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Japan emperor greets New Year well-wishers as prepares to abdicate

Toukyo - Japan's Emperor Akihito on Tuesday delivered his traditional New Year address with tens of thousands of well-wishers flocking to the Imperial Palace for one of the last such occasions before he abdicates next year.

German New Year fireworks kill two, leave child injured

Berlin - Fireworks left two people dead, a child injured and five people requiring amputations during New Year celebrations in Germany, police and emergency services said Monday.

Two Christians killed in New Year attack on Egypt liquor store

Cairo - A gunman killed two Copts celebrating the New Year in an Egyptian alcohol shop early on Monday, judicial and security sources said, the latest deadly violence against the Christian minority.

Dubai rings in New Year with laser spectacular

Dibai - Dubai celebrated the New Year Sunday with a spectacular midnight laser show at Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world.

Turkey steps up IS arrests under shadow of New Year attack

Istanbul - Turkey on Sunday arrested more suspected Islamic State (IS) group jihadists in a major crackdown on the extremist group ahead of a New Year overshadowed by the first anniversary of the nightclub terror attack that left 39 dead.

Sydney extravaganza kicked off global New Year parties

Sydney - Australia's largest city Sydney welcomed 2018 with a rainbow-themed fireworks spectacular hailing the introduction of same-sex marriage, amid strict security for the nation's festivities that launched celebrations worldwide.

Ham shortage hits holiday meals in Venezuela

Caracas - Shortages in Venezuela have now hit an essential part of traditional Christmas and New Year's meals, leaving frustrated citizens with a new holiday chorus: "We want our ham!

Sydney New Year's Eve 'rainbow' fireworks to fete gay marriage

Sydney - A rainbow waterfall of fireworks will cascade off the Sydney Harbour Bridge on New Year's Eve as Australia heralds a new era of gay marriage, officials said on Tuesday.

Sombre mood as Iraq's Yazidis mark New Year

- Thousands of Yazidis flocked to a shrine in northern Iraq to mark the New Year on Wednesday, in the minority's biggest gathering since it was targeted for genocide by jihadists.

Japanese Emperor greets New Year well-wishers

Toukyo - Japan's Emperor Akihito delivered his traditional New Year address Monday with tens of thousands of people flocking to the Imperial Palace for what could be his last such appearance after he expressed his desire to abdicate.

Heavy security kept Cologne calm on New Year's Eve: police

Berlin - Police in the German city of Cologne said Sunday a heavy security presence on New Year's Eve prevented a repeat of last year's mass sexual assaults, while denying accusations of racial profiling.

New UN chief aims to make 2017 'a year for peace'

New York - The new United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said Sunday he would like to make 2017 a year to "put peace first," in a message heralding the new year and marking his first day as the world body's chief.

Putin says 2016 'difficult' but full of accomplishments

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that the year 2016 was "difficult" but congratulated his country on its accomplishments and on believing in itself.

Australia kicks off global New Year party defying terror threat

Sydney - Australia rang in the new year Sunday with a spectacular fireworks display in Sydney, sending rainbow-coloured showers into the night sky and defying the global terror attacks that cast a pall over 2016.Around 1.

Australia kicks off global New Year party defying terror threat

Sydney - Australia rang in the new year Sunday with a spectacular fireworks display in Sydney, sending rainbow-coloured showers into the night sky and defying the global terror attacks that cast a pall over 2016.Around 1.

Australia kicks off global New Year party defying terror threat

Sydney - Australia rang in the new year Sunday with a spectacular fireworks display in Sydney, sending rainbow-coloured showers into the night sky and defying the global terror attacks that cast a pall over 2016.Around 1.

Merkel urges Germany to face down terror with cohesion, compassion

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Germans Saturday to hold firm to democratic values in the face of jihadist terror, urging them to counter "murderers who are full of hate" with compassion and cohesion.

Family passion sparks Sydney's spectacular New Year fireworks

Sydney - When Fortunato Foti dreams up his designs for Sydney's dazzling New Year's Eve fireworks display, he's drawing on more than 200 years of pyrotechnics expertise.

Police with machine guns to secure Berlin New Year festive zone

Berlin - German authorities are beefing up security for New Year's eve celebrations in Berlin on Saturday after last week's truck attack, deploying police with machine guns and securing the festive zone around the Brandenburg Gate with concrete slabs.

Cologne ramps up New Year's police presence after sex assaults

Cologne - The German city of Cologne Monday announced a ramped-up police presence, more CCTV and a fireworks-free zone at upcoming New Year's Eve celebrations to avoid a repeat of last year's mass sexual assaults.

Belgian trial opens for two bikers linked to terror group

Brussels - Two members of the "Kamikaze Riders" bikers club went on trial Monday on charges of belonging to a terrorist group, but authorities have dropped the original charges that they had plotted a New Year's attack in Brussels.

Lunar New Year turbulence as 'fire monkey' swings into action

Hong Kong - As the Lunar New Year of the Monkey swings into action Monday, fortune tellers foresee 12 months of political and financial turbulence at the hands of the mischievous, unpredictable creature.

China school sees monkey business in New Year

Dongying - Macaques in frilly dresses turn backflips and answer maths questions for crowds of screaming children at a Chinese monkey school, where trainers teach them to waltz and play rock drums.

New year, new travel: More Chinese choose tourism over tradition

Bejing - While hundreds of millions of his Chinese compatriots pack into planes, trains, and automobiles to return to their ancestral homes for the Lunar New Year celebration, Zhang Hao, 30, is getting as far away as he can.

Flying solo: Chinese woman only passenger on New Year flight

Bejing - A Chinese woman heading home for the holidays had a commercial airline flight all to herself after gruelling delays winnowed down other passengers.

'Nearly 100,000' Chinese new year travellers stranded

Bejing - Tens of thousands of Lunar New Year travellers in China were stranded Tuesday at a station in Guangzhou, state media said, after snow and ice elsewhere disrupted the world's largest annual human migration.

New Year's in Rio: 2 million revelers, 315 tonnes of trash

Rio De Janeiro - The two million revelers who ushered in 2016 on Rio de Janeiro's famed Copacabana Beach left behind a calling card Friday: 315 tonnes of trash for the Olympic host city to cart away.

Honduras torches effigies of president, 2015's problems

El Prado - Hondurans ushered in 2016 on Friday by burning symbols of last year's problems -- an effigy of President Juan Orlando Hernandez among them.

Another three people released in alleged Brussels New Year plot

Brussels - Two men remain in Belgian police custody over an alleged plot to launch New Year attacks in Brussels following the release of another three people in the case, prosecutors said Friday.

Boko Haram threat hangs heavy over Nigeria in 2016

Kano - As Nigeria rings in 2016, the ever-present threat of violence by Boko Haram hangs heavy over Africa's most populous country, despite official claims that the battle against the Islamist group has been "technically" won.
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