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Up to 50 Dead in Austria as Migrant Crisis Rages

Austrian police found the decomposing bodies of up to 50 migrants in an abandoned truck on Thursday, sparking a cross-border hunt for the people-smugglers responsible in the latest tragedy in the Europe-wide crisis.

The grisly discovery on a motorway near the Slovakia and Hungary borders came as European leaders again met to try to find ways to handle the flow of tens of thousands of people seeking refuge in the European Union.

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Merkel Meets Balkan Leaders over Spiraling Migrants Crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Balkan leaders gathered in Vienna Thursday to seek how to tackle together the biggest migration crisis to hit Europe since World War II.

The talks come a day after Merkel vowed zero tolerance for "vile" anti-migrant violence in Germany, and amid growing criticism of the European Union's failure to agree a joint response.

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Austrian Refugee Camp Violates Children's Rights, Says Amnesty

Amnesty International on Friday slammed conditions at Austria's main refugee camp as a "disgraceful" violation of human rights, highlighting what it called the "inhumane" plight of more than 1,700 unaccompanied children.

The human rights organization visited the Traiskirchen camp, 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of Vienna, last week, a day after the overcrowded center stopped accepting new arrivals because of disastrous sanitary conditions.

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'Inhumane' Austrian Refugee Camp Halts Intake

Austria on Wednesday stopped accepting new arrivals at its main refugee camp, where the United Nations has described conditions as "inhumane".

The move comes as a growing number of countries show signs of strain from Europe's burgeoning migrant crisis.

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Austria President to Visit Iran

Austrian President Heinz Fischer will in September make the first visit to Iran by a European head of state since 2004, his office said Thursday.

The announcement came nine days after a historic agreement on Iran's contested nuclear program was struck in Vienna.

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British Soldier Jailed over Child Sex Attack in Austria

An Austrian court on Tuesday sentenced a British soldier to nine years in jail for breaking into a local family's home and sexually abusing their six-year-old daughter.

Lawyers for the paratrooper, who has not been named, said they would appeal the sentence.

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Austria Slams 'Unacceptable' Hungary's Anti-Migrant Decision

Austria on Wednesday blasted a decision by neighboring Hungary to suspend application of a key EU asylum rule as "unacceptable" and warned of "negative" consequences.

"Austria cannot tolerate that," Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz told his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto in a telephone call, a day after Budapest announced it was opting out of a rule requiring a migrant's claim be processed in the EU country they first arrive in.

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Turkey Slams Belgian PM over 'Armenian Genocide' Remarks

Turkey on Saturday lashed out at Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel for recognizing the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces during World War I as genocide.

Michel, the youngest prime minister in Belgium's history, said during a parliamentary session on Wednesday that the 1915 mass killings "must be viewed as a genocide."

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Three Dead, 34 Injured as Car Rams Crowd in Austria

Three people were killed and 34 were injured Saturday when a "mentally unbalanced" man drove a 4x4 into a street thronged with shoppers in the southern Austrian city of Graz, a local official said.

Witnesses said the car was travelling at over 100 kilometers (60 miles) per hour when it hurtled onto Herrengasse, one of the main pedestrian shopping streets in Austria's second largest city, the local APA news agency reported.

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Austrian Brothel Offers Sex for Free to Protest High Taxes

An Austrian brothel is offering a summer special that competitors will find hard to match — free sex. Its owner says it's his way of protesting a tax squeeze.

"Effective immediately: Free Entrance! Free Drinks! Free Sex!" the Pascha bordello writes on its website.

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