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At least three people died over the weekend in Kazakhstan after temperatures dropped to as low as minus 52 Celsius (minus 61.6 Fahrenheit), Reuters news agency reported on Sunday. According to government officials, the deaths occurred in the eastern Ust Kamenogorsk region, near the meeting point of Russia, Kazakhstan, China and Mongolia. Temperatures in the new Kazakh capital, Astana, located in the middle of the windswept Central Asian steppe are below minus 20 Celsius (minus four Fahrenheit) for much of the winter and deaths due to extreme cold are reported every year, the report said.

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