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The ball is thrown into the hug to start the annual Shrovetide football match (Reuters)

The ball is thrown into the hug to start the annual Shrovetide football match (Reuters)

Ashbourne Shrovetide Football: Hundreds chase after the ball in traditional game

Shop windows were boarded up and businesses closed early as the town of Ashbourne prepared for the annual Shrovetide football game. Hundreds of players joined in the traditional game as they climbed on trees and waded into rivers in an effort to retrieve the ball. The game, which has its roots in the 17th century, has very few rules - but its most important is not to murder opponents. The football will be played on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday.

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    Uma Thurman hits out at Harvey Weinstein: 'You don't deserve a bullet'

    The actress, who has worked on several films with Weinstein including Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill, had previously said she was too angry to comment on sexual misconduct claims against the producer. Last month, when Thurman was previously asked how she felt about women speaking out about their experiences of harassment, she replied: "I think it's commendable.

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    I'm a Celeb eliminations: Who's favourite to go first?

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  • Ten days to crack Brexit deal, EU tells May
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    Ten days to crack Brexit deal, EU tells May

    The European Union handed Prime Minister Theresa May a 10-day "absolute deadline" to improve her Brexit divorce offer or face failure in persuading EU leaders to open trade talks with Britain at a December summit. Without a deal next month, time will be very tight to agree arrangements before Britain leaves the EU in March 2019, adding to pressure on businesses to avoid potential losses and move investments. "We need to see progress from UK within 10 days on all issues, including on Ireland," European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted after meeting May in Brussels for one hour following an EU summit.

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    Dermot O'Leary is gutted The Xtra Factor was cancelled

    The Xtra Factor presenters have included Fearne Cotton, Holly Willoughby, Olly Murs, Caroline Flack and Konnie Huq.

  • Corrie viewers are furious at villainous Pat Phelan after Anna arrested
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    Corrie viewers are furious at villainous Pat Phelan after Anna arrested

    Viewers on Twitter were furious by the breakthrough.

  • Egypt mosque attack: Military 'launches air strikes' after at least 235 worshippers killed in Sinai massacre
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    Egypt mosque attack: Military 'launches air strikes' after at least 235 worshippers killed in Sinai massacre

    Egypt mosque attack: Military 'launches air strikes' after at least 235 worshippers killed in Sinai massacre

  • X Factor 2017: Which finalist is favourite to win?
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    X Factor 2017: Which finalist is favourite to win?

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    Child 'traumatised' by shopping centre's reindeer decoration in Christmas grotto

    A shopping centre has apologised and pulled a reindeer decoration from its Christmas grotto after a "mortified" child asked whether it had been killed. Mother Adele Keen forced the removal of the decoration - a plastic reindeer head mounted on a wall - from the festive attraction at The Mall shopping centre in Maidstone, Kent, after complaining on social media. Marketing manager Suzie Brindle told Sky News: "Each year the grotto features a different theme and this year is medieval castle and the plastic deer's head formed part of this.

  • 'Explosion' dashes last hopes for missing Argentine sub with 44 aboard
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    'Explosion' dashes last hopes for missing Argentine sub with 44 aboard

    Argentina's navy confirmed Thursday that an unusual noise heard in the Atlantic near the last known position of a missing submarine appeared to be an explosion, dashing the last hopes of finding the vessel's 44 crew members alive.

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    Covering Mugabe for Reuters - 'You're the one who says I'm dying?'

    Retired correspondent Cris Chinaka worked for Reuters in Harare from 1990 to 2015. Before that he reported on Zimbabwe for the ZIANA news agency and MOTO, a weekly newspaper. There are two images of Robert Gabriel Mugabe that jump out of my memory to illustrate the contrasting sides of the man who led Zimbabwe for 37 years.

  • Oxford Circus: Met Police end operation after thousands flee in panic over reports of 'gunshots'
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    Oxford Circus: Met Police end operation after thousands flee in panic over reports of 'gunshots'

    Oxford Circus: Met Police end operation after thousands flee in panic over reports of 'gunshots'

  • UK mortgage approvals hit 13-month low, consumer morale ebbs
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    UK mortgage approvals hit 13-month low, consumer morale ebbs

    British banks approved the fewest mortgages in 13 months and consumer confidence is lower than at any time since last year's Brexit vote because of a weaker housing market, according to surveys that add to a downbeat outlook for the economy. The figures came two days after chancellor Philip Hammond tried to offer voters some relief with spending plans that focused on housing, including scrapping a property purchase tax for most first-time home-buyers. Britain's economy has slowed this year as the higher inflation triggered by the June 2016 referendum to leave the European Union ate into households' disposable income, leaving it lagging behind many of the economies in Europe and beyond.

  • Families of British jihadi fighters: 'We're the forgotten victims'
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    Families of British jihadi fighters: 'We're the forgotten victims'

    The brother of a British jihadi killed while fighting alongside the terror group al Shabab is setting up a support group to help others who have suffered the trauma of having an extremist in the family. Michael Evans said he was compelled to set up the support network because of the isolation his family felt on discovering his brother Thomas had fled the UK to join up with the terror organisation in Somalia. Three years later, he was killed as al Shabab fighters exchanged fire with soldiers in Kenya.

