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Russia slams Austria for 'unfounded accusations' in spy row

Nov 10, 2018 - 8:11 PM

Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl 'expresses hope that the steps will not affect the further development of bilateral cooperation,' the Russian foreign ministry says in a statement

SPY? Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (L) and Defense Minister Mario Kunasek give a press conference in Vienna, Austria, on November 9, 2018, to comment on the case of a retired colonel in the Austrian army suspected of having spied for Russia for several decades. File photo by Helmut Fohringer/APA/AFP

Mangaoang sacked for ‘underperforming,’ says Customs

Oct 22, 2018 - 2:44 PM

Documents obtained by Rappler show Commissioner Isidro Lapeña sacked Mangaoang 11 days before she spoke before the Senate blue ribbon committee

ABROAD. Customs commissioner Isidro Lapeña is out of the country as controversy sparks inside his own agency. September 19, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

June Mar Fajardo out for 6 to 8 weeks due to shin injury

Aug 24, 2018 - 6:15 PM

'The Kraken' could miss most of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup and Gilas Pilipinas games in the Asian Qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup

SIDELINED. The San Miguel Beermen will badly miss the services of June Mar Fajardo in their 2018 PBA Governors' Cup campaign. File photo from PBA Images


Vienna topples Melbourne in 'most liveable city' ranking

Aug 14, 2018 - 12:43 PM

It is the first time a European metropolis has topped the annual chart compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit which identifies the best urban playgrounds to live and work in

VIENNA. Austria's Vienna at sunset. File photo from Shutterstock

Customs challenges PDEA: Name our corrupt personnel

Aug 13, 2018 - 8:00 PM

'Let's go after these people. We don't want them in our ranks,' says Bureau of Customs spokesman Erastus Austria

DARED. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino says corrupt Customs personnel are behind the 1 ton of shabu escaping authorities. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Batangas court dismisses case vs former UP film student

Aug 11, 2018 - 10:28 PM

The Batangas Regional Trial Court Branch 87 dismisses the cases against against former UP film student Maricon Montajes, Anakbayan member Ronilo Baes, and farmer Rommiel Cañete

FREE. Former film student Maricon Montajes poses with former UP College of Mass Communication Dean Rolando Tolentino. File photo courtesy of Rolando Tolentino

Austria: San Miguel's finals loss a long time coming

Aug 10, 2018 - 1:22 PM

After an impressive 6-of-6 in the last 10 PBA conference finals, the Beermen tasted their first championship defeat in 5 years

CLEAN SLATE. In order to revive their winning ways, Leo Austria suggests San Miguel returns to square one. Photo from PBA Images


A win away from finals, San Miguel's Austria thinking of Ginebra as foe

Jul 17, 2018 - 8:15 AM

The 3-time PBA Coach of the Year says the Gin Kings adding the likes of Jeff Chan is their way of countering the Beermen's zone defense

FREUDIAN SLIP. Leo Austria may have had a Freudian slip moment after the San Miguel Beermen took a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-5 semifinals series against the Alaska Aces. Photo from PBA Images


Austria's priorities as it takes European Union helm

Jun 30, 2018 - 2:02 PM

The presidency gives Austria the opportunity to chair meetings and set agendas as the EU grapples with the continuing migrant influx, management of its borders, and other issues such as Brexit

EU PRESIDENCY. Austria's new Chancellor Sebastian Kurz arrives to meet the European Council president on December 19, 2017, at the European Council in Brussels. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

San Miguel coach Austria salutes Santos, Lassiter despite ejections

Jun 17, 2018 - 8:24 AM

Arwind Santos almost comes to blows with Tony Semerad while Marcio Lassiter figures in a word war with Terrence Romeo

DEPTH. The San Miguel lost key cogs Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos to ejections but managed to survive and nipped the TNT KaTropa. Photo from PBA Images


Austria mulls migrant reception centers outside EU

Jun 13, 2018 - 5:04 PM

'There are efforts underway to create sanctuaries outside Europe, where we can accommodate refugees and offer protection, but not a better life in central Europe,' Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says

