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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.

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What is Thanksgiving? A look at the US holiday and why Americans celebrate it

Held on the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving is a celebration stemming from the Harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims at Plymouth According to legend, the holiday is intrinsically linke

Held on the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving is a celebration stemming from the Harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims at Plymouth According to legend, the holiday is intrinsically linke

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Donald Trump urges US to heal divisions in Thanksgiving video

The US President-elect has recorded a conciliatory message for the holiday, while acknowledging that the election campaign had been damaging.

The US President-elect has recorded a conciliatory message for the holiday, while acknowledging that the election campaign had been damaging.

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Trump effigy feels the heat during Guy Fawkes Night

He turned ‘You’re fired’ into his reality show catch-phrase, but it was Donald Trump who went up in flames – or at least an effigy of him did – as part of the UK’s annual Bonfire Night…

He turned ‘You’re fired’ into his reality show catch-phrase, but it was Donald Trump who went up in flames – or at least an effigy of him did – as part of the UK’s annual Bonfire Night…

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Copenhagen reminds visitors of Halloween's European roots

Halloween has become America’s second most important holiday commercially – but the origins of the annual appearance of pumpkins and other ghostly paraphernalia are found in…

Halloween has become America’s second most important holiday commercially – but the origins of the annual appearance of pumpkins and other ghostly paraphernalia are found in…

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Annual Catrinas parade in Mexico City

Hundreds of women dressed as “Catrina” – Mexico’s elegant skeleton lady – participated at an annual parade in Mexico City.

Hundreds of women dressed as “Catrina” – Mexico’s elegant skeleton lady – participated at an annual parade in Mexico City.

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Iraq: Karbala celebrates Ashura

Hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims converged on the Iraqi city of Karbala to celebrate Ashura.

Hundreds of thousands of Shiite pilgrims converged on the Iraqi city of Karbala to celebrate Ashura.

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Spain: National Day celebrations - and push-ups too!

The Royal family turned out on Wednesday – and so did the rain – as Spaniards celebrated their National Day with a traditional military parade through Madrid.

The Royal family turned out on Wednesday – and so did the rain – as Spaniards celebrated their National Day with a traditional military parade through Madrid.