Top Austrian judge to become country's first female chancellor

VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria’s president has picked the female president of the Constitutional Court to become interim chancellor after parliament voted Sebastian Kurz’s government out of office in the wake of a video sting scandal. Brigitte Bierlein, who is due to reach the court’s mandatory retirement age of 70 this year, will be tasked with putting together a cabinet that […]

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Austria OKs plan to ban girls in primary school from wearing headscarves

Fox News Flash top headlines for May 16 Fox News Flash top headlines for May 16 are here. Check out what’s clicking on Foxnews.com Young girls in Austrian elementary schools will no longer be allowed to wear headscarves. Politicians from the coalition government – made up of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s conservative People’s Party and the anti-immigration Freedom Party – reportedly […]

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Austria pressing ahead with digital tax after EU-wide plan fails

VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria will press ahead with a proposed tax on internet giants after plans for an European Union-wide levy fell through this week, Finance Minister Hartwig Loeger said on Friday. Austria said in January that it would tax firms like Google, Amazon, Facebook and Alibaba 3 percent of their advertising revenue from within Austria. It said at the […]

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Austria to introduce digital tax after failure of EU-wide plan

VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria will press ahead with a planned tax on Internet giants after plans for an EU-wide levy fell through this week, Finance Minister Hartwig Loeger said on Friday. Austria said in January that it would tax firms like Google, Amazon, Facebook and Alibaba 3 percent of their advertising revenue from within Austria. It said at the time […]

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Austria says there will be no renegotiation of Brexit deal after UK vote

VIENNA (Reuters) – Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Tuesday reacted to Britain’s parliament rejecting the Brexit deal reached between London and the European Union by saying the agreement would not be renegotiated. “I regret the outcome of the Brexit vote in the British lower house in London. In any case there will be no renegotiation of the withdrawal agreement,” Kurz […]

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Austrian retailers file antitrust complaint against Amazon

VIENNA (Reuters) – Austrian retailers have filed a complaint against Amazon with their national competition authority over the U.S. e-commerce giant’s dual role as a retailer and a marketplace. The European Commission and Germany’s antitrust authority are also looking into Amazon’s role in the market. “We have received a complaint. We are examining it,” a spokeswoman for Austria’s Federal Competition […]

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Dominic Thiem to lead Austria against Australia in Davis Cup tie

US Open quarter-finalist Dominic Thiem will lead Austria into battle against Australia in next week's Davis Cup tie in Graz. Thiem, who lost a marathon five-setter at Flushing Meadows to world No.1 Rafael Nadal on Tuesday night, has been named to spearhead Austria's five-man team for the World Group play-off from September 14-16. Replay Runner-up to Nadal at this year's […]

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Austria rejects and disbelieves Afghan man seeking asylum as he is gay

Austria rejects ‘gay Afghan’s’ asylum claim telling him he doesn’t ‘walk, talk or dress like a homosexual’ An Afghan man’s application for asylum has been rejected by officials in Austria The 18-year-old said he was gay and feared persecution in his home country  However, an official said he did not walk, act or dress like a homosexual Austria has rejected the asylum […]

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