Austria - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Austria Austrian bass savors role as operatic oaf in 'Rosenkavalier' NEW YORK (AP) — While soprano Renee Fleming bids a poignant and elegant farewell to a signature role at the Metropolitan Opera, a young bass is stirring up a storm as her far-from-dignified country cousin. He's Guenther Groissboeck, a 40-year-old singer from Austria who is starring alongside Fleming in Richard Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier" as Baron Ochs, a... Tue, 09 May 2017 17:07:00 GMT 2017-05-09T17:07:00Z The Latest: Belgian minister: Erdogan's comments 'nonsense' BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on diplomatic rift between Turkey and EU nations (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Belgium's foreign minister is dismissing as "nonsense" Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's comments accusing Germany of "Nazi practices" after a local authority prevented a Turkish minister from addressing a rally there. ... Mon, 06 Mar 2017 14:47:00 GMT 2017-03-06T14:47:00Z Europe's trend: Austria, once open, now shows migrants door VIENNA (AP) — Austria was among the first countries in Europe to put out the welcome mat when waves of people fleeing war and poverty reached the continent. Now, its focus is showing them the door. Parliament is set to pass a law stripping pocket money, food and shelter from those denied asylum, potentially leaving them on the street. The interior minister proudly touts figu... Sun, 05 Mar 2017 15:13:00 GMT 2017-03-05T15:13:00Z Austrian woman convicted for pro-Hitler sign, Facebook post VIENNA (AP) — A woman who questioned the Holocaust and displayed a sign over her toilet saying "This Hitlerine needs a clean latrine" has been found guilty of contravening Austria's anti-Nazi law and given a suspended jail sentence. A court in the western city of Feldkirch also fined the 53-year old 1,200 euros ($1,280) on Friday. The woman was charged af... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:31:00 GMT 2017-02-17T15:31:00Z Austria pressing fraud charges against Airbus over fighters VIENNA (AP) — Austria's government announced Thursday that it has asked state prosecutors to press fraud charges against Airbus and an affiliated company, alleging they overcharged for 15 combat aircraft and demanding refunds for the purchase. The accusation against Airbus Defence and Space GmbH and Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH is based on Austria's purc... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:18:00 GMT 2017-02-16T17:18:00Z Ilka Stuhec is downhill world champion; Lindsey Vonn 3rd ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — There is a new downhill queen of the ski slopes. For now. Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia is the new world champion in downhill while Lindsey Vonn took bronze trying to regain her title in another season disrupted by injuries as she targets the 2018 Olympics. Stuhec confirmed her status as pre-race favorite, finis... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 12:53:00 GMT 2017-02-12T12:53:00Z Kazakhstan denies doping after police raid biathlon team ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — Kazakhstan's government has denied its national biathlon team has been doping after Austrian police raided the team's hotel and seized medical equipment. Elsiyar Kanagatov, who chairs the government's Sports and Fitness Committee, has told local media "all the medicine which our team has is not banned," and has accused an unnamed team doctor of "neg... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:00:00 GMT 2017-02-10T08:00:00Z Vonn speeds up to target 1st career medal in combined ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Lindsey Vonn took a faster line in downhill training on Thursday, and that bodes well as she tries to fill one of the few gaps in her medal collection. The American has never finished on the podium in five combined races at worlds and three Olympics since 2002, though she does have two season-long World Cup titles from the event that includes a... Thu, 09 Feb 2017 16:52:00 GMT 2017-02-09T16:52:00Z Takanashi nears ski jumping World Cup record with 52nd win HINZENBACH, Austria (AP) — Sara Takanashi of Japan won her second ski jumping World Cup competition in two days on Sunday to close in on the overall record for most World Cup wins. Her 52nd career victory left Takanashi one short of the best mark set by Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria. Takanashi had jumps of 89 and 92 meters to gather ... Sun, 05 Feb 2017 14:41:00 GMT 2017-02-05T14:41:00Z Report: Ownership of Hitler's house to go to Austrian court VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian newspaper reports that the owner of the house where Adolf Hitler was born is going to high court to challenge the government's right to take possession of the property. The challenge is in response to last month's parliamentary approval of a government bill to expropriate the house after she refused to sell it. ... