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Expert says smuggling is as high as last year in Austria
Refugees arriving at Westbahnhof in Vienna. Photo: Kim Triall.

Human trafficking expert warns last year's refugee truck tragedy could happen again.

Austrian nuns recommended for Nobel Peace Prize
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Two Austrian nuns have been recommended for a Nobel Peace Prize for their decades of work supporting people living with leprosy in South Korea.

Turkey accused of 'systematic spying' in Austria
Photo: Twitter/apex_archive

An Austrian politician has accused Turkish authorities of spying on people living in Austria who are opposed to the Turkish leader President Tayyip Erdogan.

A weekend of classic cars in Vienna
Photo: Vienna Classic Days/Facebook

A parade of classic cars will once again take to the streets this weekend in Vienna as part of the city’s annual Classic Days event.

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Chinese Lantern Festival delights and amazes
Highlight is this scale model of Vienna's Opera House, as a giant lantern. Photo: Paul Gillingwater

Making its Central European debut, the traditional Chinese lantern festival highlights music, dance, costumes and the amazing art of the illuminated lantern, opening September 1st on Vienna's Donau Insel.

Halal drink alleged to support jihad financing
Advertising from Sultan Drinks, who deny the allegations. Photo: Sultan Drinks

Profits from the sale of halal-drinks are being used by radical Islamists to support propaganda campaigns to promote Jihad, it has been claimed.

Austria plans to eject criminal asylum seekers
Refugees in an Austrian hostel. Photo: Caritas Austria

Asylum seekers who break the law will be booted out under tough new plans being considered by Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka.

Ten injured after platform collapses in Austria
The University Hospital where one of the injured was taken. Photo: kepleruniklinikum.at

Nine children and one adult have been injured in Austria after a platform they were standing on in a farm collapsed underneath them.

Austrian wins ten year court battle over €2.50
Photo: Creative Commons/JWPhotography2012

An Austrian has won a ten year court battle over an extra €2.50 he was asked to pay to get into a pool in Bavaria a decade ago.

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Austria's refugee crisis: One year on
Donations being handed to Train of Hope to be distributed to refugees. Photo: Facebook/Train of Hope

A look back on a year since 71 refugees and migrants were discovered in the back of a truck in Austria, having suffocated to death while being smuggled into central Europe.

New book raises suspicions over Kampusch case
The house where Natascha was held captive. Photo: Priwo/Wikimedia

A new book published on the 10th anniversary of the escape of Natascha Kampusch offers fresh evidence that the abduction was not the action of a single lone kidnapper.

Sweet expectations fulfilled with strawberry cakes
Members of the cake jury. Photo: Patrick Sabo

Ever wondered who makes the best strawberry cake in Vienna? Yelp, the online local business guide ran a contest on Wednesday for 13 products from nine different bakers, with a 30-person judging panel, and decided they found a winner.

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The burning questions for British expats about Brexit
Photo: Wikimedia

For expats who have chosen to take full advantage of the European Union freedom of movement and make their home in Austria, the questions about the effects of a Brexit just keep mounting.

Op ed
Expert warns Islam in Austria is anti-Western
Ibrahim Olgun, a 28-year-old Austrian-born Islamic theologian. Photo: IGGIÖ

Soeren Kern is a Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute. He writes on his perspective of the increasing influence of Turkish Islam in Austria. Republished with kind permission from the Gatestone Institute, in whose journal this article originally appeared.

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Swapping Austrian Alps for the Hollywood Hills

Austrian Cornelia Miedler writes about experience of leaving Austria and embarking on a new life in sunny California.

Austrian pleads not guilty to carving swastikas onto body
The long-running dispute saw the victim's house get smeared with graffiti - apparently from neighbours - telling him to 'Move out'. Photo: Private

An Austrian who police say carved swastikas on to his own body as part of a bizarre neighbourly dispute has pleaded not guilty in court this week.

Drunk driver damages ten cars in 400 metres
Photo: LPD Wien

Drunk driver damages ten cars and injures bystander on one street in Vienna.

Rome wants to send its rubbish to Austria
Photo: Creative Commonss/rjp

Rome asks Austria for help dealing with an ongoing rubbish crisis.

Turkey escalates diplomatic row with recall
Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Foreign Minister of Turkey. Photo: Mohammad Hassanzadeh/Wikimedia

Turkey has recalled its ambassador to Austria to review relations after a series of disputes with the European Union member state, the Turkish foreign minister said on Monday.

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Swiss Post trials robot parcel deliveries in Bern
The robots are designed to carry out local deliveries autonomously. Photo: Starship

Robots will be seen on the streets of the Swiss capital next month.

Stockpile food in case of attack, Germany tells citizens
Photo: DPA

Germany on Wednesday urged its population to stockpile food and water in case of terrorist or cyber attacks, as it adopted its first civil defence strategy since the end of the Cold War.

Two straight nights of car fires in Copenhagen
The Copenhagen incidents come after a spate of more than 70 car fires in Malmö, as pictured here. Photo: Johan Nilsson / TT/Scanpix

Has Sweden's spate of car fires now spread to Denmark?

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Off the beaten track: 14 best kept travel secrets in Spain
Spain has some amazing spots like Las Medulas gold mine. Photo: Jonathan Pincas/Flickr

Spain has so much to see off the beaten track so why not take the road less travelled and discover a few hidden gems?

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