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German student Josef S found guilty
Josef S during the trial. Photo: APA/GEORG HOCHMUTH

German student Josef S found guilty

A 23-year-old German student who was accused of being the ringleader of a group of extreme-left demonstrators at the Akademikerball (Academic's Ball) in January this year, has been found guilty. READ  

Innsbruck fire not caused by technical fault
Fire fighters had to remove gas bottles from the burning roof. Photo: APA/Zeitungsfoto.at

Innsbruck fire not caused by technical fault

Investigators searching for the cause of a fire at an Innsbruck Olympic Village high-rise on Sunday night have ruled out the possibility of a technical problem in the building. READ  

Six Austrians killed in Syrian civil war
A scene of destruction in Syria. Photo: APA/EPA

Six Austrians killed in Syrian civil war

Six Austrians have died so far in the Syrian civil war, according to the Interior Ministry. READ  

FPÖ appoints 21-year-old to Vienna School Board
Maximilian Krauss on ORF TV. Photo: ORF

FPÖ appoints 21-year-old to Vienna School Board

The Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) has appointed a 21-year-old law student, Maximilian Krauss, to the Office of Deputy President of the Vienna City School Board. READ  

Woman injured at Innsbruck Gaza demo
Scene from the demonstration in Innsbruck. Photo: Israelitische Kultusgemeinde

Woman injured at Innsbruck Gaza demo

The State Office for the Protection of the Constitution has begun an investigation into a demonstration against Israel's military operation in Gaza last Saturday in Innsbruck. READ  

Lasers used to target crow plague
Crows. Photo: APA/DPA

Lasers used to target crow plague

For years the southern state of Styria has been battling a plague of crows, with thousands of birds shot annually. Now the Graz hunting community is using special laser pointers to deal with the problem. READ  

Greens politician becomes intern for a year
Petrik (R) at a nursing home. Photo: Regina Petrik

Greens politician becomes intern for a year

In an attempt to understand the challenges faced by her constituents, Greens spokeswoman for Burgenland, Regina Petrik, has just spent the past three months working at a grocery store, a restaurant and a nursing home. READ  

Austrian of the week
The former golden boy who fell from grace
Glamour couple - Grasser and his wife Fiona. Photo: APA

The former golden boy who fell from grace

Former Austrian politician Karl-Heinz Grasser has been widely criticized in the press after failing to appear as a witness at his own civil trial against his former tax consultant and the agency Deloitte. READ  

Netflix to launch in Austria in September
Photo: Netflix

Netflix to launch in Austria in September

The popular movie and TV streaming site Netflix has revealed plans to launch in Austria in September this year. READ  

Plans unveiled for Iron Curtain bike trail
The trail to Vartius, on the Russian-Finnish border. Photo: www.ironcurtaintrail.eu

Plans unveiled for Iron Curtain bike trail

Plans for a 6,800 km cycle path along the former Iron Curtain – the line which divided Europe into East and West for almost half a century - were presented at the House of the European Union in Vienna on Monday. READ  

Features
My Austrian career
'Sometimes the hardest thing to do is ask'
Photo: Nick Schwarz

'Sometimes the hardest thing to do is ask'

Nick Schwarz, a 23-year-old from Portland, Oregon, is a reporter for the current affairs programme Reality Check, at FM4 radio in Vienna. The Local talked to him about why he came to Austria. READ  

It all began with a scoop of Tiramisu
A Zanoni & Zanoni ice cream bar in Vienna. Photo: Zanoni

It all began with a scoop of Tiramisu

After a month in Vienna one thing in particular stands out for American journalism student Gretchen Henderson, as she writes for The Local. READ  

The Ukrainians protesting in Vienna
Protesters outside the Hofburg. Photo: Kim Traill

The Ukrainians protesting in Vienna

Every Thursday lunchtime for the past several months, a small but determined group of Ukrainians has been gathering outside the head office of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) at Vienna's Hofburg. READ  

Travel
Austrian hotel has world's best wine list
New World cellar. Photo: Palais Coburg Hotel Residence/Herbert Lehmann

Austrian hotel has world's best wine list

World of Fine Wine magazine surveyed 750 restaurants from around the globe, to find out which establishment offered the most impressive selection of wines. The winner by a clear margin was Vienna's Palais Coburg Hotel Residence. READ  

Austria’s award winning spas
View from the Hotel Hochschober. Photo: Hotel Hochschober

Austria’s award winning spas

Austria has some of the best spa and wellness hotels in Europe - and many scored highly in the recent European Health and Spa awards. READ  

From our other editions:
Swiss expats threatened by ‘absurd’ proposal
Ecopop says overpopulation is threatening the environment. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Swiss expats threatened by ‘absurd’ proposal

A proposal to limit population growth in Switzerland could mean Swiss expats cannot return to their native country, says an organization representing citizens living abroad. READ  

Germans damage World Cup trophy at afterparty
Who was it then? Photo: DPA

Germans damage World Cup trophy at afterparty

Germany’s long and rowdy World Cup celebrations did not just take a toll of fans and players – the trophy was also damaged on Sunday night at the afterparty in Brazil as the team celebrated victory over Argentina. READ  

Denmark to host biggest weapons store in Europe
Giant gun stores: no longer just for Americans! Photo: Steve Helber/POLFOTO

Denmark to host biggest weapons store in Europe

A 5,000 square metre gun shop in Jutland has been built "like a fortress" to address security concerns. The owners hope weapons enthusiasts from around the world will visit the store for their gun and ammo needs. READ  

Barcelona beaches reopened after shark alert

Barcelona beaches reopened after shark alert

Six beaches in Barcelona were reopened on Wednesday morning after being closed when lifeguards spotted several sharks very close to shore on Tuesday. READ  

Report - 'Little Jerusalem'
'Anti-Semitic' riots: 'We may leave France'
Police in Sarcelles face-off with rioters who targeted the Jewish community in Sarcelles, to the north of Paris. Photo: AFP

'Anti-Semitic' riots: 'We may leave France'

The anxious Jewish community in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles was left picking up the pieces on Monday a day after being targeted by "anti-Semitic" rioters. The Local visited the town, where some French Jews said they were considering leaving the country. READ  

Renzi irked as Mogherini waits to learn EU fate
Matteo Renzi answers journalists' question on July 17th 2014 after a special meeting of the European Council. Photo: John Thys/AFP

Renzi irked as Mogherini waits to learn EU fate

Italy's foreign minister, Federica Mogherini, was widely tipped to be named EU foreign policy chief when the EU's 28 government heads met in Brussels on Wednesday, but the leaders postponed the decision until August. READ  

Road workers smash 1,000-year-old monument
Ancient longstone similar to the one damaged in Steigen. Photo: Shutterstock

Road workers smash 1,000-year-old monument

A northern county on Thursday began proceedings to sue a Norwegian government sub-contractor for destroying a 1,000-year-old ancient stone during a roadside project in Nordland. READ  

What's On in Sweden
Hammarby Sjöstad is one of Stockholm's many summer swimming spots. Photo: Ola Ericson/imagebank.sweden.se

What's On in Sweden

This weekend promises plenty of activities in Sweden's three biggest cities including street parties, music in the park or perhaps a little people-watching at a nearby swimming spot as the weather hots up. READ  

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