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Frog girlfriend can't hear you? Just wave!
"Yoohoo! Over here!" Photo: CEN/Schönbrunn Zoo

Testosterone makes frogs living around waterfalls wave instead of croak to win females according to new research.

Designer wants compo for ad mask use
The golden mask. Photo: CEN/Eberharter

An Austrian fashion designer is demanding compensation from fashion label Louis Vuitton after they used an item of jewellery he created without permission in an advertising campaign that included a David Bowie music video.

Friendly neighbour wins lawn ownership
What a mower might look like. Photo: SeppVei/Wikimedia

An Austrian businessman whose neighbour used to mow his garden has now lost a huge chunk of it after the court decided cutting the grass gave the neighbour the right to own the land.

Attacker arrested in hospital visit after nose broken
Not the attacker's nose. Photo: LHOON/Wikimedia

An alleged Algerian sex attacker was arrested in hospital after going for treatment after his female victim punched him in the face and broke his nose.

Vienna rape suspect floored by female prison guard
Peter/Flikr

One of the three teenage asylum seekers accused of the brutal rape of a young student has been floored in jail after attacking a female warden who was a martial arts expert.

Grandad investigated after toddler dies falling out of car
Ernstl/Wikimedia

A two-year-old boy was killed in Austria when he fell out of a car and was run over by a vehicle travelling behind.

Further evidence of rise in far-right crime in Austria
Identitäre Bewegung Österreich

Latest Interior Ministry figures provide further evidence right-wing extremism is on the rise in Austria.

Prince's piano awaits auction in Austrian cellar
APA Screengrab

An innovative prototype piano that had been made for Prince by Austrian piano makers for his European tour is set to go under the hammer.

Austrian OAP drives wrong way 11km down a motorway
noniq/Flikr

An OAP (old-age-pensioner) in Austria managed to drive the wrong way down a motorway for 11 kilometres until he was eventually pulled over by police.

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Integrate refugees with help, not pity
Participants attend a German language course of the 'Fluechtlingsprojekt Ute Bock' (Refugees project Ute Bock) in Vienna. Photo: EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA

In the Austrian village of Gutau, inhabitants have set up a microcredit system to help refugees rent houses and start businesses.

Photo Gallery
A visit to the Schloss Hof Easter Market
Photo: Jerry Barton

Amateur shutterbug Jerry Barton visited one of Austria's traditional Easter markets at Schloss Hof.

Strong men in the 19th century Prater
Photo: Wien Museum

A new exhibition at Wien Museum is showcasing photos from Vienna's famous Prater fairground since 1766.

Ginger Churchill heads to hell in Nazi mural
Photo: Europics.at

Would you believe that Winston Churchill makes an appearance on a church mural done by a Nazi artist in Austria, heading to hell with a sack of gold?

The film project about what makes us human
Photo: Linda Coussement

Linda Coussement is a woman on a mission to film people’s personal stories as she slowly travels the globe - with the aim of spreading a message of empathy and connectedness. After spending a month in Vienna she is now en route to Budapest. She spoke to The Local about her project.

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Austrian takes legal action against German swastika joke
Central European News/Heute Show

Another German TV employee is being investigated under the same obscure law recently used by the Turkish president after they used a swastika to make a sarcastic comment on the Austrian presidential election result.

American au-pair may have been killed by jealous lover
Private

Key suspect in American au-pair murder case may have been driven by jealousy to carry out the attack in Vienna.

Father dies trying to prevent son's suicide
Manolo Gómez/Wikimedia

A father in Austria was accidentally shot and killed while trying to prevent his son from committing suicide.

May Day boos for Austrian leader after far-right shock
spoe.at

Austrian chancellor greeted with loud boos during May Day speech, a week after the government's disastrous defeat at the hands of the far-right in a presidential ballot.

Germany and Austria in talks to extend border controls
Austrian police officers at the Austrian-Hungarian border crossing. Photo: AFP

Austria said on Saturday it was in talks with the European Union's executive body to extend border controls brought in last year to help stem the migrant flow.

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Deep freeze: Switzerland shivers through icy night
File photo: Daniel Jolivet

Did you feel cold last night? No wonder.

Munich Oktoberfest to get first-ever entrance checks
Bavarian police at the entrance to the Oktoberfest grounds. File photo: DPA

Revellers hoping to join in the carousing at Munich Oktoberfest will have to pass through a security check before entering the festival grounds this year, Munich authorities have said.

Muslim ‘girls only’ swimming sessions ripple Danish waters
File photo: Scanpix DK

A Danish swimming club has seen a sharp increase in membership among Muslim girls after it introduced female-only, closed-doors sessions.

'Hugely important' haul of Roman coins found in Spain
Stock photo of Roman coins. Photo: Helen Hall/Flickr

Over 600kg of bronze coins were unearthed during building work in Seville.

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