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Migrant people-smuggling gang jailed in Austria
Migrants crammed into a people smuggler's van. File photo: Police

Migrant people-smuggling gang jailed in Austria
3 hours ago

An Austrian court sentenced five people to jail on Thursday for smuggling some 2,000 refugees and migrants into the country last year, in what judges described as "excruciating conditions".

Bridging global barriers for love
Happy couple on a beach. Photo: Flickr

Bridging global barriers for love
21 minutes ago

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, author Wendy Williams looks at what it means to be one half of an expat or multicultural couple.

Austrian fails to smuggle drugs in chilli con carne
Photo: Richard Gaywood/Flickr

Austrian fails to smuggle drugs in chilli con carne
1 hour ago

A man from Upper Austria who thought he had found a fail-safe way to smuggle drugs back on a train from Amsterdam - in a container of chilli con carne - was caught by German police.

Experts warn ice skaters not to underestimate risk of injury
Skating in Vienna in front of the Rathaus. Photo: Wien-info

Experts warn ice skaters not to underestimate risk of injury
2 hours ago

Ice skating is one of the most popular winter sports among Austrians - but also one activity where you shouldn’t underestimate the risk of serious injury.

Vienna paid out €52.5m in children's home scandal
One of the former homes. Photo: Wolfgang Glock/Wikimedia

Vienna paid out €52.5m in children's home scandal
1 day ago

A project in Vienna to compensate the victims of sexual abuse in children’s homes in the 1950s and 1960s is to be closed.

Woman writes love letter to Vienna public transport
A Vienna underground train. Photo: Wiener Linien

Woman writes love letter to Vienna public transport
1 day ago

An Austrian woman who misses Vienna public transport after moving to Manchester in the UK has written a declaration of love to the Wiener Linien transport company on Facebook.

Vienna court jails jihadi man and teen bride
Vienna regional court. File photo: Flickr/Sebastian Baryli

Vienna court jails jihadi man and teen bride
1 day ago

A Viennese court has jailed a suspected Isis fighter and his teenage bride after they were caught attempting to travel to Syria.

Turn your child's drawings into stuffed toys
Photo: Kuschel Freunde

Turn your child's drawings into stuffed toys
1 day ago

An Austrian handcraft business has come up with a hit turning children's fantasy drawings into knitted stuffed toys.

Vienna police arrest suspected serial sex attacker
Surveillance camera footage of the suspect. Photo: Police

Vienna police arrest suspected serial sex attacker
2 days ago

Police have arrested a 22-year-old man in Vienna who allegedly tried to rape three women. They are now asking any other victims who believe they were attacked by the same man to come forward.

Austria looks set to construct more border fences
Construction of the border fence in Spielfeld. File photo: ORF

Austria looks set to construct more border fences
2 days ago

Austria’s government has said it will announce new measures this week to secure its southern border crossings in Tyrol and Carinthia.

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

Ginger Churchill heads to hell in Nazi mural
December 22, 2015

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

The film project about what makes us human
November 27, 2015

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.

Italy's South Tyrol: where an identity crisis lingers
Renon, South Tyrol. Photo: The Local Italy

Italy's South Tyrol: where an identity crisis lingers
September 30, 2015

The stunning mountainous region of South Tyrol, or Alto Adige, has been part of Italy for almost 100 years. But many of those among the population of 511,000 still don’t feel Italian. In fact, identity is a delicate talking point, as The Local discovers.

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Train of Hope helps refugee arrivals
September 27, 2015

One of several groups that formed to help refugees arriving in Austria from Syria and other countries is the Train of Hope. The Local spoke to Katrin Bernreiter, to learn what motivated the group.

Refugee crisis
One family's terrifying journey to Austria
Saad and Oula in their new home. Photo: R Waites

One family's terrifying journey to Austria
September 10, 2015

After years of waiting and hoping the civil war in Syria would come to an end, Saad and his wife Oula finally decided to leave their home in Damascus and travel to Austria, where Oula’s brother has lived and worked for the past 11 years.

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Startups
Austrian water filter gadget approved by WHO
Photo: Helioz

Austrian water filter gadget approved by WHO
2 days ago

An Austrian startup’s low-cost gadget which lets people in developing countries know when water is safe to drink has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Holiday appeal for child rape victim
The Theresienbad pool. Photo: Thomas Ledl/Wikimedia

Holiday appeal for child rape victim
2 days ago

A campaign has started in Austria to send the 10-year-old boy raped by an asylum seeker on a holiday with his mum.

Suspect in au pair death refuses extradition
American Lauren Mann. Photo: Facebook/Private

Suspect in au pair death refuses extradition
2 days ago

An asylum seeker suspected of killing an American au pair who gave him sanctuary when Austrian officials wanted to deport him has refused to be extradited to face trial.

Asylum seekers given priority for hospital visits
Refugees arriving at Vienna's Westbahnhof station. File photo: Caritas

Asylum seekers given priority for hospital visits
2 days ago

An admission by Austrian health officials that asylum seekers are given priority for hospital visits has been greeted by angry reaction.

The Local List
All you need to know about Faschingskrapfen
Photo: weareaustria.at

All you need to know about Faschingskrapfen
3 days ago

Fasching, or carnival season, is an opportunity to eat as many Krapfen as you want. Here are four things to know about the jam-filled doughnuts before you give them up for Lent.

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From our other editions
Prison guard and Syrian escapee 'likely off to Syria'
Prison guard Angelica Magdici posing with the suspected getaway car. Photo: Zurich cantonal police

Prison guard and Syrian escapee 'likely off to Syria'
SWITZERLAND

A female Zurich prison guard and the Syrian inmate she helped escape from his cell have probably fled to Syria, according to the guard’s husband.

As it happened: Bavaria train crash
An aerial shot shows the extent of the devastation at the crash site, where two trains ran into one another head-on on a single-track rail line just outside Bad Aibling. Photo: DPA

As it happened: Bavaria train crash
GERMANY

Two trains collided early on Tuesday morning in southern Germany, derailing carriages and killing nine passengers and injuring around 80 others.

700-year-old Danish 'Civil War' coins uncovered
The instability of the era is said to be reflected in the poor quality minting and low silver content of the coins. Photo: Viborg Museum

700-year-old Danish 'Civil War' coins uncovered
DENMARK

A hoard of 700 year-old coins has been found by a group of metal detector enthusiasts in Jutland.

Hapless man has FOUR steel rings cut off penis by firemen
Stock photo: Evaingesl / Flickr

Hapless man has FOUR steel rings cut off penis by firemen
SPAIN

Firefighters on the Costa Blanca were called to an unusual rescue last week after a kinky sex game went disastrously wrong.

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