President Sebastian Pinera and other players
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Chile miners feted at presidential palace

25 October 2010 Last updated at 22:11 BST

The 33 miners rescued after 69 days trapped underground in Chile have been feted by President Sebastian Pinera during a palace reception in Santiago.

Each miner was given a medal to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Chile's independence from Spain, which was celebrated while they were trapped.

The 33 also played a football match against their rescuers and government officials.

Gideon Long reports.