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Young brides marry trees in bizarre mass wedding officiated by a ‘priest’ (Photos)

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A group of women were captured having a bizarre mass wedding where they wore white dresses to marry trees.

The ceremony was organized by nature activists. During the ceremony, which held in the Peruvian capital Lima, they pledged to look after the trees until they were parted by death.

The wedding was organized by Peruvian artist and activist Richard Torres, who is famed internationally for his pro-tree performances. At the ceremony, leaves were used instead of confetti and brides kissed the tree trunk after taking their vows.

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The officiating “priest” was Richard Torres while the brides were local actresses he had persuaded to perform for the occasion.

Torres said: “We are giving a message of peace, giving a message to make people aware of the need to take care of trees.”

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Patricia Serra, one of the brides, said: “This event is to make people aware of the need to love trees and this is a commitment that is going to be for the rest of your life, it is the same as a common wedding, making a promise. Trees do not have a voice but we all are listening to their protests and therefore we are here.”

The aim of the event was to remind Peruvians of the value of trees and the need to look after them.

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Tunisia: former President Ben Ali confirmed dead

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All time, former Tunisia’s President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali has died in exile aged 83, his family says.

Ben Ali led the country for 30years and was credited with delivering stability and some economic prosperity.

But he received widespread criticism for suppressing political freedoms and for widespread corruption.

In 2011, he was forced from office following mass street protests. This triggered a wave of similar uprisings across the Arab world.

At least half a dozen countries in the region saw their president fall or conflicts break out in the wake of the former Tunisian leader’s downfall, in what became known as the Arab Spring.

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Gantz refuse’s Netanyahu offer on unity government

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After a vote tally showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tied with his main rival.

Israel’s weakened Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saw his offer on Thursday for a coalition with his strongest political rival,  Gantz, swiftly rebuffed after failing to secure a governing majority in a tight election.

Netanyahu’s surprise move was an abrupt change of strategy for the right-wing leader. Its rejection could spell weeks of wrangling after Tuesday’s election, which followed an inconclusive national ballot in April.

Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party emerged from the second round of voting this year slightly ahead of Netanyahu’s Likud, but also short of enough supporters in the 120-member parliament for a ruling bloc.

Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving leader, said in a video clip in which he urged Gantz, the country’s former military chief, to meet him “as soon as today”, that he had pledged during the election campaign to form a right-wing, Likud-led government.

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