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Pharrell Williams as Emperor Franz Joseph
Pharrell Williams and Cara Delevingne. Photo: Olivier Saillant

Pharrell Williams as Emperor Franz Joseph

Karl Lagerfeld will stage Chanel’s latest Métiers d’art collection in Salzburg next week, and his accompanying film stars Pharrell Williams and British model Cara Delevingne as reincarnations of Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I and his wife Elisabeth, popularly known as Sisi. READ  

Austrian alpine idyll for asylum-seekers
Lake Traunsee. Photo: Austria Tourism

Austrian alpine idyll for asylum-seekers

As Europe struggles with floods of refugees fleeing Syria and other hotspots, one award-winning village in Austria is showing that it is possible for locals and asylum-seekers to get along just fine. READ  

'Serious gaps' remain in Iran nuke talks
US Secretary of State John Kerry talks to reporters. File Photo: APA (Punz)

'Serious gaps' remain in Iran nuke talks

The United States said Friday that "serious gaps" still need to be overcome with Iran in marathon negotiations in Vienna on ending a 12-year standoff over the country's nuclear program. READ  

Austria's new wage laws threaten ski holidays
Photo: APA/Gindl

Austria's new wage laws threaten ski holidays

With the official start of the ski season just a week away, Austria has introduced an amendment to its minimum wage law, aimed at foreign workers including ski chalet staff and tour operator reps. READ  

Vienna man jailed for Bacardi blackmail
Monika Bacardi. Photo: Courtesy Monika Bacardi

Vienna man jailed for Bacardi blackmail

A Viennese man found guilty of trying to extort money from wealthy rum empire heiress Monika Bacardi has been sentenced to 21 months in prison. READ  

Muslim leaders denounce Isis violence
The KAICIID headquarters in Vienna. Photo: APA/Neubauer

Muslim leaders denounce Isis violence

Leaders of Christian, Muslim and other religious communities from Iraq, Syria and the larger Middle East region have met at a Saudi-funded centre in Vienna and have denounced all violence in the name of religion. READ  

'Cat porn' cartoon aims to promote safe sex
Photo: AIDS-Hilfen Österreichs

'Cat porn' cartoon aims to promote safe sex

Austria’s Aids charity AIDS-Hilfe has produced an explicit cartoon showing two gay cats having unprotected sex, which is meant to raise awareness about European HIV testing week (which takes place from 21st to 28th November). NSFW. READ  

Iran meets six world powers over nukes
Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif (R) and EU foreign policy chief Ashton (L). Photo: APA/Hans Punz

Iran meets six world powers over nukes

Iran and six world powers descend on Vienna Tuesday seeking to nail down a mammoth nuclear deal, six days before a deadline with differences still considerable despite months of negotiations. READ  

Austria improves in English language skills
Sprechen Sie Englisch? Photo: APA/epa

Austria improves in English language skills

Austria has increased its position in the world rankings as a global leader in English language proficiency, according to a report released this week. READ  

Austria could block Czech nuclear waste site
Sebastian Kurz (L) and Lubomir Zaoralek (R). Photo: APA/Tatic

Austria could block Czech nuclear waste site

The Czech Republic has agreed to provide Austria with all the available information on its planned construction of a nuclear waste repository - which may end up located close to the Austrian border. READ  

Court: EU migrants can be denied local benefits
An Austrian job centre. Photo: APA/PFARRHOFER

Court: EU migrants can be denied local benefits

Immigrants from other EU nations can be refused unemployment benefits under certain conditions, the Court of Justice of the European Union decided on Tuesday in a case that Austria has welcomed as a "clarification" of the rules. READ  

Op. Ed
Radical Islam in Austria is active and growing
After his release from prison Mahmoud burned his Austrian passport in a video. Photo: Site

Radical Islam in Austria is active and growing

Has Austria become a growing regional centre for Islamic religious extremism? In this analysis, Benjamin Weinthal, who reports on European affairs for The Jerusalem Post, sees three different Jihadist movements working actively in Austria. READ  

Austrian Railways comes to terms with Nazi past
Prisoners disembark from a train at Auschwitz. Photo: Auschwitz Album, Yad Vashem

Austrian Railways comes to terms with Nazi past

Austria’s national railway company ÖBB has held an exhibition at the European Parliament which looks at a dark chapter in its past - the firm’s complicity in the Holocaust. READ  

Life in Austrian Catholic community 'was hell'
File photo: Jochen Lübke/dpa

Life in Austrian Catholic community 'was hell'

Defectors from a Catholic community called The Work (Das Werk), which is based in Bregenz in the west of Austria, have spoken out about abuse in the community. READ  

Red Bull drinks 'fuelling Syrian Islamists'
Islamic State fighters in Syria. Photo: APA

Red Bull drinks 'fuelling Syrian Islamists'

Truck loads of Austria's popular Red Bull energy drink are being shipped daily by Turkish traders into Syria, and being consumed by fighters in the civil war who are drinking it to help them stay alert during gruelling battles. READ  

 
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