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Austria learns of new EU migrant quota details
A father and son in Syria. Photo: UNHCR/B Diab

Austria learns of new EU migrant quota details

The European Commission has announced details of its controversial plan to relocate tens of thousands of migrants who have reached southern Europe. Austria was asked to open its doors to over 1,600 refugees from Africa and the Middle East. READ  

Landlord tells tenant to remove Israeli flag
Photo: James Emery

Landlord tells tenant to remove Israeli flag

A Jewish resident of Vienna's second district was ordered to remove an Israeli flag that was shown inside the window of his apartment, or face eviction, according to Austrian media reports. READ  

Austrian to be released from UAE after ten weeks
An innocent holiday snap could mean trouble in the UAE. Photo: FritzDaCat/Wikimedia

Austrian to be released from UAE after ten weeks

An Austrian holidaymaker held in the United Arab Emirates for more than ten weeks after he photographed the Iranian embassy has been released and ordered to pay a 50 Euro fine. READ  

Eurovision Song Contest
Bearded man in dress finds Conchita 'repulsive'
CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR, MOSCOW. At the enthronement ceremony for Kirill, the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. Photo: Russian President's Office (Kremlin)

Bearded man in dress finds Conchita 'repulsive'

The Patriarch of Russia's Orthodox Church on Thursday said he found the Eurovision Song Contest repulsive with its "bearded female singers", referring to last year's drag queen winner Conchita Wurst. READ  

Eurovision Song Contest
Oz rules for the ESC drinking game
Australian singer Guy Sebastian. Photo: DianeSunshineCoast/Wikimedia

Oz rules for the ESC drinking game

Australia is a land of immigrants, which goes some way to explaining why people across the vast continent will dress in flamboyant costumes and party hard for the carnival of camp that is Eurovision this weekend. READ  

Eurovision Song Contest
Eurovision: A stage for geopolitical conflicts?
The audience at the first Semi Final. Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)

Eurovision: A stage for geopolitical conflicts?

Behind the kitsch, glitz and smoke machines of the Eurovision Song Contest - hosted on Saturday by Vienna - hide more serious international geopolitical tensions, says the creator of the world's first university course on the popular music competition. READ  

Germany 'spied on Austrian internet traffic'
Peter Pilz. Photo: pdki.org

Germany 'spied on Austrian internet traffic'

Austrian politician Peter Pilz (Greens) has accused the German secret service (BND) and telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom of intercepting internet traffic to Austria, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, among others. READ  

Germany under fire for minimum wage law
Long distance truck driver. Photo: Adrian Pingstone/Wikimedia

Germany under fire for minimum wage law

The European Commission launched legal action against Germany on Tuesday, accusing the government of illegally applying the national minimum wage to a number of trucking and haulage companies from Austria, Poland and Hungary. READ  

Camps 'worst possible solution': Red Cross
Tents being set up in Linz, Upper Austria. Photo: LPD OÖ/Michael Dietrich

Camps 'worst possible solution': Red Cross

The Red Cross on Friday strongly criticised the Austrian government over its decision to set up tent camps for asylum seekers in response to the rapidly growing influx of refugees. READ  

Life sentences for Austrian nun killers
The Sacred Heart Home convent in Ixopo. Photo: www.mariannhill.de

Life sentences for Austrian nun killers

A South African court on Friday sentenced two men to life in jail for the rape and murder of an 86-year-old Austrian-born nun who was strangled with an electric typewriter cord. READ  

30 arrests as global drug ring busted
Drug money seized by police. Photo: LPD/Makowecz

30 arrests as global drug ring busted

Styria’s State Office of Criminal Investigation (LKA) has announced that it smashed an international cocaine trafficking ring earlier this year. READ  

South African men plead guilty to nun murder
The Sacred Heart Home convent in Ixopo. Photo: www.mariannhill.de

South African men plead guilty to nun murder

Two South African men charged with the rape and murder of a 86-year-old Austrian-born nun pleaded guilty on Tuesday, saying they had broken into the convent to steal food. READ  

Photos land Vienna man in hot water in Abu Dhabi
An innocent holiday snap could mean trouble. Photo: FritzDaCat/Wikimedia

Photos land Vienna man in hot water in Abu Dhabi

An architect from Vienna has been held in the United Arab Emirates for more than eight weeks after taking a photograph of the Iranian embassy whilst snapping holiday pics in Abu Dhabi. READ  

British embassy has 'listening post' in Vienna
Photo: CC BY-SA 2.0 FM4/Nomen Nescio/Google Maps

British embassy has 'listening post' in Vienna

Britain is operating a secret embassy-based eavesdropping site in Vienna, according to a report on the ORF. READ  

Switzerland willing to join EU refugee quota
Photo: UNHCR / F. Ellul

Switzerland willing to join EU refugee quota

Switzerland said on Wednesday it would be willing to adopt an EU migration proposal currently being debated by Brussels for the even geographical distribution of asylum seekers across Europe. READ  

 
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