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Thousands offer time and money to help refugees
Caritas Wien

Thousands offer time and money to help refugees

13 hours ago

The city of Vienna says it has been flooded with offers from members of the public to help donate time and money in support of refugees.

Solidarity not one way street says Faymann
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Solidarity not one way street says Faymann

1 day ago

Building border fences like those erected by the Hungarian government will not prevent smugglers or solve the asylum crisis, Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann said on Monday.

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Austria steps up police checks for refugees
LPD Burgenland

Austria steps up police checks for refugees

2 days ago

Austria has stepped up police checks on one of the main smuggling routes into the country from the east in a bid to prevent further refugees from dying on the dangerous journey.

Rights expert: 'Border fences ineffective'
www.bmi.gv.at

Rights expert: 'Border fences ineffective'

August 28, 2015

An Austrian human rights expert has said that border fences against asylum seekers like those being installed by Hungary are “ineffective” and only have a symbolic effect.

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Kurz threatens tighter border controls
ORF ZiB2

Kurz threatens tighter border controls

August 27, 2015

Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has threatened to introduce stricter border controls in Austria if a European solution cannot be found for the asylum crisis.

Germany eases rules as refugee crisis intensifies
Influx of refugees from FYR Macedonia to Serbia includes exhausted mothers with children resting in any kind of shade they can spot. Photo: UNHCR/I.Szabo

Germany eases rules as refugee crisis intensifies

August 26, 2015

Germany said Tuesday it has eased asylum rules for Syrian refugees in a move expected to relieve pressure on southern European nations as thousands more migrants pour into the bloc seeking refuge.

Migrant crisis to hijack western Balkans summit
Ministers at last year's conference. Photo: Tanja Fajon

Migrant crisis to hijack western Balkans summit

August 25, 2015

Europe's raging migrant crisis is set to hijack a summit in Vienna of leaders from the western Balkans region on Thursday that will also be attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Migrant crisis a 'humanitarian disaster'
Sebastian Kurz in Macedonia. Photo: APA/EPA

Migrant crisis a 'humanitarian disaster'

August 24, 2015

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz described Europe's refugee crisis as a "humanitarian disaster" on Monday and called for a new strategy to tackle the growing influx.

Alleged crime boss faces extradition
Russian police rounded up some of his gang in 2014. Photo: APA

Alleged crime boss faces extradition

August 19, 2015

A legal saga over the suspected head of a organised crime gang wanted by Moscow and held in Austria took a new twist on Wednesday as a Vienna court again approved his extradition to Russia.

Austria votes in favour of Greek bailout
Austrian parliament. Photo: Manfred Werner/Wikipedia

Austria votes in favour of Greek bailout

August 19, 2015

Austria's parliament has voted in favour of an €86 billion ($94.9 billion) bailout for Greece to keep the debt-ridden country in the eurozone.

Wallet lost during WWII returned to US soldier
The farmhouse where Ramos stayed. Photo: Josef Ruckhofer

Wallet lost during WWII returned to US soldier

August 07, 2015

A wallet lost 70 years ago by an American soldier in Austria during World War II was returned to its rightful owner thanks to a doctor who discovered the item in his late grandfather's farmhouse.

Austrians second in EU for big-game hunting
Cecil the lion. Photo: Youtube screenshot

Austrians second in EU for big-game hunting

August 04, 2015

Animal rights activists in Austria are calling for the government to ban the import of hunting trophies after the killing of Cecil the lion by a US dentist in Zimbabwe sparked a backlash around the world.

Marines held in Austria for weapons violations
US Marines. Photo: Sgt. Mark Fayloga/Wikimedia

Marines held in Austria for weapons violations

August 03, 2015

The opposition Freedom Party (FPÖ) is demanding a response from Austria’s chancellor and foreign minister after nine American marines were arrested in Vienna’s airport for carrying assault rifles and handguns on board a commercial airliner without proper clearance last month.

Slovakian village doesn't want Austria’s migrants
Austria has had to set up tent cities for migrants. Photo: Vol.at

Slovakian village doesn't want Austria’s migrants

August 03, 2015

Residents of the Slovakian village of Gabcikovo voted in a referendum on Sunday to reject the establishment of a temporary asylum camp to house 500 migrants bound for Austria under an agreement between Bratislava and Vienna.

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Austrian president announces Iran visit
Heinz Fischer with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Photo: Bundespräsident Dr. Heinz Fischer

Austrian president announces Iran visit

July 24, 2015

Austrian President Heinz Fischer will in September make the first visit to Iran by a European head of state since 2004, his office said on Thursday.

 
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