SEBASTIAN KURZ. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz delivers his speech during the conference of the CDU Economic Council, "Economy Day 2018" in Berlin, on June 12, 2018. Photo by Jens Büttner/dpa/AFP

Vienna being discussed as host for Putin-Trump summit, says Kremlin

Jun 09, 2018 - 8:14 PM

The Kremlin spokesman's comments comes a day after Trump called for Russia to be readmitted to the G7 group

DISCUSSIONS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk as they make their way to take the 'family photo' during the APEC leaders' summit in Vietnam on November 11, 2017. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Leo Austria wants Chris Ross to keep intense attitude to 'certain limit'

Jun 06, 2018 - 11:41 PM

Ross figured in a verbal spat with Columbian import John Fields and they needed to be separated by teammates and game officials before things turned ugly

ALL-AROUND. Chris Ross helps San Miguel win their 3rd straight game with 10 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds and two steals. Photo from PBA Images


Balkman back in Manila as Austria says import change possible

May 14, 2018 - 11:20 PM

If the Puerto Rican reunites with San Miguel, it will be the first time since 2013 that he will set foot again in the PBA

WINNER. Renaldo Balkman helps Alab Pilipinas win it all in the ASEAN Basketball League. File photo by ABL


Austria, Cone, Victolero to coach PBA All-Star teams anew

Apr 27, 2018 - 1:07 PM

After steering their teams again to the top 3, the trio will return to the All-Star games slated May 23 to 27

TOP COACH. Leo Austria, who mentored the San Miguel Beermen to a record 4th straight PBA Philippine Cup title, will call the shots for the Luzon team. Photo by PBA Images

SMC boss Ramon Ang reminds Beermen: 'Wag po tayong magyayabang'

Apr 10, 2018 - 9:39 PM

Amidst the din of their victory party, the San Miguel big boss stressed humility

STAY HUMBLE. San Miguel Corporation big boss Ramon S. Ang and SMB coach Leo Austria during their team's victory party. Photo by Richard Esguerra/Rappler

Youth leaders harassed online after seeking Mocha Uson’s dismissal

Apr 07, 2018 - 6:24 PM

Akbayan Youth shares screenshots of some of the hate comments, which are calling for the student leaders to get raped or killed

FIRE MOCHA. Student leaders of Akbayan Youth file an administrative complaint against Asec Mocha Uson before the Office of the Ombudsman in Quezon City on April 2, 2018. Rappler photo

Undeclared Korean SUV found in shipment at Davao port

Mar 22, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Findings of an x-ray scan conclude a vehicle was placed in between declared items. The scan is verified on Wednesday during a physical inspection.

SMUGGLED. Customs officials find an undeclared Hyundai sports-utility vehicle stuffed in between a used dump truck and a tractor head. Photo from BOC Davao

Cone says Austria 'totally outcoached' him in Ginebra's Game 4 blowout loss

Mar 16, 2018 - 9:14 AM

'It really comes down to brilliant adjustments by coach Leo that we weren’t just prepared for...but we move forward from it,' says Tim Cone

NOT POINTING FINGERS. Tim Cone blames no one but himself for Barangay Ginebra's Game 4 loss to the San Miguel Beermen. File photo by PBA Images


Teary-eyed Austria thanks San Miguel for win after wife underwent surgery

Mar 06, 2018 - 9:07 PM

San Miguel head coach Leo Austria holds back tears after sharing that his wife had a successful kidney transplant the night before their quarterfinals win over TNT

EMOTIONAL. San Miguel Beermen head coach Leo Austria shares that his wife underwent a kidney transplant the night before their quarterfinals win over the TNT KaTropa. Photo by Jerrick Raymarc/Rappler


1 killed, 22 injured in Austrian train collision

Feb 12, 2018 - 10:30 PM

Police say the accident happened a little before 1 pm (1200 GMT) at Niklasdorf station in Styria province. The cause of the crash has yet to be determined

