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Gas explosion destroys Vienna rooftop apartment

Gas explosion destroys Vienna rooftop apartment

Around 6 p.m. on Thursday evening, a gas explosion ripped through the top floor of a residential building in Vienna's Margareten district.

Vienna court threw secret files in rubbish

Vienna court threw secret files in rubbish

Vienna's Regional Court has had to redefine its “waste management” policy after a blogger found confidential documents relating to ongoing cases in a paper recycling container outside the court building.

Tent cities considered for Austria's refugees

Tent cities considered for Austria's refugees

Austria's interior ministry says that it is no longer ruling out tent cities for refugees. On Thursday, the ministry told the Austrian Press Agency that the number of refugees has "massively" increased in the past few weeks.

Disabled Romanian forced to beg in Vienna

Disabled Romanian forced to beg in Vienna

A Romanian couple who forced a disabled Romanian man to beg in Vienna are on trial for human trafficking.

New U5 colour chosen for Vienna's underground

New U5 colour chosen for Vienna's underground

Vienna's public transportation network Wiener Linien has commenced work on initial construction for the U5 subway extension, and has made one of the most important choices - the colour scheme for the new line.

Record tourist numbers for Austria despite rain

Record tourist numbers for Austria despite rain

Despite a disappointing summer, the coolest since 2005, Austria had record tourist numbers from May to July, with 31.9 million overnight stays.

Hypo bank makes further shocking losses

Hypo bank makes further shocking losses

The nationalised Hypo Alpe Adria bank made overall concern losses of €1.67 billion (US$2.2 billion) as of the end of June 2014, according to its half-year balance published on Wednesday. The losses are far higher than any predictions or expectations.

'Angry rampage' on Tom Cruise film set

'Angry rampage' on Tom Cruise film set

A 34-year-old man has been arrested during the shoot for Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible 5 in Vienna after storming onto the filming location on Wednesday night and lashing out at people.

'You're just trying to get a sentence out'

'You're just trying to get a sentence out'

Kate Gaines is a 35-year-old clarinettist and music teacher from Kentucky, USA, who has been teaching at the Danube International School in Vienna for three years. She spoke to The Local about the challenges and joys of working abroad.

Happiness 'about making right choices'

Happiness 'about making right choices'

Can happiness be learned? And can you measure how happy certain people are? An international conference in Innsbruck is looking at these questions.

OSCE holds urgent meeting over Ukraine

OSCE holds urgent meeting over Ukraine

Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports that the European security body OSCE will hold a special meeting in Vienna on Thursday to discuss developments in conflict-torn Ukraine, following reports of Russian troops on the ground there, the US mission to the organisation said.

Chicken trailer catches fire on motorway

Chicken trailer catches fire on motorway

A trailer loaded with more than 2,000 chickens caught fire on Wednesday evening on Austria's A9 motorway in Traboch, Upper Styria. Hundreds of the birds are reported to have died.

Austria 'not prepared' for Ebola

Austria 'not prepared' for Ebola

The Freedom Party's (FPÖ) spokesman for science is warning that Austria is unprepared in the event of the deadly Ebola virus appearing in the country.