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Austria discovers dozens of dead migrants

Austrian police have discovered the dead bodies of up to 50 migrants piled up in a truck parked on a highway leading from the border with Hungary.

Police said Thursday that between 20 and 50 bodies were found in the truck which was apparently abandoned a day earlier on a parking strip along the highway in the eastern Burgenland State.
Hans Peter Doskozil, the chief of Burgenland police, told a press conference that the bodies were partially decomposed, noting that police forces discovered the bodies after they noticed the back door of the truck was left open.
"We cannot confirm yet how they died," Doskozil added.
Austria’s Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner, who also attended the press conference, said, “This tragedy affects us all deeply."
“Human traffickers are criminals. Anyone still thinking that they're kind helpers cannot be helped,” she added.
The news came hours before senior European leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, were to meet in Vienna to discuss how to deal with a record number of migrants trying to reach the continent by sea and land.


Chilcot fails to set date for Iraq inquiry report despite legal action threat

Sir John Chilcot has once again declined to set out a timetable for his Iraq inquiry despite a threat of legal action by families of British troops killed following the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.

Earlier this month, lawyers representing 29 families warned the Chilcot committee to give a publication deadline in two weeks or they would move to the London High Court.
John Chilcot has, however, tried to explain as why his inquiry is taking so long. In a statement, he said responses from those criticized in the report have been given an opportunity to respond. "It is critically important that the report should be fair".
Chilcot also cited government documents "which had not been submitted to the inquiry and which have in some cases opened up new issues".
According to media reports, the long-awaited report is set to blame more senior officials than expected for their role in the conflict. Chilcot himself quoted as saying that Britain’s role in Iraq war was more widely than expected, going well beyond then Prime Minister Tony Blair and his inner team.
Over the past few weeks Chilcot has been under pressure to publish the report of the inquiry that began its work about six years ago. When the inquiry was launched in 2009, then Prime Minister Gordon Brown said it would take at least a year. However, the delay has caused tensions both at political level as well as among families who lost their loved ones.


British Library to lend oldest Bible for British Museum exhibition

The world’s oldest Bible will be put on display during the British Museum exhibition slated from October to February.

The Codex Sinaiticus or ‘Sinai Bible’ is one of the four great uncial codices, an ancient, handwritten copy of the Greek Bible. The British Library which is the sole possessor of this celebrated historical treasure has agreed to lend the book to the British Museum for the exhibition, Egypt after the Pharaohs.
The exhibition intends to explore Christian, Islamic and Jewish faith in Egypt after the Pharaohs. The First Gaster Bible, also from the British Library as well as a masterpiece of the Qur’an from the Bodleian Library in Oxford will be displayed alongside the Codex.
The exhibition will highlight changes in ancient Egyptian society especially its transition from polytheism to monotheism that shaped the modern world we know today.
The Codex was lent once, also to the British Museum, in 1990 when the two bodies were sharing the same complex. “It is quite phenomenal they are able to lend it to us, we are absolutely thrilled,” Elisabeth O’Connell, assistant keeper in the British Museum’s department of ancient Egypt and Sudan said.
The codex, which contains the earliest complete manuscript of the New Testament, was written sometime in the 4th century AD, probably soon after the reign of Emperor Constantine the Great.
The Soviet government under Joseph Stalin, which was in desperate need of money, sold this historical treasure to Britain in 1933.  Then British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald took personal interest and more than half the £100,000 cost was reportedly raised by public subscription.


Russia asks for Iranian drone technology

Managing-Director of the Iranian Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO) Manouchehr Manteqi said Russia has asked for import of Iranian drone technology.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is known as an advanced country in the field of (building) drones," Manteqi told FNA on Wednesday on the sidelines of the MAKS 2015 air show in the town of Zhukovsky near Moscow.
He underlined that the Russians plan to transfer the technology of building one of Iran's drones to their country, but he declined to reveal any further details.
"We are discussing this issue now," he just said.
Iran has made huge progress in building different types of weapons and military equipment, including drones.
The Islamic Republic has so far unveiled various domestically produced drones, including Ababil, Fotros, Hazem, Karrar (long range attack drone), Mohajer, Sarir, Shahed 129, Yasir and Zohal.
A senior Iranian commander announced in October that the IRGC Ground Force is finalizing manufacture of a new homemade drone armed with the RPG (rocket-propelled grenade).
Commander of the IRGC Ground Forces Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said at the time that the combat drone would carry the RPG with no Backblast.
Pakpour also noted that the drone has passed the tests and will be completed in the near future.
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