‘Joy’ snags Etoile d’Or at Morocco’s Marrakesh film festival

Austrian filmmaker Sudabeh Mortezai’s “Joy”, an unflinching look at migrant sex workers in Europe, wins top prize at the Marrakesh film festival in Morocco.

EU members united behind draft Brexit deal (Blumel)

Gernot Blumel, Austrian Federal Minister for the EU, Arts, Culture, and Media says the EU27 are united behind the draft Brexit deal. Ministers from the 27 non-British EU members agreed not to reopen talks on the draft Brexit divorce deal ahead of its signing this weekend. SOUNDBITE

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

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.

RoyGreen & Protone – Did They Know

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Austrian duo RoyGreen & Protone take their next step in their musical journey with the release of the ‘Nomads EP’ on Demand Records, their biggest project so far.

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Austrian panda’s painted pictures to sell for nearly 500 euros

Yang Yang, a panda at Austria’s Schönbrunn Zoo is painting 100 works with a custom-made bamboo brush. Her “unique ‘works of art’” are to be sold with a certificate of authenticity for 490 euros each to raise funds for an illustrated book about the zoo’s pandas.

Salt of the Alps: ancient Austrian mine holds Bronze Age secrets

All mines need regular reinforcement against collapse, and Hallstatt, the world’s oldest salt mine perched in the Austrian Alps, is no exception. But Hallstatt isn’t like other mines. Exploited for 7,000 years, the mine has yielded not only a steady supply of salt but also archaeological discoveries attesting to the existence of a rich civilisation dating back to the early part of the first millennium BC.