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Thursday, May 19, 2016

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Foreigners 'finance Austria's pension system'
Photo: Wikimedia
Foreigners living in Austria who pay social security contributions are propping up the pension system, and paying more in than they get back in terms of healthcare and benefits. 
Agreement reached on failed bank bailout
Hypo Group Alpe Adria headquarters. Photo: HGAA Website
Austrian Finance Minister Hans Joerg Schelling said Wednesday an agreement in principle had been reached with the stricken Hypo bank's creditors that had threatened to bankrupt the state of Carinthia. 
Pirate herons raid fish from Vienna Zoo
Tiergarten Schönbrunn/CEN
Zookeepers of the world's oldest zoo have got a few extra mouths to feed after a colony of pelicans found themselves being regularly raided by a pair of grey herons. 
Where to watch UEFA Euro 2016 in Vienna
Strandbar Hermann
Some of the best spots in Vienna to watch the football this summer. 
Thief tries to mug police officer by mistake
Wiener Linien/ Johannes Zinner 
An unlucky thief chose the wrong person to mug when he tried to steal a wallet from the pocket of an off-duty policeman in a carriage on the Vienna underground. 2 comments
South Tyrol under pressure as Austria turns back migrants
Moussa, a migrant from Mali, waits at Brenner train station. Photo: Angela Giuffrida/The Local Italy
Wealthy South Tyrol - a little bit of Austria in Italy - is the latest bottleneck in Europe's refugee crisis. Angela Giuffrida finds a region battling with the consequences. 
Group jailed for beating up dad protecting his daughter
Millennium Tower
A group of young men who brutally beat up a father when he tried to stop them bothering his daughter and her friends have been sent to jail in Austria. 
Austria swears in new chancellor as far-right looms
ÖBB Sabine Hauswirth
Austria will appoint its new Chancellor Christian Kern on Tuesday, with the ailing centrist government pinning its hopes on the ex-railway boss to help stem the surge of the far-right. 
Negative Facebook reviews could benefit business
Maria Elena/Flikr
Negative reviews on social media could actually benefit businesses, a new study in Austria has shown.  
'No better place' than Vienna to bring up kids
Photo: Lu-ying Yan-Newman
Expat parents in Vienna tell The Local Austria about the pros and cons of bringing up children in the city.  
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. 
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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? 2 comments
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.  2 comments
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More syringes found stuck into train seats in Austria
Cristian C/Creative Commons
Second case of syringes left sticking out of a train seat in Vienna leaves woman in hospital. 
World powers meet in Vienna to save Syria peace hopes
Senior envoys from world and regional powers are to meet once again in Vienna on Tuesday in an effort to salvage stumbling efforts to halt Syria's bloody civil war. 
Croatian army weapons seized by Austrian police
Austrian police averted a diplomatic incident when they disarmed Croatian soldiers who were attending a ceremony in the Austrian town of Bleiburg on Saturday. 4 comments
Prosecution on cards for Islam comments
Bregenz. Photo: Friedrich Böhringer/Wikimedia
An Austrian middle school teacher may be facing criminal prosecution for comments which insult Islam as a religion. 
Why talk of barriers is opening up old wounds in South Tyrol
Brenner train station. Photo: Angela Giuffrida/The Local Italy
"Even just talking about building a fence and making boundaries hurts us deeply." 
From our other editions
Man arrested in Aargau quadruple murder case
Photo: Aargau cantonal police
A 33-year-old man is arrested over the brutal murder of four people in Rupperswil last December. 
MP recites explicit Erdogan bestiality poem on live TV
Recep Tayyip Erdogan (l) and Detlef Seif (r). Photo: DPA
A conservative politician extensively quoted a poem in parliament on Tuesday which accused the Turkish president of having a penchant for child porn. 
Danish minister to 'Sharia' troublemakers: 'Get a job'
Inger Støjberg talks to local residents on Nørrebro. Photo: Jens Nørgaard Larsen/Scanpix
Claims that local youths are trying to establish a 'Sharia zone' in Copenhagen's multicultural Nørrebro district prompted a visit from Danish Minister for Integration Inger Støjberg. 
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Five reasons why it's good to be gay in Spain
The Europride parade in Madrid. Photo: Bru Garcia / AFP.
The Local takes a look some of the major advantages for the LGBT community in Spain. 
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