Facebook wins EU court fight against class action lawsuit

Jan 25, 2018 - 5:53 PM

The Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice said in a statement says the complainant 'may bring an individual action in Austria against Facebook Ireland'

MAX SCHREMS VS FACEBOOK. Austrian Max Schrems (L) arrives with his lawyer Herwig Hofmann (R) before a verdict at the European Court of Justice (SCJ) in Luxembourg, on October 6, 2015. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Filipino bobsledders make int’l debut in Europa Cup in Austria

Jan 13, 2018 - 8:39 AM

Seaman First Class Rolando Isidro and Seaman Second Class Jeffrey dela Cruz of the Philippine Coast Guard make history as the first team from Southeast Asia to compete in the prestigious Europa Cup at the Olympia Eiskanal in Tirol, Austria

PINOY BOBSLEDDERS. Seaman First Class Rolando Isidro and Seaman Second Class Jeffrey dela Cruz compete at the Europa Cup at the Olympia Eiskanal in Igls, Tirol, Austria.  All photos from Consul Thelmo Cunanan Jr

Shockwaves: The world in 2017

Dec 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Here is a look at some of the biggest global stories from the past year

RESISTANCE. Riot police fire rubber bullets and tear gas grenades at demonstrators protesting against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas on April 8, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

Turkey accuses new Austria government of 'racist approaches'

Dec 17, 2017 - 9:27 PM

The landmark coalition deal, marking the return to power in Austria of the Freedom Party, has sparked ripples of concern throughout Europe after a year of successes for far-right movements

CHANCELLOR-ELECT. In this file photo, Sebastian Kurz attends a television debate about the Austrian general elections in Vienna on October 15, 2017. File photo by Alex Halada/AFP

Explosion at major Austrian gas hub, one dead, 18 injured

Dec 12, 2017 - 5:07 PM

(UPDATED) The incident happened at Baumgarten east of Vienna, Austria's largest reception point and the main distribution hub for gas imports from Russia, Norway and elsewhere

GAS HUB. A view taken 04 January 2006 shows the Central European gas hub in Baumgarten in Austria near the Slovakian border.  Jakub Sukup/AFP

Austria far-right eyes power in 'whizz-kid' government

Oct 16, 2017 - 5:23 PM

The expected rightward shift in the wealthy European Union member state will pose a fresh headache for Brussels as it struggles with Brexit and the rise of nationalists in Germany, Hungary, Poland and elsewhere

NEXT CHANCELLOR? Austria's Foreign Minister and leader of Austria's center-right People's Party (OeVP) Sebastian Kurz waves to supporters during the party's election event following the general elections in Vienna, Austria, on October 15, 2017. Robert Jaeger/APA/AFP

Austrian 'whizz-kid' in election triumph

Oct 16, 2017 - 6:58 AM

Austria's political 'whizz-kid' Sebastian Kurz is on course to become Europe's youngest leader, potentially in coalition with the far-right

SUCCESSION LINE? Austrian Chancellor and leader of the Social Democrats (SPOe) Christian Kern (L) and Austria's Foreign Minister and leader of Austria's center-right People's Party (OeVP) Sebastian Kurz, attend a television debate about the Austrian general elections in Vienna on October 15, 2017. Alex Halada/AFP

Austria set to elect youngest EU leader in right-wing push

Oct 15, 2017 - 9:56 AM

A rightward shift in the wealthy European Union member of 8.75 million people would be a fresh headache for Brussels

NEXT P.M.? Chairman of Austrian People's Party (OeVP), Sebastian Kurz arrives for a TV debate on October 12, 2017 in Vienna ahead of Austrian Parliamentary elections on October 15. Georg Hochmuth/APA/AFP

MotoGP: Andrea Dovizioso juara di Austria

Aug 13, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Marc Marquez finis di peringkat kedua

Andrea Dovizioso sempat bertarung sengit dengan Marc Marquez sebelum meraih podium pertama di Austria, Minggu (13/8). Foto diambil dari @MotoGP/twitter