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 18:07:00 GMT 2017-01-30T18:07:00Z Austrian police arrest 14 suspected of Islamic State links VIENNA (AP) — Heavily armed SWAT teams supported by hundreds of other officers detained 14 people suspected of having ties to the Islamic State group in early-morning raids on Thursday, Austrian officials said. An earlier statement from the public prosecutor's office in Graz said there were eight arrests in twin operations there and in Vienna involving 80... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 19:56:00 GMT 2017-01-26T19:56:00Z Brr! Winter nights in Austria are cold for naked cyclist VIENNA (AP) — Bike riders know the challenge of dressing warmly when pushing the pedals in sub-freezing temperatures. One man in Austria didn't even try — he was naked. State broadcaster ORF says the biker — nude and drunk — was detained after a nighttime joyride that included trying to steer his cycle through the revolving door of a hotel, pulling a fire alarm and then drop... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 18:43:00 GMT 2017-01-24T18:43:00Z Austrian man gets prison for selling pro-Hitler songs online VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian court has convicted a man under the country's anti-Nazi law and sentenced him to prison for selling recorded songs with titles such as "Adolf Hitler Lives" and displaying Nazi tattoos. Austria prohibits praise or propagation of Nazi ideology. The 38-year old was tried and sentenced to 33 months in prison Tuesday in the Upper Aust... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 18:20:00 GMT 2017-01-24T18:20:00Z A day after downhill win, Vonn struggles to 9th in super-G A day after winning a downhill, Lindsey Vonn discovered how far she has to go to regain her dominance in super-G as she returns from two major injuries. For now, defending overall World Cup champion Lara Gut remains the skier to beat in super-G. Swiss racer Gut extended her perfect run in super-G this season with a comfortable win Sunda... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:07:00 GMT 2017-01-22T16:07:00Z Iran approved to import additional 130 tons of uranium TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The U.S. and five other world powers have approved Iran importing as much as 130 tons of uranium, Iran's English language Press TV reported Friday. The TV quoted Behrouz Kamalvandi, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran spokesman as saying "the Joint Commission monitoring the implementation of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 approved the pu... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:52:00 GMT 2017-01-13T15:52:00Z Wanted part-time in Austria: A hermit VIENNA (AP) — Wanted, part-time: A hermit. Experience not necessary. Municipal and Roman Catholic church officials in the Austrian town of Saalfelden are looking for someone to live in a nearby hermitage built into steep cliffs characteristic of the Salzburg region. But a second job is advisable. The parish website says the position is ... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:06:00 GMT 2017-01-12T17:06:00Z US ski team: Lindsey Vonn could return to WCup next week ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Lindsey Vonn could make her World Cup return in Austria next week, two months after undergoing surgery on a broken arm. The Alpine director of the U.S. ski team, Patrick Riml, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Vonn had resumed ski training in Colorado this week and that she planned to travel to Europe at the weekend. ... Wed, 04 Jan 2017 19:29:00 GMT 2017-01-04T19:29:00Z Main Kremlin party, Austria's right-wing party sign deal MOSCOW (AP) — The main Kremlin party has signed a cooperation agreement with Austria's right-wing populist Freedom Party. Sergei Zheleznyak, the deputy head of the United Russia party that has 343 seats in the 450-seat lower house of the Russian parliament, said Monday before signing the deal that a closer dialogue could help find solutions to problems such as security chall... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:59:00 GMT 2016-12-19T15:59:00Z What's Bundespraesidentenstichwahlwiederholungsverschiebung? VIENNA (AP) — For all those who don't speak German — and indeed for those who do — here is Austria's word of the year, adding to the challenges of reading and speaking the language. It's "Bundespraesidentenstichwahlwiederholungsverschiebung," or "postponement of the repeat of the runoff of the presidential election." The tongue-twister ... Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:11:00 GMT 2016-12-09T14:11:00Z Austrian right-winger Hofer plans 2022 run for presidency VIENNA (AP) — Shrugging off his unexpectedly clear defeat, the right-wing candidate for Austria's presidency said Tuesday he will run again in six years when the term of the left-leaning winner ends and a new election is held. Norbert Hofer announced his renewed bid in 2022 as a count of absentee ballots ended. Combined with votes cast Sunday, the total t... Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:21:00 GMT 2016-12-06T13:21:00Z