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China battling deep freeze

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BEIJING — China is experiencing unusual chills this winter with the national average temperature hitting the lowest in 28 years. Snow and ice have closed highways, cancelled flights, stranded tourists and knocked out power in several provinces. 

A worker looks through a snow-covered bus window while on his way to inspect electric power transmission lines after heavy snow in Huaibei in central China's Anhui province. (AP Photo)

The China Meteorological Administration attributes plunging temperatures partly to southward-moving polar cold fronts, caused by melting polar ice from global warming. It said the air was moist and likely to dump heavy snow in China, Europe and North America.

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