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Austria avoids kissing goodbye to Nazi-looted Klimt masterpiece

Vienna - One of Austria's most treasured artworks, Gustav Klimt's Beethoven Frieze, looks likely to remain in the country for now after an expert panel Friday rejected restitution claims by descendants of its Jewish former owners who were robbed by the Nazis.

Austria passes law on Islam, banning foreign funding

Vienna - Austria's parliament on Wednesday passed a law banning foreign sources of financing to Muslim organisations and requiring imams to be able to speak German, in a move closely watched by other European nations facing growing problems with radical Islam.

Anti-Islam PEGIDA rally in Austria dwarfed by counter-demo

Linz - The first protest in the Austrian city of Linz by Germany's "anti-Islamisation" movement PEGIDA drew just 150 supporters Sunday and was dwarfed by a counter-demo by some 2,000 people, police said.

54 arrests at Austrian far-right ball demo

Vienna - Police arrested 54 people after violence broke out as thousands protested against a ball organised by far-right groups and politicians in the Austrian capital of Vienna, local media reports said on Saturday.

35 arrests in Vienna as far-right ball demos held

Vienna - Police in Vienna arrested more than 30 people as thousands protested against a ball organised by far-right groups and politicians.

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Digital Journal talks to Paul Dangl, violinist and vocalist with the Austro-Scottish folk quartet who are currently in the middle of their first Australian tour.

Demo outside iconic Vienna cafe after lesbians ejected

Vienna - Several thousand people staged a noisy and colourful protest late Friday outside one of Vienna's oldest cafes after a lesbian couple said they were thrown out for kissing.

Secret WWII WMD factory found — Was Hitler testing nuclear bomb?

St. Georgen an der Gusen is a small market town in Upper Austria. Quiet and picturesque, it's hard to imagine that during WWII, it was selected to be the business center for the SS in exploiting slave labor. Now another secret has been unearthed.

Damage payments for Holocaust victims to increase

New York City - Compensation for Jewish survivors of the Holocaust will increase by as much as 20 percent under new agreements announced Monday by the international organization that distributes restitution to victims of Nazi atrocities during World War II.

Austria launches mass raids against jihad recruiters: Report

Vienna - Austrian police raided homes, prayer rooms and mosques around the country early Friday in a mass operation targeting suspected jihad recruiters, the Austria Press Agency reported, citing police sources.

Austrian drones fly high, over Ukraine and beyond

- In the middle of the Austrian countryside, a few sleek, high-tech drones sit in a bright production hall, ready for missions over Ukraine, the Mediterranean or the Middle East.

Serial bigamist and womanizer denies charges

Vienna - Tijan Sonko, a Gambian man, has been accused of bigamy in Austria. Despite marrying several women and having active relationships with at least 15 more that he has picked up all over the country, he says he hasn’t done anything wrong.

Retired Austrian journalist missing after Nigerian money scam

Vienna - Peter Pirker, a retired Austrian journalist went missing at the end of May this year and is presumed dead. Police think he may have committed suicide after being hit hard by a Nigerian scam. Relatives think he may be trying to track down the cash.

Lady Gaga loses fight in 'GaGa' energy drink patent case

Mauthausen - That famous pop diva Lady Gaga is rather upset as an Austrian entrepreneur, who named his energy drink "GaGa," has just won a battle in the patent office allowing him to use the name. Apparently she went a little gaga over the whole thing.

17K join Austrian student's Facebook privacy class action lawsuit

Vienna - Thousands of Facebook users have joined an Austrian law student's class action lawsuit accusing the social media giant of violating their online privacy.

Salzburg's 'silent disco' is too noisy

Salzberg - In what sounds rather like a contradiction in terms, a "silent disco" in Salzburg is in trouble for making too much noise. Apparently its stopping people from being able to sleep.

31 Austrian bank accounts wiped out by Vietnamese pirates

Horn - The latest in ATM fraud has arisen in Horn, Lower Austria, as criminals operating from Vietnam use ATM skimming to wipe out the accounts of 31 bank users, including their overdrafts. They took more than 100,000 euros ($136,000) in cash.

Austrian newspaper in scandal over Photoshopped image

Österreich, a tabloid newspaper in Austria, was caught by one of its competitors over what they dub a "nasty piece of photojournalism." It seems they Photoshopped an image of two politicians in a breakfast meeting, which never actually happened.

Graz restaurateur builds realistic 'favela' to watch World Cup

Graz - When thinking of Brazil, people imagine parties, beaches, lovely weather, but for tens of millions of ordinary Brazilian people, the situation is way different. To raise awareness, a Graz man has built a "favela" for his clients to watch the World Cup.

Millionaire's body to be exhumed in inheritance dispute

Dornbirn - The body of a man who died in Vorarlberg, Austria back in 2007, leaving 10 million euros ($14 million) in his will, is to be exhumed for DNA testing, as another possible relative lays claim to the fortune.

Thousands demonstrate against Austria visit of Turkish PM

Vienna - As many as 10,000 people demonstrated in Vienna on Thursday against a visit by Turkey's strongman Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, organisers and police said.

Former elite cop in court for armed robbery to aid charity

Vienna - In a case sounding similar to the story of Robin Hood, a former elite cop in the Viennese police special forces, was in court Tuesday to face charges for carrying out an armed robbery to allegedly finance a charitable aid project in Africa.

Package containing 4 kgs of gold left on doorstep in Austria

Graz - A delivery from Graz in Austria to Pforzheim in Germany went awry. Containing four kilograms of gold, with an estimated value of 76,000 euros, the package was then returned to sender and simply left on a doorstep.

Pigeons are, or have, a big problem in Vienna, Austria

Vienna - It seems that the city of Vienna has a problem with pigeons, or is it the pigeons that now have a problem with the city? Anyhow, if you feed a pigeon in Vienna you will now face a fine of 36 euros for your efforts.

Actress Daryl Hannah in flight scare over Austria

Klagenfurt - It seems that Daryl Hannah, star of "Splash" and "Kill Bill," has always been afraid of flying, but is even more so now after a private jet she was traveling in lost cabin pressure 10 kilometers above Austria.

Eurovision win for Austria drag queen sparks anger in Russia

Moscow - Victory for Austria's bearded transvestite Conchita Wurst at the Eurovision Song Contest prompted an outpouring of anti-gay anger from Russian politicians and stars on Sunday.

Profits dip at Austrian banking giant RBI

Vienna - Austrian banking group Raiffeisen Bank International, which has a major presence in central and eastern Europe, said Thursday that net profit fell 20 percent in 2013 to 603 million euros ($831.2 million).The drop was due to higher provisioning for bad ...

Austrian offers up 7,000 artworks to save DIY chain

Vienna - An Austrian businessman offered Monday to sell his renowned 7,000-work contemporary art collection to the state for 86 million euros ($118.5 million) to save his stricken international home improvement chain."My wife and I are ready to hand over the en...

Ukraine oligarch freed on record 125-mn-euro bail in Austria

Vienna - Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash has been released from prison in Austria after paying a record 125 million euros ($172 million) in bail and promising not to leave the country, authorities said Friday."The bail was credited to the bank account of Vien...

Fake Prince Harry cons Austrian floor layer

Vienna - A Facebook user posing as Britain's Prince Harry conned an Austrian floor layer out of nearly 30,000 euros after pretending to hire him for renovation work at Buckingham Palace, police said Saturday.The fake prince offered the workman a million-euro co...
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