Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Blizzards, Winds Cause Havoc

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Blizzards, Winds Cause Havoc

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BUCHAREST, Romania - Blizzards battered parts of Eastern Europe on Sunday, forcing roads to close, trains and flights to be canceled and producing power outages. The snow blanketed parts of Romania, Serbia, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Poland, while Croatia's Adriatic coast was hit by unseasonably low temperatures and high winds.

Romania's transportation ministry said 12 major roads were closed Sunday because of heavy snow and three Black Sea ports had to shut down because of high winds. Railway authorities said 20 trains had been canceled. At least three flights were also canceled.

The cold snap also gripped other countries, causing traffic problems and power outages.

Poland's Interior Ministry said Friday that 72 people have frozen to death since November, while 29 other people were asphyxiated by fumes from coal heaters.

Suicide attack kills 13

KABUL, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber struck the home of an important tribal elder in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Sunday morning, killing at least 13 people, a government official said. It was the latest attack in the increasingly volatile province of Nangarhar.

The attacker, who had not yet been identified, targeted the home of Malik Usman Shinwari, the father of two prominent government officials, said Attaullah Khogeyanai, a spokesman for the Nangarhar provincial governor. Mr. Shinwari was injured in the attack, but his wounds did not appear to be life-threatening, according to people who were present. He was taken by helicopter to Kabul, the Afghan capital, for treatment.

Najeebullah Kamawal, head of the Nangarhar public health directorate, said that at least 14 civilians had been wounded and that three of them were in critical condition.

Americans missing

BAGHDAD - The U.S. Embassy confirmed Sunday that "several" Americans have gone missing in Iraq, after local media reported that three Americans had been kidnapped in the Iraqi capital.

U.S. Embassy spokesman Scott Bolz said, "We are working in full cooperation with Iraqi authorities to locate the missing Americans."

Mr. Bolz did not identify the missing Americans or say what they were doing in Iraq. …

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