Freezing winter, worst in decades, kills 176
A week-long cold snap - the worst in decades in Europe - has paralysed normal life. At worst, it has killed at least 176 people, most of them homeless, prompting many European countries to declare emergencies and launch rescue and aid programmes to help those affected.
In this photo: An unidentified pedestrian walks a dog through snow covered woodland outside York, north eastern England, as freezing weather hits the country Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012. Britain is digging out after heavy snow fell across the country, grounding planes and snarling roads and railways. Much of the U.K. remains under an amber warning _ the Met Office's second most serious _ of icy conditions after up to 16 centimetres (6.3 inches) fell overnight. Some motorists spent the night in their cars amid treacherous highway conditions, and officials urged drivers on Sunday to stay off the icy roads. AP