Shocked by rotting bodies in truck, Europe may unify on migrants

August 28, 2015 1:30 AM

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BERLIN — Austrian authorities launched an international investigation Thursday into the deaths of up to 50 suspected migrants in a tragedy that touched off a new round of hand-wringing over Europe’s handling of an escalating refugee crisis.

The bodies were discovered shortly before noon after a highway patrol officer investigated a liquid and a putrid smell coming from the back of a truck abandoned near the Austrian village of Parndorf on the main expressway between Vienna and Budapest, Hungary.

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