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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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Austrian election set for early December after 'gluegate'
Austrian parliament building. Photo: Wikimedia
Austria's parliament has approved December 4th as the new date for the presidential election re-run in a scandal-ridden race. 3 comments
Lovesick football fan to blame for mass brawl in Linz
Photo: Paul Gillingwater
A football fan jilted by an ex-lover is thought to have started a fight between football supporters and a group of asylum seekers earlier this month in Linz. 
Austrian far-right leader publishes drugs test
Heinz-Christian Strache. Photo: Facebook/Personal
The head of Austria's popular far-right Freedom Party, long subject to allegations he takes illegal drugs, has published results of tests that he said show he is clean. 
Muslim woman attacked and bitten in Vienna
The woman had swelling and bruises on her forehead. Photo: Haber Journal
The family of a Muslim woman who was attacked in Vienna by an unknown assailant suspect the assault was motivated by Islamophobia. 
Austrian teenagers among top 'binge drinkers' in Europe
Photo: Nejmiez/Wikimedia
Austrian teenagers are prone to binge drinking - according to a European-wide study on alcohol and drug consumption among school children.  
Asylum seeker used benefits to set up drugs network
It's thought he was dealing cannabis. Photo: Bogdan/Wikimedia
An Afghan asylum seeker has been arrested for using his social security benefits to fly back home to set up a drugs network. 
Kurz asks Isis survivor to be OSCE ambassador
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Nadia Murad. Photo: UN/Eskinder Debebe 
Austria’s Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has invited a Yazidi woman who was forced to be a sex slave for the so-called Islamic State to be a “Goodwill Ambassador” for the OSCE.  
Trial of 'mentally disturbed' killer driver begins in Graz
A CCTV image of the June 2015 rampage. Photo: ORF screengrab
The trial has begun of a man who drove his 4x4 into a crowd of pedestrians in the Austrian city of Graz last year - killing three people.  
No president for Austria until next year
Norbert Hofer election poster. Photo: Paul Gillingwater
Austria, which has been without a president since July, will have to wait until 2017 for its next head of state to take office. 
Rape victim stabs Syrian asylum seeker
Vienna's 16th district, Ottakring. Photo: Michael Kranewitter/Wikimedia 
A 45-year-old Moroccan asylum seeker has been arrested for attempted murder in Vienna after stabbing a 27-year-old Syrian man who he claims drugged and raped him.  
Features
V-J Day Kiss woman passes on
Photo: Alfred Eisenstaedt/Life Magazine
The woman whose participation in an impromptu kiss celebrating the end of the war with Japan has died on Thursday after a brief illness at the age of 92.  
Seven things that surprised me about Austrians
Wien Tourismus
As she prepares to leave Vienna after three years living here, the Local’s Maddy French muses over some of the things that surprised her about Austrians. 10 comments
Ghost of Austria's 'last monarch' still looms large
Franz Josef in 1905. Photo: Library of Congress
Even a century after his death, Austria's mutton-chop whiskered emperor Franz Joseph still looms large in the national consciousness. 3 comments
Austria's refugee crisis: One year on
Donations being handed to Train of Hope to be distributed to refugees. Photo: Facebook/Train of Hope
A look back on a year since 71 refugees and migrants were discovered in the back of a truck in Austria, having suffocated to death while being smuggled into central Europe. 
New book raises suspicions over Kampusch case
The house where Natascha was held captive. Photo: Priwo/Wikimedia
A new book published on the 10th anniversary of the escape of Natascha Kampusch offers fresh evidence that the abduction was not the action of a single lone kidnapper. 
More news
Eagle clutches bananas in new version of Austrian coat of arms
Photo: Voglreiter
Update: An architect and master builder who created a new flag to represent Austria's "banana Republic" status has been ordered to take the flags down by the police.  
Green Party wins election re-run in Vienna's Leopoldstadt
Uschi Lichtenegger. Photo: ORF
The Green party has won the re-run of the district election in Vienna’s 2nd district, Leopoldstadt. 
Stone Age mummy Ötzi still revealing secrets
A reconstruction of Ötzi. Photo: Thilo Parg/Wikimedia
Mummified in the ice more than 5,000 years ago, "Ötzi" is still providing invaluable scientific insights. 
Record profits for Red Bull in 2015
Photo: Paul Gillingwater
Austrian energy drink maker Red Bull said it posted record profits of 501 million euros ($559 million) in 2015, an increase of 35 percent, according to the economics magazine Trend. 
Doubts cast over alleged Facebook court case
A newborn complaining. Photo: Evan Amos/Wikimedia
After a perfect storm of elements combining candid childhood photos, Facebook and a generational dispute between family members led to the story of an alleged court case going viral, doubts have been raised by several investigators over the veracity of the original story. 2 comments
From our other editions
Swiss populist attacked by knife-wielding pensioner
Former Swiss minister Christoph Blocher at a meeting of the Swiss People's Party. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini / AFP
The longtime strongman of Switzerland's populist right Christoph Blocher was attacked by an elderly man carrying a knife after a political debate in Zurich, but escaped unharmed, a newspaper reported on Sunday. 
Merkel faces new gains by anti-migrant AfD in Berlin
Berlin mayor Michael Mueller together with foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Hamburg's Mayor Olaf Scholz at the closing rally for the SPD party's campaign. Photo: Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa
Berlin residents voted in state elections on Sunday, as a wave of protest voting against her welcome to refugees was expected to hit the hip, multicultural capital. 
Video
Denmark home to world’s lamest iPhone 7 launch
Somehow, we don't think that the scene in Viborg is what Tim Cook was hoping for. Photo: Josh Edelson/Scanpix
"When you see that clip, you can’t help but to smile.” 
The Local list
Seven reasons why autumn is the very best season in Spain
Valle del Jerte, Extremadura. Photo: Raúl A./Flickr
Tourists may flock to Spain during the summer months in search of sun, sea and sangria but autumn is actually the best season to spend in Spain. The Local tells you why: