Latest Austria News

Marcel Hirscher is coming out of retirement. He plans to ski for the Netherlands, his mom's nation

Apr. 24, 2024 10:26 AM EDT

Marcel Hirscher, one of the most successful ski racers of all time, is planning to return next season after five years in retirement. And the record eight-time overall World Cup champion is going to compete for the Netherlands — his mother’s country — instead of his native Austria. ...

4 Germans caught marking Hitler's birthday outside Nazi dictator's birthplace in Austria

Apr. 22, 2024 14:01 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Four Germans were caught laying white roses in memory of Adolf Hitler at the house where the Nazi dictator was born in western Austria on the anniversary of his birth, and one gave a Hitler salute as they posed for photos, police said Monday. Hitler was born on April...

Former biathlon leader found guilty in Norway on corruption charges linked to favoring Russia

Apr. 12, 2024 13:53 PM EDT

OSLO, Norway (AP) — The long-time former biathlon leader accused of protecting Russia from doping cases was found guilty of corruption charges in his native Norway on Friday and sentenced to more than three years in prison. Anders Besseberg was convicted of accepting bribes in the...

An espionage scandal rocks Austria, laying bare alleged Russian spying operations across Europe

Apr. 08, 2024 08:14 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Austria faces its biggest espionage scandal in decades as the arrest of a former intelligence officer brings to light evidence of extensive Russian infiltration, lax official oversight and behavior worthy of a spy novel. Egisto Ott was arrested March 29. The 86-page...

Austria likely to be largely ice-free within 45 years as glaciers recede quickly, experts say

Apr. 05, 2024 09:47 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian glaciers receded last year at a rapid pace and the Alpine country is likely to be largely ice-free in 40 to 45 years as the process continues, experts said Friday. The Austrian Alpine Club said that, of the 93 glaciers its volunteers measured and observed,...

Police arrest 22 in EU raids linked to suspected theft of Italy's pandemic funds worth $650 million

Apr. 04, 2024 09:49 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Police in Italy, Austria, Romania and Slovakia arrested 22 people Thursday as part of an investigation into the suspected siphoning of hundreds millions of euros in post-pandemic relief funds from the European Union. The 600 million euros ($650 million) were part of...

Austrian minister aims to tighten espionage law to ban spying against international organizations

Apr. 04, 2024 04:26 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's justice minister said Thursday that she plans to tighten the country's rules on espionage, which currently is explicitly banned if directed against Austria itself but not if it targets other countries or international organizations. Justice Minister Alma...

Austria stepping up police checks in border areas after Germany liberalizes cannabis rules

Apr. 02, 2024 09:08 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austria will step up police checks near its border with Germany after its neighbor legalized the possession of limited amounts of cannabis for recreational use, the country's top security official said Tuesday. Germany's new rules went into force Monday, legalizing...

Chancellor says Austria needs to deter Russian infiltration after allegations of spying emerge

Apr. 01, 2024 18:05 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — The arrest in recent days of a former Austrian intelligence officer on serious allegations of spying for Russia suggests that Austria needs to boost its security to thwart Russian infiltration, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer said Monday. The allegations against...

17 reported hurt after river cruise ship hits a concrete passageway on the Danube in Austria

Mar. 30, 2024 07:12 AM EDT

Seventeen passengers were hurt when a Bulgarian river cruise ship lost steering and hit the sides of a lock on the Danube in Austria, the apa news agency reported Saturday. Eleven of the injured were taken to hospitals. The ship with 142 passengers aboard, most of them from Germany,...