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Sunday, May 8, 2016

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Nigerian corruption detention struck down
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria. Photo: Wikimedia
A Nigerian court has fined the country's anti-graft agency $50,000 over the unlawful detention of an Austrian security consultant accused of money laundering, a statement said on Sunday. 
Hundreds protest again at Brenner Pass checks
Brenner Pass. Photo: Arnulf zu Linden/Wikimedia
Several hundred young protesters clashed with Italian anti-riot police Saturday near the Austrian-Italian border during a demonstration against Vienna's proposed anti-migrant measures. 
Italy-Austria border controls 'political catastrophe'
Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano (R) meets his Austrian counterpart Wolfgang Sobotka last month. Photo: AFP
Austria imposing controls on its border with Italy would be a "political catastrophe" for Europe, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Saturday. 
    Immigration issues shape election battle
    Hofer (r) with FPÖ party leader H.C. Strache. Photo: Hofer Instagram
    A Kenyan man was remanded in custody in Austria Friday for an alleged murder that has stoked an already ugly presidential election campaign dominated by the issue of immigration. 
    Turning a red city blue
    Paul Stadler. Photo: ORF Screencap
    The district of Simmering is archetypal "Red Vienna", its imposing council housing blocks, named after workers' heroes of the past, testament to almost a century of state largesse under the left. 
    Beheaded lamb mystery leaves police stumped
    Keven Law/Wikimedia
    Police in Austria have been left stumped by the gruesome discovery of a beheaded lamb in a field near the small city of Waidhofen an der Ybbs. 
    Attack victim claims police told her to dye hair
    Heute screengrab.
    A student attacked by a gang of four men has accused police of blaming her because she had blonde hair and sexy clothing. 
    The winner of our 'Hidden Vienna' photo competition
    Melinda Szente
    See the photos from the winner of The Local Austria and Visual Hub photo competition 'Hidden Vienna'. 
      Police hold crisis talks after brutal murder in Vienna
      Brunnenmarkt, where the brutal murder took place. Peter Gugerell/Wikimedia
      Police held a crisis meeting about tackling "foreign criminality" and the Interior Minister announced they will introduce new measures following the brutal murder of a woman on her way to work this week. 
      Refugee crisis
      Renzi blasts 'anachronistic' Austria over border plan
      German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Rome on Thursday. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP
      With Austria planning to reinstate border controls at the Brenner pass in the Alps, a key transport corridor, Rome fears it could be stuck hosting masses of new arrivals. 
      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.  
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      Austria's far-right candidate seeks to soften image
      The man most likely to be Austria's next president, Norbert Hofer from the far-right Freedom Party, said Thursday he believed the integration of migrants was "possible", in an apparent bid to woo more mainstream voters. 
      Baby's leg broken by dad in 'machine gun game'
      Leoben where the family live. Photo: tobias b köhler/Wikimedia
      A father who picked up his three-week-old baby son and badly hurt him by pretending he was a machine gun has been given a suspended jail sentence. 
      OAPs steal maypole with their zimmer frames
      Seniorenwohnheim Mehrnbach/Youtube screengrab
      A group of unscrupulous Austrian pensioners have carried out the theft of the year after stealing a ten metre maypole using only their zimmer frames. 
      Italians plan third refugee demo at Austrian border
      Graffiti at the Brenner border. Jörg Wojahn/Twitter
      A third protest against border controls is set to take place this Saturday at the Brenner border between Italy and Austria. 
      Brexit would leave expats in 'ghastly' legal limbo for years
      Photo: Paul Lloyd/FLickr
      The rights of two million Britons living in the EU would be thrown into doubt for years after Brexit, a new report will conclude. 
      From our other editions
      Swiss banker resold cheap HIV drugs meant for Africa
      A South African woman is tested for HIV by an health worker working with Doctors withour borders (MSF) at a mobile clinic. File photo: AFP
      A former Swiss banker illegal earned over €1 million by selling HIV medication meant for poor people in southern Africa to customers in Europe, authorities say. 
      EU won't sacrifice food safety for US trade deal: Germany
      Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt. Photo: DPA
      The EU won't sacrifice its high food safety standards for better US auto market access in a transatlantic trade deal being negotiated, a German minister said Friday. 
      Danish school bars Muslim students from wearing niqab
      The school said that the learning process was disrupted by the niqab. Photo: Iris/Scanpix
      School largely cheered for its decision to not allow face-covering veils.  
      Students at Spanish college forced to take exorcism class
      Father José Antonio Fortea Cucurull, who is leading the seminar on exorcism. Photo: Public domain/Wikimedia Commons.
      The lecture includes such topics as "the devil, exorcisms, being possessed and hell".