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New Year fireworks light up New Zealand skyline

12 January 2018, 07:13 | Opal Carroll

Fireworks light up the sky in Edinburgh during the Hogmanay New Year celebrations. David Cheskin PA Wire

Fireworks light up the sky in Edinburgh during the Hogmanay New Year celebrations. David Cheskin  PA Wire

Samoa, a country comprising the westernmost group of Polynesia's Samoan Islands where less than 200,000 people live, was once one of the last places in the world to celebrate the New Year.

In London more than 100,000 ticket-holders gazed up at a spectacular pyrotechnics display from the banks of the river Thames, before dancing to Auld Lang Syne. The display is ranked online by travellers among the top 10 New Year fireworks display.

Other European cities were similarly awash with people despite the winter cold. Almost 140,000 police officers, gendarmes and soldiers were deployed nationwide to guard against the jihadist threat.

"We drove all the way from Margaree for this and we're very disappointed - I mean, we're Cape Bretoners, we can handle this", said the Inverness County resident, who like his wife, was barely visible under jacket, hat and hood.

"Life goes on and they (jihadists) are on the retreat", he said.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to welcome the New Year on the Las Vegas Strip as they take part in what has become known as America's Party. The band Port Cities, originally slated to play on the Cape Breton Post mainstage, are now set to play at Sydney's Highland Arts Theatre (former St. Andrew's Church) at 3 p.m. Traffic police and volunteers were also spread out to conduct alcohol inspections on drivers.

"It's something like $170 million directly into the Sydney economy and then spread across the whole country because they're coming here for more than the fireworks". For Israelis, it is still several hours ahead.

Police arrest a Werribee man in November for allegedly plotting a New Year's Eve terror attack in Melbourne.

NY will ring in 1 January at 5am (GMT) followed by Los Angeles at 8am (GMT). "There is no specific threat to this event".

Fireworks explode near the Sydney Opera House as part of new year celebrations on Sydney Harbour Australia
Fireworks explode near the Sydney Opera House as part of new year celebrations on Sydney Harbour Australia

Around 330,000 people are expected to visit the valley over the holiday weekend. Police in Berlin added 1600 officers on duty and said that large bags and knapsacks would not be allowed on the "Party Mile" leading from Brandenburg Gate.

From assault rifles and barricades, to armed officers on the ground, in the air, on water and a dog unit close by, there are incredible measures being taken this year to ensure everyone's safety. From Sydney, Australia to Taipei, Taiwan, here's a look at New Year's celebrations around the world.

Police have planned a huge security presence this New Year's Eve in both Sydney and Melbourne, to ensure partygoers can enjoy the celebrations safely.

In the Americas the countdown continued.

A New Year's Eve fireworks display went terrible wrong on the New South Wales Central Coast when a barge carrying fireworks exploded on Terrigal Beach.

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

Some revellers camped out since early Saturday to secure the best vantage points.

People are swiping right for love on New Year's Day, with January 1 taking the spot for the day that the most people sign-up for dating apps.

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