World welcomes New Year amid wilds fires, protests

first_imgIn Australia, a million revelersthronged Sydney harbor and nearby districts to watch more than 100,000fireworks explode above the city, even as thousands of people along thecountry’s eastern seaboard sought refuge from the bushfires on beaches. The traditional drop of a Waterfordcrystal ball on Times Square in New York capped a six-hour New Year’s Eve show.Intermittent rain did little to dampen the festivities as hundreds of thousandsof people were treated to performances by pop star Post Malone, the Korea-popband BTS, and singer song writer Alanis Morisette. Large crowds gathered in Europeancapitals for spectacular firework displays that lit up the skies over landmarkslike Big Ben in London, the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the Parthenon in Athensand the Kremlin in Moscow. The demonstrations came despite PrimeMinister Narendra Modi’s attempts to dampen protests that have run for nearlythree weeks. (Reuters) Sydney decided to press ahead with itsfireworks despite calls by some members of the public for the display to becanceled in solidarity with fire-hit areas in New South Wales, of which thecity is the capital. Thousands in Hong Kong welcomed 2020 onneon-lit promenades in the picturesque Victoria Harbour, breaking intopro-democracy chants shortly after the countdown to midnight.center_img But amid the celebrations of a New Yearand decade, old tensions threatened to flare up. North Korean leader Kim JongUn said on Wednesday his country would keep developing nuclear programs andintroduce a “new strategic weapon” in the near future, after the United Statesignored a year-end deadline to restart denuclearization talks. THE world celebrated the New Year onWednesday with fireworks displays from Sydney to London, although celebrationswere clouded by deadly wildfires in Australia, protests in Hong Kong and Indiaand nuclear tensions with North Korea. Thousands of Indians ushered in the yearby demonstrating against a citizenship law they say will discriminate againstMuslims and chip away at India’s secular constitution. Confetti falls at midnight on the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in New York. APlast_img

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