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Austria to Tear Down House Where Hitler Was Born

Feared the house becoming a rallying point for neo-Nazis

(Newser) - After a long national debate, Austria has agreed—in principle—to demolish the house where Adolf Hitler was born, the BBC reports. The infamous German dictator was born on April 20, 1889, in a rented room on the top floor of a guesthouse in the town of Braunau am Inn,... More »

Austria Eyes 'Cleanest Solution' for Hitler Birthplace

Country's interior minister says demolishing house would probably be best

(Newser) - Austria's interior minister says he can imagine having the house where Adolf Hitler was born demolished, calling it "the cleanest solution" for the building that nobody wants , reports the AP . The Austrian government wants to expropriate the house in Braunau am Inn on the German border where the... More »

10 Most Peaceful Countries on Earth

Iceland, Denmark, Austria are on top

(Newser) - Congratulations, America: You sit 103rd on a list that ranks countries by their peacefulness, in a report compiled by the Institute for Economics and Peace . The ranking is based on 23 factors including involvement in conflicts at home and abroad, crime, terrorist activity, political stability, levels of militarization, and relations... More »

Austria's Crazy Close Election Sign of Split Europe

Far-right candidate loses by less than 1%

(Newser) - Left-leaning candidate Alexander Van der Bellen won the election to become Austrian president Monday, but his right-wing rival was only narrowly behind—a result that reflects the growing strength of Europe's anti-EU political movements. Right-winger Norbert Hofer had been narrowly ahead of Van der Bellen, a Greens politician running... More »

Austria Wants to Seize Hitler's Birth Home

The vacant building, sometimes a Neo-Nazi hot spot, is proving quite a headache

(Newser) - In an effort to prevent the "increasingly decrepit" building from falling into further disrepair, Austrian officials say they plan to draft a law that would allow them to seize Adolf Hitler's birth home in Braunau, a quaint town of 17,000 on the German border, reports the New ... More »

Ticket for Burping Spawns 'Loud Belch Flashmob'

Vienna man fined for 'violating public decency'

(Newser) - Vienna visitors beware: Burping too loud could come at a price. Edin Mehic, a bartender in the Austrian capital, found that out when fined the equivalent of $77 after belching in the proximity of a policeman while enjoying the scene at the Prater amusement park. The ticket notes that Mehic... More »

'Massive' Avalanche Kills 5 Skiers in Austrian Alps

Two others were injured

(Newser) - Police in Austria say five people were killed Saturday when a "massive" avalanche in the Austrian Alps struck skiers from the Czech Republic taking part in a freeriding camp, the AP reports. Two other skiers were injured and 10 were rescued unharmed, Tirol police spokesperson Helmut Schuetz said. He... More »

Reports Conflict on US Nanny's Cause of Death

The 25-year-old has been identified as Lauren Mann

(Newser) - Officials have released a name in the case of the American nanny found dead in her Vienna, Austria, apartment on Tuesday night, but beyond that, much remains unclear. ABC News reports Lauren Mann, 25, died by suffocation, though it notes that Vienna police rep Thomas Keiblinger earlier referenced a preliminary... More »

American Nanny Found Dead in Vienna

Case is being treated as homicide

(Newser) - Austrian authorities are investigating the death of an American woman found Tuesday in her apartment in Vienna. The 25-year-old from Colorado, whose name has not been released, was working as a nanny while studying in the country, reports NBC News . The Local adds she had been there for about three... More »

Woman's Head Found Inside Concrete Block in Lake

The block was attached to her drowned husband's hand

(Newser) - A man strangled and dismembered his wife, entombed her head in concrete, and then used the concrete block as a weight to drown himself in an Austrian lake, authorities said Tuesday. Police official Gottfried Mitterlehner said the couple were a 72-year-old man and his 71-year-old wife from Germany but did... More »

Sock-Clad Girl, 3, Sneaks Off on Xmas Eve Adventure

Precocious American kid wandered away from family in Austria

(Newser) - Perhaps she was out looking for Santa. A 3-year-old American girl wandered away from her family's hotel in Salzburg, Austria, around midnight Christmas Eve and investigated the city streets on her own, wearing only a nightshirt and socks. A receptionist at another hotel brought her inside. Police guessed she... More »

World Cup Skier Nearly Taken Out —by Drone

Austrian Marcel Hirscher: 'This can never happen again'

(Newser) - A four-time defending ski champ competing in the World Cup finals in Italy nearly saw his attempt derailed when a camera drone crashed on the slope perilously close to where he was skiing, the BBC reports. Austria's Marcel Hirscher was doing his second run in a slalom race in... More »

Why It's Unwise to Grow 734 Pot Plants Near Drug Dogs

It turns out they smell these things

(Newser) - Vienna police say they have discovered a plantation with more than 700 marijuana plants at a warehouse close to a police dog center. Police say one of their dogs caught a whiff of the plants in the Austrian capital's Floridsdorf district on Friday morning. Officers then saw a man... More »

Grandmother Thumbs Nose at Heirs, Shreds $1.1M

It won't work though

(Newser) - Authorities believe an elderly Austrian woman must have really hated her heirs after they found more than $1 million in cash cut up on her bed, the AFP reports. The 85-year-old woman died in a retirement home surrounded by thousands of destroyed euros—in 100 and 500 notes, according to... More »

Amazing Images: Migrants Walking to Austrian Border

They got tired of waiting for trains in Hungary

(Newser) - Europe's migrant crisis is leading to yet more compelling images today, this time of about 1,000 migrants making a more than 100-mile hike from Budapest, Hungary, to the Austrian border, reports the BBC . What's striking is that the group is walking along the major thoroughfare to Vienna.... More »

Cops: How Truck-Tragedy Migrants Met Their End

Police reveal results of early forensic testing

(Newser) - The migrants found dead in an abandoned truck in Austria appear to have died by suffocation under horribly tight conditions. Relying on early forensic tests, police say the 71 victims —including three children and a baby girl—ran out of air while packed five people per 10 square feet,... More »

Number of Decomposing Bodies in Truck Rises to 71

3 people held in Hungary are reportedly from Bulgaria

(Newser) - The refrigerated truck left on an Austrian roadside didn't just contain the decomposing remains of 20 to 50 migrants as first thought. Police now say at least 71 people—59 men, eight women, and four children, believed to be Syrian refugees—died inside the vehicle, which police believe left... More »

Bodies of Migrants Found Rotting in Truck in Austria

There could be as many as 50 victims, police say

(Newser) - Police today discovered the partially decomposed bodies of at least 20 migrants piled up in a truck parked on the shoulder of an Austrian highway leading from the Hungarian border. The chief of Burgenland police, Hans Peter Doskozil, says the truck has Hungarian license plates. The state of the bodies... More »

Iran Nuke Inspectors Ready to Go High-Tech

IAEA task force has been slowed down by antiquated equipment—until now

(Newser) - Iran has labeled international inspections at its main atomic sites over the past 18 months as "the most intrusive and robust" of that any country has faced, per the New York Times . But inspection leaders say they've actually been hampered this whole time by outdated technology—and that... More »

The 10 Happiest Countries

Once again, Panama leads the pack

(Newser) - US citizens who want a happier life may want to leave the country. The Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index has issued its second annual list of country rankings, looking at 145 countries and how their residents fare in various "well-being elements." Those elements: a sense of purpose, social relationships,... More »

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