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Austria freezes human rights abuse suspects bank accounts

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.



Winchester teen killed in avalanche named

A 16-year-old from Hampshire who died in an Austrian avalanche has been named.

Cameron Bespolka from Winchester died at the resort of Lech Am Arlberg after being buried under the snow.

The schoolboy was one of triplets holidaying in Austria with their father, who suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to hospital.

The brothers and their dad were taking part in a skiiing lesson with an instructor when the snow fell on Tuesday at 1.30pm.

Ski instructor 'will face criminal investigation'

A teenager who was killed in an avalanche while skiing in Austria with his family was from Winchester in Hampshire, police said.

The 16-year-old boy was buried under an avalanche at the resort of Lecham Arlberg. His father is seriously injured and his twin brother is reported to be uninjured.

A police spokesman said:" The father and his boy were buried. The ski guide was able to get away from the avalanche and immediately after he called rescue teams. He then started trying to free the two who were buried. The rescue team finally rescued the father and got the boy out some time later."

Austrian police said the instructor who was giving them a ski lesson will face criminal investigation.

Read: British teen 'killed in avalanche' in Austrian Alps

British teen 'killed in front of twin' in avalanche

A British teenager is reported to have been killed in an avalanche in front of his twin brother while skiing in Austria, according to the Evening Standard.

The 16-year-old is thought to have been engulfed in the snow along with his father and a ski guide in the resort of Lech am Arlberg.

The 51-year-old father of the twins is believed to have been pulled alive, but was badly injured and flown to hospital, while the 16-year-old reportedly died at the scene.

Read: British teen 'killed in avalanche' in Austrian Alps

British teen 'killed in avalanche' in Austrian Alps

Library image of ski resort Lech am Arlberg, Austria. Credit: Patrick van Katwijk/DPA/Press Associatio

A British teenager has reportedly been killed in an avalanche at the Austian resort of Lech am Arlberg, according to local media agency HNA.

The Foreign Office said: “We can confirm the death of a British national and the hospitalisation of a British national on 17 December in Austria. We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time.”


Bolivian President's plane pictured on runway in Vienna

The twin-engine aircraft that was carrying Bolivian president Evo Morales remains on the tarmac at Vienna Airport after it was forced to make a stopover in Austria.

Read: Minister: Bolivian president's plane rerouted to Austria

The presidential plane on the runway at Vienna Airport in Austria
The presidential plane on the runway at Vienna Airport in Austria Credit: Reuters

A smiling President Morales was filmed walking into the airport where he greeted waiting reporters.

Bolivian President Evo Morales greets reporters at the airport Credit: Reuters
Bolivian President Evo Morales Credit: Reuters

Josef Fritzl's cellar to be filled with concrete

The cellar where an Austrian man held his daughter captive for 24 years is being filled with concrete to prevent it becoming a ghoulish tourist attraction.

Josef Fritzl was jailed for life in 2009 after he was found guilty of rape, incest and enslaving his daughter, as well the murder of one of the seven children he fathered with her.

The house of Josef Fritzl is pictured in Amstetten, Austria
The house of Josef Fritzl is pictured in Amstetten, Austria Credit: REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

Authorities in the small Austrian town of Amstetten had originally planned to demolish the building, but it is now going to be sold. There are reportedly already potential buyers.

The cellar has already been sealed, but will now be pumped full of concrete to ensure that it can never be accessed again.

Josef Fritzl was jailed for life in 2009
Josef Fritzl was jailed for life in 2009 Credit: Police handout
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