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Cannabis: A burning issue for Austria's Neos
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Cannabis: A burning issue for Austria's Neos

Austria’s centrist Neos party has sparked controversy by speaking out in favour of legalizing cannabis. READ  

Minister sent death threats over refugees
Johanna Mikl-Leitner. Photo: APA/Hochmuth

Minister sent death threats over refugees

Vienna’s public prosecutor is investigating death threats sent to Austria's Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner (ÖVP). READ  

Saudi-funded NGO under scrutiny in Austria
The KAICIID headquarters in Vienna. Photo: APA/Neubauer

Saudi-funded NGO under scrutiny in Austria

The Austrian government has said it will be observing the activities of a Saudi-funded centre in Vienna, which is supposed to foster inter-religious dialogue, before extending its contract next year. READ  

Die Partei promises to 'ruin' Austria
Die Partei founder Martin Sonneborn. File photo: Soeren Stache/dpa

Die Partei promises to 'ruin' Austria

The German spoof political party Die Partei has set up an offshoot in Austria, in what it described as a "spectacularly easy" process. READ  

Freedom Party demands special asylum session
FPÖ leader Heinz-Christian Strache. Photo: APA (Hochmuth)

Freedom Party demands special asylum session

Austria's right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ) is calling for a special parliamentary session on the current chaos associated with floods of asylum seekers entering the country, as well as concerns over Islamization. READ  

Far-right extremists plan Upper Austrian meeting
Photo: APA/dpa/Thissen

Far-right extremists plan Upper Austrian meeting

A gathering of the far-right group Arbeitsgemeinschaft für demokratische Politik (AFP) is due to take place in the Wels-Land district of Upper Austria from Friday to Sunday - but several of the speakers may be stopped from making an appearance. READ  

Corrupt politician Strasser heading to jail
Photo: APA (Jaeger)

Corrupt politician Strasser heading to jail

Former Austrian interior minister and European Parliament ex-lawmaker Ernst Strasser lost Monday a final appeal against a jail term for offering to change legislation in Brussels in exchange for money, according to Agence France-Presse. READ  

Thousands gather to support Kobane's Kurds
The march in Bregenz on Saturday. Photo: APA (Werner Kaplaner)

Thousands gather to support Kobane's Kurds

Thousands of demonstrators gathered in Vienna on Friday evening to draw attention to the plight of the Kurds in Kobane, which is currently besieged by radical Islamist Isis forces. A demonstration in Bregenz had clashes leading to two stabbings on Saturday. READ  

Kerry and Ashton to hold nuclear talks in Vienna
Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif (R) and EU foreign policy chief Ashton (L). Photo: APA/Hans Punz

Kerry and Ashton to hold nuclear talks in Vienna

US Secretary of State John Kerry, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will hold nuclear talks in Vienna next week. READ  

Muslims criticize Law on Islam bill
Fuat Sanac. Photo: APA/BMI/ALEXANDER TUMA

Muslims criticize Law on Islam bill

Fuat Sanac, the President of the Islamic Community in Austria (IGGiÖ), has criticized the government’s draft bill for the new Law on Islam. READ  

Poll: Vienna SPÖ 'losing support'
Michael Häupl. Photo: APA

Poll: Vienna SPÖ 'losing support'

Ahead of Vienna city council elections next June a survey for the Heute newspaper suggests that Michael Häupl’s Social Democrat (SPÖ) party - currently governing the city in a coalition with the Greens - could be in for a dramatic defeat with a loss of 9.3 percent. READ  

Europe backs UK nuclear plant
Hinkley Point nuclear power station in the UK. Photo: Richard Baker/Wikimedia

Europe backs UK nuclear plant

A new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in the UK is to go ahead after it received final approval from European Union regulators - despite Austria having labelled it a "scandal". READ  

Conchita appears before EU Parliament
Conchita Wurst. Photo: APA/EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

Conchita appears before EU Parliament

Austria’s bearded lady and Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst has performed in front of the European Parliament in Brussels. READ  

New Law on Islam prohibits foreign funding
Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz. Photo: APA/Neubauer

New Law on Islam prohibits foreign funding

Austria’s new Law on Islam will prohibit Muslim organisations receiving funding from abroad. This will also affect imams who work in Austria but are financially supported by Turkey. READ  

Defect found in Austria's troubled Eurofighters
Eurofighter jets. Photo: EPA/BERND WUESTNECK

Defect found in Austria's troubled Eurofighters

A manufacturing fault has been discovered in Austria’s controversial Eurofighter typhoon warplanes, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed. READ  

 
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