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Legal equality for gays 'possible this year'

Legal equality for gays 'possible this year'

Vice-Chancellor Michael Spindelegger of the conservative People's Party (ÖVP) says that legal equality for gays might be achieved this year.

Retired diplomat attempts to kill wife

Retired diplomat attempts to kill wife

An 82-year-old retired Austrian diplomat attempted to kill his much younger wife and then shot himself in the head.

Russia wants its own 'straight' Eurovision

Russia wants its own 'straight' Eurovision

Russia and its allies consider Eurovision to be morally toxic after Conchita Wurst's win, and are seeking to establish their own 'Eurasian' version of the popular song contest that upholds traditional moral values.

Man sentenced to nine years for child abuse

Man sentenced to nine years for child abuse

A 46-year-old man has been sentenced by Vienna Criminal Court to nine years in prison for abusing two boys.

'Intolerable conditions' in children's homes

'Intolerable conditions' in children's homes

Some children's homes in Austria are doling out punishments which are 'human rights violations', according to the Ombudsman Board.

Woman gives Facebook fraudster €7,600

Woman gives Facebook fraudster €7,600

A Styrian woman who thought she was helping out a Facebook friend ended up losing more than 7,600 euros to a suspected Nigerian scammer.

Austrian provinces jostle for Eurovision 2015

Austrian provinces jostle for Eurovision 2015

Austria's various provinces are busy competing over who should host next year's Eurovision Song Contest, after Conchita Wurst's victory.

Gay Vienna gets welcome tourism boost

Gay Vienna gets welcome tourism boost

Forget about 'gay Paris' - Vienna is where it's at for a tolerant approach to LBGT tourism. The pink dollar (and euro) are welcome in Austria.

Torrential rains lash eastern Austria

Torrential rains lash eastern Austria

A series of storms have caused severe damage and required over 250 firefighting operations late on Sunday afternoon and evening in Styria and Burgenland.

OSCE: Putin 'supportive' of Ukraine roadmap

OSCE: Putin 'supportive' of Ukraine roadmap

The Vienna-based OSCE has learned that Russia is supportive of its roadmap for de-escalating the current crisis in Ukraine. It will focus on free and fair elections throughout Ukraine on May 25th.