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A truck full of refugees discovered abandoned on an Austrian motorway on Thursday contains more than 70 bodies, the interior ministry said on Friday, announcing an updated death toll. Austrian police had originally put the toll at up to 50 and are due to announce the exact number within hours. The vehicle had come to Austria from Hungary.
Japan has lodged a protest with China over a call by China's Xinhua state news agency for Japan's Emperor Akihito to apologize for its past military aggression, a Japanese government spokesman said on Friday. The news agency's commentary was "significantly discourteous" to the emperor and it conflicted with China's position on the issue, the chief government spokesman said. "It is utterly unfavorable as it could throw cold water on the relationship between Japan and China which is on the recovery path following two meetings between the leaders," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference.
Greece geared up for its fifth election in six years with a poll Friday showing leftist leader Alexis Tsipras in the lead for re-election despite a wave of defections from his Syriza party. The Greek people will give a strong mandate for the present and the future," Tsipras said in a statement to Avgi, the Syriza daily. It will only go forward," said Tsipras, who was elected on an anti-austerity ticket in January but now seeks re-election to apply fresh cuts.