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  • Austria's ban on full-face covering comes into force

    A law that forbids any kind of full-face covering, including Islamic veils such as the niqab or burqa, has come into force in Austria...

    Only a small number of Muslim women in Austria wear full-face veils, but they have become a target for right-wing groups and political parties...

  • Spain punch World Cup ticket, Austria force Serbia to wait

    PARIS: Heavyweights Spain qualified for the 2018 World Cup with a routine 3-0 home win over Albania on Friday, but Serbia must wait to seal to their place following a 3-2 loss in Austria...

    Serbia missed out on a chance to wrap up qualification from Group D with a match to spare as Louis Schaub struck a minute from time to give Austria victory in Vienna...

  • Scandal ‘tsunami’ threatens to sink Austria’s ruling centre-left

    VIENNA: Caught in a “tsunami” of scandals, the battle already seems all but lost for Austria’s ruling centre-left days from a snap election...

    One page, called “The Truth about Sebastian Kurz”, showed fake pictures and video clips portraying the OeVP boss as an “immigrationist” whose aim was to open Austria’s border to let in floods of refugees...

  • Austria Eurovision viewing in Islamabad

    The Austrian ambassador, Dr Brigitta Blaha, hosted a large-screen TV-viewing in connection with the spectacular Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna on Friday night...

    The embassy had prepared itself well for the occasion, making it possible for the guests to watch the event live on a large screen in the garden, applauding their favourite melodies in the friendly competition
  • Ennis-Hill set for Austria return

    LONDON: Jessica Ennis-Hill will take part in her first heptathlon since winning gold at the 2012 London Olympics when she competes in the biggest multi-discipline meeting of the year in Austria on May 30-31...

  • Austria’s conservative shift opens path to power for far right

    VIENNA: Austria’s shift to the right in a parliamentary election has paved the way for young conservative star Sebastian Kurz to become the next leader and opened a path for the resurgent far right to return to power...

    That prospect prompted guarded expressions of concern from European leaders including Germany’s Angela Merkel, who said the FPO’s strong showing was a “big challenge” for other parties in Austria...

  • Austria threatens to stop migrant influx from Italy by force

    ROME: Italy summoned Austria’s ambassador on Tuesday after Vienna threatened to send troops to the border over the migrant crisis, as the influx to Europe across the Medi­terranean topped 100,000 for 2017...

    Austrian Defence Min­ister Hans Peter Doskozil had on Monday said Austria would close its border with Italy and send soldiers to guard it if there was no slowdown in arrivals...

  • France, Austria reach women’s Euro quarter-finals

    ROTTERDAM: A late Camille Abily free-kick sent 10-woman France through to the Euro quarter-finals after a 1-1 draw against Switzerland, alongside newcomers Austria who routed Iceland 3-0 on Wednesday...

    In Rotterdam, Austria cruised to an easy win against Iceland to seal top spot in Group C with first-half goals by Sarah Zadrazil and Nina Burger, and a late strike by substitute Stefanie Enzinger...

  • Google Street View finally captures missing Austria

    VIENNA: Google’s Street View cars on Thursday started taking images in Austria, the only EU country along with Germany to remain largely absent from the popular online service showing 360-degree pictures of places around the world...

    In 2010, Google had begun to roll out its service in Austria and neighbouring Germany but was ordered to halt operations over alleged privacy breaches...

  • Man suspected of Paris attacks link held in Austria

    VIENNA: Austrian authorities are investigating two men arrested days ago for possible links to last month’s attacks in Paris that killed 130 people, officials said on Wednesday...

    State Prosecutor Robert Holzleitner said the two – arrested during the weekend in a migrants’ shelter in Salzburg – are suspected of “participation in a terrorist organisation,” with investigations focused on their possible connection to the Nov 13 attacks
  • Migrants stream into Austria, swept west by overwhelmed Hungary

    HEGYESHALOM: Thousands of exhausted migrants streamed into Austria on Saturday, bussed to the border by a Hungarian government that gave up trying to stop them as Europe's asylum system buckled under pressure from the sheer numbers reaching its frontiers...

    Austria said it had agreed with Germany that it would allow the migrants access, waiving the rules of an asylum system brought to breaking point by Europe's worst refugee crisis...

  • Austria, Germany open borders to migrants offloaded by Hungary

    HEGYESHALOM: Austria and Germany threw open their borders on Saturday to thousands of exhausted migrants from the east, were transported by buses to the frontier by a right-wing Hungarian government that had tried to stop them, but was overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of people...

    Left to walk the final stretch into Austria, rain-soaked migrants - many of them refugees from Syria's civil war - were whisked by train and shuttle bus...

  • Austria moves to block asylum-seekers with tough new rules

    VIENNA: Austria on Wednesday moved to further tighten migrants’ access to the country by placing tough new restrictions on asylum eligibility and making it easier to reject asylum seekers at the border...

    As of mid-May, the government will only accept cases of refugees facing threats to their safety in a neighbouring transit country or whose relatives are already in Austria...

  • Anti-migrant far right wins presidential poll in Austria

    VIENNA: Austria’s anti-immigration far-right triumphed on Sunday in the first round of presidential elections, dealing a rude wake-up call to Vienna’s cosy political establishment two years before the next scheduled general election...

    The result means that for the first time since 1945, Austria will not have a president backed by either Chancellor Werner Faymann’s Social Democrats (SPOe) or their centre-right coalition partners the...

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