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A Year On, Migrant Crisis Hangs Over Votes in Hungary, Austria

By Krisztina Than and Francois Murphy VAMOSSZABADI, Hungary/NICKELSDORF, Austria, Sept 6 – On a warm morning in late August, two dozen migrants carrying stuffed plastic bags and backpacks boarded a bus outside a refugee centre in Vamosszabadi, a village in northwest Hungary. Escorted by police on what was meant to be a short shopping trip

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Austria Takes Another Baby Step Towards Tougher Asylum Rules

VIENNA, Aug 30  – Austria has taken its next step, albeit small, towards introducing tougher rules on immigration that will allow it to turn away asylum seekers at its borders within an hour and also to cap the number of asylum requests it accepts. The government said on Tuesday it would start next week to

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Austria Arrests Nine Iraqis Over Gang Rape of German Woman

VIENNA, Aug 15 – Nine Iraqi asylum seekers and refugees have been arrested over the alleged gang rape of a 28-year-old German woman in Vienna on New Year’s Day, Austrian police said on Monday, a case likely to fuel public debate over immigration and crime. Austria has not seen scenes like those in the German

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Austria Arrests Two after Arson Attack on Turkish Cultural Centre

VIENNA, Aug 15 – Two suspects have been arrested in connection with an attempt to set fire to a Turkish cultural centre in the northern Austrian town of Wels, police said on Monday, at a time of heightened tension between Vienna and Ankara. The attack took place in early morning and the suspects, whom police

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Turkey Summons Austria Charge D’affaires Over ‘Indecent’ Report

ISTANBUL, Aug 14 – Turkey summoned Austria’s charge d’affaires in Ankara late on Saturday over what it said was “indecent report” about Turkey on a news ticker at Vienna airport, a foreign ministry official said. “Turkey allows sex with children under the age of 15,” read a headline on an electronic news ticker at the

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Austria Threatens to Block Acceleration of Turkish EU Talks

VIENNA, Aug 7 – Austria’s foreign minister has threatened to block the expansion of negotiations with Turkey on its accession to the European Union, which could scupper a landmark migration deal between Brussels and Ankara. Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz’s comments, published on Sunday, risk exacerbating a row between Austria and Turkey that flared last week

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Austrian Far-Right Leader Likens Turkish Coup to Reichstag Fire

VIENNA, Aug 6 – Turkey’s failed coup and President Tayyip Erdogan’s subsequent purges of state institutions are reminiscent of the Reichstag fire in Nazi Germany and its use by Hitler to amass greater power, the head of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party said. The blaze in the German parliament building in 1933 was portrayed by the

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Far-Right Crimes Rise Sharply in Austria Amid Migrant Crisis

VIENNA, May 2 – Austria saw a sharp increase last year in the number of incidents involving xenophobia, Islamophobia and anti-semitism, a report showed on Monday, following the arrival of large numbers of mostly Muslim migrants and refugees. Authorities pressed charges in about 1,690 cases related to right-wing extremism in 2015, the highest number to

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Once More, Vienna Ranked World’s Nicest City and Baghdad Worst

By Shadia Nasralla VIENNA, Feb 23 – Vienna, Austria’s grand capital on the Danube river, offers the highest quality of life of all cities in the world, while the Iraqi capital Baghdad, once more took its place at the bottom of a liveability list compiled by consulting firm Mercer. The survey of 230 cities helps

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Austrian Supreme Court to Decide on Lawsuit Against Facebook

VIENNA, Nov. 23 – Austrian student Max Schrems’s attempt to bring a class-action lawsuit against Facebook over its privacy policies will head to Austria’s Supreme Court to determine whether such collective legal action is allowed, his group said on Monday. The law student has claimed 500 euros ($531) in damages each for the more than

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