31 Dec '15, 1pm

New Year fireworks displays cancelled in some cities amid terror alerts

SYDNEY: Global New Year's Eve festivities are set to begin under tightened security, with Brussels scrapping celebrations as fears of militant threats cast a pall, just weeks after brutal attacks in Paris. Australia's biggest city, Sydney, traditionally the first to host a major event to ring in the New Year, held its 9:00pm (1000 GMT) family fireworks, with pyrotechnics exploding over the harbour ahead of the main show at midnight. Fireworks light up the sky over Sydney's Opera House (L) and Harbour Bridge during New Year celebrations in Sydney on January 1, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN Crowds thronged to vantage points to see the displays which are expected to draw one million people, ahead of the chimes of midnight moving across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and finally the Americas. Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore and other Asian cities may rival Sydney's pyrotec...

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