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.

Egyptian president starts official visit in Austria

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz greets Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Vienna at the start of an official visit. IMAGES of the handshake

Snowboarder Anna Gasser, first woman to land a “triple cork”

Austrian snowboarder Anna Gasser becomes the first woman to achieve a “triple cork”, three flips during which her head dips below her feet, during a training session at the Stubai glacier in Austria. Anna Gasser is the 2018 Big Air Olympic champion. IMAGES

Moscow summons Austrian ambassador over spy claim

Moscow summons the Austrian ambassador as Austria has launched a probe into a colonel suspected of spying for Russia for several decades. IMAGES

Austria remembers Nazi Kristallnacht pogrom

Austrians mark the 80th anniversary of the Nazis’ anti-Semitic Kristallnacht pogrom, which resulted in the deaths of least 30 Jews in the country, the imprisonment of 7,800 more and the deportation of 4,000 to the Dachau concentration camp.

Enforcing Austria’s burqa ban a delicate matter in Alpine resort

With its pristine waters, snow-covered mountains and breathtaking Alpine views, the Austrian lakeside town of Zell am See is one of the top European destinations for visitors from the Gulf region. And it aims to remain so, even though Austria introduced a ban on burqa or niqab veils a year ago.