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Opec lowers oil-demand projections for 2008

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) on Friday lowered its projections for growth of oil demand this year in response to a slowdown in world economic momentum. Opec, in its February report, said demand would likely grow by 1,43% this year rather than its previously estimated 1,52%.

Opec freezes oil output, says supplies are sufficient

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) left unchanged its oil-production ceiling on Friday, snubbing United States demands for an increase as the cartel focuses on supporting prices that have fallen 10% since the start of the year. Explaining its decision, Opec said that stockpiles of crude were likely to increase in the first half of 2008.

Dog hospitalised for being over the limit

A dog was admitted to a veterinary clinic in Austria on the weekend, barely able to stand on his own four paws and reeking "like a beer hall", a newspaper reported on Monday. Dingo, a three-year-old Labrador weighing 40kg, was a pitiful sight when his owner, a hunter, brought him in to the surgery, a newspaper quoted vet Karl Hofbauer as saying.

Oil crosses $98 a barrel

Oil prices jumped to a new trading record above $98 a barrel on Wednesday amid expectations of declining United States supplies. The weak dollar and the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries's apparent reluctance to pump more crude into the market also boosted prices.

Baker made staff pay for toilet visits

An Austrian baker who made his staff pay for the time they spent in the toilet has been forced to end the practice to avoid a court case, a lawyer said this week. The owner of the bakery in Eisenstadt recorded toilet visits on a computer and took the value of the bathroom time off their annual holiday bonus.

Pakistani sets world record in ‘ear-lifting’

A Pakistani man broke the world-record for "ear-lifting" in Vienna on Sunday, carrying almost 62kg from a cord attached to his right ear. Zafar Gill's feat earned him a place in the <i>Guinness World Records</i>, as part of a day of record-breaking attempts in the Austrian capital, organised under the slogan "Vienna -- Recordbreaker".

Scandal-tainted former UN leader Waldheim dies

Kurt Waldheim, the former United Nations secretary general and president of Austria whose reputation was tarnished by revelations over his Nazi past, died on June 14 at the age of 88, his family said. The former statesman suffered a heart attack in May and had been ailing ever since.

Iran still defying UN over nuclear work, says watchdog

Iran persists in defying United Nations demands to stop enriching uranium and is expanding the work, the UN nuclear watchdog said in a report on Wednesday that could open the door to new sanctions against Tehran. "Iran has not suspended its enrichment-related activities," the International Atomic Energy Agency said.

Man drives 7km in wrong direction on motorway

An 87-year-old man accidentally drove the wrong way for 7km down an Austrian motorway before being stopped, police said on Thursday. No accident resulted from the ride on Wednesday night. The man said the rain and darkness had caused him to go in the wrong direction.

Santa Clauses on strike for ‘Buy Nothing Day’

A group of Santa Clauses was on strike on one of Vienna's main shopping avenues on Saturday in honour of "Buy Nothing Day", an international initiative to counter consumerist attitudes ahead of the Christmas season. "Today is Buy Nothing Day; allow yourself a break," 10 Santas, in full garb, told shoppers.

Austrian girl found after eight years of captivity

An Austrian girl held captive for eight years after being kidnapped as a 10-year old has been found while her presumed abductor committed suicide, police believe, resolving one of the country's longest-running mysteries. Austrian police said on Thursday that a young woman found wandering in a Vienna suburb the day before had been identified by her family as the kidnapped girl.

Famed composer ‘was fascinated by patterns’

Composer Gyorgy Ligeti, who fled Hungary after the 1956 revolution and gained fame for his opera <i>Le Grand Macabre</i> and his work on the soundtrack for Stanley Kubrick's <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>, died on Monday. He was 83. Ligeti was celebrated as one of the world's leading 20th-century musical pioneers.

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