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Border controls to be tightened with Slovakia

Austria aims to tighten border controls, in particular on its frontier with Slovakia following a rise in migrants trying o enter the country, the defence minister was quoted as saying Wednesday.

Forbes Under 30: Seven young Austrians to watch

Forbes has released its second annual 30 Under 30 Europe list, celebrating the continent’s best and brightest young talent in ten categories from finance, to the arts, to industry. Here’s who made the lists from Austria.

Austria experiencing coldest January in 11 years

Austria is currently experiencing its coldest January in 11 years, according to meteorologists, with temperatures as low as -20C in parts of the country this week.

Pakistani people smuggler who nearly killed refugees jailed

A Pakistani people smuggler has been jailed for four years after he crashed a small delivery van filled to the brim with 36 refugees at high speed on a motorway.

Auschwitz seeks death camp items from Austrians and Germans

The museum at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp in Poland has urged Germans and Austrians to hand over any material that could shed light on its wartime staff.

Mother of toddler scalded to death will not face jail time

The mother of a toddler who died in November 2014 after she was punished by being thrown under a hot shower and suffered severe burns will not be jailed, a court in Vienna has ruled. Originally the woman was given a partially conditional sentence, but she will now only have to serve a period of probation.

Samsung Austria to introduce virtual reality driving lessons

Samsung Austria is teaming up with the national motor vehicle association (ÖAMTC) to develop a programme which enables new and aspiring drivers to practice using virtual reality technology. Known as "Samsung Drive", the app has the aim...Show More Summary

Homeless couple spark deadly blaze to stay warm

To stave off the cold, a homeless couple in Vienna's district of Favoriten made an open-air fire under a bridge late Monday evening. Unfortunately, their efforts resulted in major harm to the man and fatal injuries for the woman.

Strache and FPÖ delegation will attend Trump's Inauguration

President of Austria's Freedom Party (FPOe), Heinz-Christian Strache has officially announced their attendance at Donald Trump's upcoming inauguration that will take place this Friday.

Warrant issued for Olympic champion over alleged child abuse

Austrian prosecutors said on Monday that they have issued an arrest warrant for former Olympic judo champion Peter Seisenbacher after a no-show at his trial for alleged child sex abuse.

Rescue dog locates Austrian skier buried under avalanche

A 19-year-old Austrian man owes his life to an avalanche search and rescue dog after he was buried under snow whilst skiing with friends in Westendorf in Tyrol.

Austrian teenager builds model ski resort in his back garden

A ski-obsessed Austrian teenager has built a scale model ski resort in his back garden, complete with moving lifts and snow guns.

Plastic bags on the way out in Austria's supermarkets

Most of Austria’s larger supermarket chains have now voluntarily stopped providing their customers with plastic bags, as of January 1st. Instead, customers can buy a sturdy, reusable shopping bag at the checkout, if they haven’t brought their own from home.

Leader of Austria's far-right Freedom Party calls for 'zero immigration'

The leader of Austria's Freedom Party (FPÖ), Heinz-Christian Strache, described Islam as "misogynistic," "anti-liberal," and as having "a fascistic worldview" during an almost two-hour speech at the FPÖ's New Year gathering in the city of Salzburg.

Austria says asylum numbers halved but still too high

The number of asylum applications in Austria more than halved in 2016 but remains "high" the country's interior minister said as the figures were released Sunday.

MotoGP ace rides bike up Kitzbühel slopes

Skiers were shocked early Friday morning to spot world champion MotoGP rider Marc Marquez riding a powerful RC213V with spiked tyres heading up the ski slope towards them.

Theater piece seeks healing in wake of refugee tragedy

The gruesome discovery of 71 dead migrants in the summer of 2015 in an abandoned truck on a motorway near the Austrian town of Parndorf still haunts locals.

Storm Egon to bring fresh snow and colder conditions to Austria

Storm "Egon" is heading towards Austria, bringing colder temperatures and more snow.

End of the line for cigarette vending machines in Austria?

6,500 cigarette machines may have to be removed from Austrian streets because they don’t comply with EU regulations, as they don’t carry warning messages or graphic images concerning the health effects of tobacco.

Drunk teen threatens bar guests with gun after losing his phone

A drunk 19-year-old Austrian flipped out in a bar in Vienna when he couldn’t find his mobile phone and threatened the owner and fellow drinkers with what appeared to be a pistol.

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