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Four convicted in Telekom Austria corruption trial

The case highlights stepped up efforts in Austria to end the kind of practices that let public officials for years dip into funds of former monopoly Telekom Austria for their own ends. Local media have dubbed the company the "political ATM". Prosecutor Herbert Harammer had argued in his closing arguments that the authorities needed a wake-up call. "We have to show potential wrongdoers in the corporate boardrooms and party headquarters that breaking the law will have tangible consequences," the Austria Press Agency quoted him as saying. A new generation of prosecutors, politicians and investigative reporters is trying to change a culture of corruption in Austrian public life, where many deals were traditionally done on the back of friendships and favours. The court ordered the FPO - which in the meantime has split into two parties - to relinquish the 600,000 euros.
More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/09/telekomaustria-corruption-trial-idUSL6N0GA3TG20130809?feedType=RSS&virtualBrandChannel=10109

Heat Wave In Austria And Hungary Brings Temperatures To All-Time Highs

For women, pantyhose is optional. Croatia sent two water-dropping planes to Bosnia earlier in the week to help battle wildfires set off by drought and sweltering heat that threatened several villages. A Russian aircraft was dispatched to fight blazes in Serbia. Temperatures also nearly broke records in Poland. Also on HuffPost: Loading Slideshow A pedestrian uses his jacket to shelter from http://alphonselwkd.bravesites.com/entries/general/senate-passes-student-loan-fix the sun as a heatwave continues in Shanghai on July 24, 2013. (PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images) A security guard uses a fan to keep cool as a heatwave continues in Shanghai on July 24, 2013.
More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/08/austria-hungary-heat-wave_n_3727116.html

Austria Legalizes Adoption By Same-Sex Couples, Won?t Let Them Get Married

People sit in loungers on a landing stage at the Alster in Hamburg, Germany, 04 August 2013. (AP Photo/ Christian Charisius) In Germany, late July brought widespread temperatures above 30 C (86 F), with the hottest regions eclipsing 35 C (95 F) in Bavaria and the northern Alps. Though temperatures fell shy of all-time records, last month was Germanys 6th warmest July since records began. Only five other Julys were hotter: 2006, 1994, 1983, 2010, and 1995. Closer to the Atlantic, both France and the UK recorded their 3rd warmest July on record, with temperatures averaging about 2C above the 1981-2010 normal. Only 2006 and 1983 were hotter though unlike central Europe, neither country set any new July temperature records.
More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2013/08/09/austria-sets-new-all-time-high-temperature-as-european-heat-wave-hits-peak/


Austria convicts go here ally of late right-winger over Telekom fraud

The man clutched a staff, on which a plastic container for motor oil with the BP logo was impaled. - [/] An installation piece at Basel Art. - [/] An installation piece with paper tubes at Basel Art. - [/] A gallery scene at the Scope Basel show. - [/] A sculpture of Sperone Westwater Gallery's employee, Michael Short, by Evan Penny. - [/] Evan Penny's sculpture of Michael Short. - [/] A woman views Jaume Plensa's "Tel Aviv Man," (Study) 2010, Galerie Lelong, Paris.
More: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130810/austria-convicts-ally-late-right-winger-over-telekom-fraud

Austria sets new all-time high temperature as European heat wave hits peak

He cut through the dozens of Sound of Music tours available and urged us to take the one offered by Panorama Tours ( www.panoramatours.com ). Were glad he did. Its a full four-hour outing, where you get to visit most of the sites found in the film, as well as a glorious drive through the mountains and lakes scenery that Robert Wise used in his montage sequences. Best of all was the visit to Mondsee, a simply beautiful lakeside town 30km from Salzburg where the actual wedding of the Captain and Maria was filmed in a magnificent Gothic cathedral. Its also the home of the Cafe-Konditorei Braun, which has won numerous awards for its apple strudel and its easy to see http://bloggd.org/blog/v/B1X/to+the+NASDAQ+Stock+Market why.
More: http://www.thestar.com/life/travel/2013/08/06/austria_travel_food_delights_in_sensational_salzburg.html

Austria, Bolivia say Snowden wasn't on Bolivian president's plane

An amendment to the Austrian Civil Code was passed on July 4, following a recommendation from the European Court of Human Rights. The case was previously brought to the Austrian Supreme Court, who ruled that unmarried same-sex couples could not jointly adopt a child because article 1822 of the Austrian Civil Code blatantly stated that couples adopting children should consist of parents clicking here of opposite gender. The unnamed plaintiffs initially filed their first complaint in 2007. via Pride News : On 19 February 2013, the Court decided that Austria violated Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) in conjunction with Article 8 (the right to respect private and family life) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Court concluded that the Government has failed to adduce particularly weighty and convincing reasons to show that excluding second-parent adoption in a same-sex couple, while allowing that possibility in an unmarried different-sex couple, was necessary for the protection of the family in the traditional sense or for the protection of the interests of the child. The distinction is therefore incompatible with the Convention. Currently, same-sex marriage is still not recognized by the Austrian government. Same-sex couples may view publisher site file for a registered partnership and be married within the country, but do not have access to the same government marital benefits as heterosexual couples do.
More: http://www.queerty.com/austria-legalizes-adoption-by-same-sex-couples-wont-let-them-get-married-20130805/

Austria Travel: Food delights in sensational Salzburg

ET Popular on CBSNews.com linkicon reporticon emailicon says: What is it that we're hiding, that in order to get Snowden we having planes searched and air space restricted in other countries. Maybe we have more to worry about than has been let known. linkicon reporticon emailicon MarianoRenatoPacifico says: I totally absolutely agree with European Nations for not allowing fly-by by Colombian president's plane... Because European Nations wanted to be eavesdropped and spied on and listened to by the U.S. I'm lovin' it.
More: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57592095/austria-bolivia-say-snowden-wasnt-on-bolivian-presidents-plane/