Today in History for March 12th

On this day in history: Hitler takes Austria; FDR’s first fireside chat; Gacy convicted; Girl Scouts predecessor founded; Les Miserables opens. (March 12)

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The Emir of Qatar meets with the President of Austria in Vienna

The Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani meets Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen as he arrives in Vienna. IMAGES of the Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen

Austria bids farewell to winter with traditional carnival

People in Austria’s Nassereith dress up in traditional costumes for a carnival to celebrate the end of the winter.

‘No winners’ as hundred mushers brave tough Czech sled dog race

A hundred mushers and ten bikers from 11 countries battled frost and snow at a five-day sled dog race in the Czech Republic, which organisers call one of the toughest in Europe. The 23rd year of the Czech Long Trail has attracted mushers from countries across Europe — including Austria, Croatia, Germany the Netherlands and Serbia. Mushers can choose one of two tracks — 300 kilometres with five stages and an elevation topping 9,000 metres or 200 kilometres with four stages and an elevation of 7,000 metres. In Czech, the race is called Sedivackuv long — bearing the name of a dog that strayed and was shot by a local man just before the first edition of the race in 1997.

Austrian employers make eyes at refugees

With a hard line on immigration, Austria sees its employers using their charms to recruit refugees, while labour shortages threaten a thriving economy. This job exchange is “a huge potential for companies that are looking for apprentices and cannot find any”, explains Johannes Kopf, Head of the Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS).


Videographic illustrating how avalanches occur. Much of Austria was on maximum avalanche alert after exceptionally heavy snowfall left seven people dead.VIDEOGRAPHICS

‘Silent Night’: from village ditty to global Christmas hit

Austria has something special to celebrate this festive period as it marks 200 years since the first performance of one of the world’s most beloved Christmas carols, “Silent Night”. A voiced AFPTV report.