This is how the world welcomed 2018

Andrew Cummings
January 13, 2018

Sunday's may be the coldest New Year's Eve in New York City since 1962.

Stricter security will be a key focus amid fears that crowds could be targets for vehicle and other terrorist attacks.

Starting at midnight, California joins the growing list of states to legalize recreational marijuana.

Meanwhile, traditional New Year's activities continued as usual.

Six people on a "wine and dine" sightseeing flight ahead of the city's New Year's Eve celebrations at the harbour were killed including the pilot of the seaplane.

"Arrangements covering every aspect of the event, from access to the venue, to enjoying the New Year's Eve programmes from vantage points to a safe exit from the venues, along with transportation arrangements and onsite facilities, have been meticulously planned and organised".

But a display of neighboring nations' flags didn't show Qatar's flag.

Visitors watched the fireworks display during a New Year celebration event at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium-amusement park complex in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo. But with no major attack in France since mid-2016, the atmosphere was noticeably more festive than in the past two years.

Paris: Hundreds of thousands were expected to line the Champs-Elysees for a light show and fireworks at the Arc de Triomphe.

Pope Francis in his year-end message said that 2017 had been marred by war, lies and injustice, and he urged people to take responsibility for their actions.

"We have almost four hours of fun and entertainment", she said.

"We must take responsibility for everything before God, our brothers and our creation", he said. But, he added, "gratitude prevails" thanks to those "cooperating silently for the common good".

Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Monday, January 1, 2018.

The Avs game is going to feature its first-ever indoor fireworks show at the Pepsi Center right after the game, which starts at 6 p.m. Hockey and a light show - it doesn't get much better.

National Guard troops also will be stationed at locations on the Strip and downtown, and more than 1,500 Metropolitan Police Department officers will be on duty in the Las Vegas Valley over the three-day holiday weekend. Security was tight, but officials said there was no particular alert.

"Those attending the event are advised to dress appropriately for the weather", the city said in a news release. Almost half the revelers were tourists.

Thousands of Ugandans are gathering at churches and along the shores of Lake Victoria to usher in the new year.

The first same-sex weddings under the new law are expected to be held early this year, while couples who have already tied the knot overseas will automatically have their marriages recognised in Australia.

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