In Pictures: European capitals hit by anti-COVID curbs protests

Protesters angry with coronavirus restrictions have staged rallies in a number of European cities, days after the Netherlands was rocked by anti-curfew riots. In Brussels, Belgian police on Sunday arrested many protesters at a non-authorised demonstration against measures aimed at combating the spread of COVID-19, including a nighttime curfew and the closing of bars and […]

Holocaust survivors get COVID vaccine on Auschwitz liberation day

Hundreds of Holocaust survivors in Austria and Slovakia are getting the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, acknowledging their past suffering with a special tribute 76 years after the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, where the Nazis killed more than one million Jews and others. More than 400 Austrian survivors, most in their 80s […]

Austria enters its third lockdown. Israel is set to follow suit.

Austria entered a third lockdown on Saturday, with all nonessential shops and schools to remain closed for three weeks and movement to be restricted, after the country eased restrictions in mid-December to allow for preparations ahead of the Christmas holiday. Until Jan. 24, people in Austria are only allowed to leave their homes for work, […]

Austria: Anger as Kurz blames minorities for spreading COVID-19

Austrian chancellor said people who spent summer in ‘countries of origin’ brought coronavirus back. Austria on Monday ended its second strict coronavirus lockdown and is applying softer measures, which will include entry restrictions in the coming weeks. Those rules are designed to limit travel into the country during the Christmas holiday period, conservative Chancellor Sebastian […]

Vienna attack: The Muslim heroes who saved lives #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

On Monday evening, 23-year-old Osama Joda and his colleague left Schwedenplatz, a central Vienna square, and headed towards McDonald’s, where they worked. It was unusually warm in the Austrian capital on the eve of a second lockdown, and it was busy. People met in bars and restaurants before the new social distancing measures came into […]

‘No evidence of second attacker’ in Vienna shooting #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Austria’s interior minister says police arrested 14 people in connection with Monday’s attacks. Austrian police have arrested 14 people in raids linked to Monday’s deadly attack in Vienna and have found no evidence that a second shooter was involved, said Interior Minister Karl Nehammer. Nehammer said police believe the shooting in central Vienna was carried […]

Austria: Several people injured in Vienna shooting #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

DEVELOPING STORY Vienna’s police report ‘multiple’ injuries in the centre of the Austrian capital. Several people have been injured in central Vienna amid exchanges of fire, the city’s police department said. “Shots fired in the Inner City district – there are persons injured – KEEP AWAY from all public places or public transport,” read the […]

Austria expels Russian diplomat, Moscow calls move ‘damaging’

Austria is expelling a Russian diplomat for breaching the Vienna Convention governing diplomats’ privileges and immunities, according to an Austrian foreign ministry spokesman. “His behaviour is not in accordance with the Vienna Convention,” the foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday, declining to elaborate. According to the Austrian Kronen Zeitung newspaper, the diplomat’s covert activities came […]