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Syrian: How to build bridges between cultures in Austria
Majd Nassan

One Syrian in Austria explains what he thinks the government and asylums seekers could do to alleviate discontent and improve integration in the country.

Austrians are happy folk says laughter survey
Marc Kjerland/Creative Commons

Over three quarters of Austrians laugh at least once day according to a recent survey.

Cat chase ends badly for huge dog stuck in gate
FF Hainfeld

An over-ambitious Newfoundland managed to get his head firmly stuck while chasing a cat.

Austrian bank keeps €38K sent by OAP with dementia
Wolfgang Sauer, nephew of the OAP. Photo: ORF screengrab

An Austrian bank is refusing to pay back a €38,000 ‘donation’ sent to them by an elderly woman suffering from dementia after she heard they were in financial difficulties.

New city map app helps refugees navigate Vienna
Esther Vargas/Creative Commons

A new city map app designed to help refugees orientate and integrate themselves in Vienna is being created by developers in the city.

Teen sentenced for ISIS propaganda
Photo: The Local

An Austrian court jailed on Thursday a 15-year-old Islamic extremist for a second time, handing down a 20-month sentence for sending banned propaganda material via mobile phone messaging service WhatsApp.

Tense talks as Italy fumes over Austria migrant 'slap'
ROBERTO TOMASI /EPA

Italy and Austria were set for showdown talks Thursday as Italian politicians and media reacted furiously to Vienna's new anti-migrant measures that could close the border between the two countries.

Brexit
Expats lose bid to scrap 15 year rule for EU referendum
D Smith/Flikr

A high court bid to force the British government to change the law that bars long-term expats from voting in the crucial EU referendum has been thrown out by judges.

Austrian extremists scale theatre roof in latest protest
iboesterreich.at

The far-right Identitarian movement scaled the roof of Vienna's Burgtheater last night in the second attack on a theatre performance about refugees in April.

UN chief slams 'increasingly restrictive' refugee policies
Wikimedia/Remy Steinegger

UN chief Ban Ki-moon hit out on Thursday at what he called "increasingly restrictive" refugee policies in Europe as the continent faces its worst migrant crisis in decades.

Weather chaos as Austria hit by April snow
Snow-covered vineyards in Styria. Twitter/@LouisKlagenfurt

Tens of thousands of homes in Austria were left without electricity and some residents had to be evacuated after areas of the country were hit by unseasonal heavy snowfall.

Austria prepares to build 400 metre fence on Italian border
ROBERTO TOMASI /EPA

Austria is making preparations to build a 400-metre-long fence at its Brenner border with Italy which will be erected if Italy does not cooperate, according to regional police.

Austria votes to reject most migrants and refugees
Some of the 108 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean disembark at Lampesusa in April. ELIO DESIDERIO/EPA

The Austrian parliament on Wednesday adopted one of Europe's toughest asylum laws, as the country's political leaders struggle to halt the surging far-right which is leading in presidential polls.

Asylum seeker confesses in Vienna court to pool rape
The attack happened at the Theresienbad swimming pool. Photo: Thomas Ledl/Wikimedia

An asylum seeker from Iraq accused of raping a ten-year-old boy in a Vienna swimming pool pleaded guilty in court yesterday.

Former employee accused of Austrian theatre bomb hoax
Stadttheater Klagenfurt

Police say a disgruntled former employee is responsible for the bomb hoax that saw 850 people evacuated from Klagenfurt City Theatre in February.

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