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Ukraine ceasefire gets first Austrian monitor
Monitors from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine during a briefing. Photo: OSCE/Evgeniy Maloletka

Ukraine ceasefire gets first Austrian monitor

The first Austrian military specialist will join the OSCE mission to observe the fragile ceasefire in Ukraine's civil war on Sunday, reported the Austrian Press Agency (APA). READ  

Austria bans Isis terror symbols
Fighters from Isis near the border between Syria and Iraq. Photo: EPA/ALBARAKA NEWS/HANDOUT

Austria bans Isis terror symbols

Following closely on the heels of Germany, Austria has announced a forthcoming ban on terrorism-related symbols, specifically starting with the Isis flag, reported the Austrian Press Agency (APA) on Friday evening. [Updated to reflect comments from HC Strache over the weekend.] READ  

Neo-Nazi vandalism 'unacceptable' says OSCE
OSCE's Headquarters in Vienna at the Hofburg. Photo: Wikimedia

Neo-Nazi vandalism 'unacceptable' says OSCE

The Vienna-based Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said Friday that neo-Nazi vandalism and threats against a local newspaper in eastern Germany were "unacceptable and must be stopped", according to Agence France-Presse. READ  

Austrian drones to monitor Ukraine
Schiebel Camcopter S100. Photo: Stahlkocher

Austrian drones to monitor Ukraine

Austrian-made drones will be used as part of an OSCE observer mission to monitor the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. READ  

Russia restricting Austria's gas supplies
File photo: APA

Russia restricting Austria's gas supplies

In the wake of renewed threats of EU sanctions against Russia, the Russian gas supplier Gazprom has sharply reduced gas supplies to several countries, including Austria. [Updated Friday with comments from Reinhold Mitterlehner] READ  

Ailing bauMax chain sells Bulgarian units
Photo: APA/HERBERT PFARRHOFER

Ailing bauMax chain sells Bulgarian units

Less than two weeks after the Austrian hardware store chain got a lifeline through the sale of the art collection of its founder, Karlheinz Essl, the ailing retailer has announced the sale of its Bulgarian subsidiary to a private investor, reported Reuters on Thursday. READ  

Austrian court unfreezes ambassador's accounts
Zalmay Khalilzad in 2008. Photo: Monika Flueckiger/World Economic Forum

Austrian court unfreezes ambassador's accounts

An Austrian court has unfrozen the bank accounts belonging to the wife of a top former US diplomat who was allegedly under investigation for money laundering, according to a statement from the couple's lawyer. READ  

Conchita to sing in front of EU parliament
Conchita at a recent event in her home town of Bad Mitterndorf. Photo: APA/Erwin Scheriau

Conchita to sing in front of EU parliament

Austria's transvestite Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst will perform in front of the European Parliament building in Brussels on October 8th. READ  

Why sunny days can lead to suicide
Photo: APA

Why sunny days can lead to suicide

Although long periods of sunny weather have a positive effect on people’s mood and can be beneficial for those suffering from depression, shorter spells of good weather can actually be a trigger for suicide, according to researchers at the Medical University of Vienna. READ  

Network to protect Austrians from jihadists
Isis fighters in Syria. Photo: APA

Network to protect Austrians from jihadists

Stories about young Austrians heading to Syria to fight with violent jihadists are becoming disturbingly frequent - with two young girls prevented from flying to Turkey en route to Syria this week. READ  

'Floating' cannabis found on Lake Neusiedl
The cannabis plants. Photo: Hungarian police

'Floating' cannabis found on Lake Neusiedl

Hungarian police have busted a 35-year-old amateur gardener who was growing a floating hemp plantation on Lake Neusiedl, on the Austrian border. READ  

Hahn is neighbourhood commissioner
Johannes Hahn. Photo: APA (Archiv/Pfarrhofer)

Hahn is neighbourhood commissioner

Incoming European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has named Austrian Johannes Hahn (ÖVP) as the new EU neighbourhood and enlargement negotiations commissioner. READ  

Girls lured to Syria with 'false promises'
File photo showing Islamic Jihad members in the Gaza Strip. Photo: APA/EPA/ALI ALI

Girls lured to Syria with 'false promises'

Two teenage girls from Vienna who attempted to leave Austria to travel to Syria to join Islamic State (Isis) jihadists had no intention of committing terrorist acts and were lured by “false promises”, Austria’s Interior Ministry has said. READ  

Animal rights activists call for Cesar boycott
Cesar Millan.

Animal rights activists call for Cesar boycott

Austrian animal rights activists are calling for people to boycott controversial dog trainer Cesar Millan, when he appears at the Vienna Stadthalle on September 12th and 13th. READ  

Call to bring back Austrian border controls
A group of refugees. File photo: APA

Call to bring back Austrian border controls

Austria’s Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner (ÖVP) has acknowledged that the number of refugees travelling through Austria into Germany presents “a substantial problem” and that the reintroduction of border controls might be something to consider. READ  

 
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