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Judges furious at pro-Saudi comments

Judges furious at pro-Saudi comments

Former Austrian justice minister Claudia Bandion-Ortner, herself a judge, is also deputy director of a Saudi-funded centre in Vienna for fostering inter-religious dialogue.

Pensioner acted as decoy to catch conman

Pensioner acted as decoy to catch conman

A 19-year-old Polish man has been arrested for attempting to carry out a 'nephew scam' in Linz, after the 74-year-old he was trying to con acted as a decoy for the police.

Vienna bans dangerous reptiles as pets

Vienna bans dangerous reptiles as pets

From January 2015 people in Vienna will no longer be allowed to keep giant snakes, spiders, scorpions and the like as pets.

Traffickers force trio into prostitution in Styria

Traffickers force trio into prostitution in Styria

A group of Romanian human traffickers have been arrested for forcing three young woman into prostitution against their will.

Vienna's €19 billion ‘Hypotopia’ city

Vienna's €19 billion ‘Hypotopia' city

A group of students has constructed a model city for 102,574 inhabitants in one of Vienna's main squares – as a form of protest against the taxpayer-funded bailout of the Hypo Alpe Adria bank for the sum of €19 billion.

Serbians lead in new residence permits

Serbians lead in new residence permits

According to a Eurostats report issued on Wednesday, Austria has granted the most residence permits to citizens from Serbia, followed by Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Schönbrunn Zoo celebrates 'ugly' babies

Schönbrunn Zoo celebrates 'ugly' babies

Could these be the ugliest babies to be born at Vienna's Schönbrunn Zoo? The four baby naked mole-rats, also known as sand puppies, are "certainly not the most beautiful, but are one of the most exciting animals," according to zoo director Dagmar Schratter.

Star Wars to play for two weeks solid

Star Wars to play for two weeks solid

A German satellite TV channel has announced that it will be broadcasting Star Wars films continuously, 24 hours a day, for two weeks starting on December 1st.

Snow causes chaos in western Austria

Snow causes chaos in western Austria

Winter has come early to western Austria, leaving hundreds of homes without electricity on Wednesday night. Snow and rainfall also caused numerous problems on roads, and is expected to continue until Thursday evening.

Drunk driver (14) caught after police chase

Drunk driver (14) caught after police chase

Klagenfurt police reported an incident in the early hours of Thursday morning in which they noticed a vehicle travelling without lights.