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Austria passes law on Islam, banning foreign funding

Austria's parliament adopted a legislation on Wednesday amending laws on Muslim organisations to ban foreign sources of financing and require imams to be able to speak German.

More and more Indians now head to Vienna
More and more Indians now head to Vienna

There has been a marked increase in Indians visiting Vienna and a senior Austrian official hoped to "increase it to 100,000 overnights by 2017".

Assad 'part of the solution' in Syria: UN envoy

Any resolution to the fighting in Syria must involve President Bashar al-Assad, the United Nations envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said Friday in the first such acknowledgement by the UN.

64,621 overnight stays in 2014; Indian tourists in Vienna grows by 18.4%
64,621 overnight stays in 2014; Indian tourists in Vienna grows by 18.4%

Avril-Ann Braganza

With something to do for everyone, here's why the growth of Indian tourists in Vienna is picking up

OSCE calls on Armenia, Azerbaijan to cease hostilities

The OSCE called Tuesday on Armenia and Azerbaijan to end deadly fighting in the disputed region of Nagorny Karabakh where four Armenian soldiers were reportedly killed this month.

Join Vienna as they celebrate 150 years of the Ringstrasse
Join Vienna as they celebrate 150 years of the Ringstrasse

Avril-Ann Braganza

With exhibitions, balls and contests in store, plans for the 150th anniversary of the Ringstrasse seem to promise a grand celebration.

Austria announces 290 million euros for fight against terrorism

The Austrian government on Tuesday announced it would spend up to 290 million euros (about $335 million) in the fight against terrorism over the next four years.

Cake but no lesbian kissing at iconic Viennese cafe

 Vienna`s iconic cafes are famous the world over, offering customers top-notch coffee, creamy cakes and sanctuary from the modern world in an atmosphere that harks back to a golden bygone era.

19-year-old US man pleads not guilty to trying to join Islamic State

A 19-year-old man from suburban Chicago pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to federal charges of trying to provide material support to Islamic State militants after he tried to travel with his two younger siblings to the Middle East to join the Islamic State.

Iran, 6 powers move closer to nuke talks deal

Diplomats say Iran and the US have tentatively agreed that Tehran will ship to Russia much of the material it could use to manufacture nuclear weapons.

UN should stop funding Iran anti-drugs operations: Rights groups

Six rights groups urged the United Nations anti-drugs agency on Wednesday to stop funding counter-narcotics police operations in Iran until Tehran ends the death penalty for such offences.

Austria orders `anti-Semitic` Saudi school closed

Austrian authorities said Tuesday they have ordered a Saudi-financed school to close due to allegations of anti-Jewish teachings and for failing to give the names of staff.

UN atomic watchdog seeks funds for Iran inspections

The head of the UN atomic watchdog went cap in hand to member states Thursday seeking 4.6 million euros ($5.7 million) to pay for additional inspections of Iran`s nuclear facilities.

Vienna conference on impact of nuclear weapons concludes

The two-day Vienna conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons concluded Tuesday in the Austrian capital Vienna with setting the goal of working toward a world free of nuclear weapons.

Austrian police launch mass raids against jihad recruiters: Report

 Austrian police raided homes, prayer rooms and mosques around the country early Friday in a mass operation targeting suspected jihad recruiters, the Austria Press Agency reported, citing police sources.

Child trafficking on the rise: UN

One in three victims of human trafficking worldwide is a child, many of them subject to sexual exploitation or forced labour, a UN report said Monday.

World powers, Iran discuss extending nuclear deal deadline: US

Iran and world powers are now discussing a possible extension of their deadline for a nuclear deal, a senior US State Department official said Sunday for the first time.

Iran open to extending nuclear talks up to one year

Iran signalled on Sunday it is open to having nuclear talks with world powers extended by up to a year if no real progress toward a deal is achieved later on Sunday, the eve of a deadline.

Iran considers extending nuclear talks up to one year: Iranian source

Iran is prepared to have nuclear negotiations with world powers extended by up to a year if no agreement is struck later Sunday, an Iranian source told AFP.

Israeli strike threat `diplomatic card` against Iran: Experts

 Despite Israeli threats of a strike on Iran if world powers fail to halt its nuclear drive at talks entering an endgame in Vienna, experts see the sabre-rattling as largely diplomatic brinkmanship.