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Austria ex-minister who danced with Putin gets Rosneft nomination

Moscow - Austria's former foreign minister who danced with President Vladimir Putin at her wedding has been nominated for a seat on oil giant Rosneft's board of directors, a government decree said Wednesday.

Austria bets on millions of tests to contain Covid-19

Vienna - While Austria has struggled to contain the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, it is fast emerging as a world leader in testing as a way to reopen schools and businesses.

Fighting patriarchy at top of Austrian banking

Vienna - Gerda Holzinger-Burgstaller is out to shake up the banking sector: in a world still dominated by men in dark suits, the Austrian wants to break the region's glass ceiling once and for all.

Austria refugee home saved by former resident

Baden - The white paint has not yet dried, but as Sukhdeep Singh walks through the house where he used to live in the Austrian town of Baden, he is already picturing the refugees who -- thanks to him -- will soon be calling it home.

Germany partially closes borders despite EU criticism

Kiefersfelden - Germany partially closed its borders with the Czech Republic and Austria's Tyrol on Sunday over a troubling surge in coronavirus mutations, drawing a swift rebuke from the European Union.

Austria attack highlights Europe's jihadist dilemma

Vienna - The fallout from last November's shootings on the streets of Vienna has shone a light on Europe's dilemma in dealing with jihadists, particularly the continent's struggles to deradicalise such individuals.

Austrians defy ban to protest Covid restrictions

Vienna - Thousands of people, including some neo-nazis, defied a ban to march Sunday in Vienna in protest against the curfew and lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.

Once ski-mad Austria split on pistes open in lockdown

Semmering - On the surface, the Austrian ski resort of Semmering looks to have adapted well to the coronavirus pandemic. Loudspeakers exhort skiers lining up in orderly queues to wear FFP2 masks and respect distancing measures.

Austria probes coronavirus vaccine 'queue-jumping'

Vienna - Authorities in Austria said Tuesday that they are looking into reports of alleged queue-jumping, including by several mayors, in the government's coronavirus vaccination programme.

New Year's saving grace for Vienna's silenced music scene

Vienna - While a virus-laden silence has descended over what is normally a busy period of concerts and balls in the Austrian capital Vienna, the city's world famous New Year Concert is at least providing one saving grace -- albeit to an empty hall.

Migrant workers in limbo as Austrian ski resorts reopen

Ischgl - Austria's ski lifts may be operating but as the country struggles to control coronavirus infections, the sector expects a subdued season -- and migrant workers who depend on it face an uncertain winter.

Austrians press EU to talk turkey, raise farm standards

Weibern - As Katharina and Reinhard Bauer show off cosseted turkey chicks they highlight standards that they -- and the Austrian government -- would like the rest of the EU to adopt as well.

Austrian ex-finance minister gets 8 years in jail for corruption

Vienna - A Vienna court on Friday sentenced a flamboyant, jet-setting former Austrian finance minister to eight years in prison in the country's biggest corruption trial since World War II.

Iconic Vienna hotel turns to drive-in cake as pandemic bites

Vienna - The coronavirus pandemic may have forced many of Vienna's luxury hotels to close indefinitely as global travel restrictions keep away the many millions of tourists who usually visit the Austrian capital every year.

Fugging hell: Tired of mockery, Austrian village changes name

Vienna - Residents of an Austrian village will ring in the new year under a new name -- Fugging -- after ridicule of their signposts, especially on social media, became too much to bear.

'Model pupil' Austria under strain in virus second wave

Vienna - While Austria was held up as a model to follow during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, its return to lockdown Tuesday has sparked a backlash against the government.

EU weighs tighter borders in jihadist fight

Paris - European leaders on Tuesday mooted tightening the EU's external borders, as they vowed joint action following a spate of attacks on home soil blamed on Islamist radicals.

EU chief Michel calls for creation of European body to train imams

Vienna - European Council president Charles Michel said Monday he supported creating a European institute to train imams, as he visited Austria to pay tribute to the victims of last week's jihadist attack in Vienna."It is very important to be firm on this.

Austria police raid dozens of 'Islamist-linked' targets

Vienna - Austrian police on Monday raided more than 60 addresses allegedly linked to radical Islamists and seized millions of euros in cash, with orders for 30 suspects to be questioned.

Austria's Muslims wary of backlash after attack

Vienna - When Osama Abu El Hosna found himself under a hail of bullets during the shooting rampage in Vienna, he heroically risked his life to save a policeman at the scene.

Vienna anti-terror chief suspended after attack failures

Vienna - The head of anti-terror operations in the Austrian capital Vienna was suspended Friday as details emerged of further security lapses in the run up to this week's jihadist attack which left four people dead.

Jewish community in Vienna on alert after attack

Vienna - Shalom Berntholz never closes his kosher restaurant in central Vienna, but as a new coronavirus-induced lockdown approached, he decided to shut early. That saved his life.

Austria admits security failings over Vienna gunman

Vienna - Austria acknowledged Wednesday there had been security failings leading up to the deadly gun rampage in Vienna by a convicted Islamic State sympathiser.

Vienna gunman: IS supporter who 'fooled' the system

Vienna - The gunman responsible for an attack in Vienna which left four people dead on Monday night was a convicted supporter of the Islamic State (IS) group who the government says "fooled" official de-radicalisation efforts.

IS claims Vienna shooting as Austria mourns

Vienna - Austrian investigators were on Tuesday piecing together the Monday evening rampage through central Vienna by a lone gunman and later claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group, as Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called for a European response to "political Isla...

Gunman on the run after Vienna 'terror attack' leaves two dead

Vienna - Gunmen opened fire at multiple locations across central Vienna on Monday, killing at least two people and wounding several more in what Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz described as a "repulsive terror attack", with a huge manhunt under way for the a...

With morbid humour, Viennese look death in the eye

Vienna - Even in midst of a deadly pandemic, the Viennese seek to look death straight in the eye -- an attitude on display at a morbidly humourous museum devoted to death and burial.

Fresh push to save Vienna's Jewish cemetery 'jewel'

Vienna - "It might sound strange but when I came here for the first time... I fell in love with this place," says Jennifer Kickert, spokeswoman for an association striving to clean up a long-neglected Jewish cemetery in Vienna's north-eastern suburbs.

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.
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