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Vienna orchestra celebrates 50th birthday with new woman chief

Vienna - When Vienna's ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra marks its 50th anniversary with a special concert on Wednesday, it will be under the baton of its new chief conductor who, for the first time in Austria, is a woman.

Report crowns Vienna 'most liveable city' for second year

Vienna - The Austrian capital Vienna has retained its ranking as the world's most liveable city, according to an annual report from the Economist.

Spanish Riding School entertains London Special

London - The world renowned Spanish Riding School of Vienna put on a superb exhibition of dressage and horse control at London's Wembley Arena.

Op-Ed: Iran has no intention of agreeing to nuclear deal

Vienna - It's hard to tell whether the failure of Western nations to convince Iran to give up its nuclear weapons program should be a source of mirth or concern.

Retired Austrian journalist missing after Nigerian money scam

Vienna - Peter Pirker, a retired Austrian journalist went missing at the end of May this year and is presumed dead. Police think he may have committed suicide after being hit hard by a Nigerian scam. Relatives think he may be trying to track down the cash.

Former elite cop in court for armed robbery to aid charity

Vienna - In a case sounding similar to the story of Robin Hood, a former elite cop in the Viennese police special forces, was in court Tuesday to face charges for carrying out an armed robbery to allegedly finance a charitable aid project in Africa.

Austrian police dog hunts down cannabis and lost mail

Vienna - A hardworking sniffer dog by the name of Frankie made quite the discovery when he found a crop of cannabis in an apartment in Schwechat, close to Vienna in Austria. He also found a whole load of undelivered mail.

Pigeons are, or have, a big problem in Vienna, Austria

Vienna - It seems that the city of Vienna has a problem with pigeons, or is it the pigeons that now have a problem with the city? Anyhow, if you feed a pigeon in Vienna you will now face a fine of 36 euros for your efforts.

Dog poo attracts huge fines in Vienna, Austria

Vienna - Viennese photographer Daniel S. made the mistake of forgetting a "doggy bag" when taking his dog, Kessja, for a walk in the city. She did what comes naturally on the grassy verge of the road and he got hit by a 470 euro fine.

Actress Daryl Hannah in flight scare over Austria

Klagenfurt - It seems that Daryl Hannah, star of "Splash" and "Kill Bill," has always been afraid of flying, but is even more so now after a private jet she was traveling in lost cabin pressure 10 kilometers above Austria.

Op-Ed: Vienna bans transit riders from kissing or eating smelly foods

Vienna - Vienna transit riders will now face a $70 fine and being pulled off transit trains if they kiss, consume smelly food, or yack too loudly on cellphones.

Economist magazine releases list of world's 'Most Livable Cities'

The business and political weekly magazine 'The Economist' has released its 2013 list of the world's 'Most Livable Cities.' Compiled by the mag's 'Intelligence Unit' the list is striking in that there are no U.S. cities and most are Canadian and Aussie.

Bolivian presidential plane grounded over Snowden suspicions

Vienna - After attending a major gas supplier summit in Moscow, Bolivian president Evo Morales left, only to be forced to land in Austria over suspicions that Edward Snowden had stowed away on board the presidential plane.

Review: Toronto premiere of new Schnitzler adaptation is funny, if tame Special

Toronto - Often controversial and scandalous in their day, the works of Austrian novelist and playwright Arthur Schnitzler may seem tame and dated, even innocent, to a modern audience. That doesn't mean they're not fun to watch, though.

Austrian bus driver returns half a million dollars found in bag

Vienna - An Austrian driver found a bag left behind on a bus that was filled with a substantial amount of cash. He turned the bag over to local police and the money was eventually returned to its owner.

Vienna named best city to live in Mercer Quality of Living survey

Famed for its opera, sachertorte and coffee houses, Vienna has retained its number one position as the best city in the world to live in Mercer's annual survey.

Study: Vienna ranked best city to live in, Baghdad ranked last

Vienna - The city of Vienna, Austria has been ranked first for the best overall quality of living in 2011, according to a new published study. Baghdad, Iraq was placed last in the same survey. European cities dominated the list.

