Controversial new laws regulating the practice of Islam have been passed in Austria, in a move criticised as a blow to religious freedom.Read the full story ›
A British soldier arrested on suspicion of raping a six-year-old girl in Austria has been charged, prosecutors have said.
The unnamed soldier, reportedly a bombardier from 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery in Essex, was also charged with sexually abusing the young girl.
Prosecutors in the country said he had entered the family's unlocked home in the small town of Neustift, in the Stubaital valley in the early hours of one morning and was caught the girl's bedroom by her father, who had been woken by the noise.
He will face trial on March 10 and, if convicted, faces up to 10 years in prison.
A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman confirmed the Army was aware of the developments.
The Army is aware that a soldier has been charged in Austria following allegations of child sexual offences.
This matter is now subject to criminal proceedings led by the Austrian authorities and it is therefore inappropriate for us to comment further at this time.
Tributes have been paid to two young ski racers who were killed in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps while training with the US ski team.Read the full story ›
Two Austrian girls who are thought to have joined the radical group in March have reportedly asked to return after falling pregnant.Read the full story ›
Conchita Wurst stole the show at Europe's biggest charity event, despite plenty of big-name competition. Party-goers dressed in little more than body paint rubbed shoulders with men in tuxedoes and cross-dressers in wild costumes, transforming Vienna's City Hall into a fantasy land.
The occasion, Europe's biggest charity event, was serious - raising money for AIDS research.
"I feel so poorly dressed," quipped a black-suited Bill Clinton, glancing down from the stage at the feather boas, fantastic head-dresses and exotic outfits among the 4,000 or so ball goers.
The former president urged all attending not to forget what lies behind "all the joy of this evening: the determination of every person ... here to give every child a better chance".
According to the zoo, their birth in April was the first time five white tiger cubs were born in a single litter in Europe.Read the full story ›
A four-storey building in Vienna, Austria, has partially collapsed leaving five people injured and two in hospital.
The second and third floor of the building in Mariahilfer Street in Vienna collapsed after what eyewitnesses described as an "explosion".
There are fears of further collapses in the area and the cause of the incident is unknown, according to Austria's public broadcaster ORF.
A building in Vienna, Austria, has partially collapsed leaving at least five people injured, the country's public broadcaster ORF reports.
Eyewitnesses told ORF the building started to collapse after an "explosion" and emergency services are now at the scene.
A picture posted on the broadcaster's website showed a cloud of dust covering a street in the capital.
Austria has frozen the local bank accounts of 18 Ukrainians suspected of potential human rights abuses in the country's political upheaval or of corruption, its foreign ministry said.
"With this national decision the federal government is responding to a concrete request from the new Ukrainian government," Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said in a statement to the Austria Press Agency. A Foreign Ministry spokesman confirmed the decision to Reuters.
The step was a precautionary measure while the European Union discusses potential sanctions, Kurz added. The statement did not identify the people involved or say how much money had been seized.
The Austrian Olympic Committee has received a letter, apparently from Russia, threatening to kidnap two Austrian Athletes at the Sochi Winter Olympics, Austrian news agency APA reports.