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UN Vienna warns staffers of 'trickery crime'

UN Vienna warns staffers of 'trickery crime'

A warning was issued today by the UN Security and Safety Service in Vienna, after UN delegates had been the target of confidence tricksters masquerading as undercover police to steal money and valuables.

Dramatic evacuation of Hohe Wand in ice storm

Dramatic evacuation of Hohe Wand in ice storm

The Hohe Wand mountain ridge in the district of Wiener Neustadt was the scene of dramatic evacuations on Wednesday as the state of emergency continued in Lower Austria, caused by five days of ice storms.

New low-cost train service for Vienna airport

New low-cost train service for Vienna airport

Vienna's Schwechat airport now offers yet another way to reach the city, and vice versa, with the launch of a new service from the Austrian railways (ÖBB).

Austrian boy partially blinded by laser pointer

Austrian boy partially blinded by laser pointer

A 12-year-old Austrian boy has suffered "massive and lasting" damage to his eyes after playing with a laser pointer, with his vision reduced by 60 percent, doctors said.

Bulgarian trio forced amputee to beg in Vienna

Bulgarian trio forced amputee to beg in Vienna

A Bulgarian man has been sentenced to two years in prison for people trafficking after forcing a 75-year-old double amputee to beg in Vienna.

Indebted hoarder kept 140 animals

Indebted hoarder kept 140 animals

A German-born woman with property in Austria and Hungary has been discovered to have around 140 animals, some of them kept in appalling conditions.

Ski hotel 'receives bomb threat'

Ski hotel 'receives bomb threat'

The Kronen Zeitung newspaper is reporting that a luxury ski hotel in western Austria is under police protection after it received a threatening email from self-proclaimed “Caucasus terrorists” who said they planned a bomb attack as retaliation against the recent arrests of 14 suspected jihadists.

Icy conditions cause chaos in Lower Austria

Icy conditions cause chaos in Lower Austria

Five days of freezing frost and rain in Lower Austria have caused a state of emergency in Zwettl and parts of Krems. 2,500 households are without electricity and the weather outlook remains grim.

Austria lagging but improving in corruption

Austria lagging but improving in corruption

Austria has improved slightly in the latest Corruption Perceptions Index released on Wednesday, moving from 26th up to 23rd place in the rankings.