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Forensic investigators work on a refrigerated truck in which the bodies of between 20 and 50 migrants were found.
Forensic investigators work on a refrigerated truck in which the bodies of between 20 and 50 migrants were found.AFP

Stench of death as Austria finds truck loaded with migrant bodies

When Austrian police opened the back of an abandoned lorry parked on the side of a motorway on Thursday morning, their eyes took in "an atrocious sight".

A powerful stench of human decay emanated from the cargo container where bodies of migrants lay piled on top of each other, crammed into a small rectangular space.

There were "at least 20, but there could be as many as 40 or 50", said police spokesman Hans Peter Doskozil.


US journalist killer 'annoyed' colleagues: Ex-boss

The disgruntled former US television station employee who murdered two journalists had "annoyed" colleagues but showed no signs at work of any mental health issues, his former boss said Thursday.

Vester Lee Flanagan, 41, worked as a reporter for WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia from March 2012 to February 2013, but was dismissed for poor performance and angry behaviour, general manager Jeffrey Marks said.

On Wednesday, Flanagan shot and killed two of the CBS affiliate's journalists while they were conducting an on-air interview. He later fatally shot himself.


Apple lines up Sept 9 event, seen unveiling new iPhones

Apple on Thursday invited journalists to a Sept 9 event, where it is expected to unveil new iPhones and potentially a new version of its Apple TV set-top box.

The email invitation includes a colourful Apple logo with the sentence "Hey Siri, give us a hint," referring to Apple's popular digital voice assistant.

The company traditionally announces its new iPhones in September.


Football: Messi, Sasic voted UEFA's best players of 2014-2015

Lionel Messi was Thursday voted UEFA's best player in Europe for 2014-2015, with Germany's Celia Sasic winning the women's award.

The Argentina star, who won the Champions League, Spain's La Liga and Spanish Cup with Barcelona, claimed the award for the second time ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.


Mamma Mia! Abba's piano up for auction

The piano that featured on many of Abba's greatest hits is going under the hammer next month in London, auctioneers Sotheby's said Thursday.

The piano is estimated to fetch between £600,000 and £800,000 (S$1.3 million and S$2.7 million) when it goes on sale on Sept 29.

Swedish pop foursome Abba dominated the 1970s disco scene with their catchy, finely-crafted songs and the piano featured on hits including Dancing Queen, Waterloo, SOS, Knowing Me, Knowing You, Mamma Mia, and Ring Ring.