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Austria, Germany press EU to prolong border controls

Vienna - Austria and Germany said on Saturday they were in talks with the European Union's executive body to extend temporary border controls brought in last year to help stem the migrant flow.

Austrian far-right head donates money to refugees

Vienna - The head of Austria's anti-immigration far-right apologised Friday for claiming a newspaper faked a photo of an anti-refugee protest by his party, donating 9,000 euros ($10,300) to a migrants charity.

Austria adopts tough new asylum laws amid far-right surge

Vienna - The Austrian parliament on Wednesday adopted one of Europe's toughest asylum laws, as the country's political leaders struggle to halt the surging far-right which is leading in presidential polls.

Austria's Norbert Hofer: The far-right's 'soft' face

Vienna - Austria's far-right has a new golden boy in the shape of Norbert Hofer, a smooth-talking gun enthusiast who sent shock waves through the political establishment by defying polls and shooting to the top in Sunday's first round of a presidential ballot.

Austrian 'end of an era' after far-right election triumph

Vienna - Austrian commentators declared the end of an era Monday after the anti-immigration far-right triumphed in presidential elections, ending 70 years of domination by a political elite criticised as out of touch and ineffectual.

Austrian government in shock as far-right triumps

Vienna - Austria's government was licking its wounds Monday after a historic debacle that saw the opposition anti-immigrant far-right triumph in a presidential ballot two years before the next scheduled general election.

Austrian far-right triumphs in presidential vote

Vienna - Austria's anti-immigration far-right triumphed Sunday in the first round of a presidential poll, in a historic defeat for the traditionally powerful governing coalition parties two years before the next scheduled general election.

Austrian ruling parties set for bloody nose

Vienna - Austrians voted Sunday in the first round of a presidential election expected to mark a historic break with the cosy post-war political establishment at the hands of the anti-immigration far-right and the Greens.

Austria to stay tough on migrants: New interior minister

Vienna - Austria's new Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said on Sunday he would stick to the hardline stance on migrants pushed by his predecessor, Johanna Mikl-Leitner.

Austria minister, migrant hardliner, to step down: Reports

Vienna - Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner, the driving force behind the country's hardline stance on migrants, is to step down as part of a party reshuffle, Austrian media reported Saturday.

Austria wants to seize Hitler's birth house

Vienna - Austria said Saturday it wants to seize Adolf Hitler's birthplace from its private owner in a bid to end a bitter legal battle and stop the house from becoming a neo-Nazi shrine.

Serial Holocaust memorial vandal jailed in Austria

Vienna - A homeless Austrian man who vandalised dozens of memorials to victims of the Nazis in Salzburg was on Friday sentenced to five years in jail.

Austria museum settles feud over Nazi-looted art

Vienna - Vienna's famous Leopold Museum on Thursday settled a long-running feud over five Nazi-plundered drawings by Austrian painter Egon Schiele with the descendants of the works' Jewish former owner.

Germany could lift border controls in May: Interior minister

Vienna - Germany could lift temporary border controls brought in last year to help stem the migrant flow by mid-May if the number of arrivals continues to dwindle, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Tuesday.

Muslim mothers fight 'toxic' merchants of terror

Vienna - There were small signs that her son was changing: He prayed more and swapped jeans for traditional long tunics."But I wasn't worried. Not for one second did Syria enter my mind," Fatima Ezzarhouni told AFP.

Austria moves to block asylum-seekers with tough new rules

Vienna - Austria on Wednesday moved to further tighten migrants' access to the country by placing tough new restrictions on asylum eligibility and making it easier to reject asylum seekers at the border.

Man released after false IS alarm on Vienna-London easyJet flight

Vienna - An Iraqi man hauled off an easyJet flight in Vienna just before takeoff after a passenger thought he might be an Islamic extremist, has been released, officials said on Sunday.

Swiss extradite Gambian suspected of killing American au pair in Vienna

Ginebra - Switzerland on Monday said a Gambian man suspected of murdering a 25-year-old American woman working as an au pair in Vienna has been extradited to Austria.

Austrian kidnapper videotaped child victim Kampusch: Book

Berlin - The man who kidnapped Austrian teenager Natascha Kampusch and locked her in a basement for eight years also filmed humiliating videos of her, according to a book published on Monday.

Italian teen among 6 killed in Italy Alps avalanche

Rome - Six climbers, including a teenager, were killed in an Alpine avalanche on Saturday that struck Monte Nevoso area, close to Italy's border with Austria, rescuers said.

Austrian prosecutors to get WWII lessons after shock ruling

Vienna - Budding Austrian judges and prosecutors will be required to take World War II history lessons, the justice ministry said Friday, after a controversial ruling sparked outrage among Holocaust survivors.

Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt dies at 86

Vienna - Celebrated Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, considered to be the "pope" of the Baroque music revival, died Saturday aged 86, three months after announcing his retirement, his family announced.

Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt dies aged 86

Vienna - Celebrated Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, considered to be the "pope" of the Baroque music revival, died Saturday aged 86, his family announced via the APA news agency.

Greece-Austria migration row heats up as Athens blocks minister

Atenas - Greece's migration row with Austria intensified Friday, with Athens refusing a visit from Austria's interior minister whom it accused of "falsifying the truth" over its border control efforts.

Reducing migrants 'question of survival for EU': Austria

Vienna - Reducing the flow of migrants is a "question of survival" for the European Union, Austria's interior minister said Wednesday as she pressed Balkan countries in Vienna to help cut the record influx."We have to reduce the influx now.

Austria attacks German 'contradictions' on migrants

Vienna - Austria lashed out Tuesday at Germany's "contradictory" refugee policy after Berlin sharply criticised Vienna's new daily cap on migrants allowed to pass through the Alpine country.

Greece PM voices 'displeasure' to EU over Balkans border bottleneck

Atenas - Athens has expressed its "displeasure" to the EU over tougher border controls by Balkan countries that have left thousands of migrants stranded in Greece, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' office said Tuesday.

Greece protests to Austria over migrant meet, moves Afghans

Atenas - Greece angrily protested to Austria on Tuesday after being left out of a planned Balkans migration meeting, as it began sending hundreds of Afghans from its clogged northern border back to Athens.

German interior minister hits out at 'unacceptable' Austrian asylum cap

Berlin - Austria's decision to only accept 80 asylum seekers a day while letting thousands of others transit through sends "the wrong signal" and is "unacceptable", German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Sunday.

More Austrian troops to deal with migrant inflow

Vienna - Austria said Sunday it is beefing up the army at its borders to deal with the inflow of migrants, with 450 more troops from Monday and military police on standby in case of trouble.
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