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Freezing weather kills 27 Afghan children: officials

MAZAR-I-SHARIF: Heavy snowfall and freezing weather has killed 27 children, all under the age of five, in a remote district in northern Afghanistan, officials said Thursday, with fears the toll could rise. Roads in Darzaab in northern Jawzjan province were blocked by 50 centimetres (20 inches) of snow, cutting off access for villagers in the area to medical care as temperatures plunged to -10 degrees Celsius (14 Fahrenheit). "Unfortunately we have 27 children killed due to heavy snowfall and freezing weather," district…