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Frigid temperatures have gripped Europe in the last week, with the mercury reaching as low as 35 degrees Celsius below zero. After what had been a relatively mild winter, the sudden cold caught many unprepared. Eastern Europe is hardest hit, with over 100 deaths in Ukraine, and with over 11,000 people in remote villages cut off by snow in Serbia. Most of the fatalities recorded have been homeless people found frozen to death outside, and emergency tents with hot meals have been set up to help them in several affected countries. Russia and Poland are mobilizing help for the homeless. Travel in Romania has been chaos as a blizzard hampered efforts to clear both rails and roads. Recorded temperatures in Italy were the lowest in 27 years. -- Lane Turner (45 photos total)
A woman looks out a bus in Bucharest on February 2, 2012. (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)

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CONGO CHAOS
CONGO CHAOS: An opposition supporter displayed what he said were fraudulent copies of election ballots in Kinshasa, Congo, Monday. Voting materials failed to arrive in some areas and several people have been killed in conflicts. More than 18,000 candidates are competing for 500 parliamentary seats. (Jerome Delay/Associated Press)

SPEAKING FRANKLY
SPEAKING FRANKLY: Rep. Barney Frank announced Monday in Newton, Mass., that he will not seek re-election for a 17th term. Mr. Frank, 71 years old, is the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee. (Adam Hunger/Reuters)

MIC CHECK
MIC CHECK: Graduate student Anthony Trochez yelled ‘mic check,’ a phrase that has been used at Occupy protests, three times during a University of California Board of Regents meeting at the University of California, Los Angeles Monday. Students angry about budget cuts and Occupy crackdowns spoke out. (Reed Saxon/Associated Press)

THE MANNEQUIN AND THE SEA
THE MANNEQUIN AND THE SEA: A mannequin dressed as a fisherman in a Santa Claus costume sat on a rocky outcrop in the Irish Sea near Belfast Monday. (Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)

BRICK BOY
BRICK BOY: Abdulghaffar Khamees, 12 years old, sat on a pile of bricks during his break at a factory on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)

PITCHING A FIT
PITCHING A FIT: Protesters held pitchforks and spades during a rally in front of a city administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine, Monday. They protested against increasing communal tariffs. (Alexander Khudoteply/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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FARMING FILM
FARMING FILM: Farm worker Dariusz Rekowski covered asparagus fields with protective plastic film in Beelitz, Germany, Wednesday. (Markus Schreiber/Associated Press)

BLOODY FACE
BLOODY FACE: Police carried away an injured colleague after a clash with protesters Wednesday in the Oued Koriche suburb of Algiers, Algeria. Residents protested against a plan to demolish houses built without proper approval. (Louafi Larbi/Reuters)

UNCERTAIN MARKET
UNCERTAIN MARKET: A trader worked at the Egyptian Stock Exchange in Cairo Wednesday. Egypt’s stock market plummeted almost 9% on its first day of trading in nearly two months, with foreign investors leading a selloff that offered a window into concerns about the country’s stability. (Mohamed Abd El-Ghany/Reuters)

PEACE
PEACE: Soldiers took a break after receiving flowers from demonstrators demanding the resignation of Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh in San’a, Yemen, Wednesday. Parliament passed a law that suspends the constitution and enables his security forces to arrest opponents. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)

STILL SUFFERING
STILL SUFFERING: A man looked through a window in a hospital for leukemia patients in Donetsk, Ukraine, Wednesday. Patients, some of them victims of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant accident, undergo medical treatment at the hospital. (Alexander Khudoteply/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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