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Austrian lawmakers on Tuesday approved a total ban on glyphosate, putting the country on track to becoming the first EU member to forbid all use of the controversial herbicide. Videographic on pesticides. VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Vienna bids farewell to iconic Life Ball AIDS fundraiser | AFP

The Austrian capital of Vienna bids farewell to the iconic Life Ball AIDS charity fundraiser as its extravagant costumes and celebrity guests take over the city’s town hall for the last time.

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‘Bye Niki’: Austria says farewell to F1 icon Lauda | AFP

Thousands throng Vienna’s landmark cathedral to mourn Formula One legend and Austrian national hero Niki Lauda at a ceremony attended by a host of F1 stars including world champion Lewis Hamilton.

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Niki Lauda’s casket brought out of Vienna Cathedral | AFP

The casket of Formula One legend and Austrian national hero Niki Lauda is brought out of Vienna’s landmark cathedral after a funeral ceremony attended by a host of F1 stars including world champion Lewis Hamilton. IMAGES

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New interim chancellor appointed in Austria after Kurz departure

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen appoints Hartwig Löger as new interim chancellor during a signing ceremony, after Sebastian Kurz became the first chancellor in the country’s post-war history to be removed from office by a no-confidence vote over a corruption scandal that had already brought down his coalition with the far-right.

Austrian President swears in Sebastian Kurz’s new cabinet

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen swears in Sebastian Kurz’s new cabinet ministers. Kurz was facing the prospect of a no-confidence vote in parliament as he grappled Tuesday with the fallout from the “Ibiza-gate” scandal that toppled his coalition with the far right. IMAGES

A story of fire and ice: Niki Lauda, Formula One legend

On fire in a burning cockpit… Formula One legend Niki Lauda, who died late on Monday at the age of 70, will forever be known for his 1976 accident. But even the horrific crash could not shake the 1975 world champion’s icy determination — the Austrian staged a near-miraculous comeback to win two more titles.

Malick’s “A Hidden Life” questions political climate, says star

German actor August Diehl, the star of Terrence Malick’s World War II drama, “A Hidden Life”, about an Austrian conscientious objector guillotined by the Nazis in 1943, says he hopes the film would inspire people to question the current European political climate, rather than “jumping on a train heading in the wrong direction.”