Hamilton diganjar penalti 5 posisi di GP Austria

Jul 08, 2017 - 12:07 PM

Penalti diberikan karena Hamilton memerlukan pergantian ‘gearbox’ di luar jadwal

Lewis Hamilton mendapatkan penalti 5 posisi karena harus mengganti gearbox di luar jadwal. Foto dari f1.com

Italy in migrant row with Austria as Europe arrivals top 100,000

Jul 05, 2017 - 8:25 AM

Italy summons Austria s ambassador after Vienna threatens to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering as the number crossing the Mediterranean topped 100 000 this year

BORDER SIGN. A picture taken in the village of Spielfeld, Austria, on February 20, 2017 shows a border crossing at the Austrian-Slovenian border. Rene Gomolj/AFP

2 dead as accident closes Italy-Austria rail line

Apr 26, 2017 - 6:12 PM

A giant tamping machine slips off its breaks and collides with another piece of heavy equipment causing a powerful explosion

'Do-or-die': Helterbrand believes Ginebra can overcome 1-3 deficit

Mar 04, 2017 - 1:47 PM

Ginebra will try to accomplish what the Cavs accomplished during last season s NBA Finals

DO OR DIE. Jayjay Helterbrand says Ginebra is at its best when their "backs are against the wall." Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

No room for complacency as San Miguel heads to ‘Ginebra country’

Feb 25, 2017 - 12:27 PM

San Miguel may have blown out Ginebra in Game 1 but Leo Austria knows the crowd in Quezon province will be on the Gin Kings side for Game 2

CRUNCH TIME. San Miguel coach Leo Austria says their Game 1 victory gave them a "psychological advantage and momentum," but knows the series is far from over. Photo by PBA Images

New Austrian president issues warning on populism

Jan 26, 2017 - 10:51 PM

Alexander Van der Bellen: Let us not be seduced let us not be distracted from the work of a united Europe Maintaining this peace project is worth all our efforts

Austria's president Alexander Van der Bellen is sworn in by the federal assembly at the parliament in Vienna on January 26, 2017.  Roland Schlager/APA/AFP

Raids in Austria as 'terror' suspect grilled

Jan 21, 2017 - 7:16 PM

According to the police signs had multiplied in recent days that there might be an attack in Vienna

Police patrols on December 20, 2016 a Christmas market in Vienna, the day after a terror attack in Berlin's Christmas market.  Austrian police will distribute 6,000 pocket alarms on New Year's Eve to help prevent incidents like the mass sex assaults in neighbouring Germany a year ago, the interior ministry said Tuesday. / AFP PHOTO / APA / HERBERT PFARRHOFER / Austria OUT

European relief at Austrian far-right election defeat

Dec 05, 2016 - 8:50 AM

The result is greeted with relief from centrist politicians across the continent

Austrian Presidential candidate Alexander Van der Bellen celebrates with supporters at a post-election event in Vienna on December 4, 2016. Alex Halada/AFP

Austrian far-right admits defeat in presidential race

Dec 04, 2016 - 7:46 AM

3rd UPDATE Norbert Hofer concedes defeat as projections show a likely victory for Alexander Van der Bellen

Austrian far-right candidate Norbert Hofer (L) and his rival Alexander Van der Bellen attend a post-election TV talk round in Vienna on December 4, 2016. Austrian far-right candidate Norbert Hofer on Sunday congratulated his opponent in presidential elections after projections indicated that he had lost.  / AFP PHOTO / APA / HARALD SCHNEIDER / Austria OUT

After Trump and Brexit, Austria far-right eyes presidency

Dec 02, 2016 - 7:57 PM

First Brexit Then Trump Now Austria?

