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Changing mood in Europe a year after Austria migrant disaster

Vienna - The gruesome discovery of 71 dead migrants in a truck in Austria last August shocked Europe and led countries to open their borders to a massive influx of people fleeing war and poverty, mainly from the Middle East.

Turkey recalls ambassador to Austria after rows

Ankara - Turkey has recalled its ambassador to Austria to review relations after a series of disputes with the European Union member state, the Turkish foreign minister said on Monday.

Vienna zoo hails rare birth of tiny giant panda twins

Vienna - A giant panda on loan from China to Austria has given birth to two naturally conceived twins, an exceptionally rare event for the endangered species, Vienna's famous Schoenbrunn Zoo said Tuesday.

Austrian child kidnappee Kampusch admits freedom has been difficult

Vienna - Ten years ago this month, Natascha Kampusch escaped from the man who had abducted her as a child eight years earlier. But as the Austrian told AFP, freedom has not been all easy.

Austrian FM says against Turkey EU membership bid

Vienna - Austria's Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz opposes any steps that would bring Turkey closer to joining the European Union, he said in remarks released Saturday.

Turkey minister accuses Austria of being 'capital of radical racism'

Ankara - Turkey's top diplomat escalated on Friday a war of words with Austria, calling it the "capital of radical racism" after Vienna urged an end to Ankara's EU membership talks.

Closing EU door to Turkey 'serious mistake': Juncker

Berlin - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday rejected Austria's call for the EU to end membership talks with Turkey, warning that it would be a grave error.

Austria pushes EU to end Turkey membership talks

Vienna - Austria's government said Thursday that Turkey is unfit to join the European Union in the wake of the recent post-coup crackdown, calling for the bloc to discuss ending membership talks.

Austrian chancellor rejects Turkish 'intimidation'

Vienna - Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern said he will not bow to "intimidation" from Turkey after receiving online death threats as tensions rise between the EU and Ankara, in comments published Tuesday.

Austria hands over Paris attacks 'accomplices'

Vienna - Austria has handed over to France two suspected members of the same Islamic State cell that massacred 130 people in Paris last November, prosecutors said Friday.

Migration is 'poison' for Europe, says Hungary PM

Budapest - Hungary's right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Tuesday described the arrival of asylum seekers in Europe as "a poison", saying his country did not want or need "a single migrant".

European people-smuggling ring smashed

Vienna - Austrian police said Monday that an international operation smashed an alleged people-smuggling ring suspected of illegally bringing more than 1,000 people from Hungary into western Europe over the past year.

Austrian city wants to banish display of Turkish flags

Vienna - An Austrian mayor demanded on Friday that Turkish residents "immediately" stop displaying national flags in windows and on balconies, saying foreign politics had no place in his city.

Austrian kidnap victim Kampusch tells of struggles 10 years on

Vienna - Austrian kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch, who was abducted as a child and imprisoned for eight years, says life is still "not normal" a decade after her escape in an interview published Tuesday.

A year on, no business as usual at Austrian border

Nickelsdorf - It's holiday season at Nickelsdorf on Austria's border with Hungary as families hit the highway. But although the huge numbers of refugees seen here a year ago have gone, things are far from normal.

Austria jihad recruiter sentenced to 20 years

Vienna - A Muslim preacher at the centre of an Austrian jihad propaganda network was sentenced to 20 years in jail for recruiting young fighters to the Islamic State group.

Wrecking ball or supermarket for Hitler's house

Vienna - Austria's cabinet approved Tuesday legislation that will see the state seize ownership of the house where Hitler was born, although the government appeared divided on what to do with the building.

Austria to hold new presidential vote on October 2

Vienna - Austrians will again vote in a presidential election on October 2 after the far-right managed to get its narrow defeat from May declared null and void, the government said Tuesday.

Austrian interior minister 'ashamed' after vote annulled

Vienna - Austria's interior minister said Saturday he was "ashamed" after the country's highest court declared the result of May's presidential election null and void because of widespread procedural "sloppiness".

Austrian far-right gets election defeat annulled

Vienna - Austria's Norbert Hofer won Friday another shot at becoming the European Union's first far-right anti-immigration president after his nation's highest court dramatically annulled his narrow election defeat from May.

Austria court to rule Friday on far-right election challenge

Vienna - Austria's Constitutional Court has said it will rule Friday on the challenge brought by the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) against its candidate's narrow defeat in May's presidential election.

Austrian court hears far-right election challenge

Vienna - Austria's highest court began a public hearing Monday on a legal challenge to May's presidential election brought by the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe), whose candidate only narrowly lost.

Swimming lessons for migrants cause storm in Austria

Vienna - Swimming lessons for refugee children have whipped up a storm in Austria, with a lifeguard's car window smashed and a newspaper on Friday filing charges against a woman who said the migrants should drown.

Migrant spat brews between Austria and Hungary

Budapest - Hungary refused Thursday to take back any of the several thousand migrants that Austria says should be returned under EU rules, adding to a brewing spat between the two neighbours.

Austrian far-right challenges election result

Vienna - Austria's anti-immigration Freedom Party plunged the country into uncharted political territory Wednesday with a legal challenge to last month's presidential election, just four weeks before the winner is due to be sworn in."We are not sore losers.

Austrian foreign minister says migrants should be kept on islands

Vienna - Asylum seekers to the European Union should be held on islands rather than be allowed direct access to the continent, Austria's foreign minister has said.

Four found dead in flash floods in France, Germany

Berlin - Four bodies were found floating in homes in France and Germany in flash floods that left water lapping at the doors of one of the Loire Valley's most famous chateaux.

Austrian far-right says 'countless' signs of election fraud

Vienna - Austria's far-right is probing "countless" cases of fraud in last week's presidential election that saw its candidate lose by a narrow margin, the party chief was quoted as saying Sunday.

Austria launches action to seize Hitler's house

Vienna - Austria's government submitted Friday a law to seize the house where Hitler was born, in a bid to stop the building becoming a neo-Nazi shrine.

Austria far-right 'stronger than ever' and ready to rule: party chief

Vienna - Austria's Freedom Party is "stronger than ever" and ready to win the next general election after its candidate narrowly failed to become the European Union's first far-right president, party chief Heinz-Christian Strache said Tuesday.
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