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Austrian Neo-Nazi Sentenced to 9 Years

Posted January 11th, 2013 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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An Austrian court has convicted a well-known member of the far-right to nine years in prison for propagating Nazi ideology online, in violation of the country’s strict anti-Nazi laws. Gottfried Kuessel, who had been arrested in April 2011, was sentenced late Thursday in Vienna. Two convicted accomplices were given lesser sentences — seven years and […]

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Ex-Libyan Oil Minister Found Dead in Danube in Vienna

Posted April 29th, 2012 at 6:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The body of former Libyan oil minister Shukri Ghanem was found floating in the Danube River in Vienna on Sunday. Police say there is no sign of foul play and that it is possible Ghanem became sick and fell into the water. Authorities say they will perform an autopsy. Ghanem was Libya’s oil minister from […]

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Ex-Libyan Oil Minister Found Dead in Danube in Vienna

Posted April 29th, 2012 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The body of former Libyan oil minister Shukri Ghanem was found floating in the Danube River in Vienna early Sunday. Police say there is no sign of foul play and that it is possible Ghanem became sick and fell into the water. Authorities will perform an autopsy. Ghanem was Libya’s oil minister from 2006 until […]

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Austrian Court Finds 22 Greeks Guilty of Human Trafficking

Posted October 26th, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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An Austrian court has found 22 Greeks guilty of human trafficking for transporting 30 Afghan migrants into Austria on a tourist bus. Prosecutors in the Eisenstadt court said Tuesday the Greeks had been paid $140 each to travel as fake tourists on the bus into Austria, from Thessaloniki to Vienna. The prosecutors said the passengers […]

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Schwarzenegger Unveils Statue of Himself in Austrian Hometown

Posted October 7th, 2011 at 7:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Former California Governor and movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger returned to his hometown in Austria to unveil a towering bronze statue of himself at a museum dedicated to his legacy. Hundreds of fans turned out Friday to see Schwarzenegger, who visited Austria with his son Patrick. The museum in the village of Thal opened in July […]

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Austrian Police Detain Dozens of Illegal Immigrants

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in Austria have detained more than 50 illegal immigrants in two separate operations. During a routine border check, police stopped a small cargo van stuffed with 18 people, including an infant, as the vehicle attempted to cross into Austria from Hungary. The police arrested the Hungarian driver after finding Kurdish refugees from Turkey and […]

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Austrian Arrested on Charges of Sexually Abusing His Daughters

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 4:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Austrian authorities have arrested an elderly man accused of imprisoning and sexually abusing his daughters in their home for four decades. Police said Thursday the man has denied the accusations of his mentally disabled daughters, aged 53 and 45. They have accused him of confining them in one small room, repeatedly raping and beating them, […]

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum Opens in Austria

Posted July 30th, 2011 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A small museum dedicated to the life of bodybuilder, actor, and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is opening Saturday in his hometown of Thal, Austria. Schwarzenegger is not in Austria for the opening, which coincides with his 64th birthday. But organizers say they will hold a grand opening ceremony at a future date when Schwarzenegger […]

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Austria Frees Bosnian War Crimes Suspect Divjak

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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An Austrian court has rejected an extradition request from Serbia for former Bosnian army general Jovan Divjak, who was suspected of war crimes during the Balkans conflict of the 1990s. Divjak, who was detained in Vienna in March and had been released on bail during the extradition hearings, was freed after the ruling. The court […]

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Austrian Court Convicts 3 in Chechen’s Murder

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 9:30 pm (UTC-5)
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An Austrian court has convicted three Chechen-born men for their role in the 2009 murder of a former bodyguard, critical of Chechnya’s president Ramzan Kadyrov. The court in Vienna on Wednesday handed Otto Kaltenbrunner a life sentence in the shooting death of Umar Israilov, an ethnic Chechen. Suleyman Dadayev received a 19-year sentence and Turpal […]

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