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Up to 8 million tune in as Commonwealth Games closes

The curtain has come down on an incredible 11 days of Commonwealth Games sporting action in a glittering, star-filled closing ceremony at Glasgow's Hampden Park.

England has topped the medal table of the Commonwealth Games with a total of 174 medals.

Up to 8 million viewers tuned in to see Kylie and a host of other stars close Glasgow 2014, which has been dubbed the "best ever" Commonwealth Games.

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'Gay kiss' at Commonwealth Games opener praised

A gay kiss in the 2014 Commonwealth opening ceremony has been hailed as a snub to homophobia in Commonwealth countries.

Openly gay singer John Barrownman performing during the opening ceremony. Credit: PA

Openly gay entertainer John Barrowman kissed a male "bride" at a mock Gretna Green during the Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park last night.

Out of the 53 Commonwealth countries represented at the Games 42 criminalise homosexuality in some way.

Many people took to Twitter to praise the kiss, which came hours after Deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg called for greater protection for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people around the globe.

Fergal McFerran tweeted: "John Barrowman's kiss was important beyond symbolism, it's still illegal to be gay in 42 of the 53 #Commonwealth Countries"

Nicola 'Nikki' Coles wrote: "Watch Glasgow snub homophobic nations with John Barrowman gay kiss during opening ceremony."

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