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    At least 3 dead as Indian passenger train derails in northern India

    A passenger train slipped off the rails in northern India early on Friday, killing at least three people and injuring about 10, the railways ministry said. The train was on its way from Goa in western India to Patna in the east when 13 coaches derailed, the ministry said. It did not provide any reason for the accident, which occurred in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

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    METALS-Steady dollar stymies copper prices (SCCO)

    (Updates prices) SYDNEY, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Copper traded in a tight range onFriday, stymied by the U.S. Thanksgiving Day holiday and astagnant greenback. London copper edged higher for a fifth straight dayovernight with the help of U.S. dollar weakness against othercurrencies. The dollar wobbled in thin trading in Asia, sidelining local investors hoping to boost positions with astronger home currency. * Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchangerose by 0.4 percent to $6,992.50 a tonne by 0708 GMT. * The most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai FuturesExchange finished 0. ...

  • Argentina submarine search: Sound detected is 'consistent with explosion'
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    Argentina submarine search: Sound detected is 'consistent with explosion'

    A sound detected in the hunt for a missing submarine is "consistent with a non-nuclear explosion", Argentina has said. The ARA San Juan has been missing in the South Atlantic since the middle of November and dozens of planes and boats have been involved in search. Some 44 people are on board and the operation has entered a "critical phase" because the crew's oxygen supply could be running low.

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    A whale's tale: Longest painting in North America restored

    A Massachusetts museum says it has restored the longest painting in North America so it can share the story of American whaling with the public. A section was featured at the 1964 New York World's Fair. The New Bedford Whaling Museum enlisted the help of a textile conservator to fix the "Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage Round the World." Now it's searching for a large venue to display it.

  • Vast majority of suspects in graft probe agreeing to settle, crown prince says
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    Vast majority of suspects in graft probe agreeing to settle, crown prince says

    The vast majority of about 200 businessmen and officials implicated in a sweeping crackdown on corruption are agreeing to settlements under which they hand over assets to the government, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told the New York Times. “We show them all the files that we have and as soon as they see those about 95 percent agree to a settlement,” which means signing over cash or shares in their companies to the Saudi Treasury, the newspaper quoted Prince Mohammed as saying. Prince Mohammed repeated a previous official estimate that the government could eventually recover around $100 billion (75.23 billion pounds) of illicit money through settlements.

  • West Ham boss David Moyes insists Andy Carroll is as much a victim as a perpetrator on the pitch
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    West Ham boss David Moyes insists Andy Carroll is as much a victim as a perpetrator on the pitch

    David Moyes has leapt to the defence of Andy Carroll, insisting the West Ham striker is more sinned against than sinner. Carroll was singled out for criticism after catching Marvin Zeegelaar with his forearm, leaving the Watford defender with a broken nose, after just six seconds of the 2-0 defeat at Vicarage Road last weekend. "A couple of times people climbed over Andy and fouled him.

  • 'EastEnders' Spoilers: Tiffany Butcher To Return As Maisie Smith Reprises Role
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    'EastEnders' Spoilers: Tiffany Butcher To Return As Maisie Smith Reprises Role

    ‘EastEnders’ has announced the return of another fan favourite Tiffany Butcher.

  • Global brands pull ads from YouTube as site cracks down on videos of children 'attracting comments from sick paedophiles'
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    Global brands pull ads from YouTube as site cracks down on videos of children 'attracting comments from sick paedophiles'

    YouTube has promised to crack down on predatory behaviour after it emerged adverts were reportedly playing on videos of undressed children popular with paedophiles. Global brands have pulled adverts from the video sharing website after the Times reported they had appeared on videos featuring children. Many of the videos had attracted massive attention from hundreds of paedophiles, many of whom had left lewd comments, the report said.

  • Monsanto says Mexico revokes permit to market GMO soy in seven states
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    Monsanto says Mexico revokes permit to market GMO soy in seven states

    Monsanto Co said on Thursday that Mexico's agriculture sanitation authority SENASICA had revoked its permit to commercialize genetically modified soy in seven states, criticizing the decision as unjustified. Monsanto said in a statement that the permit had been withdrawn on unwarranted legal and technical grounds. SENASICA officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

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    Pakistan releases US-wanted militant suspect on court order

    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani authorities acting on a court order have released a U.S.-wanted militant who allegedly founded a banned group linked to the 2008 Mumbai attack.

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    'Loyalty penalty' for home insurance customers - Citizens Advice

    A report has raised fears 13 million households could be paying more than they should for home insurance because they have failed to shop around. Citizens Advice found almost a third of the country's homes have remained with the same provider for more than five years, meaning they were potentially paying 70% more than a new customer would for a policy. Citizens Advice chief executive Gillian Guy said: "Home insurance companies are taking advantage of people's loyalty, and it's older people who are suffering the most.

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