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Austria on guard as politician claims Turkish 'assassination plot'

Vienna - While other candidates in Vienna's recent municipal elections were out campaigning, Green politician Berivan Aslan had to stay home due to what she says was an assassination plot with links to the Turkish state.

Mexico sets sights on Vienna's Aztec crowning glory

Vienna - It is one of the star attractions of Vienna's Weltmuseum, a resplendent ancient Aztec headdress of iridescent blue-green feathers almost two metres (six feet) wide with a centrepiece sporting hundreds of pieces of gold.

Austria boosts climate spending despite virus hit

Vienna - Austria will devote 17 billion euros ($20bn) to greening its rail network despite a historic budget deficit caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the government announced Wednesday in its 2021 budget.

Mexico urges Austria to return Moctezuma's headdress

Mexico - Mexico's president said Monday that he had given his wife the "almost impossible mission" of persuading Austria to return a feather headdress said to have been worn by Aztec emperor Moctezuma.

Scandal-hit star of Austrian far-right attempts return

Vienna - The former beacon of Austria's far-right, former vice-chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, may be under investigation for embezzling more than half a million euros, but that has not deterred his most ardent supporters.

Documents suggest virus was downplayed at Austria resort

Vienna - Official communications and minutes of meetings seen by AFP suggest authorities in the Austrian state of Tyrol downplayed a notorious coronavirus outbreak in one of its ski resorts in March.

'Democratic deficit' as foreigners barred from Vienna council vote

Vienna - Vienna residents will elect the city council on Sunday but almost a third of them will not vote as they are foreigners, sparking criticism that the ballot is inherently unfair.Austria has one of the highest proportions of foreign residents in the EU.

Anti-Semitic ex-mayor becomes magnet for Vienna statue protests

Vienna - A statue of an anti-Semitic former mayor of Vienna who inspired Hitler has become the focus of competing left- and right-wing protests, with anti-racist activists mounting a "shame vigil" around the monument.

Changing economy and climate hit Austria's Alpine pastures

Pertisau - With tender care, Sepp Rieser adorns the bulky heads of his reluctant cows with flower wreaths, adds some more fir twigs, and adjusts the large bells around their necks.

Austria's Kurz warns against EU asylum-seeker distribution

Vienna - Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz warned Tuesday against any attempt to force EU countries to take in asylum-seekers as the European Commission prepared to unveil a new strategy for handling migration to the bloc.

EU asylum-seeker distribution won't work: Austria's Kurz

Vienna - Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz warned Tuesday against any attempt to force EU countries to take in asylum-seekers as the European Commission prepared to unveil a new strategy for handling migration to the bloc.

Austria sees 'no link' between Navalny and Nord Stream

Vienna - Austria said Tuesday it saw no need to rethink the planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, despite doubts elsewhere in Europe after the poisoning of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

Amid Germany troop pullout, Pompeo seeks friendly faces to east

Washington - As President Donald Trump orders US troops out of Germany and faces a tough re-election battle, his top diplomat, Mike Pompeo, is heading to friendly climes in Central and Eastern Europe.

Austrian politicians trade accusations over Wirecard

Vienna - The dramatic collapse of German payment provider Wirecard fuelled a political row in Austria Monday, with former right-wing coalition partners trading accusations of links to key players in the scandal.

Spying claims are latest twist in Germany's Wirecard thriller

Berlin - The plot thickens in the spectacular collapse of payment provider Wirecard: the Austrian man at large over Germany's worst financial fraud scandal may also have had links to secret services.

Hallstatt, Austria's Alpine jewel, debates post-corona tourism

Hallstatt - Only a few months ago residents of the impossibly picturesque Austrian village of Hallstatt were debating how to stem the influx of tourists thronging its narrow streets, nestled between soaring mountains and a sparkling lake.

Tens of thousands turn out for Vienna Black Lives Matter protest

Vienna - Tens of thousands of people attended a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Vienna Thursday, one of a wave of global anti-racism protests sparked by the death of African American George Floyd during his arrest.

One year after Ibiza scandal, Austria's Kurz rides high

Vienna - A year after conservative Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz found himself buffeted by a corruption scandal, which brought down his coalition with the far-right, the coronavirus crisis has cemented his dominant position.

Leading Austrian anti-Nazi campaigner dies

Vienna - An Austrian who deserted Nazi forces and decades later campaigned to rehabilitate those who refused to fight for Hitler has died at the age of 97, his group said Sunday.

Shoppers and nudists get to grips with masks in virus battle

Vienna - Austria is preparing to join neighbouring states in turning to mask wearing as a further weapon to fight the coronavirus, presenting citizens under lockdown with another challenge to cultural norms due to the pandemic.

Austria places Innsbruck hotel under lockdown over coronavirus

Vienna - Austria placed a hotel in the Alpine city of Innsbruck under lockdown on Tuesday after an Italian receptionist working there contracted the coronavirus, becoming one of the country's first cases.

Same-sex couple to waltz into Vienna's history books

Vienna - When Sophie Grau and Iris Klopfer take to the floor as two of the debutants at Vienna's prestigious Opera Ball on Thursday, they will be dancing their way into history.

Rothschild heir accuses Vienna of 'perpetuating' Nazi laws: reports

Vienna - A member of the Rothschild family is suing the city of Vienna, accusing it of "perpetuating" Nazi laws by plundering the Jewish banking family's foundation, media reports said Saturday.

Poland pushes for Nazi camp in Austria to be remembered

Langenstein - As the world marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of a swathe of Nazi concentration camps, the hitherto neglected site of the Gusen camp in northern Austria has become a bone of contention, with the Polish government demanding it be better pres...

Austria's 'ghetto' language classes stir segregation fears

Vienna - Every morning Abulrahman leaves his normal primary school lessons in Vienna and joins about 20 other children for three hours to learn to read, write and speak German.

Austria fails to win over neighbours for nuclear phase-out

Prague - Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, on his first trip abroad Thursday since being re-elected, failed to persuade the governments of four central European countries to give up on nuclear energy which they largely depend on.

Far-right targets Austria's first refugee minister

Vienna - Less than a week after Austria's new conservative-Green coalition took power, it has already become a target for far-right supporters, who have railed against the country's first minister with a refugee background.

Sebastian Kurz: Austria's right-wing 'Wunderkind'

Vienna - After becoming the world's youngest elected leader in 2017 at the age of just 31, Austria's Sebastian Kurz is back in the top job, having pulled off yet another surprise.

Austria's Kurz returns as world's youngest chancellor

Vienna - The leader of Austria's conservatives Sebastian Kurz was sworn in Tuesday as the world's youngest democratically elected leader, at the head of an unlikely coalition with the Greens following the collapse of his previous alliance with the far-right.

Austria's foreign ministry says facing 'serious cyber attack'

Vienna - Austria's foreign ministry is facing a "serious cyber attack", it said late Saturday, warning another country could be responsible.
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