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Cold snap raises death rate across Europe

More than 80 people have died across Europe as days of snow storms and sub-zero temperatures swept the continent.

At least 42 people have frozen to death in Poland over the last three days and another 27 in Ukraine.

Another 13 people died in car accidents in Austria, Finland and Germany, where temperatures fell to -33C (-27F).

Passengers faced delays at Dusseldorf airport as the snow caused disruptions across Germany.

The weather caused traffic chaos in the Russian capital Moscow, while in Poland temperatures dropped towards -20C in some areas.


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