Asadullah, a 23-year-old Afghan man, wears a broad smile that belies his circumstances. Shivering in an abandoned brick factory, he waits to be smuggled across the nearby border into Hungary, gateway to his real destination – Austria.
According to David Scharia, a senior Israeli expert of the United Nations Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTED), one of the two teenage girls who fled to Syria in Spring to join the jihad has been killed in fighting.
Austria's unusually mild weather for the time of year is good news for the Christmas markets as people are not so tempted to stay at home and keep warm, but does mean that there's not much chance of a white Christmas for most of Austria's cities and low lying areas.
Austria is not happy that the EU's planned €315 billion growth scheme could be used to fund the construction of nuclear power plants.
A homeless Slovakian man froze to death on a bench outside Vienna's Hütteldorf station on Tuesday morning - despite hundreds of commuters passing him on their way to work.