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By Karin Strohecker PARNDORF, Austria (Reuters) - As many as 50 corpses were found in a parked lorry in Austria on Thursday, and another migrant boat sank off Libya, deepening a crisis that is overwhelming Europe and throwing up new tragedies by the day. The abandoned refrigerated lorry was found by an Austrian motorway patrol near the Hungarian border, with fluids from the decomposing bodies seeping from its back door. "One can maybe assume that the deaths occurred one-and-a-half to two days ago," Hans Peter Doskozil, police chief in the province of Burgenland, told a news conference, adding that "many things" indicated the migrants were already dead when the truck crossed the border.
Expected cost-cutting by mining companies in Democratic Republic of Congo is likely to lead to layoffs and reduce government revenues amid a sharp decline in metals prices, the chamber of mines said. Congo is Africa's leading copper producer, with output exceeding 1 million tonnes in 2014 for the first time ever. The mining sector, which also produces significant quantities of gold, cobalt and tin, accounts for some 20 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).