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Valencia's annual Las Fallas festival

The Spanish city of Valencia’s five day festival known as Las Fallas ended at midnight on Sunday (March 19) with a ceremony in which nearly 380 papier-mâchés sculptures were set…

The Spanish city of Valencia’s five day festival known as Las Fallas ended at midnight on Sunday (March 19) with a ceremony in which nearly 380 papier-mâchés sculptures were set…

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Children's Lenten Procession in Guatemala

A vibrantly colourful procession led by children in Guatemala City on Sunday marked the start of a series of solemn and traditional ceremonies in the lead up to…

A vibrantly colourful procession led by children in Guatemala City on Sunday marked the start of a series of solemn and traditional ceremonies in the lead up to…

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Prince William and Kate celebrate St Patrick's Day

Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, honoured the 1st Battalion of the Irish Guards on Ireland’s national day, St Patrick’s Day (March 17), handing out shamrocks to th

Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, honoured the 1st Battalion of the Irish Guards on Ireland’s national day, St Patrick’s Day (March 17), handing out shamrocks to th

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Trump float stars at Israel Purim celebration

Israelis across the country took to the streets on Sunday, dressed up in costumes to celebrate Purim, a holiday that commemorates the Jews’ salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in t

Israelis across the country took to the streets on Sunday, dressed up in costumes to celebrate Purim, a holiday that commemorates the Jews’ salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in t

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Thailand: March 13 – Elephant Day!

Around 60 elephants at Ayutthaya in Thailand enjoy a fruit buffet to mark Elephant Day, which raises awareness to end their exploitation.

Around 60 elephants at Ayutthaya in Thailand enjoy a fruit buffet to mark Elephant Day, which raises awareness to end their exploitation.

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Woman power and immigration - this week in pictures

People attend a rally calling for impeached President Park Geun-hye’s arrest in central Seoul, South Korea, March 10, 2017.

People attend a rally calling for impeached President Park Geun-hye’s arrest in central Seoul, South Korea, March 10, 2017.

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Rio Carnival: junior parade

Children in Rio de Janeiro took part in the junior Carnival parade competition on Tuesday.

Children in Rio de Janeiro took part in the junior Carnival parade competition on Tuesday.

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Hungary "scares away" last days of winter

It is festival time in Hungary in the small town of Mohacs where they hold a celebration with attitude.

It is festival time in Hungary in the small town of Mohacs where they hold a celebration with attitude.

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Hundreds take part in "tomato war" in Chile

Hundreds of people participated in the seventh annual Tomato War in Quillon, Chile on Saturday, 18 February One hundred tonnes of tomatoes were placed inside a rodeo ring and the participants pitched,

Hundreds of people participated in the seventh annual Tomato War in Quillon, Chile on Saturday, 18 February One hundred tonnes of tomatoes were placed inside a rodeo ring and the participants pitched,

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Bolivians pray for good fortune at traditional Alasitas Festival

On January 24 each year, people from all over Bolivia flock to La Paz to take part in the traditional Alasitas Festival which is a shopper’s paradise.

On January 24 each year, people from all over Bolivia flock to La Paz to take part in the traditional Alasitas Festival which is a shopper’s paradise.

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Rockin' rugby with Elvis Down Under

Amateur rugby players donned wigs and white jumpsuits on Friday (13 January) for a rugby match that pipped The Blue Suede Shoes against the Reddy Teddies in the town of Parkes, west of…

Amateur rugby players donned wigs and white jumpsuits on Friday (13 January) for a rugby match that pipped The Blue Suede Shoes against the Reddy Teddies in the town of Parkes, west of…

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Epiphany is celebrated with services, traditions and a joke

The Vatican Pope Francis celebrated Epiphany with a joke about camels and the more serious offer of food for some 300 homeless people.

The Vatican Pope Francis celebrated Epiphany with a joke about camels and the more serious offer of food for some 300 homeless people.

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Tight security in Spain for the Three Kings

The country's Interior Ministry announced tighter security measures on Wednesday due to the risk of a terrorist attack.

The country's Interior Ministry announced tighter security measures on Wednesday due to the risk of a terrorist attack.

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London's New Year's Day parade shrugs off rain

Despite heavy rain at times London's New Year's Day parade brought some glitz and glamour to the streets of the capital.

Despite heavy rain at times London's New Year's Day parade brought some glitz and glamour to the streets of the capital.

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Pope Francis condemns 'plague of terrorism' after Istanbul attack

Pope Francis has condemned the deadly attack in Istanbul and offered prayers for the victims, their families and the entire Turkish people.

Pope Francis has condemned the deadly attack in Istanbul and offered prayers for the victims, their families and the entire Turkish people.

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Western Europe rings in 2017

From Giza to London, Amsterdam to Dubai, the world rings in 2017.

From Giza to London, Amsterdam to Dubai, the world rings in 2017.

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Swimmers brave elements for festive Serpentine dip

Members of the Serpentine Swim Club braved the cold on Sunday for the traditional Christmas Day plunge into Serpentine Lake, in London’s Hyde Park.

Members of the Serpentine Swim Club braved the cold on Sunday for the traditional Christmas Day plunge into Serpentine Lake, in London’s Hyde Park.

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No Comment 2016 in review: religious spectacles

These ceremonies are a far cry from Sunday service, with everything from Ice plunging pilgrimages in St Petersburg to flagellation in the Phillipines.

These ceremonies are a far cry from Sunday service, with everything from Ice plunging pilgrimages in St Petersburg to flagellation in the Phillipines.

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Pope hopes his birthday is not jinxed

Pope Francis jokes early birthday greetings may bring him bad luck Pope Francis, responded to thousands of people cheering “Happy Birthday” on Wednesday (December 14) by joking that doing it early may

Pope Francis jokes early birthday greetings may bring him bad luck Pope Francis, responded to thousands of people cheering “Happy Birthday” on Wednesday (December 14) by joking that doing it early may

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Russian Snow Village opens early

Russia’s seasonal Snow Village in the northern town of Kirovsk has sprung up again this year, ahead of its official opening on December 25th.

Russia’s seasonal Snow Village in the northern town of Kirovsk has sprung up again this year, ahead of its official opening on December 25th.