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Forensic officers stand in front of the truck in which 39 bodies were discovered. Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images

British police have launched a murder investigation after 39 people were found dead in a truck container outside of London, the BBC reports.

Why it matters: The incident highlights the perils that some migrants willingly accept when traveling to Europe. Essex police said they believe the vehicle originated in Bulgaria and entered the U.K. through the Welsh port of Holyhead on Saturday, raising the possibility that it first traveled through Ireland.

  • One victim was a teenager and the rest were adults. There were no survivors. The identities of the victims are unknown.
  • Police arrested the driver of the truck, a 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland, on suspicion of murder.

What they're saying: Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, "I know that the thoughts and prayers of all members will be with those who lost their lives and their loved ones," according to the BBC.

  • Irish Premier Leo Varadkar said the deaths were a "human tragedy", adding that investigations would be undertaken to establish if the truck had passed through Ireland.

Go deeper: Europe's biggest refugee camp overflows as migration surges again

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The startup that wants to disrupt big internet providers

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A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break up broadband monopolies across the country.

Why it matters: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it's not ubiquitous, and it can be both slow and unaffordable in swaths of the country.

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Top general: China's hypersonic missile test "very close" to a "Sputnik moment"

Gen. Mark Milley. Photo: Rod Lamkey-Pool/Getty Images

Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned Wednesday that China's test of a hypersonic missile is "very concerning" and "very close" to the kind of "Sputnik moment" that triggered the Space Race during the Cold War.

Why it matters: The comments by America's top uniformed general underscore the depths of U.S. concerns about China's rapid military expansion and development of advanced weaponry.

Climate reckoning for oil and gas CEOs

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Top executives from ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron and Shell will face a reckoning on Capitol Hill Thursday, as they're grilled on evidence that their companies knew for years that their products were driving climate change but chose to downplay or deny it.

Why it matters: The hearing before the House Oversight Committee will be the first time these executives have been brought together to provide sworn testimony regarding what they knew about the ties between their company's products and climate change, and when they knew it.