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Federal republic in Central Europe

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Austria: Federal republic in Central Europe
Austria, officially the Republic of Austria, is a landlocked East Alpine country in the southern part of Central Europe. It is composed of nine federated states (Bundesländer), one of which is Vienna, Austria's capital and its largest city. It is bordered by Germany to the northwest, Czech Republic to the north, Slovakia to the northeast, Hungary to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. Austria occupies an area of 83,879 km2 (32,386 sq mi) and has a population of nearly 9 million people. While German is the country's official language, many Austrians communicate informally in a variety of Bavarian dialects.

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Austria makes wearing masks compulsory [Video]

Austria makes wearing masks compulsory

From next week, Austrians will be forced to wear a face mask when they do their shopping, despite the World Health Organization being sceptical of the benefits. Joe Davies reports.

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Even a trillion dollar promise can't lift global stocks [Video]

Even a trillion dollar promise can't lift global stocks

European and Asian shares slid again Wednesday, even after Donald Trump said he planned a $1 trillion package of aid for the U.S. economy. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

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EU calls for continent-wide foreign travel ban [Video]

EU calls for continent-wide foreign travel ban

The European Union's leadership in Brussels is calling on member states to restrict all incoming travel from foreigners to the bloc for the next 30 days. Meanwhile, the UK is trying to galvanize..

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Germany turns back drivers at French border [Video]

Germany turns back drivers at French border

Germany started border checks with Austria, France and Switzerland on Monday at 8 a.m. to try and stop the spread of the coronavirus and said travelers with non-urgent business would be refused entry.

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WHO describes coronavirus outbreak as pandemic [Video]

WHO describes coronavirus outbreak as pandemic

The World Health Organization sees the outbreak of the new coronavirus as a pandemic, Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday. Francesca Lynagh reports.

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PepsiCo buys Rockstar Energy for $3.9 billion [Video]

PepsiCo buys Rockstar Energy for $3.9 billion

PepsiCo is acquiring Rockstar Energy for $3.9 billion, making its biggest push into the fast-growing market for energy drinks. Fred Katayama reports.

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Skiers, snowboarders fly down steeps of Austria at Freeride World Tour stop [Video]

Skiers, snowboarders fly down steeps of Austria at Freeride World Tour stop

Skiers and snowboarders fly down steeps of Austrian alp Wildseeloder at Freeride World Tour stop

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Futuristic new bridge unfolds like an umbrella [Video]

Futuristic new bridge unfolds like an umbrella

Researchers have demonstrated a futuristic bridge-building technique that allows the structure to unfold like an umbrella to the length of its span.

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Iraq Reports Sixth Confirmed Case Of Coronavirus [Video]

Iraq Reports Sixth Confirmed Case Of Coronavirus

Researchers from around the world are working to develop a coronavirus vaccine in an attempt to stop the spread.

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U.S. Officials Urge Americans To Prepare For Coronavirus [Video]

U.S. Officials Urge Americans To Prepare For Coronavirus

A second European hotel was locked down on Wednesday as authorities attempt to contain the coronavirus. A senior U.S. health official said a pandemic was inevitable and urged Americans to prepare...

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Climate change keeps Italy's alpine rescuers busy [Video]

Climate change keeps Italy's alpine rescuers busy

The Italian Alps are under attack by climate change with a consistent temperature increase and more extreme weather fronts, glaciers are shrinking and the risk of avalanches is becoming more common...

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Croxall and Trunzo battle to Ice Cross wins in Quebec [Video]

Croxall and Trunzo battle to Ice Cross wins in Quebec

Canadian Kyle Croxall and American Amanda Trunzo battle to close wins at the Red Bull Ice Cross Championship stop in Quebec

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Racing Point aim to turn water into wine [Video]

Racing Point aim to turn water into wine

The Racing Point Formula One team unveil their pink car or the 2020 season.