NEXT PRESIDENT? Norbert Hofer, presidential candidate of Austria's right-wing Freedom Party, (FPOe), speaks during his last election campaign rally in Vienna on December 2, 2016, two days before presidential elections. Joe Klamar/AFP

OPEC boosts oil price with output cut

Nov 30, 2016 - 12:10 PM

UPDATED It represents a dramatic reversal from OPEC s Saudi led strategy introduced in 2014 of flooding the market to force out rivals in particular US shale oil producers

The logo of OPEC is pictured at the OPEC headquarters on the eve of the 171th meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in Vienna, on November 29, 2016.  Joe Klamar/AFP

Austrian election: It's the economy, Dummkopf!

Nov 27, 2016 - 1:12 PM

Austria is one Europe s richest countries yet the hills are alive not with optimism but with worries about the economy

'ICH HABE HUNGER' A man holds a sign saying 'I'm hungry' at the famous shopping street Maria Hilferstrasse in Vienna, Austria on November 24, 2016. Joe Klamar/AFP

Controversy as Austria plans demolition of Hitler house

Oct 18, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Number 15 Salzburger Vorstadt Street has been a thorn in Austria s side for decades drawing Nazi sympathizers from around the world

CONTROVERSIAL. This file photo taken on April 17, 2015 shows a memorial stone outside the house where Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau Am Inn, Austria. Joe Klamar/AFP

Austria to tear down Hitler birth house

Oct 17, 2016 - 11:43 PM

The Hitler house will be torn down The foundations can remain but a new building will be erected It will be used by either a charity or the local authorities Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka tells the press

HITLER'S HOUSE. This file photo taken on April 18, 2015 shows protesters gathering outside the house where Adolf Hitler was born during the anti-Nazi protest in Braunau Am Inn, Austria. File photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Miss Austria and Miss Earth Angelia Ong react to PH bet's Duterte, Hitler comment

Oct 11, 2016 - 7:32 PM

Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong and Miss Earth Austria 2016 Kimberly Budinsky speak up after Miss Earth Philippines Imelda Schweighart s comments on Duterte and Hitler go viral online

REACTIONS. Miss Earth Austria Kimberly Budinsky and Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Ong speak up about Miss Earth Philippines 2016 Imedla Schweighart's comments on President Rodrigo Duterte and Adolf Hitler. Photos by Rob Reyes/Rappler, screengrab from Instagram/missearth

Miss PH Earth Imelda Schweighart apologizes for comment on Hitler, Duterte

Oct 11, 2016 - 5:11 PM

Miss Earth Philippines Imelda Schweighart and Miss Austria Kimberly Budinsky speak up about the video where Imelda compares Duterte to Hitler

IMELDA SCHWEIGHART. The Philippines' Miss Earth 2016 bet apologizes for comparing President Rodrigo Duterte to Adolf Hitler. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Austrian presidential election comes unstuck

Sep 12, 2016 - 8:23 PM

Austria s government is forced to announce an embarrassing postponement of its October 2 presidential election because of glue failing to stick on postal votes

Detained Moroccan, Algerian accused of Paris attacks link

Sep 08, 2016 - 11:59 PM

The prosecutor s office in the western city of Salzburg says the unnamed pair aged 26 and 40 were presumed accomplices of the Islamic State ISIS cell behind the coordinated killings

PARIS ATTACKS LINK? A victim lies on the ground covered by a white sheet outside of the Cafe Bonne Biere in Paris, on November 13, 2015 following an attack. File photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Hasil Moto GP: Andrea Iannone jadi juara di sirkuit Austria

Aug 14, 2016 - 8:51 PM

Dua pembalap Ducati Iannone dan Dovizioso mendominasi GP Austria

Dua pembalap Ducati, Andrea Iannone dan Andrea Dovizioso menjuarai GP Austria. Foto dari Twitter/@MotoGP

LIVE BLOG: Moto GP 2016 - Austria

Aug 14, 2016 - 6:53 PM

Siapa saja yang akan menempati podium di Moto GP Austria?

Tercepat di sesi kualifikasi, Andrea Iannone memulai GP Austria dari 'pole position'. Foto dari Twitter/@MotoGP