Austria http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/19724/all en Austrian man finds centuries-old treasure in backyard http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/110423/austria-treasure-backyard <p> Austrian authorities said the man found more than 200 rings, brooches and other ornate objects, many decorated with ornaments like pearls and fossilized coral.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/110423/austria-treasure-backyard" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria Europe Culture & Lifestyle Sat, 23 Apr 2011 15:14:00 +0000 News Desk 5639762 at http://www.globalpost.com Austrian man allowed "pastafarian" headgear for driver's license photo http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/austria-pastafarian-headgear-photo-spaghetti-monster-religion <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Niko Alm, a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, argued that a pasta strainer worn upside down on his head was a requirement of his religion, “pastafarianism.” </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> An Austrian man who belongs to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has won the right to wear a <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14135523">pasta strainer as &ldquo;religious headgear&rdquo;</a> in his driver&rsquo;s license photo.</p> <p> Niko Alm, who says he is a &ldquo;<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14135523">pastafarian</a>,&rdquo; first applied for the license three years ago, arguing that the colander on his head was a requirement of his religion, &ldquo;pastafarianism,&rdquo; reports the BBC.</p> <p> Alm&#39;s new license shows him wearing a pasta strainer upside down on his head like a hat.</p> <p> &quot;The photo was not approved on religious grounds. The only criterion for photos in driving license applications is that the whole face must be visible,&quot; a Vienna police spokesman told the BBC.</p> <p> The Austrian authorities had reportedly also required Alm to obtain a doctor&#39;s certificate to prove he was mentally fit to drive, after having received his license application and photo.</p> <p> Alm, a self-confessed atheist, says he belongs to the <a href="http://www.venganza.org/about/">Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster</a>, a satirical U.S.-based faith whose members call themselves pastafarians.</p> <p> The group&#39;s website states that &quot;the only dogma allowed in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the rejection of dogma.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/austria-pastafarian-headgear-photo-spaghetti-monster-religion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria Europe World Religion Offbeat Weird Wide Web Fri, 15 Jul 2011 05:04:24 +0000 News Desk 5670592 at http://www.globalpost.com Only eight European banks out of 90 fail stress tests, but many are skeptical of results http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/110716/eight-european-banks-fail-stress-tests-lack-credibility <p> The small number of failing banks was met with skepticism, and criticism that the test had been lax.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/110716/eight-european-banks-fail-stress-tests-lack-credibility" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria euro zone crisis European Union Greece Spain economy Business Debt Crisis Europe Global Economy Spain Sat, 16 Jul 2011 06:06:50 +0000 News Desk 5670720 at http://www.globalpost.com Who really owns that Klimt? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/110825/stolen-art-nazi-theft-looted-austria <p> VIENNA &mdash; It&rsquo;s a needle in a haystack problem. Except you&rsquo;ve got plenty of needles, many of them one-of-a-kind objects, often worth a fortune.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/110825/stolen-art-nazi-theft-looted-austria" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria Europe Germany Culture & Lifestyle Sun, 25 Sep 2011 12:51:00 +0000 Nicholas K. Smith 5673934 at http://www.globalpost.com Austrian women raped and held captive — again http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/110825/austrian-man-raped-daughters <p> GRAZ, Austria &mdash; Readers will no doubt remember the recent case of Josef Fritzl, who was convicted of imprisoning his daughter, Elisabeth, in a basement for 24 years until 2008.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/110825/austrian-man-raped-daughters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria Underworld Europe Offbeat Fri, 26 Aug 2011 11:40:00 +0000 Phil Cain 5673962 at http://www.globalpost.com Austrian incest suspect freed http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/110909/austrian-incest-suspect-freed <p> The two daughters originally accused their father of repeatedly raping them since 1970. The daughters told investigators their father would beat them and threaten to kill them if they resisted.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/110909/austrian-incest-suspect-freed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria Europe Fri, 09 Sep 2011 23:50:47 +0000 News Desk 5675032 at http://www.globalpost.com Arnold Schwarzenegger museum opens in Austria http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/arnold-schwarzenegger-museum-austria-thal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The museum at Arnold Schwarzenegger's childhood home in Thal, Austria tells his life story and features a hulking bronze statue of Arnie striking a bodybuilding pose. