Sylvia Westall

EU anti-Semitism rises on Mideast tensions

Peaks in anti-Semitic sentiment in Europe have tracked worsening tensions in the Middle East, an EU agency said in a working paper on Monday.

Fading Austrian towns look east for revival

Many of Wolfsthal's young people have been drawn to Vienna in search of work, leaving a dwindling, predominantly older population.

Austrian incest father Fritzl charged with murder

Austrian Josef Fritzl, who imprisoned his daughter in a cellar for 24 years and fathered seven children by her, has been charged with the murder.

Austria flaunts quirkiness for Euro 2008

With yob insurance, football-shaped cakes and 100 life-size statues of former soccer hero Hans Krankl, joint host Austria is gearing up for Euro 2008 in its own special way. In a country better known for mountains and Mozart than midfielders, gradual preparations for the three-week tournament are taking on a distinct Austrian flavour.

Tests show Austrian fathered daughter’s children

DNA tests showed that Austrian Josef Fritzl, who raped his daughter and kept her prisoner in a windowless cellar for 24 years, was the father of her six surviving children, police said on Tuesday. Fritzl has confessed to imprisoning his daughter Elisabeth in the cellar beneath their two-storey home and fathering seven children by her.

Austrian to appear in court over abuse case

A 73-year-old Austrian who has confessed to locking his daughter in a windowless cellar for 24 years and fathering her seven children will appear before a judge on Tuesday. Investigators were searching the 60 square metre cellar beneath electrical engineer Josef Fritzl's two-storey home, Franz Prucher, head of security in Lower Austria said.

Austrians shocked over latest ‘horror house’

Austrians expressed shock and horror on Monday after police arrested a 73-year-old man they say imprisoned and abused his daughter in a windowless basement for 24 years and fathered seven children with her. The woman told them her father Josef lured her into the basement of the block where they lived in the town of Amstetten in 1984, and drugged and handcuffed her before imprisoning her.

Homoerotic Jesus sparks art debate in Austria

They knew it would be risky to exhibit a homoerotic version of Christ's Last Supper, but curators at the museum of Vienna's Roman Catholic cathedral weren't ready for a barrage of angry messages and calls to be shut down. The source of the dispute is a retrospective honouring Austria's cherished artist Alfred Hrdlicka.

German experts crack Mona Lisa mystery

German academics believe they have solved the centuries-old mystery behind the identity of the Mona Lisa in Leonardo da Vinci's famous portrait. Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a wealthy Florentine merchant, Francesco del Giocondo, has long been seen as the most likely model for the sixteenth-century painting.

UK says labs ‘probable’ source of cattle disease

Government investigators found a ''strong probability'' on Tuesday that the strain of virus behind an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Britain came from two research labs near the site of the infection. The foot and mouth outbreak poses an immediate threat to Britain's livestock industry, whose meat exports are worth more than -billion a year.

Bagged or boxed? Wine targets green shoppers

Set the dining table, light some candles and crack open a nice bag of wine. Serving guests wine from a plastic pouch or box may no longer be a social faux pas, say some in the wine industry -- as consumers warm to packaging that is seen as kinder to the environment than glass bottles.

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