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AlphaTauri unveil their new Formula One car for 2020 [Video]

AlphaTauri unveil their new Formula One car for 2020

Drivers Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly help unveil new AlphaTauri Formula One car, the AT01

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German city follows Austria and stipulates face masks for shoppers

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Austria to ban tourist stays at hotels to stem coronavirus spread

Austria is banning the use of hotels for tourism as part of wide-ranging efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus with Easter holidays approaching, Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said on Monday.
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Austria to make basic face masks compulsory in supermarkets

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Slovakia to limit some truck transit due to border jams

Slovakia is closing border crossings with Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria for the transit of trucks over 7.5 tons delivering non-essential goods, the police said on Friday.
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Austria extends lockdown of Tyrol ski resorts

A lockdown of Austrian ski resorts that have become hotspots for the spread of the coronavirus in Europe will be extended until Easter Monday, the governor of the province of Tyrol said on Thursday.
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Slovenia to introduce health checks on border with Austria

Slovenia will introduce health checks on Wednesday on its border with Austria, a measure already in place on its border with Italy, a government spokesman said.
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Austria bets on mass testing to manage coronavirus spread

Austria will massively expand coronavirus testing in coming days to locate and isolate infected people and avoid an Italian-like overload of its health system, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on..
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Austria to use more rapid corona tests for broad scale testing

Austria will start using more rapid tests to be able to test hundreds of thousands of people as quickly as possible, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Tuesday.
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Austria mobilizes military reserves to fight coronavirus

Austria is mobilizing its military reservists for the first time since World War Two, asking them to fight the coronavirus outbreak by helping with food supplies, medical support and police operations,..
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Coronavirus infections top 2,000 in Austria, more border controls imposed

The number of coronavirus cases in Austria topped 2,000 on Thursday and continues to rise at a double digit rate, officials said, though most people are staying at home with widespread travel..
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Austrian province of Tyrol on lockdown

Austria's province of Tyrol, a popular tourist region with a population of 750,000, imposed a lockdown from Thursday until April 5 to curb the spread of coronavirus, the local government said.
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EU struggles to unlock borders hit by coronavirus curbs

European Union ministers sparred for more than four hours on Wednesday over emergency border curbs imposed to combat coronavirus that have stranded passengers and supply trucks in lengthy queues from..
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Germany expands entry restrictions to flights from several EU countries

Germany on Wednesday expanded entry restrictions to include flights from Italy, Spain, Austria, France, Luxembourg, Denmark and Switzerland, the interior ministry said on Wednesday as authorities are..
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Austria launches 38 billion euros aid fund, border checks with Germany

Austria will spend up to 38 billion euros ($42 billion) to secure jobs and keep companies afloat, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Wednesday, joining other European countries providing more funds to..
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Germany clears way for export of protective equipment to Italy

Germany's Economy Ministry said on Wednesday that export licenses for the export of protective equipment to Italy, Switzerland and Austria had been issued, including for 400,000 protective masks to go..
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Austria optimistic to flatten spread of coronavirus

Austria is optimistic to be able to reduce the increase in new coronavirus cases within the next days and it is well equipped with the necessary kits for testing, health minister Rudolf Anschober said..
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Hungary lets Romanian and Bulgarian citizens stuck in Austria transit: minister

Hungary will allow a one-off transit of Romanian and Bulgarian citizens stuck in Austria on Tuesday night after their governments requested it, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on..
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Shanghai extends quarantine requirement to UK, 7 other European countries

Travelers who have visited the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark and Austria in the past 14 days will be subject to a 14-day quarantine on arrival in..
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Germany to introduce border controls as coronavirus cases jump

Germany will temporarily introduce border controls on its frontiers with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Denmark from Monday, the government said on Sunday as the country seeks to curb a..
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Two medics at Austrian hospital test positive for coronavirus

Two medical workers have tested positive for coronavirus in Austria's university hospital Uniklinum Salzburg, the regional authorities reported on Sunday.
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Germany to close borders with Austria, France, Switzerland - media reports

Germany plans to close its borders with Austria, France and Switzerland from Monday, Focus Online and newspaper Bild reported on Sunday.
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Austria announces major restrictions on movement over coronavirus

Austria announced major restrictions on movement in public places on Sunday, urging Austrians to self-isolate, banning gatherings of more than five persons and putting further limits on who can enter..
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Germany tells travelers from Italy, Switzerland and Austria to self-isolate

Germany on Saturday urged people returning from Italy, Switzerland and Austria to self-isolate for up to two weeks to help slow the spread of coronavirus, as Cologne closed all bars, nightclubs and..
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Self-isolate if you're returning from Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany says

Germany on Saturday urged people returning from Italy, Switzerland and Austria to self-isolate for up to two weeks to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
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Austria sets border checks with Switzerland, bans more flights over coronavirus

