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Norbert Hofer: Austria's failed far-right presidential candidate

Vienna - Austria's Norbert Hofer, who swiftly conceded defeat in an election Sunday in which he was bidding to become the EU's first far-right president, is an ideologue and no fan of the bloc.

Austria's green, cigarette-loving new president

Vienna - Fans affectionately call him "the professor" -- and in the end Alexander Van der Bellen gave a lesson in election campaigning by fighting off the far-right to become Austria's new president.

Austria's Norbert Hofer: Who's behind the smile?

Vienna - Austria's Norbert Hofer likes to come across as Mr. Nice Guy but if he wins Sunday's election, he will become the EU's first far-right president.

Austria's Van der Bellen: green foe of the far-right

Vienna - Fans affectionally call him "the professor" or "Sascha", a nickname for Alexander that nods to his Russian roots, while his critics decry him as a "green dictator".

Austria's Van der Bellen: green foe of the far-right

Vienna - Fans affectionally call him "the professor" or "Sascha", a nickname for Alexander that nods to his Russian roots, while his critics decry him as a "green dictator".

Austria's Van der Bellen: green foe of the far-right

Vienna - Fans affectionally call him "the professor" or "Sascha", a nickname for Alexander that nods to his Russian roots, while his critics decry him as a "green dictator".

Austrian far-right admits defeat in presidential race

Vienna - Austria's Norbert Hofer conceded defeat Sunday in his bid to become Europe's first far-right president, as projections showed he was lagging behind in a bitterly fought election re-run.Greens-backed independent Alexander Van der Bellen swept 53.

Ugly Austrian 'election of hate' draws to a close

Vienna - Austria's long and ugly presidential campaign drew to a close Saturday, with the far-right aiming to emulate Donald Trump and Brexit campaigners by dealing a hammer-blow to Vienna's centrist establishment.

After Trump and Brexit, Austria far-right eyes presidency

Vienna - First Brexit. Then Trump. Now Austria?The populist wave rising in many countries could claim a fresh victory Sunday if Norbert Hofer is elected Europe's first far-right president since 1945.

Austria's marathon election: 'sloppy' breaches, faulty glue

Vienna - Irregularities in ballot counting, faulty glue and over 350 days of mud-slinging -- Austria's presidential race has turned into a marathon slugfest pitting far-right hopeful Norbert Hofer against Greens-backed Alexander Van der Bellen.

Feisty final debate in Austrian presidential vote

Vienna - The two candidates for Austria's presidency held a feisty final TV debate Thursday, three days before the vote, clashing over issues ranging from the EU to Donald Trump to spying.

Austria's race against time to save anti-Nazi film

Vienna - One of Austria's most important anti-Nazi films was thought lost for decades, until it was uncovered by chance last year.Now experts must race to keep from losing "The City Without Jews" again -- this time from decay.

Mahler symphony score sells for record £4.5 mn

London - The complete score of Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony was sold in London for £4.5 million on Tuesday, a record for a musical manuscript, Sotheby's auction house said.

Holocaust survivor warns Austrians against far-right vote

Vienna - An emotional video appeal by a Holocaust survivor warning Austrians not to vote for the far-right candidate in a presidential election re-run has gone viral, reaching close to three million views on Monday.

Austria's presidential rivals clash in TV debate

Vienna - The two candidates in Austria's longest ever presidential race clashed Sunday over the European Union, Donald Trump, and migrants as they faced off in a TV duel a week before the runoff.

Austria conservatives urge vote against far-right's Hofer

Vienna - Several top Austrian conservatives on Saturday urged voters to shun far-right candidate Norbert Hoffer in next month's presidential election, highlighting fears he could take the country out of the EU.

Austria's far-right stokes fears in wealthy countryside

Pinkafeld - Ask the people of Pinkafeld what makes them proud of their pastel-coloured town set amid pine-strewn hills and many will reply "Our flowers", followed by "...and our Norbert".

Trump victory a 'wake-up call' ahead of Austrian vote

Vienna - Donald Trump's stunning victory is a "wake-up call" against the rise of populism ahead of Austria's presidential election, candidate Alexander Van der Bellen said Thursday, three weeks before the poll.

Austria urges EU to get tough on Turkey

Vienna - Austria's foreign minister said Monday the EU should get tough on Turkey following its crackdown on the opposition and the media, and stop the flow of billions of euros in aid if Ankara fails to stick to its migrant deal with the bloc.

Austria sends troops to Hungary-Serbia border

Vienna - Austria on Thursday sent 60 troops to Hungary's border with non-EU Serbia as Vienna's defence minister warned that the EU's migrants deal with Turkey was "showing cracks".

Austria 'horror clown' attacks leave several injured

Vienna - The so-called creepy clown trend has spread to Austria where several people have been injured in attacks by masked assailants in the lead-up to Halloween.

Adolf Hitler house demolition plan sparks new row

Vienna - A new row erupted Tuesday over Austria's plans to raze the house where Adolf Hitler was born, with experts saying they opposed the demolition only a day after a decision was announced.

New row over Hitler house demolition plan

Vienna - A new row erupted Tuesday over Austria's plans to demolish the house where Adolf Hitler was born, with experts saying they opposed its destruction only a day after a decision was announced.

Austria to tear down Hitler birth house

Vienna - The house in Austria where Adolf Hitler was born is to be torn down to stop it from becoming a neo-Nazi shrine, the government said Monday, after years of bitter legal wrangling with the current owner."The Hitler house will be torn down.

Eight face charges over Austria migrant truck deaths

Budapest - Hungarian police said Wednesday they will seek charges against eight suspects after wrapping up a probe into the deaths of 71 migrants found in an abandoned truck in Austria last year, in a gruesome case that sent shockwaves through Europe.

US rapper Gibbs acquitted in Austrian sexual abuse trial

Vienna - US rapper Freddie Gibbs was acquitted Friday of sexually abusing a girl half his age in his hotel room after a concert in Vienna last year.

Sharp rise in attacks on refugee shelters in Austria

Vienna - Attacks on centres for asylum seekers in Austria are on course to double this year, according to government figures released on Saturday.

After 'gluegate', Austrian election set for Dec 4

Vienna - Austria's parliament on Wednesday approved December 4 as the new date for the presidential election re-run in a scandal-ridden race that could usher in the European Union's first far-right head of state.

Austrian far-right leader publishes drugs test

Vienna - The head of Austria's popular far-right Freedom Party (FPOe), long subject to allegations he takes illegal drugs, published Wednesday results of tests that he said show he is clean.

Stone Age mummy still revealing secrets, 25 years on

Bolzano - When police heard about the frozen corpse up in the Alps in September 1991, they opened a criminal probe. Murder it was, but the crime was rather old -- and the ultimate cold case.
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