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Long-Suffering Village Changes Name to 'Fugging'

F---ingers will now become Fuggingers

(Newser) - The people of F---ing, Austria have finally had enough of people making fun of the village's name—and stealing their road signs . The village of around 100 people, who are known as F---ingers, will be renamed Fugging as of Jan. 1, 2021, the Guardian reports. The village is part...

Officials: Mistakes Made Regarding Vienna Gunman

He was released from prison early, sought ammo abroad

(Newser) - The suspected gunman killed following a terror attack in Vienna was convicted of trying to join the Islamic State in Syria, released from prison early in December, and "hoodwinked the justice system's deradicalization program after his release," the AP reports. Kujtim Fejzulai, a 20-year-old dual citizen of...

Death Toll Climbs in Vienna, Where '100 Rounds' Rang Out

Suspect was ISIS 'sympathizer' with previous terror conviction: officials

(Newser) - Four victims have been confirmed dead following a terror attack in Vienna in which at least one shooter fired at people enjoying a night out in the city on the eve of a national lockdown. The death toll includes two men and two women, in addition to one shooter. Fifteen...

2 Dead, 15 Wounded in 'Despicable' Vienna Attack

Gunmen opened fire on people having their last night out before lockdown

(Newser) - Gunmen opened fire on people enjoying a last evening out in Vienna before a coronavirus lockdown Monday in what authorities said was a terror attack that left at least two dead—including one of the assailants—and 15 wounded. "We are victims of a despicable terror attack in the...

Austrians Cash In Stimulus Checks From ... America?

And they're not the only foreigners receiving US stimulus funds in error

(Newser) - Austria isn't part of the United States of America (last time we checked), but over the past few months, some Austrians have received assistance reserved only for US citizens and residents. They've been cashing checks sent to them as part of the $2 trillion US stimulus package, even...

Looking to Raise a Family? These 10 Nations Are Tops

The US doesn't make the cut—in fact, it's got a dismal ranking

(Newser) - No one's able to go much of anywhere at the moment , but one day, when the pandemic is over, you may be on the hunt for the best place to settle down and have kids. Travel and family journalism website Asher & Lyric did the legwork for us, sifting...

Guy Fined for Farting 'With Full Intent' at Police

'Our colleagues don't like to be farted at so much'

(Newser) - A man in Vienna has been fined $565 for breaking wind loudly in front of police—a move that the Austrian capital's police force was at pains to defend on Tuesday. The Oesterreich newspaper reported that the fine stemmed from an incident on June 5 and that the offender...

Hitler's Birthplace to Get 'Downright Most Suitable Use'

Austrian cops to move in after $5.6M refurbishment

(Newser) - Austrian authorities have presented the winning plan to redesign the house where Adolf Hitler was born in 1889: They will turn it into a police station and try to make it unattractive as a pilgrimage site for people who glorify the Nazi dictator. A design by Austrian architects Marte.Marte...

4 European Countries Make Masks Mandatory

Austria orders all shoppers to wear 'alien' masks

(Newser) - "I'm fully aware that mask wearing is something alien to our culture," Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Monday after announcing that face masks will be compulsory for people visiting supermarkets and other stores. The Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina have also made mask-wearing in public, formerly unusual...

Now in Spotlight Over Alleged Meeting With Ukrainian: Devin Nunes

Lawyer: Giuliani associate Lev Parnas will testify to Congress on alleged Nunes' meet with Shokin

(Newser) - The lawyer for a Soviet-born businessman and associate of Rudy Giuliani who was arrested last month on campaign finance charges says his client will comply with a subpoena to talk to Congress about an alleged meeting one of its own had in in late 2018 in an attempt to dig...

Town Finds New Use for Hitler's Birth House

Austrian building will become police station

(Newser) - The building where Adolf Hitler came into this world will not become a shrine to Nazism, authorities in Austria have vowed. Officials say the 500-year-old house in Braunau am Inn, which the government expropriated after a lengthy legal battle , is going to become a police station, the BBC reports. The...

Long Battle Ends With Austria Buying Hitler's Birthplace

Government wants to prevent site becoming a neo-Nazi destination

(Newser) - "For peace, freedom and democracy," reads a stone memorial outside a three-story building in a small Austrian town. "Never again fascism. Millions dead are a warning." The memorial is there because on the second floor of that building, in 1889, Adolf Hitler was born. To prevent...

After Woman Was Abducted, She Noticed the Orchids

Nathalie Birli says she gained her freedom by talking about them

(Newser) - An Austrian triathlete survived a kidnapping in which she was hit by a car, tied up with duct tape, and held for hours at a remote house before convincing her abductor to release her, police said. An unidentified 33-year-old man was arrested Wednesday by Austria's Cobra special forces, per...

City's New Tourism Campaign Highlights 1-Star Reviews

Vienna says you should make up your own minds

(Newser) - Vienna—home of the "boring" Hofburg palace, among other attractions—wants people to start ignoring online reviews and discover the city for themselves. The Austrian capital has launched a new "Unrating Vienna" campaign, which highlights terrible reviews from TripAdvisor and elsewhere, including one that complained "the paintings...

Russian Scandal Rocks Austria's Government

Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache is out

(Newser) - Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called for an early election after his vice chancellor resigned Saturday over a covertly shot video that showed him apparently promising government contracts to a purported Russian investor, the AP reports. Kurz said he would ask President Alexander Van der Bellen to set a date for...

Fugitive Who Tired of Life on Sunny Island Turns Self In

'Tenerife is not as nice as it used to be'

(Newser) - A man who says he fled an Austrian prison over a decade ago has turned himself in to police in Salzburg, telling them he was fed up with living in Spain's Canary Islands. Police said the 64-year-old, carrying two suitcases, approached cops at Salzburg's railway station Saturday night...

Top 10 Happiest Nations

Finland tops World Happiness Report for 2nd year, while US slips

(Newser) - America has fallen in the UN's World Happiness Report , released annually since 2012. The US sits in 19th place, down one spot from 2018 and five spots from 2017, reports US News & World Report . Ryan Cooper at the Week argues there's much to learn from Finland, which...

For World-Famous Banking Family, an Era Is Over

The Rothschilds sell off historic estate in Austria

(Newser) - Good on your 19th and 20th-century history? Then you'll appreciate that this marks the end of an era, Bloomberg reports. The Rothschild family, once the Habsburg empire's main financier, is selling its last piece of property in Austria. Family heir Bettina Burr has approved the sale of two...

30 Nuns and 1 Priest Stuck in the Snow: Don't Come Get Us

Austrian order has been cut off from the world for days

(Newser) - Authorities in Austria tried to reach dozens of Catholic nuns whose Alpine monastery has been cut off from the world for days because of heavy snowfall, per the AP . But public broadcaster ORF reported Thursday that the nuns say they've got enough food and fuel, and they want to...

Northern Alps Are Having a Deadly Month

3 German skiers killed in Austria avalanche, 2 French ski patrollers killed by exploding devices

(Newser) - Three German skiers were killed in an avalanche in Austria and a fourth is still missing, police said Sunday as snowfall set in again in the northern Alps. In France, two ski patrollers were killed when the devices they use to trigger avalanches exploded. The two accidents brought to at...

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