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Retired judge acquitted in Kampusch perjury claim
Retired judge Johann Rzeszut. Photo: APA/ROLAND SCHLAGER

Retired judge acquitted in Kampusch perjury claim

Exclusive: Investigative journalist Flemming Emil Hansen delves into the legal morass that surrounded the 'botched' handling of the investigation of the abduction and escape of Natascha Kampusch, with the acquittal this week of a former supreme court president on charges of perjury. READ  

UN weighs in on 'unjust' disabled access case
Simon Bacher. Photo: Sue Bacher

UN weighs in on 'unjust' disabled access case

The United Nations has asked Austria for an explanation after a British woman complained that her 25-year-old disabled son has been left stranded in their home every time there is bad weather because of bureaucratic red tape. READ  

The Sound of Music - 50 years on
Photo: 20th Century Fox

The Sound of Music - 50 years on

It’s the film which brings thousands of tourists every year to Salzburg but it’s virtually unknown in Austria. Fifty years ago, The Sound of Music - the movie based on a successful Rogers and Hammerstein Broadway musical - premiered in New York. READ  

'Put Put Putin' song a surprise YouTube hit
Screenshot: Rammelhof/YouTube

'Put Put Putin' song a surprise YouTube hit

A satirical song by an Austrian pop band about Russian leader Vladimir Putin has become a surprise hit on YouTube after gathering a fan base in Ukraine. READ  

Sedative found in dead Kazakh dissident's blood
Rakhat Aliyev. Photo: APA/DRAGAN TATIC

Sedative found in dead Kazakh dissident's blood

According to a report on Austrian radio station Ö1, traces of barbiturates were found in the body of former Kazakh ambassador Rakhat Aliyev, who was found hanging in his prison cell on Tuesday. READ  

Sixty-year-old Austrian gives birth to twins
Photo: APA/dpa

Sixty-year-old Austrian gives birth to twins

In a first for Austria, a 60-year-old woman has given birth to twins in a clinic in Wels-Grieskirchen in Upper Austria, following IVF treatment. READ  

Six months for Isis Facebook postings
The trial took place under heightened security. Photo: APA/Hochmuth

Six months for Isis Facebook postings

A court in Vienna has handed a young Kurdish man a six month conditional sentence for posting Islamic State (Isis) images and propaganda on Facebook. READ  

Charlize Theron adds glamour to Life Ball
Charlize Theron with Sean Penn. Photo: EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT

Charlize Theron adds glamour to Life Ball

Vienna’s annual Life Ball, which is dedicated to raising awareness about AIDS and HIV, will have a touch of Hollywood glamour this year with Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron attending as a special guest. READ  

Measles threatens a comeback across Europe
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Measles threatens a comeback across Europe

Just a few days after it was reported that nearly 50 measles cases have been confirmed in Austria, the World Health Organization calls it "unacceptable" that the childhood disease is currently making a comeback in Europe. READ  

New Austrian law 'combats Islamization'
Photo: APA/EPA/F G Guerrero

New Austrian law 'combats Islamization'

Austria's parliament has passed a law banning foreign sources of financing to Muslim organisations and requiring imams to be able to speak German, in a move closely watched by other European nations facing growing problems with radical Islam. READ  

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Retired judge acquitted in Kampusch perjury claim
Retired judge Johann Rzeszut. Photo: APA/ROLAND SCHLAGER

Retired judge acquitted in Kampusch perjury claim

Exclusive: Investigative journalist Flemming Emil Hansen delves into the legal morass that surrounded the 'botched' handling of the investigation of the abduction and escape of Natascha Kampusch, with the acquittal this week of a former supreme court president on charges of perjury. READ  

Help Me, Helen
How to avoid saying things you'll later regret

How to avoid saying things you'll later regret

Vienna-based Marriage and Family Therapist Helen Rudinsky looks at how to avoid saying things you'll later regret which can harm your relationships. READ  

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Ten phrases you’ll only hear at work in Austria
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Ten phrases you’ll only hear at work in Austria

Austria is one of Europe’s smaller countries, but also one of the richest and most stable in the EU, with low unemployment. Austrians are known for their love of gemütlichkeit - a word encompassing coziness, security and friendliness - and this can mean some baffling conversations for those new to doing business with Austrians. READ  

Background on the OSCE and Ukraine
OSCE's Headquarters in Vienna at the Hofburg. Photo: Wikimedia

Background on the OSCE and Ukraine

The OSCE, which has been tasked with monitoring a new ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, has emerged as a key player in the region over the past year, mediating between government leaders and rebels towards a peaceful solution. READ  

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Ten very peculiar Austrian superstitions
Don't sneeze when you see a new moon! Photo: Shutterstock

Ten very peculiar Austrian superstitions

Austria is home to some weird and wonderful superstitions, with some of them still practised today. Ahead of that traditionally inauspicious date - Friday 13th - we explain ten of the most common Austrian superstitions. READ  

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Breakdowns cancel flights at Geneva airport
Photo: Geneva airport

Breakdowns cancel flights at Geneva airport

The Geneva airport struggled to return to normal operations on Sunday, a day after equipment failures, two fires and snow forced the cancellation of 35 flights and the rerouting of 22 others. READ  

Measles kill toddler as Berlin school closes
Jabbed! Photo: DPA

Measles kill toddler as Berlin school closes

UPDATE: Health authorities in Berlin announced a toddler has succumbed to measles. Earlier, a school in a Berlin suburb was closed because of a pupil infected with the disease. The capital is battling its most serious outbreak since 2001. READ  

Apple invests billions in new Danish data centre
'Hello, Denmark!' Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced that Viborg will host one of the world's largest data centres. Photo: Robert Galbraith/Scanpix

Apple invests billions in new Danish data centre

American computer giant Apple will place one of the world’s largest data centres in Viborg, where it will power the company's popular services on 100 percent renewable energy. READ  

Central Spain rumbles as earthquake hits

Central Spain rumbles as earthquake hits

An earthquake with a magnitute measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale was felt from Madrid to Murcia on Monday afternoon. READ  

Drones fly over Paris landmarks during night
At least five drones were detected flying over specific areas of Paris on Monday night into Tuesday. Photo: Rahims/FLickr

Drones fly over Paris landmarks during night

Paris police were hunting on Tuesday for clues after several drones were flown over specific Paris landmarks in the early hours of Tuesday, including the Eiffel Tower and the American Embassy. READ  

Dutch raise over €7k to apologize for Rome riot
The drunken hooligans damaged one of the city’s most treasured fountains, the Fontana della Barcaccia. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Dutch raise over €7k to apologize for Rome riot

A Dutch woman has raised over €7,000 online to pay for damages wrought in Rome last week by scores of football fans from the Netherlands. READ  

Norwegian faces first ever pilot strike
Norwegian is increasingly hiring crews from low cost countries such as Thailand and Eastern Europe. Photo: Norwegian Air Shuttle

Norwegian faces first ever pilot strike

Norwegian Air Shuttle could see its first ever strike by pilots on Sunday, if it fails to end more than three months of fruitless negotiations and strike a deal with unions. READ  

Is Sweden's Missan the world's oldest living cat?
Missan is turning 30 this spring. Photo: Private / TT

Is Sweden's Missan the world's oldest living cat?

Missan, 29, may be the world’s oldest cat, according to its Swedish owner who says that aside from suffering from some minor back and kidney problems, there is no reason why her furry friend won't make it to the grand age of 30. READ  

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