Amphitheatre To Rival Rome's Colosseum Discovered Near Vienna

Vienna - Archaeologists working at the "Archaeological Park Carnuntum" in lower Austria claim to have located and excavated a huge amphitheatre used to train gladiators.

Man fired from job of 23 years for washing himself in urine

Vienna - A 57-year-old man has been fired from his job at an Austrian museum after he washed his face and hands in his own urine.

Vienna: New strategies for energy access discussed at forum

Vienna - A very important event took place in the Austrian capital of Vienna. It was called the Vienna Energy Forum. The Forum or conference started June 21 and ended June 23, 2011; just a couple of days ago.

Making music with vegetables

Vienna - Members of a Vienna-based orchestra don't always eat their vegetables, sometimes they create music with them - and now they're working with a scientist to grow the right instruments.

Vienna's artistic tribute to Frida Kahlo Special

Vienna - The eternal spirit of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo lives on in the form, of an outstanding exhibit which puts on display one of the most complete collections of the artist's works ever to be seen in Austria.

Op-Ed: Liveable cities out, is it believable?

The current venue of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver, has garnered the top spot for the most liveable cities in the world. On the contrary, Harare (Zimbabwe) is the number 140 in the list and came in last.

Vienna Tribute To Michael Jackson Set For September 26

A tribute for late singer Michael Jackson is scheduled for September 26 in Vienna at Shoenbrunn Palace, with 90,000 fans expected to attend.

Sikh preacher shot dead in Vienna

A Sikh preacher, head of the Dera Sacha Khand, a religious sect, was shot dead in Vienna amidst a violent clash involving the Dera Sacha Khand and the fundamentalist Sikhs.

Vienna tops the Quality of Life survey for 2009

The 2009 Mercer Quality of Life survey summarises the difference in the quality-of-living between cities and produces a score for each city based on 10 categories. Companies use this information to calculate fair allowances for their expatriate workers.

Op-Ed: A Fair To Remember

If you plan to divorce you mate but don't know where to begin? You can start your "New Beginning" by visiting Vienna's fair. Just remember to leave your spouse and children behind.

Viennese Woman Lives With Mummified Aunt For A Year

A Viennese woman appears to have lived with her mummified aunt for more than a year. The police found the remains of the 96 year old woman on Tuesday night. She was in the bed that was shared by her niece.

Vienna's coffee makers take on the convenience cup

Vienna - Drinking good coffee has always been a matter of principle in Vienna. But, with coffee becoming increasingly a lifestyle issue, the battle between the different trends is on.

Paris Hilton Heads to Vienna: Let's Hope She's Sober

Paris Hilton will be one of the special guests attending the ever so elegant Vienna Opera Ball..
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OFFICIAL: Iran s foreign minister  Mohammad Javad Zarif  and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shak...
OFFICIAL: Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shake hands last summer after agreeing on an international nuclear deal at the Austria Center in Vienna.
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The Spanish Riding school performing in London.
The Spanish Riding school performing in London.
Video screen capture of biggest gold coin
Video screen capture of biggest gold coin
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Hot dog with mustard
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DIPLOMACY: Germany's foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, European Union diplomat Federica Mogherini and Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif pose on stage at the Austria Center in Vienna on July 14 after reaching a multi-nation agreement to restrict Iran's ability to obtain nuclear weapons in exchange for relief from international economic sanctions.
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The Belvedere in Vienna, Austria.
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Austria, Vienna, Stephansplatz.
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PEACEMAKERS: From left, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton, participates in a trilateral meeting with EU High Representative Catherine Ashton meet in New York in September.
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The emblem of the Spanish Riding school, taken from the program.
Magestic beauty of the horses  performing on sand within Wembey Arena.
Magestic beauty of the horses, performing on sand within Wembey Arena.
Frankie the sniffer dog found a cannabis farm as well as undisclosed amounts of undelivered mail.
Frankie the sniffer dog found a cannabis farm as well as undisclosed amounts of undelivered mail.
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