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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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    Alex Bowman starts Daytona 500 from pole in No. 88 car

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The green flag is a few hours away for the Daytona 500.

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    Washington snipped here? College says it found prez's hair

    A New York college says it has discovered a lock of George Washington's hair pressed in the pages of an old book. While officials at Union College in Schenectady can't say for sure it's the real deal, the historical evidence is there. Library archivists found the snippet in an old almanac that belonged to Philip J. Schuyler, whose father was one of the college's founders in 1795.

  • Government rules out granting medical cannabis licence to boy, 6, with 'death sentence' epilepsy condition 
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    Government rules out granting medical cannabis licence to boy, 6, with 'death sentence' epilepsy condition 

    Government rules out granting medical cannabis licence to boy, 6, with 'death sentence' epilepsy condition 

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    Cities pitching diversity in efforts to lure businesses

    Some cities and regions are highlighting racial diversity along with positive business climates, competitive tax rates and available land in pitches to lure tech companies and high-paying jobs to town.

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    German police probe British woman over Holocaust remarks

    BERLIN (AP) — German police are investigating a British woman for suspected incitement after she questioned the Holocaust during a far-right protest in the eastern city of Dresden.

  • UK church spires used to boost phone, wi-fi signal
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    UK church spires used to boost phone, wi-fi signal

    Church spires across Britain will be used to boost broadband, mobile phone and WiFi connectivity in rural areas, under a deal struck between the government and the Church of England, it was announced Sunday.

  • Trump accuses FBI of 'spending too much time' on Russia probe
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    Trump accuses FBI of 'spending too much time' on Russia probe

    U.S. President Donald Trump attacked the FBI and lawmakers probing alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and said an excessive focus on Russia led federal investigators to miss signs that could have prevented the deadly school shooting in Florida last week. In a series of tweets over the weekend, Trump accused President Barack Obama of failing to do enough to stop Russian election interference and belittled Representative Adam Schiff, of the House intelligence committee that is investigating Russia's actions.

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    The Latest: Shooting survivors plan march on Washington

    Survivor of the shooting rampage at a Florida high school that killed 17 people are planning a march on Washington next month to pressure politicians to take action on gun violence. Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz is facing 17 counts of murder in the Wednesday afternoon shooting. Pressure is growing for tougher gun-control laws after a Florida high school shooting that killed 17 people.

  • Asteroids May Show How Life On Earth Began With 'Time Capsule' Molecules
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    Asteroids May Show How Life On Earth Began With 'Time Capsule' Molecules

    Was life on Earth carried in an asteroid?

  • Letter: Kenneth Haigh obituary
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    Letter: Kenneth Haigh obituary

    Kenneth Haigh, left, with John Osborne in 1956. Photograph: Frank Pocklington/Getty Images

  • Pirates Repelled By Crew Pouring Boiling Water and Oil on Attackers
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    Pirates Repelled By Crew Pouring Boiling Water and Oil on Attackers

    Sailors in the Philippines sea have fought off a pirate attack using medieval siege defence methods, hurling boiling water mixed with oil at the assailants until reinforcements arrived, Australia’s ABC network reported. China warned of 'conflicts and confrontation' in the South China Sea as it angrily rejected July 13 an international tribunal's verdict that its claims to most of the strategically vital waterway had no legal basis.

  • Gerard Batten Defends Describing Islam As A 'Death Cult'
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    Gerard Batten Defends Describing Islam As A 'Death Cult'

    Ukip’s acting leader has defended labelling Islam a “death cult”.

  • Japan scientists invent 'electronic skin' to monitor health
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    Japan scientists invent 'electronic skin' to monitor health

    The invention of "electronic skin" -- an ultra-thin display and monitor that can be stuck directly to the body -- could revolutionise healthcare, its creator says, allowing medical professionals to monitor bed-ridden patients from the comfort of their offices.

