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Sweden pips Russia in Eurovision pop fest nail-biter

Vienna - Sweden narrowly beat Russia on Sunday in a nail-biting 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, winning its sixth crown in Europe's annual anything-goes music extravaganza.

Eurovision, a stage for geopolitical conflicts?

Vienna - Behind the kitsch, glitz and smoke machines of the Eurovision Song Contest -- hosted Saturday by Vienna -- hide more serious international geopolitical tensions, says the creator of the world's first university course on the popular music competition.

Austrian teen to be tried on 'terror' charges May 26

Vienna - A 15-year-old Austrian schoolboy with alleged ties to Islamist extremists and accused of intending to launch a bomb attack in Vienna last year will be tried on May 26, officials said Monday.Mertkan G.

Austrian schoolboy in court in 'IS bomb plot' case

Vienna - An Austrian teenager suspected of having links with the Islamic State group is to appear in court Tuesday, accused of planning to bomb a Vienna train station when he was just 14.

Life sentences for killers of Austrian nun in S. Africa

Johanesburg - A South African court on Friday sentenced two men to life in jail for the rape and murder of an 86-year-old Austrian-born nun who was strangled with an electric typewriter cord.

Croatian leader pays tribute to killed pro-Nazi collaborators

Zagreb - Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic paid tribute Thursday to the country's pro-Nazi collaborators and civilians who were killed by communist partisans in Austria and Slovenia after the end of World War II.

Iran nuclear talks resume as Tehran expresses hope over deal

Vienna - Iranian negotiator Abbas Araghchi said on Tuesday he was "very hopeful" that an accord on Tehran's nuclear programme could be reached with world powers ahead of the June 30 deadline.

22,000 mark 70 years since Nazi camp liberated

Vienna - More than 22,000 people including around 50 survivors on Sunday marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Mauthausen in Austria, one of the Nazis' biggest concentration camps, organisers said.

Nazi camp website hacked with child porn on anniversary

Vienna - The website of one the Nazis' biggest former concentration camps was hacked with images of child pornography on Friday, the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, officials said.

Austrian train crash kills one, 8 injured

Vienna - Two local trains collided head-on in Austria on Wednesday, killing one of the drivers and injuring eight people, including two who were in a critical condition, emergency services said.

Austria files complaint after reported German espionage

Vienna - Austria lodged a legal complaint Tuesday following media claims that Germany helped the United States spy on European targets.

Austrian magazine printed with HIV blood

Vienna - An Austrian men's magazine has printed its latest edition using blood from people who are HIV-positive in order to counter the "stigma" often attached to the virus that causes AIDS, its chief editor said Tuesday.

Ten Russian bikers reach German border ahead of WWII rally

Berlin - Ten pro-Kremlin Russian bikers, part of a larger group on a controversial World War II victory ride through Europe, reached the German border late Sunday, the Bavarian authorities said.

Mauthausen: The 'camp of no return' that built the Third Reich

Mauthausen - In 1942, a farmer living next to the Mauthausen concentration camp, in northern Austria, filed a police report about detainees getting shot in the camp's quarry and left to die.

Austria rejects U.S. extradition of Ukrainian oligarch

Vienna - An Austrian court on Thursday rejected a U.S. request to extradite Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash on charges of bribing officials in India.

Evil resident: Hitler birth house haunts Austrian town

Braunau Am Inn - "Every year it's the same circus," mutters a resident at the sight of dozens of anti-fascist protesters stomping toward a large weatherworn building in the small northern Austrian town Braunau am Inn."Nazis out!

S.African police arrest three for rape, murder of nun, 86

Johanesburg - South African police said Tuesday they had arrested three people for the rape and murder of a 86-year-old nun of Austrian origin nearly two weeks ago.

Turkey recalls ambassador from Austria over 'genocide' condemnation

Ankara - Turkey recalled its ambassador to Austria on Wednesday in protest over Austrian lawmakers' condemnation of the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turk forces 100 years ago as "genocide".

Austria MPs symbolically recognise Armenian genocide

Vienna - Austrian lawmakers on Wednesday condemned as "genocide" for the first time the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War I, ahead of the 100th anniversary of the violence.

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.

Black Market Tune: An intriguing musical prospect Special

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.
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