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Thursday 22 February 2018

The World in Pictures

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Japanese Shinto shrine priests remove the old Shimenawa, Sacred ropeswhich hang between God Married Stones during the Oshimenawahari ceremony of Meoto-iwa or the Couple Rock at Futami Okitama Shrine in Ise, Japan. The Oshimenawahari ceremony is held three times a year to exchange the heavy rope of rice straw that connects the Couple Rock. The Couple Rock serves as a gate to the Okitama Shrine, dedicated to the god Sarutahiko and goddess Ukanomitama from Japanese myth. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)
 
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A participant on a lilo slides down a giant water slide that has been installed down Park Street in Bristol, England. The 90m (295ft) slide was made from plastic sheets, hay bales, water and washing-up liquid and was the brainchild of artist Luke Jerram. The three hundred ticket holders who were picked from nearly 100,000 applicants took turns to hurtle down the slide watched by hundreds of spectators lining the street that was closed to traffic. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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