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Published on: December 31, 2017 05:30 PM
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Fireworks light up the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House during new year celebrations on Sydney Harbour, Australia, January 1, 2018.      REUTERS/David Gray Fireworks light up the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House during new year celebrations on Sydney Harbour, Australia, January 1, 2018.    REUTERS/David Gray

Australia - People around the world are welcoming 2018 with fireworks displays and loud cheering.

Revelers in Australia watched fireworks over Sydney Harbour. In North Korea, fireworks exploded over the Taedong River.

Elsewhere, the tone was more somber. In Turkey, some 100 people gathered outside Istanbul’s Reina nightclub to remember the victims of a deadly New Year’s attack a year ago. The group, holding carnations, observed a moment of silence. The attack happened early last Jan. 1, when an assailant shot his way into the nightclub, killing 39 people — most of them foreigners — and wounding 79.

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In Scotland, a major windstorm caused some problems, but organizers expected Edinburgh’s famed Hogmany New Year’s Eve celebration to be unaffected.

In New York, revelers passed through security hours before the annual ball drop in Times Square.

Participants push away drums after a count down to the New Year event in Beijing, China, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (Credit: AP)Participants push away drums after a count down to the New Year event in Beijing, China, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (Credit: AP)
Tourists watch a fireworks display in front of Malaysia's landmark building, the Petronas Twin Towers, during the New Year's celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (Credit: AP)Tourists watch a fireworks display in front of Malaysia’s landmark building, the Petronas Twin Towers, during the New Year’s celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (Credit: AP)
North Koreans watch as fireworks explode as part of New Year celebrations, above the Taedong River as viewed from Kim Il Sung Square, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Credit: AP)North Koreans watch as fireworks explode as part of New Year celebrations, above the Taedong River as viewed from Kim Il Sung Square, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Credit: AP)
Fireworks explode over the Victoria Harbor during New Year's Eve to celebrate the start of year 2018 in Hong Kong, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (Credit: AP)Fireworks explode over the Victoria Harbor during New Year’s Eve to celebrate the start of year 2018 in Hong Kong, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (Credit: AP)
Fireworks explode with slogan reading "Happiness and Good Condition Together" on the Taipei 101 building during the New Year's celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (Credit: AP)Fireworks explode with slogan reading "Happiness and Good Condition Together" on the Taipei 101 building during the New Year’s celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (Credit: AP)
A bride and groom react to their marriage documents during a mass wedding held in celebration of the New Year in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. Hundreds of couples took part in the mass marriage held by the city government to help the poor who were unable to afford a proper wedding. (Credit: AP)A bride and groom react to their marriage documents during a mass wedding held in celebration of the New Year in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. Hundreds of couples took part in the mass marriage held by the city government to help the poor who were unable to afford a proper wedding. (Credit: AP)
Buddhists light candles during New Year celebrations at Jogyesa Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (Credit: AP)Buddhists light candles during New Year celebrations at Jogyesa Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (Credit: AP)
Fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (David Moir/AAP Image via AP) (Credit: AP)Fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Sydney, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (David Moir/AAP Image via AP) (Credit: AP)
The torchlight procession which marks the opening of city's New Year celebrations, makes its way through Edinburgh, Saturday Dec. 30, 2017. Torchbearers blaze through the city accompanied by a cast of pipers and drummers with the procession starting at St Giles cathedral and making its way down the Royal Mile towards Holyrood Park, passing the Scottish Parliament and the Palace of Holyrood House. (David Cheskin/PA via AP) (Credit: AP)The torchlight procession which marks the opening of city’s New Year celebrations, makes its way through Edinburgh, Saturday Dec. 30, 2017. Torchbearers blaze through the city accompanied by a cast of pipers and drummers with the procession starting at St Giles cathedral and making its way down the Royal Mile towards Holyrood Park, passing the Scottish Parliament and the Palace of Holyrood House. (David Cheskin/PA via AP) (Credit: AP)
People dressed as Vikings get ready to lead a torchlight procession in Edinburgh, which marks the opening of Edinburgh's New Year celebrations, Saturday Dec. 30, 2017. Torchbearers will blaze through the city accompanied by a cast of pipers and drummers with the procession starting at St Giles cathedral and making its way down the Royal Mile towards Holyrood Park, passing the Scottish Parliament and the Palace of Holyrood House. (David Cheskin/PA via AP) (Credit: AP)People dressed as Vikings get ready to lead a torchlight procession in Edinburgh, which marks the opening of Edinburgh’s New Year celebrations, Saturday Dec. 30, 2017. Torchbearers will blaze through the city accompanied by a cast of pipers and drummers with the procession starting at St Giles cathedral and making its way down the Royal Mile towards Holyrood Park, passing the Scottish Parliament and the Palace of Holyrood House. (David Cheskin/PA via AP) (Credit: AP)


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 Jan 01, 2018 at 02:45 PM Rangers Goalie Says:

Why do you, VIN, have to bring us news about goyishe holidays? What next, easter? Then xmas news?

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