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The Taliban release an 84-year-old Austrian man who was detained in Afghanistan last year

Feb. 25, 2024 13:32 PM EST

VIENNA (AP) — An 84-year-old Austrian man who traveled to Afghanistan last year and was arrested there was released by the country's Taliban rulers, the Austrian government said Sunday. The Austrian Foreign Ministry in a statement identified the man as Herbert Fritz and said he...

Former Austrian leader Sebastian Kurz convicted of false statements, given suspended sentence

Feb. 23, 2024 15:15 PM EST

VIENNA (AP) — Former Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was convicted Friday of making false statements to a parliamentary inquiry into alleged corruption in his first government. He was given an eight-month suspended sentence. The verdict at the Vienna criminal court followed a...

Austrian government supports Vienna Boys Choir to help it out of financial difficulties

Dec. 30, 2023 09:22 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The Austrian government said Saturday that it is giving the country's centuries-old Vienna Boys Choir 800,000 euros ($884,000) to help it out of severe financial difficulties. “It goes without saying that we will rescue them from their financial plight,” Austrian...

Gaston Glock, the Austrian developer of the Glock handgun, dies at 94

Dec. 27, 2023 15:12 PM EST

Gaston Glock, the Austrian developer of the handgun that bears his name, died on Wednesday. He was 94. The Glock company announced his death, the Austria Press Agency reported. Glock, a reclusive engineer, founded the company in 1963 in Deutsch-Wagram, near Vienna. It...

Austrian authorities arrest 16-year-old who allegedly planned to attack a Vienna synagogue

Dec. 11, 2023 06:17 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A 16-year-old teenager has been arrested for allegedly planning to attack a synagogue in Vienna, Austria's top security official said Monday. The teenager, who was arrested Thursday, had announced in online chats that he intended to procure a weapon to attack an...