Feb 26, 2015

Austria passes new law on Islam, banning foreign funding

Austria’s parliament passed a bill Wednesday amending laws on Muslim organizations. It bans foreign sources of financing and requires imams to be able to speak German. The text aims to promote what conservative Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz calls an “Islam of European character” by ...

Bionic hands nearly as good as transplants

Feb 25, 2015

Bionic hands nearly as good as transplants

European surgeons and engineers have devised a mind-controlled bionic hand that restores function almost as well as a flesh-and-blood transplant but without the risk of rejection, a research paper said Wednesday. The three Austrian beneficiaries of the unprecedented technique had been in car and ...

Austria takes team gold at worlds in Colorado

Feb 11, 2015

Austria takes team gold at worlds in Colorado

Sometime soon, Austrian skier Eva-Maria Brem wants to see the team event included in the Olympics as a medal competition. Of course she does. Her country is always on the podium. Marcel Hirscher helped top-seeded Austria hold off Canada and defend its gold medal ...

Feb 11, 2015

Austrian police arrest four 'Pink Panther' jewel thieves

Austrian police announced Tuesday they had arrested two Israelis, as well as a Serbian and a Belgian suspected of belonging to the notorious international “Pink Panther” group of jewel thieves. The four men, aged between 35 and 40, were arrested Feb. 3 in a ...

Anti-Islam group PEGIDA holds first Austria march

Feb 3, 2015

Anti-Islam group PEGIDA holds first Austria march

PEGIDA, the anti-Islam movement born in Germany, drew hundreds of supporters and counterdemonstrators to the streets of Vienna when it held its first march in neighboring Austria on Monday. With 1,200 police officers deployed in Austria’s capital as a precaution, around 250 marchers carrying ...

Austria ponders taking over house of Hitler's childhood

Jan 15, 2015

Austria ponders taking over house of Hitler's childhood

The Austrian government is looking at options that would allow it to take possession of the house where Adolf Hitler spent his early childhood as it seeks to end a dispute with the owner over its use, officials said Wednesday. The move is the ...

Sep 17, 2014

Austrian traffic cop has crap day

A traffic cop in Austria got more than he bargained for after a booby trap covered him head-to-toe in manure as he was trying to catch people speeding, police said on Tuesday. A bucket containing the slurry exploded 3 meters from the officer after ...

Aug 8, 2014

Austrian woman accused of making porn films in church

An Austrian woman has been charged after she allegedly sneaked into a village church and filmed herself performing sexual acts, police said Thursday. Police spokeswoman Simone Mayr said the woman, who has not been named, could face up to six months in jail for ...

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst wins Eurovision song contest

May 11, 2014

Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst wins Eurovision song contest

Bearded Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a James Bond-inspired entry that had unleashed a wave of protests in eastern Europe before the competition. The power ballad, “Rise Like a Phoenix,” helped Wurst ...