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Two killed as snow, sub-zero temperatures paralyze Europe

BUCHAREST: Two people were found dead in Romania as snow and sub-zero temperatures across much of Europe saw flights canceled, road and rail transport disrupted and schools closed on Tuesday. A Siberian weather system forecasters have called the “beast from the east” brought the coldest temperatures for years to many regions. The freeze was expected to continue for much of the week. In southern Romania, an 83-year-old woman from Adancata was found collapsed in the snow and died on the way to hospital, the Institute for…

Heavy snow humbles the global elite at Davos summit

DAVOS, Switzerland: The global economy and geopolitical tensions are taking a back seat to a more immediate problem at this year’s Davos summit of political and business leaders: heavy snow is burying the venue. High in the Swiss alps on Monday, on the eve of the opening sessions, many of the roughly 3,000 delegates struggled to reach the ski resort. Part of the main train line into Davos had been buried in snow over the weekend, forcing people onto buses, and helicopters were disrupted by poor visibility. Some…

Snow traps 13,000 tourists at Swiss Alpine resort Zermatt

GENEVA: Heavy snowfall has trapped some 13,000 tourists at Zermatt, one of Switzerland's most popular ski stations, the Alpine resort said Tuesday. The snow has blocked all roads and the train leading to the resort in the southern Swiss canton of Valais, which was also hit by some power outages, head of the station Janine Imesch told a French wire service. There are currently "around 13,000 tourists at Zermatt," she said, while the station website warned that "arrivals and departures are not possible at the moment."…

30 people still missing at Italian hotel buried by massive avalanche

PENNE: Rescuers dug all night in deep snow and debris in search of some 30 missing people who were staying in a luxury mountain hotel in Italy when an avalanche struck almost two days ago. Officials have confirmed finding two bodies, while Italian media said two more were located overnight. The only survivors so far are two men who were outside the hotel when the avalanche hit. Hopes of finding survivors are dwindling. The disaster struck the hotel in central Italy late on Wednesday afternoon amid a driving snowstorm,…

Cold snap continues across Pakistan including Karachi, Balochistan

KARACHI: This year, ice, freezing rain and winter weather warnings and advisories were in effect for a major swath of Pakistan stretching from northerner parts of the country and into the port city. Temperatures were going down on Monday in varying cities of Punjab, Pakistan’s most populated province, after a spell of winter downpour. From the picturesque Murree to the mountains of Swat valley, snow fell heavily throughout the weekend and attracted a huge number of tourists and visitors. In the neighbouring…