Austria will introduce border checks with Switzerland and Liechtenstein and ban flight connections with France, Spain and Switzerland to slow the spread of coronavirus, the government said on Friday.
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Turkey halts flights with nine European countries to contain coronavirus

Turkey is halting flights to and from Germany, France, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Austria, Sweden and the Netherlands as of Saturday morning until April 17 as part of efforts to contain..
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Italy demands Austria lift 'unjustified' border health checks

Italian Transport Minister Paola De Micheli demanded that Austria lift "unjustified" border controls by Thursday evening after spot health checks on truck drivers at the Brenner pass caused huge..
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Czechs shut borders to travelers from 15 countries

The Czech Republic will close its borders to travelers crossing from Germany and Austria and also ban the entry of foreigners coming from other risky countries to contain the coronavirus outbreak,..
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Czechs to start checks on German, Austrian borders: interior minister

The Czech Republic is introducing controls on its borders with Germany and Austria and banning crossings away from official frontier border posts to help fight the spread of the coronavirus, Interior..
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Austria closing schools over coronavirus as border checks take effect

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Swedish Foreign Ministry advises against travel to Tyrol region of Austria

Sweden's foreign ministry on Wednesday advised its citizens to avoid traveling to the Tyrol region of Austria as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
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Austrian rail operator suspends train connections with Italy

Austrian rail operator OBB said on Wednesday that it suspends all passenger train connections to and from Italy until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak.
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Closing borders won't stop coronavirus - German health minister

Sealing Germany's borders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus would not work, Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Wednesday, rejecting calls to follow neighbor Austria in denying entry to visitors..
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Austria says it will deny entry to arrivals from Italy over coronavirus

Austria is introducing border checks and will deny entry to people arriving from Italy, drastically stepping up measures aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said..
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Austria will deny entry to people coming from Italy, Chancellor Kurz says

Austria will deny entry to people arriving from Italy and ban indoor events of more than 100 people, drastically stepping up measures aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, Chancellor..
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Austria bans indoor events of more than 100 people, minister says

Austria is banning indoor events of more than 100 people and outdoor events of more than 500 in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said on Tuesday.
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Austria recommends citizens return home from Italy

Austria advised citizens to return home from Italy, its southern neighbor that plans a nationwide lockdown until next month in a new attempt to beat the coronavirus in Europe's worst-affected country.
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Italy's neighbors act to curb spread of coronavirus

Swiss customs agents began examining Italian commuters' Swiss work permits on Monday and Austria readied spot health checks of people crossing its southern border to try to contain the coronavirus.
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More countries will have to adopt Italy-style virus steps: Austria's Kurz

It is only a matter of time until more European countries adopt the kind of aggressive steps that Italy is taking to combat the spread of the coronavirus, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on..
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Austria introducing 'spot' health checks at Italian border

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Israel adds five countries to coronavirus air travel restrictions

Israel on Wednesday ordered travelers arriving from Germany, France, Spain, Austria and Switzerland to go into home quarantine over coronavirus concerns.
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Austria says it will stop any migrants trying to rush its border

Austria will stop any migrants attempting to rush its border if measures to halt them in Greece and through the Balkans fail, conservative Interior Minister Karl Nehammer said on Sunday.
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Austria hints at border closures in echo of Europe's last migration crisis

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Former Austrian far-right leader Strache runs again with splinter group

The disgraced former leader of Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPO), Heinz-Christian Strache, said on Wednesday he is running for office with a splinter party, a fresh blow to the FPO after Strache..
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Coronavirus fears halt MSC cruise ship, Alitalia flight; Austrian hotel deals with 2 cases

MSC Cruises' Meraviglia was turned away from ports in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands; Alitalia passengers left Africa rather than enter quarantine.
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Austria quarantines a dozen people after first coronavirus cases

Austria has quarantined 12 people who were in close contact with a couple who were the country's first coronavirus cases, one of whom works as a hotel receptionist, the local government in the province..
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Austria seals off Innsbruck hotel after reporting first two coronavirus cases

Austria reported its first two cases of coronavirus on Tuesday and sealed off a hotel in the Alpine tourist hub of Innsbruck where one of the infected people works, in an effort to contain the..
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Austria says it will stop suspected coronavirus cases at its borders

Austria said on Monday it would stop suspected coronavirus cases from crossing its border, a day after it held up a train from Italy for four hours to wait for test results on two passengers.
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