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Strabag owner buys Essl art collection
Alex Katz is an American artist featured in the Essl collection. Photo: APA

Strabag owner buys Essl art collection

Austrian news daily Die Presse has reported Tuesday that Hans Peter Haselsteiner, CEO and owner of 25 percent of the Strabag construction group, has taken the decision to buy the modern art collection from Karlheinz Essl, owner of the ailing bauMax chain of hardware stores. READ  

Austrian Netflix service to cost €7.99
A view of a computer screen showing the Netflix website in New York. Photo: APA/EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Austrian Netflix service to cost €7.99

Subscription rates for soon to be available video-on-demand provider Netflix will cost €7.99 a month in Austria and Germany, according to a leaked report on tech blog engadget.de. READ  

'Angry rampage' on Tom Cruise film set
Tom Cruise in Vienna. Photo: APA/GEORGES SCHNEIDER

'Angry rampage' on Tom Cruise film set

A 34-year-old man has been arrested during the shoot for Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 5 in Vienna after storming onto the filming location on Wednesday night and lashing out at people. READ  

Quirky bus shelter closed 'to prevent accidents'
Sou Fujimoto's design was deemed unsafe. Photo: Adolf Bereuter/BUS:STOP Krumbach

Quirky bus shelter closed 'to prevent accidents'

An eccentric bus stop created by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto in Krumbach, Austria, has been unexpectedly closed to the public because it doesn't "follow the Austrian regulations for building safety". READ  

Arnold in Australia continued
Arnold Schwarzenegger. Photo: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia

Arnold in Australia continued

Austria's loveable lunk, Arnold Schwarzenegger, continues to lend his comedy chops to help an Australian real-estate company, by playing on the comic confusion between Australia and Austria. READ  

Austrian of the week
Jewish Museum: Dealing with recent history
Danielle Spera. Photo: Jewish Museum Vienna

Jewish Museum: Dealing with recent history

Dr Danielle Spera had a high profile career working as a journalist with the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, the ORF. She is now the director of the Jewish Museum Vienna - and has taken the transition from TV celebrity to museum board room in her stride. READ  

Irate conductor writes open letter to promoter
Wolfgang Scheidt. Photo: Official Website

Irate conductor writes open letter to promoter

Renowned Austrian conductor Wolfgang Scheidt has written an open letter to explain his anger at the treatment a number of people have allegedly received from a pair of inexperienced music festival promoters. READ  

FPÖ in hot water over election posters
Manfred Haimbuchner. Photo: APA

FPÖ in hot water over election posters

Austrian singer and entertainer Rainhard Fendrich has threatened to sue Upper Austria’s Freedom Party (FPÖ) for ripping off the lyrics from his popular I Am From Austria song. READ  

Cruise in Vienna for Mission Impossible
Cruise obliged fans by signing autographs and posing for photos. Photo: APA/Etschmaier

Cruise in Vienna for Mission Impossible

Hollywood star Tom Cruise is in Vienna to shoot scenes for his new film Mission Impossible 5. READ  

Conchita does ALS ice bucket challenge
Conchita Wurst. Photo: Conchita Wurst/Facebook

Conchita does ALS ice bucket challenge

Conchita Wurst has done the ALS ice bucket challenge, but managed to do it without ruining her make-up or getting her glossy locks wet. READ  

Cat video festival comes to Vienna
A cat, fooling around. Photo: G4ViralVideos

Cat video festival comes to Vienna

The phenomenon of internet cat videos is having its own festival in Vienna on Tuesday evening. READ  

Large police presence for Vienna fair
Visitors at last year's Neustifter Kirtag. Photo: Hans Sauerstein

Large police presence for Vienna fair

A traditional Austrian wine growers fair in Dobling, Vienna, will have a heavier police presence this year after several people were brutally attacked at previous events. READ  

Carnuntum to host authentic gladiator fights
A gladiator fight at Bad Deutsch Altenburg. Photo: APA/Schleinzer

Carnuntum to host authentic gladiator fights

Would-be gladiators are gearing up for a weekend festival in Carnuntum, Lower Austria - on the site of an ancient Roman gladiator school which was only discovered in 2011. READ  

Domingo can not sing due to illness
Photo: Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires

Domingo can not sing due to illness

Spanish star tenor Placido Domingo will not be able to sing the role of "Conte di Luna" in Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore" on August 18, 21 and 24 at the Salzburg Festival due to a sudden illness. READ  

My Austrian Career
'No one speak English to him!'
Photo: Sonia Connor

'No one speak English to him!'

The Local talks to Ben Connor, an Australian baritone who moved to Austria to study and perform music. READ  

 
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