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Sixteen Krampus groups including over 200 Krampuses participated in the first annual Neustift event. Krampus, in Tyrol also called Tuifl, is a demon-like creature represented by a fearsome, hand-carved wooden mask with animal horns, a suit made from sheep or goat skin and large cow bells attached to the waist that the wearer rings by running or shaking his hips up and down

In pictures: Krampus night in Austria

Krampus night has been a part of Central European, alpine folklore going back at least a millennium, and since the 17th-century Krampus traditionally accompanies St. Nicholas and angels on the evening of 5 December to visit households to reward children that have been good while reprimanding those who have not.

<p><strong>Alan Shearer</strong></p>
<p>260 goals in 441 appearances</p>

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Manchester United's Wayne Rooney brought his Premier League goals total to 164 after his double against Tottenham on Sunday, overtaking Robbie Fowler into fifth place in the Premier League's all-time goalscoring table.

Belgian Frigate Louise Marie docked with the decommissioned light cruiser HMS Belfast in London

In pictures: Belgian Frigate arrives in London with WWI soil

The Belgian frigate has transported its cargo of sacred soil from the cemeteries of WWI battlefields in Flanders to London for use in a new Flanders Fields Memorial Garden at Wellington Barracks.

A worker at Hunterston B power station monitors the control room

In pictures: Hunterston B nuclear power station will operate until 2023

Hunterston B nuclear power station in Ayrshire has been given an extension after EDF Energy evaluated the plant.The operating extension was announced by company's chief executive Vincent de Rivaz.

A man pushes two televisions in a shopping cart at a Target store in Colma, California

Black Friday shopping madness kicks off early: In pictures

Black Friday came early this year as many Americans rushed to stores to hunt for the best discounts and offers.

<p>Charlie Brooker</p>
<p>Charlie Brooker is a man of many talents. An excellent writer and humorist, Brooker’s frank style of analysis is well known as a result of his work with the BBC and The Guardian. His work frequently concerns the media, so it’s probably not much of a surprise that Brooker was a student of Media Studies at the University of Westminster. What might be surprising is that Brooker failed to graduate as a result of writing his dissertation on video games, which his institution disapproved of.</p>
<p>There’s a certain irony to this. Having studied a similar discipline, I can testify that, at least at Cardiff University, Media and Journalism Studies lecturers frequently cite and show Brooker’s programmes as excellent incisions into the modern media. Newswipe, in particular, provides a good example of how bizarre mainstream news values appear when faced with serious scrutiny. Not only that, but video games have taken Brooker further than his degree alone would have done; he’s currently producing a documentary for Channel 4 entitled “How Video Games Changed the World.” Take that, dissertation supervisor.</p>

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An Uncle Sam balloon floats between skyscrapers during the Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, giant balloons flew above the city streets despite a blustery storm accompanied by high winds

In pictures: Giant Balloons float against NYC's skyline during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Across the country, millions of Americans celebrated their Thanksgiving Day and prepared to kick off the official start to the Christmas season. In New York City, tens of thousands of people lining the parade route were not discouraged by freezing temperatures and winds and came to watch the most awaited and spectacular giant balloons parade.

The new terminal is of critical importance to the future of Shenzhen as a booming business and tourist destination, and will bring benefits to the region as a whole

In pictures: China futuristic Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport

China has unveiled its new airport terminal to the public, the modern and elegant design of the airport of Shenzhen has been created based on a concept of fluidity and combines two different ideas: the idea of movement and the idea of pause.

An anti-government protester cries as she joins others protesting outside the Defense Ministry in central Bangkok

In pictures: Thai anti-government protesters continue to occupy government ministries

Thai government has been the target of mass protests in Bangkok since it pushed a bill to pardon Thaksin of a corruption conviction and give amnesty to thousands of other politically related cases between 2004 and 2013.

Before: Jack Russell Terrier, Ruby, from Sunderland, has been named the UK's pet slimming champion of 2013 after losing one third of her bodyweight, after tipping the scales at 9.1kg (1stone 6lbs), making it morbidly obese and more than 50% overweight

In pictures: PDSA Pet Fit Club helps UK's fattest pets

PDSA Pet Fit Club helps tackle the troubling issue of overweight pets in the UK. PDSA has launched its annual pet slimming competition to find the UK’s fattest pets and help them get fit. The charity aims to transform them from obese and unhappy into happier, healthier animals.

Congolese peacekeepers from the Multinational Force of Central Africa pose for a photograph as they stand covered in dust in Bossangoa, Central African Republic

In pictures: Central African Republic gripped by violence as conflict between Seleka fighters and forces loyal to ex-President continues

More than 40,000 people have been displaced by fighting between Seleka fighters and those loyal to ex-President Francois Bozize. With the country slipping deeper into chaos, former colonial power France plans to boost its force there to around 1,000 troops to restore law and order until a much bigger African Union force fully deploys.

An original slide from the movie 'Casablanca' inside The Patricia in Powell River, British Columbia

In pictures: Showing the classics since 1913 - British Columbia's Patricia Cinema

The Patricia cinema was founded in 1913 and entertained customers with silent movies, vaudeville shows and even local boxing matches. The venue has been running continuously since it opened, and still hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from cinema to concerts and vaudeville.

Activists of Bangladesh Jamaat-e Islami shout slogans as they set a fire on a street during a nationwide protest in Dhaka

In pictures: Another day of the 48-hour country wide blockade of transport in Bangladesh

Bangladeshi opposition supporters detonated scores of homemade bombs and removed railway tracks to disrupt train services as a planned nationwide protest against upcoming elections turned violent.

<b>Andy Murray</b><br/>
Following on from his Olympic gold and victory in the 2012 US Open, 2013 saw the Scot go on to win the tournament that really mattered to British sports fans. The 77-year wait for a British champion of Wimbledon was brought to an end when the 26-year-old beat Novak Djokovic in the final. He also reached the final of the Australian Open in January.

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Indian police personnel pay tribute at the memorial built in memory of victims killed in Mumbai terror attacks on the fifth anniversary, in Mumbai, India

In pictures: Fifth anniversary of Mumbai terror attacks

The victims of the attack were honoured at memorial services across the city

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