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Austria

2017

22

Sep

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Austria’s burqa ban to come into effect on Oct. 1

A controversial Austrian ban on the public wearing of veils which cover the face will come into effect on Oct. 1, the country’s interior ministry confirmed on Thursday. The new law will apply to all public places, including transport facilities, and police will have the power to demand the removal of concealing veils. Those who […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Anadolu Agency

26

Jul

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EU migrant crisis: Austria can deport asylum seekers, court says

The EU’s top court has ruled that a law requiring refugees to seek asylum in the first country they reach applies even in exceptional circumstances. The case, brought by Austria and Slovenia, could affect the future of several hundred people who arrived during the migrant crisis of 2015-16. The ruling concerns two Afghan families and […]

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Country: Austria
Source: BBC News , Voice of America

10

Jul

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Austria bars Turkish economy minister for event marking coup anniversary

Austria has barred Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci from entering the country to attend an event marking the anniversary of last year’s failed coup in Turkey, a spokesman for Austria’s Foreign Ministry said in remarks broadcast on Monday. “I can confirm that (Austrian) Foreign Minister (Sebastian) Kurz has in fact forbidden the Turkish economy minister […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Euronews , Jerusalem Post

14

Jun

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9 men charged with violating anti-Nazi laws in Austria, police say

Austrian police have charged nine men for violating anti-Nazi laws when they yelled a slogan associated with Adolf Hitler. In a statement, police said Monday that eight Austrians and one German between the ages of 18 and 46 were charged for chanting “Sieg Heil” with their right arms raised in the Nazi salute. Several people […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Daily Sabah

17

May

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Austrian parliament passes burqa ban as part of new migrant law

Austrian lawmakers have approved a bill that outlaws wearing a full-face veil in public. The new legislation also establishes mandatory integration courses, and prompts asylum seekers to do unpaid public work. The measure was backed by both of the ruling parties, the SPÖ and ÖVP, on Tuesday, in spite of political turbulence that has divided […]

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Country: Austria
Source: DW English , Al Jazeera English

09

May

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Austrian court rules Facebook must delete “hate postings”

Facebook must remove postings deemed as hate speech, an Austrian court has ruled, in a legal victory for campaigners who want to force social media companies to combat online “trolling”. The case – brought by Austria’s Green party over insults to its leader – has international ramifications as the court ruled the postings must be […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Reuters

28

Apr

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Austria interior minister Sobotka calls for indefinite extension of border controls

Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka has urged the EU to extend the country’s border controls. Citing security concerns, Sobotka said he “simply needs to know who is coming to our country.” In an interview with German daily Die Welt on Wednesday, Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said that while external EU borders could not be adequately […]

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Country: Austria
Source: DW World

23

Apr

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Controversy hits OSCE’s objectivity after Turkey report

After a report by international observers criticizing the conduct of Turkey’s April 16 referendum, controversy casts doubt on the observers’ impartiality. On April 17, a joint report by Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) election observers claimed that an “unlevel playing field” had characterized […]

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Country: Austria
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21

Apr

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26 “Staatenbund” members refusing to recognize Austrian state detained in raids

Austrian police has conducted nationwide raids on Thursday, detaining a total of 26 people, who are suspected to be leading members of the “Staatenbung Österreich,” which is a so-called organization that does not recognize Austria as a legitimate state. A total of 454 police officers participated in the large scale operations, the Austrian Interior Ministry […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Daily Sabah

30

Mar

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Austria takes steps to ban niqab veils, handing out copies of the Quran in public

Austria took the first steps Tuesday towards a ban on full-face veils in public, as the cabinet presented amendments to the country’s integration laws. The ban would be part of a policy package containing mostly restrictive measures that should foster integration of migrants, according to the centrist government. Although the number of women wearing such […]

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Country: Austria
Source: AN24 , Daily Sabah