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West-Nile virus now confirmed in Austria

West-Nile virus now confirmed in Austria

Recent scares over deadly cases of Salmonella, Listeria, and Ebola have raised awareness of blood- and fluid- borne pathogens, with the latest now-confirmed case of the West-Nile virus appearing in Austria.

Nine suspected jihadists arrested in Austria

Nine suspected jihadists arrested in Austria

Police have arrested nine people on Austrian territory who are suspected of wanting to participate as jihadists in the war in Syria.

Two neo-Nazis get jail sentences

Two neo-Nazis get jail sentences

The heads of the neo-Nazi network "Objekt 21" have been sentenced to six years and nine months and four years and eight months respectively on Wednesday.

Tyrolean separatists see parallels with Scotland

Tyrolean separatists see parallels with Scotland

In South Tyrol, Italy's German-speaking northern region, Teutonic efficiency meets Italian flair in a seemingly blissful union of lederhosen, "La Dolce Vita" and idyllic scenery. But for some, life is not so sweet.

Kurz warns of 'new cold war' over Ukraine

Kurz warns of 'new cold war' over Ukraine

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz (People's Party/ÖVP) has warned of a new cold war between the East and the West because of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Strabag takes stake in Marriott Grand Hotel

Strabag takes stake in Marriott Grand Hotel

Troubled Bank of Cyprus (BoC), the island's largest lender, said Wednesday it has agreed to sell its stake in Romania's Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel to an Austrian firm for €95 million, according to an AFP report. The bailed-in bank said the proceeds will enhance its liquidity.

ÖVP calls for Sunday trading in Vienna

ÖVP calls for Sunday trading in Vienna

Austria's People's Party (ÖVP) has repeated calls for Sunday trading in Vienna, especially in connection with next year's Eurovision Song Contest.

'Batman' spotted on Vienna's rooftops

'Batman' spotted on Vienna's rooftops

A young parkour aficionado was spotted recently, hurling himself off rooftops above the streets of Vienna, dressed as the popular character Batman from comics and movies.

3,000 new Kindergarten places announced

3,000 new Kindergarten places announced

On Tuesday, Family Minister Sophie Karmasin of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) announced that the government would be creating an additional 3,000 Kindergarten places, at a cost to the state of €98 million over the next four years.

Legal action planned to force piracy blockade

Legal action planned to force piracy blockade

VAP, the anti-piracy group for film and video in Austria, announced this week that it plans to take legal action against Austrian Internet service providers (ISPs), to force them to block access to so-called piracy websites.

All-clear given on suspected Ebola cases

All-clear given on suspected Ebola cases

Austria's health ministry gave the all-clear Tuesday evening after regional authorities earlier reported two suspected cases of Ebola in two men recently returned from Nigeria.