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Free tattoos as a stand 'against racism'
Alex Smoltschnik. Photo: El Gato

Free tattoos as a stand 'against racism'

A tattoo artist based in Graz has been giving customers free tattoos - so long as their chosen design has a message of anti-racism and tolerance. READ  

Legal case against begging ban launched
Salzburg. Photo: Salzburg.info

Legal case against begging ban launched

The human rights group Plattform für Menschenrechte is to appeal against Salzburg’s ban on begging, which was introduced earlier this month. READ  

Austrian teen jihadist jailed for bomb plot
Rudolf Mayer, lawyer to the accused teen. Photo: Sven Wolter/Wikimedia

Austrian teen jihadist jailed for bomb plot

A 14-year-old boy who plotted a bomb attack on a Vienna train station was sentenced on Tuesday to eight months' detention. READ  

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Bearded man in dress finds Conchita 'repulsive'
CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR, MOSCOW. At the enthronement ceremony for Kirill, the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. Photo: Russian President's Office (Kremlin)

Bearded man in dress finds Conchita 'repulsive'

The Patriarch of Russia's Orthodox Church on Thursday said he found the Eurovision Song Contest repulsive with its "bearded female singers", referring to last year's drag queen winner Conchita Wurst. READ  

Trial for jihadist teenager delayed
Westbahnhof railway station. Photo: Sven Gross-Selbeck/Wikimedia

Trial for jihadist teenager delayed

A 15-year-old Austrian schoolboy with alleged ties to Islamist extremists, who is accused of intending to launch a bomb attack in Vienna last year will be tried on May 26, officials said on Monday. READ  

Police aim to recruit more ethnic minorities
The Islamic Centre in Floridsdorf. Photo: wien-vienna.at

Police aim to recruit more ethnic minorities

Austrian police are stepping up efforts to recruit more people from ethnic minorities to join the force. READ  

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Life Ball 2015 roundup and gallery
Photo: Michelle Terese

Life Ball 2015 roundup and gallery

One of the highlights of the Vienna Ball season is the AIDS charity fundraiser, the Life Ball. READ  

Vienna prisoners 'could work in police stations'

Police in Vienna are sceptical of a new agreement between the interior and justice ministries, which could see day release prisoners working in police stations in the capital. READ  

Austrian welfare group calls for refugee visas
Photo: Michael Chalupka, Diakonie Österreich

Austrian welfare group calls for refugee visas

The director of Austrian welfare organisation Diakonie has called for 'humanitarian visas' to be used to help vulnerable refugees safely come to Austria. READ  

Magazine printed with HIV+ blood ink

An Austrian magazine has used ink infused with the blood of three HIV+ people to print a special edition of their current issue. READ  

Austria more tolerant 'except on topic of Islam'

Austria more tolerant 'except on topic of Islam'

Austrians consider themselves to be increasingly tolerant when it comes to sexuality, race and gender - but not on the topic of Islam, according to a new survey. READ  

Salzburg city to introduce begging ban

Salzburg city to introduce begging ban

The city of Salzburg has confirmed that it will outlaw begging in many parts of the city centre, as well as in markets and cemeteries. The local government will agree on the terms of the ban by May 20th. READ  

4,000 Austrians drink-drive without a licence
Photo: James Palisad/Flickr

4,000 Austrians drink-drive without a licence

Around 26,000 motorists lose their license every year in Austria due to drink driving, and 4,000 continued to drive over the limit without a licence according to a report from the Austrian Road Safety Board (KFV). READ  

Priest in hot water after Mein Kampf comparison

Priest in hot water after Mein Kampf comparison

A priest in Vorarlberg, in the west of Austria, has been slammed for “gross misconduct” after justifying priestly celibacy by alluding to Hitler’s infamous manifesto Mein Kampf. READ  

Priest quits church to marry secret lover

An Austrian priest gave his congregation a surprise during a church service on Easter Monday in Donawitz, Styria, when he announced that he was giving up the priesthood to marry a woman he’d been having a relationship with for years. READ  

 
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