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Switzerland sex slave seeks asylum in Austria
File photo: APA

Switzerland sex slave seeks asylum in Austria

A 19-year-old woman from Kosovo who was forced into prostitution and kept as a sex slave in a cellar in Switzerland for almost three years has sought asylum in Austria. READ  

Armed youths attack Tyrol refugee centre
The Bürglkopf centre. Photo: APA/EXPA/JFK

Armed youths attack Tyrol refugee centre

Police in Tyrol are investigating an attack on the Bürglkopf refugee centre near the market town of Fieberbrunn on Wednesday evening. READ  

Austrian MPs visit Syrian refugees
Yazidi families occupy tents in a new refugee camp near the Turkish-Iraqi border town of Zakho, Iraq. Photo: APA (epa)

Austrian MPs visit Syrian refugees

Several Austrian parliamentarians paid a flying visit to the overflowing refugee camps at the border between Turkey and Syria this week. READ  

Protesters dump Hypo city in front of parliament
Photo: Ajit Niranjan

Protesters dump Hypo city in front of parliament

The organisers of the Hypotopia model-city project staged a protest march on Thursday from a central square in Vienna to the national parliament building - carrying the weighty concrete blocks of their project with them. READ  

Majority of Austrian women support abortion
Abortion is no longer taboo in Austria. Photo: APA (Pfarrhofer)

Majority of Austrian women support abortion

A new survey of 1,000 Austrians shows that nearly three quarters agree that public hospitals in all Austrian provinces should be permitted to perform abortions. READ  

Austrian restitution case 'flawed'
Vienna's High Court. Photo: APA

Austrian restitution case 'flawed'

The lawyer for a Viennese Jewish author found guilty of defrauding the government over property confiscated by the Nazis has requested that the case be reheard. READ  

Disabled woman 'sold drugs from bed'
Police evidence image of the weapons and drugs. Photo: APA/ROLAND SCHLAGER

Disabled woman 'sold drugs from bed'

After years of investigation Vienna state police and Europe’s crime fighting agency Europol say they have succeeded in smashing an international drug trafficking ring. READ  

Kazakh banker to face 'double murder charge'
Rakhat Aliyev was sentenced to 40 years' jail in Kazakhstan, but remains in Austria. Photo: Wikimedia/Mikhail Evstafiev

Kazakh banker to face 'double murder charge'

Kazakhstan's former ambassador to Austria is about to face charges of double murder, according to a report on national broadcaster ORF on Friday, which quoted a leaked 14-page opinion by prosecutor Bettina Wallner. READ  

Alaba scores Sportsman of the Year award again
David Alaba. Photo: APA (Archiv/Pfarrhofer)

Alaba scores Sportsman of the Year award again

FC Bayern Munich star David Alaba was voted Austria's Sportsman of the Year for the second year running on Thursday evening. READ  

Cross-dressing singer to perform for UN head
Photo: courtesy Conchita Wurst

Cross-dressing singer to perform for UN head

The Austrian winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest will perform live at the Vienna International Centre in the presence of the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, during the Secretary-General's visit to the United Nations in Vienna. READ  

Features
Funeral museum rises from the dead
Cemetery for the nameless in Wien Simmering. Photo: HeinzLW/Wikimedia

Funeral museum rises from the dead

Just in time for Halloween on Friday and a weekend devoted to the dead, Vienna's unashamedly morbid Funeral Museum is now closer to the action: the Austrian capital's huge Central Cemetery. READ  

Literature
The girlfriend left behind in Vienna in 1939
Photo: Reprinted from ‘Paper Love’ by Sarah Wildman by arrangement with Riverhead Books

The girlfriend left behind in Vienna in 1939

In ‘Paper Love,’ Sarah Wildman searches for her grandfather’s pre-war love. READ  

The Local List
Ten things to never say to an Austrian
Photo: Wings for Life World Run

Ten things to never say to an Austrian

Since it declared its everlasting neutrality on October 26, 1955, the national holiday, the Alpine country of Austria has gone from strength to strength, boasting a staggering twenty Nobel Prize laureates, including seven in physiology or medicine, five in chemistry, three in physics and economist Friedrich Hayek. READ  

Travel
Independent lists EU's top six ski hotels
Photo: For Friends Hotel

Independent lists EU's top six ski hotels

A recent article in Britain's Independent newspaper lists its picks for Europe's top six ski hotels - and two of them are in Austria. READ  

Vienna's €19 billion ‘Hypotopia’ city
Photo: APA/ARMIN WALCHER

Vienna's €19 billion ‘Hypotopia’ city

A group of students has constructed a model city for 102,574 inhabitants in one of Vienna’s main squares – as a form of protest against the taxpayer-funded bailout of the Hypo Alpe Adria bank for the sum of €19 billion. READ  

From our other editions:
Nadal calls time as Federer advances
Nadal: calling it quits for the season after upset loss. Photo: AFP

Nadal calls time as Federer advances

Teenage wildcard Borna Coric stunned Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals of the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Basel on Friday, a defeat which marked the end of the Spaniard's season. READ  

Thief distracts staff by squirting her breast milk
Photo: DPA

Thief distracts staff by squirting her breast milk

A mother in central Germany came up with an unusual tactic to allegedly steal from a pharmacy on Monday. READ  

Pirate Bay founder guilty in historic hacker case
Swede Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was found guilty of hacking into CSC. File photo: Jan Düsing/Scanpix

Pirate Bay founder guilty in historic hacker case

UPDATED: Gottrid Svartholm Warg and his 21-year-old Danish co-defendant were found guilty on Thursday morning, with the Dane released on time served and Warg to be sentenced on Friday. READ  

'Scary clown' craze hits Spanish city
Coulrophobia, or fear of clowns, has swept across France in recent weeks. Photo of scary clown: Shutterstock

'Scary clown' craze hits Spanish city

A 'scary clown' craze that has caused panic across France in recent weeks has arrived in the northern Spanish city of Gijón, local media are reporting. READ  

France falls to Germans in nude swim tourney
A man holds medals during the naturist swimming championship. Photo: Sebastien Bozon/AFP

France falls to Germans in nude swim tourney

France is known for its clothing-optional beaches, but this weekend it was an international nude swimming competition that drew au naturel swimmers. And of course the Germans took the most medals. READ  

Ebola crisis
Uproar over US troops' Ebola quarantine in Italy
S troops at the Vicenza base. Photo: Edward Braly/HO US Army/AFP

Uproar over US troops' Ebola quarantine in Italy

The decision to put a dozen American soldiers returning from Liberia into quarantine for Ebola at their base near Venice rather than in the United States sparked controversy in Italy on Wednesday. READ  

Mount Mannen avalanche set to tumble on Tuesday
Troops and experts prepare for Mount Mannen avalanche. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

Mount Mannen avalanche set to tumble on Tuesday

Experts studying the imminent avalanche on Mount Mannen in South Norway said it is "fairly probable" it will occur some time on Tuesday. READ  

Offbeat
Construction worker has 'Sweden's best beard'
Best beard winner Kristofer Larsson. Photo: Pontus Flatum

Construction worker has 'Sweden's best beard'

A father-of-two from west Sweden has fought off competition from more than a hundred hairy men to win a national prize in honour of his beard. READ  

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