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Pop culture dominated by Austrian candy
Sadly, this fan art from PezGhostly depicting Austria's own Conchita Wurst doesn't exist - yet. Photo: Pez Facebook

Pop culture dominated by Austrian candy

While most Americans know the candy from its acid taste and cool pop-culture dispensers, almost nobody knows that the candy which has dominated its sector for fifty years was invented in Austria as a smoking-cessation aid. READ  

The godparents helping refugees feel at home
A young refugee from Syria. Photo: UNHCR/S Baldwin

The godparents helping refugees feel at home

More and more refugees are arriving in Austria, including unaccompanied children from Afghanistan. While their basic needs are being met, they often struggle to become integrated into Austrian society. The Local's François Badenhorst met with Connecting People, a non-profit working to help these children and young adults. READ  

Waiting to be smuggled into Austria
Photo: UNHCR/McKinsey

Waiting to be smuggled into Austria

Asadullah, a 23-year-old Afghan man, wears a broad smile that belies his circumstances. Shivering in an abandoned brick factory, he waits to be smuggled across the nearby border into Hungary, gateway to his real destination – Austria. READ  

Austrian jihad teen girl 'likely killed'
Sabina (L) and Samra (R). Photo: APA/Interpol

Austrian jihad teen girl 'likely killed'

According to David Scharia, a senior Israeli expert of the United Nations Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTED), one of the two teenage girls who fled to Syria in Spring to join the jihad has been killed in fighting. READ  

Ebola's deadly reach impacts Vienna student
Photo: APA

Ebola's deadly reach impacts Vienna student

Austria has yet to record its first case of Ebola, but the feared virus has already had a severe impact on the lives of Africans living in Vienna. READ  

Google trends of 2014: Football and Conchita
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Google trends of 2014: Football and Conchita

Austrians were seized with football fever during the World Cup in Brazil, despite their team failing to qualify, and a certain bearded lady was the next best thing according to Google’s publication of the top trending search terms in Austria throughout 2014. READ  

Facing up to death over coffee and cake
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Facing up to death over coffee and cake

Vienna seems to have cafes for everything these days - Internet, cats, breakfast and writers - but earlier this year saw the opening of the first Death Cafe. Freelance journalist Maddy French went along to check it out. READ  

30 prisoners pardoned for Christmas
Photo: APA (dpa)

30 prisoners pardoned for Christmas

Austria’s President Heinz Fischer has granted 30 prisoners their freedom as part of a traditional Christmas amnesty. They will be allowed to spend the holiday at home and can leave prison on Wednesday. READ  

Conchita ponders future retirement
Photo: APA (epa)

Conchita ponders future retirement

After a whirlwind year that saw her win the Eurovision Song Contest and perform at the European parliament and United Nations, "bearded lady" Conchita Wurst is headed for the recording studio but doesn't rule out hanging up her stiletto heels in the coming years. READ  

Dumpster diving in Vienna for fun and profit
Photo: Francois Badenhorst

Dumpster diving in Vienna for fun and profit

The Local's Francois Badenhorst was shocked to learn about the amount of food wasted every day from our restaurants and supermarkets, because of 'best-before' and 'use-by' dates, as well as consumers seeking the perfect, unblemished banana. He decided to go undercover, and explore Vienna's dumpster diving scene. READ  

A glimpse into Viennese history: the Ring
Photo: Opening of the Ringstrasse by Kaiser Franz Joseph on May 1, 1865

A glimpse into Viennese history: the Ring

Ever wondered what the Ring looked like in the past? This video gives a pretty good idea. READ  

Gambler wins big in court
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Gambler wins big in court

Jackpot! An Austrian gambling addict gets €440,000 back after a court victory on Thursday. READ  

'Angel' sentenced for sex acts film in church
Frame capture from the video uploaded by 'Babsi'. Photo: Tube8

'Angel' sentenced for sex acts film in church

"Believe me, if you see what other people get up to, I'm really an angel," said the young Polish woman under cross-examination in court on Thursday after being charged with making a pornographic video in a church. READ  

Top ten list of unusual locations for sex
Wherever you choose, it's a good idea to use one of these. Photo: APA (dpa)

Top ten list of unusual locations for sex

A recent poll of Austrian women conducted by the affairs web portal Victoria Milan has identified the unusual locations where Austrian women fantasize about having a fling. READ  

Austria passes anti-terrorism law
Photo: EPA/ALI ALI

Austria passes anti-terrorism law

Austria's parliament has passed an anti-terrorism law which bans the symbols of the Islamic State group (Isis) and al-Qaeda, as well as creating the possibility of issuing travel bans on minors suspected of seeking to join Islamic radicals in the Middle East. READ  

 
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