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Austrian parliament to vote on universal vaccine mandate

Jan. 20, 2022 03:32 AM EST

VIENNA (AP) — Austria's parliament is due to vote Thursday on introducing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for adults, the first of its kind in Europe. The mandate drawn up by the government would apply to all residents of Austria age 18 and over, with exemptions for pregnant women,...

Suspect flees into Hungary after shooting at Austrian troops

Jan. 17, 2022 10:03 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian police and anti-terrorism forces are searching for a suspected people smuggler who allegedly fired at Austrian soldiers after evading a border check on Monday. According to Austria's Ministry of Defense, a van broke through a border crossing in...

Egle gets win at Oberhof, Germany takes luge relay

Jan. 16, 2022 10:28 AM EST

OBERHOF, Germany (AP) — Madeleine Egle of Austria was the winner of a World Cup women’s luge race on Sunday, her series-best fifth victory of the season. Germany got the next four spots, with Julia Taubitz second, Anna Berreiter third, Natalie Geisenberger fourth and Cheyenne...

Italian skier Brignone wins World Cup super-G with gutsy run

Jan. 16, 2022 08:52 AM EST

ALTENMARKT-ZAUCHENSEE, Austria (AP) — Federica Brignone saw a gutsy run rewarded with the victory Sunday in the fifth women’s World Cup super-G of the season. Racing in perfect, sunny conditions, the Italian gained about three-tenths of a second on her rivals with an attacking...

Austria tweaks vaccine mandate plan, to come in next month

Jan. 16, 2022 08:31 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The Austrian government on Sunday presented revised plans for its proposed COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which it said will now apply to all residents age 18 and over, rather than 14 as originally intended. Officials said that a phased introduction will give people plenty of opportunity...

Sony laying off 100, moving Indiana disc work to Austria

Jan. 14, 2022 12:56 PM EST

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Sony DADC is cutting about 100 workers at a western Indiana plant that began cranking out compact discs in the 1980s and will move all the plant's gaming and disc manufacturing to Austria. The workforce reduction will likely occur in March and disc...

Luge preview: A long, winding road took US to Beijing Games

Jan. 13, 2022 12:36 PM EST

Emily Sweeney is headed to the Olympics to represent USA Luge for a second time, and her plans for the next couple weeks are largely the same as the final preparations were for her debut at the Pyeongchang Games four years ago. With one minor exception. The plan this...

German president calls for debate over COVID vaccine mandate

Jan. 12, 2022 08:36 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's president called Wednesday for a thorough debate over plans for compulsory coronavirus vaccinations for all adults in the country, saying such a drastic measure needs to be fully justified. Chancellor Olaf Scholz has backed calls for a vaccine mandate and...

Austrian FM: EU ready to help Lebanon if leaders reform

Jan. 12, 2022 06:44 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Austria’s foreign minister said Wednesday that the European Union wants to help Lebanon escape its economic meltdown, but only if the country's leaders clean up Beirut's affairs. Alexander Schallenberg told reporters after meeting his Lebanese counterpart in Beirut...

Shiffrin wins record 47th slalom, Vlhova takes season title

Jan. 11, 2022 17:50 PM EST

SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin impressed with a come-from-behind win in a night race Tuesday to send a strong signal to her Slovakian rival Petra Vlhova in the last women's World Cup slalom before the Beijing Olympics. Racing on the challenging Planai course, the...