INTERNATIONAL: Christmas Present

Last week it was so cold in Europe that hungry wolves padded swiftly down from the frozen Carpathian Mountains to raid isolated Rumanian villages for sheep and cattle. Turkeys driven to stations in northern France for the trip to Paris' Christmas markets froze to death. Ravenous crows attacked and mortally injured a small girl in Poland. Big Ben, intoning the hours in London, sounded like a pig-squeak.

Under a bitter and gusty east wind blowing out of Siberia and gathering momentum as it shrilled across Russia, Europe's highly domesticated inhabitants shivered, caught colds, froze...

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