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Missing Austrian hiker rescued by copter in NZ
Photo: Royal New Zealand Air Force

Missing Austrian hiker rescued by copter in NZ

An Austrian hiker who went missing in a forest in New Zealand after being separated from the group he was with has been rescued via helicopter after being spotted in a valley on Friday. READ  

Police rescue kittens from illegal smuggler
Two of the rescued kittens. Photo: Burgenland Police department

Police rescue kittens from illegal smuggler

Police conducting a routine vehicle inspection in Nickelsdorf, Burgenland near the Hungarian border made a surprise find on Friday when they discovered four kittens being illegally transported, according to a report in the news daily Heute. READ  

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Top 12 German sayings
What's that about a beard? Photo: Thaddaus Zoltkowski

Top 12 German sayings

The Local List shines a little light on some of the charming eccentricities of the German language. READ  

'Girl power' for Austria's Eurovision
From left to right: Mirjam Weichselbraun, Conchita Wurst, Arabella Kiesbauer and Alice Tumler. Photo: ORF

'Girl power' for Austria's Eurovision

The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest - to be hosted by Austria in May - will be presented by three women, with this year’s winner Conchita Wurst in the Green Room. READ  

Austria seeks €3.5 billion from BayernLB
Photo: Andreas Gebert/dpa

Austria seeks €3.5 billion from BayernLB

Austria has filed a lawsuit against BayernLB on the grounds that it believes it was misled by the German lender over the true financial state of the Hypo Alpe Adria bank, which had to be nationalised in 2009. READ  

Armed robbery at Vienna jewellery store
The exterior of the jewellers. Photo: APA

Armed robbery at Vienna jewellery store

An upmarket jewellery shop in Vienna’s 1st district was robbed on Thursday afternoon by two masked men who attacked and injured a security guard. READ  

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Top mistakes tourists make in Austria
Photo: Paul Gillingwater

Top mistakes tourists make in Austria

We've all been there. New country, new culture. It's so easy to make mistakes, either embarrassing, or potentially fatal. The Local's François Badenhorst takes a look at some of the more common errors tourists make. READ  

Austrian hiker missing in New Zealand
Gateway to the Tararua Forest Park. Photo: New Zealand Department of Conservation

Austrian hiker missing in New Zealand

A 21-year-old man from Austria, David Schopf, went missing while hiking in the Tararua Forest Park in New Zealand on Wednesday. READ  

Austrian prosecutors fear jihadist reprisals
Photo: APA (epa)

Austrian prosecutors fear jihadist reprisals

After the arrests in November of more than a dozen suspected jihadists in Austria, prosecutors are worried about their safety from reprisal attacks. READ  

Suspicious package triggers U1 evacuation
Photo: "Wien U-Bahn-Station Reumannplatz 3" by Invisigoth67 - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Suspicious package triggers U1 evacuation

After the discovery of a suspicious package on Thursday morning at the Vienna subway U1-line station Reumannplatz, police ordered an evacuation of the station, and called in the bomb squad. READ  

Features
The fungi farm that turns plastic into food
The Fungi Mutarium. Photo: Paris Tsitsos

The fungi farm that turns plastic into food

An Austrian design duo have come up with a way to break down waste plastic and turn it into a nutritious food that humans can eat. READ  

The godparents helping refugees feel at home
A young refugee from Syria. Photo: UNHCR/S Baldwin

The godparents helping refugees feel at home

More and more refugees are arriving in Austria, including unaccompanied children from Afghanistan. While their basic needs are being met, they often struggle to become integrated into Austrian society. The Local's François Badenhorst met with Connecting People, a non-profit working to help these children and young adults. READ  

Waiting to be smuggled into Austria
Photo: UNHCR/McKinsey

Waiting to be smuggled into Austria

Asadullah, a 23-year-old Afghan man, wears a broad smile that belies his circumstances. Shivering in an abandoned brick factory, he waits to be smuggled across the nearby border into Hungary, gateway to his real destination – Austria. READ  

Facing up to death over coffee and cake
Photo: Shutterstock

Facing up to death over coffee and cake

Vienna seems to have cafes for everything these days - Internet, cats, breakfast and writers - but earlier this year saw the opening of the first Death Cafe. Freelance journalist Maddy French went along to check it out. READ  

A slice of Austria in Oakhurst, CA
Erna Kubin-Clanin at Chateau du Sureau. Photo: Terrance L. Reimer

A slice of Austria in Oakhurst, CA

Austrian travel journalist Bettina Gordon found a surprisingly delightful slice of Austrian life in the town of Oakhurst in northern California - at the Chateau du Sureau. READ  

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Zurich riot police tackle vandals wreaking havoc
More than 200 rioters are believed to have taken part in the violence. Photo: Jan Müller/Aurka.com

Zurich riot police tackle vandals wreaking havoc

UPDATED: An estimated 200 masked men went on the rampage in a normally quiet part of Zurich on Friday night, with police forced to fire tear gas and water cannons to gain control of the situation. READ  

India court blocks Bayer generic drug appeal
Photo: DPA

India court blocks Bayer generic drug appeal

An Indian court has rejected German drug giant Bayer's bid to block a generic version of its blockbuster cancer treatment Nexavar by a local drugmaker, a move hailed by activists on Saturday. READ  

Copenhagen flight nearly hit by Russian military jet
The reported near-miss occurred in Swedish airspace. Photo: Jeppe Michael Jensen/Scanpix

Copenhagen flight nearly hit by Russian military jet

A Russian military jet nearly collided with a commercial passenger plane that had just taken off from Copenhagen Airport, Danish and Swedish military said on Saturday. READ  

Malaga to ban 'cruel' animal circuses
Photo of tiger cub: Shutterstock

Malaga to ban 'cruel' animal circuses

The local council in the southern Spanish city of Malaga has announced that animal circuses will be banned in the city as it unveils a new federation for the protection of animal rights. READ  

'Legal' marijuana e-cigs to be launched in France
"Legal" marijuana e-cigs to be launched in France. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty/AFP

'Legal' marijuana e-cigs to be launched in France

Electronic cigarettes containing cannabis extracts which give you the relaxing and pain-killing effect of the drug but without the high are about to go on sale in France. READ  

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Top ten 'untranslatable' Italian words
In Italian a "Menefreghista" is someone who doesn't care and comes from the phrase "Non me ne frega" (I don't care). Photo: Shutterstock

Top ten 'untranslatable' Italian words

What’s the word for the mark left on a table by a cold glass? Oh that’s right, there’s no word in English for that - but in Italian, on the other hand… READ  

Prostitute beats off taxman in Oslo court
Oslo District Court. Photo: Mahlun

Prostitute beats off taxman in Oslo court

A prostitute won a landmark victory against police in an Oslo court on Wednesday, when it ruled that police were wrong to claim taxes for the money she had made selling sex in the Norwegian capital. READ  

SAS plane 'near miss' fears blamed on weed
Mikhail Vanin, Russia's ambassador in Copenhagen. Photo: TT

SAS plane 'near miss' fears blamed on weed

Russia's ambassador to Denmark has made light of Swedish concerns over a Russian military jet's alleged near-miss with a passenger plane, suggesting Swedish authorities may have smoked too much cannabis. READ  

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