc's external borders, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Wednesday as European Union leaders met in Salzburg to discuss the politically charged issue.

Italy FM cancels Vienna meeting over passport proposal

Rome - Italy's foreign minister has cancelled a meeting with his Austrian counterpart over Vienna's plans to grant citizenship to the German-speaking minority in the northern Italian province of South Tyrol, his office said Monday.

EU must do 'everything possible' to avoid hard Brexit, says Austria

Paris - The European Union must do "everything possible to avoid a hard Brexit," Austria's chancellor said on Monday ahead of a summit of EU leaders where Britain's exit from the bloc will be top of the agenda.

EU has 'too many tensions' ahead of summit, says Austria

Paris - The European Union is riven with "too many tensions", Austria's chancellor said on Monday before hosting EU leaders later this week to try and close a major rift on immigration policy.

Austria proposes migrant processing at sea

Vienna - Austria's far-right Interior Minister Herbert Kickl used a meeting of his EU counterparts in Vienna Friday to suggest processing migrants on board rescue ships in the Mediterranean, rather than on land.

Austria calls on Turkey to free detained journalist

Vienna - The Austrian government called Tuesday for the release of an Austrian journalist who has been arrested in Turkey.

Austrian far right invites Orban to form joint EU bloc

Vienna - The leader of Austria's far-right party raised the prospect Monday of forming a common bloc in the European Parliament with the party of nationalist Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Austria asked to take 'trust building measurements'

Vienna - Austria has had to take "trust building measurements" to retain cooperation with allied secret services, its interior minister said Friday in a grilling over government raids on the country's domestic intelligence agency.

Austria condemns 'Russian agression' in Ukraine

Kiev - Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Tuesday condemned "Russian aggression" in Ukraine's east, an unusually strong wording coming on the heels of President Vladimir Putin's controversial visit to Austria.

Mogherini urges EU to take 'more responsibility' on migrant mission

Vienna - EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Thursday urged member states to "take more responsibility" and ensure the bloc's migrant rescue operation continues to fight human trafficking in the Mediterranean.

Austria FM defends Putin wedding invitation

Vienna - Austria's foreign minister defended on Monday the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin at her wedding, denying she had been used by him after photos of the two dancing fueled questions about her neutrality.

Austria asylum seekers to be denied apprenticeships

Vienna - Austria will no longer allow asylum seekers to take up apprenticeship opportunities while their claims are being assessed, a policy reversal by the country's anti-immigration government criticised by the opposition.

Salt of the Alps: ancient Austrian mine holds Bronze Age secrets

Hallstatt - All mines need regular reinforcement against collapse, and Hallstatt, the world's oldest salt mine perched in the Austrian Alps, is no exception.But Hallstatt isn't like other mines.

Afghan stabbed teenage sister 28 times in Austria 'honour' killing

Vienna - An Austrian court on Wednesday sentenced an Afghan man to life in prison for fatally stabbing his teenage sister 28 times in a so-called "honour" killing.The man, in his early twenties, pleaded guilty to murdering his younger sister in September 2017.

Putin defends 'private' trip to Austrian FM's wedding

Sochi - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday defended his appearance at the Austrian foreign minister's wedding after his dance with the bride caused a furore.

Putin attends Austrian foreign minster's wedding

Vienna - Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the wedding of Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl on Saturday, in a visit that the opposition says has damaged Austria's reputation for political neutrality.

Row over Putin's attendance at Austria minister's wedding

Vienna - The expected attendance of Russian President Vladimir Putin at Saturday's wedding of Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl sparked a row Friday over whether the visit was appropriate.

Putin to be guest at Austrian FM's wedding: Kremlin

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin will be a guest at the wedding of Austria's foreign minister, who was nominated to the role by a far-right party with reported links to Russia's ruling United Russia.

Austria rejects Afghan asylum-seeker 'gay' claim: report

Vienna - Austria has rejected the asylum application of an Afghan claiming to be gay because he did not "act" or "dress" like a homosexual, according to a media report.

Niki Lauda in 'very satisfying' state after operation

Vienna - Three-time Formula One champion Niki Lauda is in a "very satisfying" state four days after undergoing an emergency lung transplant following an infection, Vienna's general hospital said on Monday.

Formula One legend Niki Lauda undergoes successful lung transplant — hospital

Vienna - Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda has undergone a lung transplant following an infection picked up on vacation, Vienna's general hospital announced Thursday.

UK foreign minister Hunt warns of danger of 'messy' EU divorce

Vienna - UK Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt warned on Wednesday of the danger of the UK undergoing a "messy divorce" from the EU, referring to the prospect of a " no deal" exit.
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