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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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Machete driver 'forgot' he was holding 60 cm knife
LPD Burgenland
A fight between two drivers that escalated to one of them being threatened with a machete has resulted in a eight month prison sentence for the owner of the knife. 
Press freedom in Austria under increasing threat
Austria has fallen four places in the global rankings on press freedom. 
Was Freddie Mercury a better singer than Pavarotti?
Youtube screenshot.
A study of the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury’s vocal ability has revealed the tricks behind his “eccentric and flamboyant” style of singing, according to researchers in Vienna. 
Suspect in American au-pair murder case: ‘I’m innocent’
American Lauren M. Photo: Facebook/Private
A man suspected of murdering an American au-pair in Vienna has denied any wrongdoing and told police interrogators he was not even in the city when the murder took place. 
Far right criminal activity on the rise in Austria
Identitäre Bewegung Österreich
Austria has seen a 54 percent increase in the number of criminal incidents involving far-right extremism since 2014. 
Reports suggest Apple Car will be built in Austria
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Rumours that a highly anticipated electric car from Apple could be built in Austria have been strengthened following a report in a German newspaper. 
Call for pedestrian phone ban in Austria
An Austrian traffic psychologist is calling for the country to ban pedestrians from using their phones while crossing the road in a bid to prevent accidents. 
Warnings of 'a second Idomeni' at Brenner pass
Austria's introduction of border controls at the Brenner border with Italy could result in a “second Idomeni” being created, a German politician warned yesterday.  
Austria's main parties lag behind in presidential race
Austria's main parties set for defeat in presidential elections as left and right wing candidates lead the race. 
Wedding guest hospitalised after party trick goes wrong
A wedding party in Austria ended abruptly after a guest was handed a gas-filled balloon that then exploded, leaving him with serious injuries.  
Integrate refugees with help, not pity
Participants attend a German language course of the 'Fluechtlingsprojekt Ute Bock' (Refugees project Ute Bock) in Vienna. Photo: EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA
In the Austrian village of Gutau, inhabitants have set up a microcredit system to help refugees rent houses and start businesses. 
Photo Gallery
A visit to the Schloss Hof Easter Market
Photo: Jerry Barton
Amateur shutterbug Jerry Barton visited one of Austria's traditional Easter markets at Schloss Hof. 
Strong men in the 19th century Prater
Photo: Wien Museum
A new exhibition at Wien Museum is showcasing photos from Vienna's famous Prater fairground since 1766. 
Ginger Churchill heads to hell in Nazi mural
Would you believe that Winston Churchill makes an appearance on a church mural done by a Nazi artist in Austria, heading to hell with a sack of gold? 
The film project about what makes us human
Photo: Linda Coussement
Linda Coussement is a woman on a mission to film people’s personal stories as she slowly travels the globe - with the aim of spreading a message of empathy and connectedness. After spending a month in Vienna she is now en route to Budapest. She spoke to The Local about her project.  
More news
Major terrorism trial resumes in Graz
A YouTube screenshot of Mirsad O.
The trial of an Islamic preacher accused of recruiting and murdering for the terrorist group ISIS has resumed today in Graz. 
Second bomb incident in under a week in Vienna
A pipe bomb mock-up used to train US military service personnel. Photo: Wikimedia
Police shut down road into Vienna on Monday morning in the second incident involving a bomb in a week. 
Pegida demo in Vienna short on numbers
Junge Linke Österreich
A rally organised by the far-right anti-Islamic group PEGIDA in Vienna was called off by organisers after hardly any supporters showed up on the day.  
Austrian tourist found dead on Thai beach
Photo: Tourism
A male Austrian tourist (40) was found lying dead on a deck chair at a popular Thai beach on Saturday morning. 
It's a 'spike', not an invasion
Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni (R) speaks during a press conference with deputy head of the Presidential Council, Ahmed Maiteeq (L), in Tripoli, Libya, 12 April 2016. Photo: EPA/STRINGER
Italy insisted Friday it was not facing an "invasion" after a spike in migrant boat crossings from Libya exacerbated fears the country is on the verge of becoming the main entry point for people trying to reach Europe. 
From our other editions
'Love-making couch' unveiled at Geneva inventions show
The 'Desire' couch is adjustable for maximum comfort. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
A capsule-like sofa designed for intimate encounters is among the centrepieces at this year's Geneva inventions show. 
Mass surveillance
German spies imply Snowden leaked files for Russia
Edward Snowden pictured appearing by video link at the CeBIT technology conference in Hanover in March 2015. Photo: DPA
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden could have been acting under the influence of the Russian government, the heads of Germany's foreign and domestic intelligence agencies said on Friday. 
US leaders to Copenhagen for bicycling inspiration
Secretary Foxx will visit Copenhagen to gather insights. Photo: Heb
The US Secretary of Transportation will visit Denmark on Monday to gather insight on the capital's successful bicycle culture. 
Ten weird things that shock Spaniards about the UK
Queuing is a British pastime that is mystifying to Spaniards. Photo: Garry Knight/Flickr
The UK is one of the most popular destinations for Spaniards who move abroad, but there are some things about their new home that are just impossible to get used to...