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Austria may pardon anti-gay law convictions
HOSI'S Gugg cafe and centre in Vienna. Photo: wien.gv.at

Austria may pardon anti-gay law convictions

September 16, 2015

The Homosexuelle Initiative (HOSI) Wien (homosexual initiative of Vienna) has welcomed a proposal from Austria’s minister of justice for a new law which would pardon gay men and women sentenced under former anti-homosexuality laws – if they apply for it and a court finds them not guilty.

The expats working overtime for refugees
Alex Hesling (centre) and fellow volunteers.

The expats working overtime for refugees

September 10, 2015

As exhausted and destitute refugees, mainly from Syria and Afghanistan, continue to arrive in Vienna one group of expats has been working overtime to gather and distribute donations.

Migrant crisis
More migrants risk lives on deadly journeys
File photo: Police (LPD)

More migrants risk lives on deadly journeys

August 29, 2015

Austrian police said Saturday that they intercepted another truck containing 26 migrants and that three young children had to be hospitalised, days after 71 people died in an abandoned vehicle.

Free tattoos as a stand 'against racism'

July 27, 2015

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.

Legal case against begging ban launched

June 29, 2015

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

Austrian teen jihadist jailed for bomb plot

May 26, 2015

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

Eurovision Song Contest

Bearded man in dress finds Conchita 'repulsive'

May 21, 2015

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.

Trial for jihadist teenager delayed

May 19, 2015

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.

Police aim to recruit more ethnic minorities

May 18, 2015

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

The Local Video

Life Ball 2015 roundup and gallery

May 17, 2015

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

Vienna prisoners 'could work in police stations'

May 05, 2015

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.

Austrian welfare group calls for refugee visas

May 04, 2015

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

Magazine printed with HIV+ blood ink

May 04, 2015

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

Austria more tolerant 'except on topic of Islam'

Austria more tolerant 'except on topic of Islam'

April 28, 2015

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.

Salzburg city to introduce begging ban

Salzburg city to introduce begging ban

April 17, 2015

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.

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