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Austria, Hungary warn over migrant influx

Amsterdam - Austria and Hungary on Saturday warned that if Greece cannot control the flood of refugees arriving from Turkey then the EU should consider reinforcing the borders of their Balkan neighbours.

Austria wants EU border agency to send migrants back to Turkey

Vienna - Austria wants the EU's border agency Frontex to send directly back to Turkey the migrants it picks trying to reach Greece, media on Saturday quoted Chancellor Werner Faymann as saying."Frontex must pick up the people fleeing to Greece.

Austria migrant cap could be reached by summer: minister

Berlin - Austria's interior minister said Sunday that a new national cap on the number of asylum seekers it takes in this year could be reached by the summer, as Europe grapples with its worst migrant crisis since World War II.

Austria FM says asylum seeker cap is 'wake-up call' for EU

Berlin - Vienna's decision to cap its asylum seeker intake serves as a "wake-up call" to push Europe to find a common solution to resolve its migrant crisis, Austria's foreign minister said Friday.

Austria to cap asylum-seeker claims, deepening EU migrant rift

Vienna - The ranks of EU countries closing their doors to migrants swelled further on Wednesday, with hotspot Austria announcing it would "drastically" cap the number of asylum-seekers this year.

Police dog finds couple's life savings, in the kitchen

Vienna - The old Viennese couple were desperate. Their life savings had disappeared -- stolen, they thought. But then came Evita de La Basse Autriche, a police dog specialised in sniffing out money.

Austria turns tougher on migrants

Vienna - Austria's interior minister signalled Friday a tougher line on migrants, saying that from next weekend it will follow Germany's lead and turn back any new arrivals seeking to claim asylum in Scandinavia.

1,500-year-old wooden foot found in Austria

Vienna - Archeologists in Austria said Thursday they had found what they believe to be Europe's oldest prosthetic implant in the shape of a wooden foot dating from the sixth century.

Austrian bar bans asylum-seekers after alleged harassment

Vienna - A bar owner in Austria said Wednesday she had banned "all asylum-seekers" after the alleged harrassment of guests, sparking strong criticism from human rights groups.

Austria reveals 90,000 asylum claims in 2015

Vienna - Austria registered 90,000 asylum claims in 2015, government figures showed Tuesday, a rise of more than 200 percent compared to 28,000 the year before and just 11,000 in 2010.

Austria police step up security amid terror warning

Vienna - Austrian police said Saturday they stepped up security in Vienna and other cities after receiving a warning of possible attacks during the holiday season.

Syrian 'jihadist' brothers arrested in Austria

Vienna - Two young Syrian brothers have been arrested in a refugee camp in southern Austria on suspicion of belonging to jihadist groups, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Hungary accuses Austria of 'stupidity' in refugee crisis

Budapest - Hungary has accused Austria of confusing "solidarity and stupidity" after Vienna said that nations which do not accept their share of refugees under European Union quotas should face sanctions.

Paris attacks suspects held in Austria 'not French': Source

Vienna - Two men held in Austria for suspected links to the Paris attacks are not French, a source close to the investigation told AFP Thursday, denying media reports about their nationality.

'Frenchmen' with possible Paris attacks links held in Austria

Vienna - Austrian police have arrested two people with suspected links to the Paris attacks, prosecutors said Wednesday, with an Austrian newspaper reporting the two are French citizens posing as refugees.

Austrian pair fish euro fortune out of Danube

Vienna - Austrian police were drying out more than 100,000 euros ($110,000) in cash on Monday after fishing the 500- and 100-euro notes out of the Danube in Vienna, a spokesman said.

Austrian far-right scraps gay traffic lights in Linz

Vienna - Gay-themed traffic signals in Linz aimed at promoting greater tolerance have been removed, the Austrian city's new far-right traffic official said Monday.

Vienna's horses, Koreas' kimchi-making get UNESCO nod

Paris - The elegant horsemanship of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna and the time-honoured North Korean art of making spicy kimchi were on Wednesday added to the UN cultural agency's list of jewels that enrich the world's intangible cultural heritage.

Rotting wood turns Austria's poorest town into green model

Osterreich - Broke, remote and deprived of jobs -- just 25 years ago, the border town of Guessing close to Hungary was one of the poorest in Austria, a forgotten frontier along the Iron Curtain trail.

Blogger case still before Saudi courts, minister says

Riyadh - The case of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, whose flogging sentence created worldwide outrage, is still before the courts, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Thursday.

Beauty contestant barred over 'Taiwan' sash: Government

Taipei - A beauty contestant from Taiwan has been suspended from an international pageant after Beijing objected to the sash she was wearing, the woman and the government in Taipei said.

River turbines turn Austria's Danube from blue to green

Vienna - The Wachau, a picture-postcard river valley in Austria, makes a lot of wine. Soon it could be producing its own electricity too, and in a way that will not spoil the stunning views.

France sells iconic Vienna palace to Qatar

Vienna - France has sold an iconic neoclassical palace with a large park in the heart of Vienna to Qatar following a belt-tightening drive.

Germany restricts migrant entry to five points on Austrian border: ministry

Berlin - Germany said Friday that asylum seekers would only be able to enter the country at five points along its border with Austria to better control a mass influx.

Austria needs border barrier, insists interior minister

Vienna - Austria's interior minister on Thursday reiterated the need for some kind of "barrier" at its Slovenian border to control the record migrant influx, but eased off her call for an actual fence.

EU, Austria agree 'fences have no place in Europe'

Brussels - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann warned Wednesday that fences were not welcome in the EU, after Vienna suggested it could build a barrier on its border with Slovenia to control an influx of migran...

Fear not, eat bratwurst, says German food minister

Berlin - Germany's food and agriculture minister said Tuesday that people should not be afraid of biting into a grilled bratwurst despite the World Health Organization’s warning that sausages and ham cause cancer.

Bavaria blasts Austria over migrants, demands Merkel act

Berlin - Bavaria's state premier on Tuesday blasted Austria for waving through thousands of migrants to Germany without informing local authorities and called on Chancellor Angela Merkel to intervene."Austria's behaviour is hurting our neighbourly relations.

Facebook data breach lawsuit admissible: Austrian court

Vienna - Austrian student Max Schrems will be able to bring a lawsuit over alleged privacy breaches against US social media giant Facebook in Vienna, an appeals court ruled Wednesday.

Ex-Miss Austria dies after mountain fall

Vienna - Former Miss Austria Ena Kadic died on Tuesday from injuries sustained during a mountain fall while jogging in her home state of Tyrol, police said.
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