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> News Desk </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/offbeat/110510/arnold-schwarzenegger-and-maria-shriver-separate-after-25-years-video">Arnold Schwarzenegger</a> inaugurated a museum devoted to Arnold Schwarzenegger &mdash;&nbsp;complete with a hulking bronze statue of himself striking a &quot;heroic&quot; bodybuilder&#39;s pose &mdash;&nbsp;in his Austrian hometown on Friday.</p> <p> Schwarzenegger&#39;s childhood home in <a href="http://www.channel24.co.za/News/International/Arnie-museum-officially-open-20111007">Thal, Austria</a>, has been converted into a museum, Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports.</p> <p> The museum tells the story of Schwarzenegger&#39;s life and career, from a boy born in 1947 in a small Austrian town to champion bodybuilder, Hollywood star and then U.S. politician, DPA says.</p> <p> The 64-year-old former governor of California, accompanied by his 18-year-old son Patrick, inaugurated the museum and unveiled the larger-than-life bronze statue of himself.</p> <p> &quot;It is my great wish that everyone who visits this museum understands one thing: That everyone can be successful in his own way,&quot; said the &quot;Terminator&quot; star, according to DPA.</p> <p> The New York Daily News recently reported that&nbsp;<a href="http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-09-26/gossip/30231581_1_statues-arnold-fitness-weekend-terminator-star">Schwarzenegger</a> has personally commissioned as many as seven &quot;heroic&quot; statues of himself, including the one at the museum in Austria.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/arnold-schwarzenegger-museum-austria-thal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria Travel/Tourism Europe United States Weird Wide Web Fri, 07 Oct 2011 17:10:00 +0000 News Desk 5677226 at http://www.globalpost.com Vienna tops quality of life survey http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/111129/vienna-quality-living-survey-mercer <p> No city in the United States cracked the top 10, leaving it to Vancouver, Canada, (No. 5) to represent the Americas in that elite group.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/111129/vienna-quality-living-survey-mercer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria Europe United States Tue, 29 Nov 2011 23:54:00 +0000 Samantha Stainburn 5682908 at http://www.globalpost.com Winter packs wallop in Asia, Europe http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/120107/snow-slams-austria-pakistan <p> The risk of avalanche is extreme as more snow is forecast in the coming days.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/120107/snow-slams-austria-pakistan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria avalanche Climate Change india Kashmir pakistan snow Weather Asia-Pacific Europe India Pakistan Sat, 07 Jan 2012 22:20:09 +0000 David Trifunov 5686345 at http://www.globalpost.com Prince Johan Friso of Netherlands critically injured in avalanche http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/120217/prince-johan-friso-netherlands-critically-injured-avalanche "Doctors treating him describe the prince's condition as stable, but his life remains at risk," according to a government statement.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/120217/prince-johan-friso-netherlands-critically-injured-avalanche" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria Netherlands Europe Fri, 17 Feb 2012 16:22:00 +0000 News Desk 5692215 at http://www.globalpost.com Libya ex-oil minister Shukri Ghanem found dead in Vienna http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/120429/libya-ex-oil-minister-shukri-ghanem-found-dead-vienna <p> Libya&rsquo;s prime minister from 2003 until 2006 and oil minister until 2011, Shukri Ghanem defected from Muammar Gaddafi&rsquo;s regime last May and fled to Vienna.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/120429/libya-ex-oil-minister-shukri-ghanem-found-dead-vienna" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria Libya World Leaders Europe Sun, 29 Apr 2012 18:40:34 +0000 Luke Browne 5702364 at http://www.globalpost.com Ex-Libya oil minister Shukri Ghanem drowned, autopsy results show http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/120430/ex-libya-oil-minister-shukri-ghanem-drowned-autopsy-results-show <p> A police spokesman suggested that the death may have been an accident and said Shukri Ghanem had complained to his daughter late Saturday that he was not feeling well.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/120430/ex-libya-oil-minister-shukri-ghanem-drowned-autopsy-results-show" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria Libya Europe Middle East Mon, 30 Apr 2012 12:43:00 +0000 Luke Browne 5702473 at http://www.globalpost.com Austrian elections see 'grand coalition' stay in power http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/130929/austrian-elections-see-grand-coalition-return-power Early election results suggest that Austria's two-party 'grand coalition' has won another five-year term.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/130929/austrian-elections-see-grand-coalition-return-power" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria Want to Know Europe Mon, 30 Sep 2013 00:02:00 +0000 Alexander Besant 5948415 at http://www.globalpost.com