  • Sunday Shows Round Up: Tuition Fees, Charity Abuse and 'Boris Johnson Is A Joke'
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    Sunday Shows Round Up: Tuition Fees, Charity Abuse and 'Boris Johnson Is A Joke'

    University funding It was seen as one of Labour’s trump cards in the 2017 election, and today the Conservatives tried wrestle back control of the tuition fee debate by announcing a review of university finance.

  • Impact of Cleaning Products on Women's Lungs as Damaging as 20-a-Day Cigarette Habit: Study
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    Impact of Cleaning Products on Women's Lungs as Damaging as 20-a-Day Cigarette Habit: Study

    Regular use of cleaning sprays can have as much of an impact on health as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, according to a new study. Scientists at Norway’s University of Bergen tracked 6,000 people with an average age of 34 at the time of enrolement who used the products over a period of two decades, according to the study published in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

  • Henry Holland talks his new collection, famous friends and slogan tees backstage at London Fashion Week AW18
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    Henry Holland talks his new collection, famous friends and slogan tees backstage at London Fashion Week AW18

    When it comes to London Fashion Week House of Holland is one of the most-anticipated shows on the schedule. With over a decade of experience British designer Henry Holland is now quite an expert at putting together a new season spectacle - and his autumn/winter 2018 collection was no different. Over the years Holland has become known for his quirky colourful designs and humorous slogan t-shirts.

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    Two-year-old boy and 31-year-old woman killed in motorway crash in Warwickshire

    A two-year-old boy and a 31-year-old woman have died after a car and a lorry collided as they came off a motorway in Warwickshire. The victims were travelling in a blue Nissan Qashqai when the incident happened at 10.30pm on Saturday, as they came off the M6 at junction 1 and onto the A426 near Churchover. Warwickshire Police said the driver of the car - a 35-year-old man - and another passenger - a six-year-old girl - were both injured and taken to hospital.

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    Kosovo celebrates 10 years of independence with ceremony

    PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The Kosovo Assembly, or Parliament, has convened in a special session to celebrate the country's 10 years of independence.

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    How can we regulate our savage market for instant news?

    Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school student Emma Gonzalez speaks at a rally for gun control. Bullet holes in a computer screen, filmed by a cowering high school student sheltering in a classroom where a gunman was on the loose: just one of the images in the visual market created for those watching the news of the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Florida. Grabbed and recycled from mobile phone screens, they circulated through television channels, radio and websites almost instantaneously.

  • Teenager and grandfather died on level crossing on the way to football match
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    Teenager and grandfather died on level crossing on the way to football match

    Teenager and grandfather died on level crossing on the way to football match

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    Where to turn for tax help

    Tax returns surge over Presidents Day weekend, with the IRS saying it receives more phone calls on the day after Presidents Day than on any other day of the year. Getting someone on the phone might be a challenge, but the IRS.gov website has answers to most tax questions. Taxpayers whose income is $66,000 or less can use IRS Free File, also accessible on the main site, to access free tax-preparation software.

  • Lebanese mark mysterious Zambo festival in Tripoli
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    Lebanese mark mysterious Zambo festival in Tripoli

    Residents of the Lebanese city of Tripoli don bright, curly wigs and dark body paint for Zambo, a festival on the eve of the start of the Orthodox Christian period of Lent.

  • Farming businesses 'could be wiped out after Brexit transition'
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    Farming businesses 'could be wiped out after Brexit transition'

    The dairy industry would be hit hardest by tariffs on the export front, said the committee. Food prices could rise sharply and farming businesses could be wiped out at the end of a Brexit transition period, a House of Commons committee has warned. The cross-party environment, food and rural affairs select committee said the timetable for concluding a new free trade deal with the EU by the end of 2020 was “extremely ambitious”.

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    West Africa's extremism spreading as thousands flee homes

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — West Africa's extremist threat has moved into a new part of the vast Sahel region, with a previously calm area of Burkina Faso facing the kinds of assaults that have forced thousands elsewhere to flee over the past year.

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    Nigeria releasing 475 Boko Haram suspects for rehabilitation

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Authorities in Nigeria are releasing hundreds of people accused of supporting an Islamic extremist group, citing a lack of evidence.

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