31 Dec '15, 6pm

World welcomes New Year despite terror fears - Channel News Asia

DUBAI: The world greeted 2016 with Champagne and cheers, but tightened security put a damper on the party in Europe and a spectacular fire at a hotel in Dubai scared gathering revellers. Fireworks were cancelled in Brussels and Paris as November's terror attacks cast a pall, but Dubai put on a spectacular show as it refused to let the hotel blaze, which injured 16 people, disrupt celebrations. Yet at the stroke of midnight the skies still lit up with pyrotechnics in Sydney, traditionally the first to host a major New Year's bash, as crowds thronged to waterside vantage points. Tens of thousands of revellers gathered on either side of Hong Kong's iconic Victoria Harbour, which was bathed in a dazzling fireworks display. 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 KHA...

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