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North American revellers welcome 2018, rounding up global New Year celebrations

North American revellers welcome 2018, rounding up global New Year celebrations

NEW YORK (AFP) – A frigid North America closed out the world’s New Year celebrations on Monday (Jan 1), after a chilly Europe followed Asia and Australasia in nursing a Jan 1 hangover. In New York’s Times Square, around two million people dressed in thick coats and snow gear faced the coldest New Year’s Eve in a century as temperatures dropped to 9 deg F (minus 12.7 deg C). They were subjected to tight security measures, with the “Crossroads of the World” seeing its largest security perimeter in history – a focus around the world due to fears that crowds could be targets for vehicle and other terror attacks. New Orleans revellers wearing party hats and blowing in noisemakers celebrated with street music, boat cruises and the traditional fleur-de-lis drop. Millions gathered on Brazil’s Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro to watch not just the traditional pyrotechnics, but al...

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