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Tax cheats in EU's crosshairs

Tax cheats in EU's crosshairs

EU finance ministers took a major step towards ending banking secrecy on Tuesday, agreeing to the automatic exchange of account information so as to catch out tax cheats.

Technology helps Ebola diagnosis in West Africa

Technology helps Ebola diagnosis in West Africa

The UN nuclear agency said Tuesday that it will provide specialised equipment to West African countries hit by the Ebola outbreak to help faster diagnosis.

Vienna City Pass card to be launched in 2015

Vienna City Pass card to be launched in 2015

Tourists visiting the Austrian capital will appreciate the benefits of the new Vienna Pass card, which ties together a host of partner sights and tourist attractions.

Essl art fire sale earns €60 million

Essl art fire sale earns €60 million

A Christie's auction of art owned by the financially troubled Austrian building supplies chain owner and art collector Karlheinz Essl has raised €60 million (US$75 million).

Iran begins fresh nuke talks in Vienna

Iran begins fresh nuke talks in Vienna

Iran's foreign minister said Tuesday "numerous questions" remain unresolved as he arrived for fresh talks with the US and EU aimed at breaking a deadlock in efforts towards a nuclear deal.

Hitler house 'historically contaminated': officials

Hitler house 'historically contaminated': officials

The dispute over an appropriate use for the house where Austria's most infamous son, Adolf Hitler, was born and raised continues to plague the Austrian government and local officials in Braunau.

University diversity image backfires

University diversity image backfires

An attempt by the University of Vienna to promote its viability as part of the Erasmus student exchange program, and to highlight its diversity backfired when one of the students depicted in a promotional image revealed he is a native born Austrian.

Disco evacuated due to pepper spray

Disco evacuated due to pepper spray

Around 1,600 people had to be evacuated after a pepper spray attack at a popular Viennese disco in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Media distort suicide stories based on gender

Media distort suicide stories based on gender

A new study from the MedUni Vienna released on Monday shows that gender stereotypes are strongly exhibited when Austrian daily newspapers report on suicide-related events.

Revealed: The cost of home comforts in Austria

Revealed: The cost of home comforts in Austria

It's the question on everyone's lips: Which country in The Local's network offers the best value for wistful expats craving comfort food and drink from home? Well, wonder no more!

Giraffes to join the army

Giraffes to join the army

Recent cuts announced by the armed forces minister haven't led to conscription of zoo animals -- rather, the army has offered a home to the giraffes of Schönbrunn zoo while their enclosure is being renovated.