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Sep 17, 2013

Austrian poacher kills policemen, body found after standoff

MELK, Austria (Reuters) – A suspected poacher shot dead three policemen and a paramedic in Austria, then barricaded himself on Tuesday in his farmhouse where a charred body believed to be that of the gunman was later found by officers, police and media said.

Police said the suspect, 55, first shot dead a police officer late on Monday after breaking through a roadblock in the province of Lower Austria near Vienna, where authorities were trying to catch poachers, or hunters shooting deer without a license.

Sep 17, 2013

Austrian poacher kills policemen and paramedic, house under siege

MELK, Austria (Reuters) – A suspected poacher shot dead three policemen and a paramedic in Austria, then barricaded himself in his farmhouse and opened fire on special forces outside, police and media said.

The man first shot two policemen as they tried to arrest him in woodland in the province of Lower Austria near Vienna late on Monday, a police spokesman told Reuters.

Nov 16, 2012
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Gold rush

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Vienna, Austria

By Heinz-Peter Bader

Remember the James Bond film Goldfinger and how the characters handled the gold bars without even thinking of their weight? Each gold bar at Fort Knox weighs about 12 kilos (24 pounds), as much as six six-packs of beer. But they could certainly buy you a lot more Champagne!

I witnessed gold bar production at Austria’s Oegussa company. A one kilo (two pound) gold bar is only about the size of a small mobile phone. It was impressive to hold something of so much value – as of November 15, each of the Oegussa 1 kilo gold bars would sell for 43,854 euros ($61,264).

Nov 5, 2012
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Pinball dreams

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Vienna, Austria

By Heinz Peter-Bader

A collector once said: “When you buy your first pinball machine, it is fine with your wife. When you buy your second pinball machine, she asks “Why? You have one already”. After number three and four she believes you must be crazy. But after the fifth pinball machine she proudly tells her friends that her husband is a collector.’

Guenter “Pindigi” Freinberger from Austria owns 493 pinball machines. Well, 492 actually, after my visit…

Sep 14, 2012
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Lipizzaners return home

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By Heinz-Peter Bader

It was a beautiful late summer day with blue sky and not a single cloud when I went to the village of Piber some 200 km (124 miles) west of Vienna to see the world famous Lipizzaner horses. Well, actually, the 40 young studs were not famous yet, but some of them would be selected to become famous some day – members of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna.

SLIDESHOW: DANCING HORSES OF VIENNA

The young Lipizzaners spend their summers in the mountains, and the return back to the stud is traditionally celebrated. They are decorated with flowers, receive blessings in front of the local church and are presented to the people before they arrive at their stable after a 16 km (10 mile) walk.

Jan 30, 2012
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Ice marathon

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By Heinz-Peter Bader

The Alternatieve Elfstedentocht (Alternative 11-City Race) has been a Dutch tradition since 1974. The original version in Friesland, an ice skating race over 200 km (124 miles) through 11 towns linked by canals, rivers and lakes, dates back many centuries. As the local waters don’t freeze over so easily anymore, the Dutch started looking for alternatives in other countries and organized an Alternatieve Elfstedentocht at lake Weissensee in Austria’s Carinthia Province in 1989 for the first time.

Nowadays the Alternatieve Elfstedentocht Weissensee is a two-week event with some 6,000 participants, mostly Dutch amateur speed skaters. A day before one of the 200 km races I went to shoot an event officially called the Frisian Shorttrack Championships, with athletes wearing traditional wooden skates and clothes, which turned out to be a fun race. Some 30 women, men and a boy competed in several knock-out races over 110 meters (yards) each, drinking traditional liquor between the heats, struggling more with their clothes than with the ice sometimes.