Fireworks to send 'message of support' to European Union citizens

New Year's Eve revellers gather along the foreshore in Sydney ahead of the fireworks

NY welcomes 2019 with the New Year's Eve ball drop on Times Square. Colors lit up the city's skyline for 12 minutes and dazzled the more than 1.5 million spectators, who packed the harbor front and parks.

Big Ben will return to action to start the countdown after remaining silent for the year during renovation works.

REUTERS/Eloisa LopezFireworks light up the sky around the London Eye wheel to welcome the New Year in London, Britain, January 1, 2019.

REUTERS/Kim Hong-JiFireworks explode over the Marina Bay ahead of the New Year Eve festivities in Singapore December 31, 2018.

London's New Year's fireworks took on a distinctly European feel as the UK's capital saw in 2019.

In New Delhi, revellers gathered around Connaught Place and India where grand parties and celebrations were organised to mark the arrival of the new year.

Dozens of families headed to restaurants and bars in the Old City.

"Were they playing "If I could turn back time"?" said another, in reference to the iconic song by Cher.

In his New Year's speech this past year, Kim proposed talks with South Korea to reduce tensions and said the North would be willing to participate in South Korea's Winter Olympics, setting off a series of summits with the South and the U.S.

Berlin police reported fewer incidents than in previous years. "A mortar round could have fallen on the area at any moment", said Haddad, alluding to possible rebel fire on the capital. The rising oceans have turned fresh water sources brackish, imperiling communities and raising doubts the nation will exist at the next New Year.

Klopp insists 'hungry' Liverpool ready for Man City
The last time they met, back on October 7, it finished 0-0 - and that scoreline doesn't do justice to just how poor a game it was. The striker was booked in the second half and then booed by the travelling support as he jogged off the pitch ten minutes later.

Fireworks, concerts, spiritual services and political addresses abounded to mark the transition to 2019 as revelers around the globe bid farewell Monday to a year filled with challenges to numerous world's most basic institutions, including political, trade and religious ones.

In Moscow the bells in the Kremlin's Spasskaya Tower rang out, but the party mood was dampened by a gas explosion at an apartment building in the southern city of Magnitogorsk. In Portugal, dozens of people, some in costume, will fearless the winter for a traditional New Year's ocean dip near Lisbon, while in the Democratic Republic of Congo, election officials will be counting votes after a presidential election Sunday.

In Paris, a fireworks display and sound and light show under the theme "fraternity" is scheduled on the Champs-Elysees despite plans for further "yellow vest" anti-government protests at the famed avenue. French President Emmanuel Macron, in a televised address, acknowledged the French government "can do better" by citizens complaining of shrinking spending power.

More than a hundred thousand people have gathered on the Thames in central London to welcome the New Year with the biggest firework display in Europe.

Fireworks explode over downtown Beirut, Lebanon, during New Year's celebrations on January 1, 2019.

New Zealand is the first country on earth to see in the new year.

Election officials will be counting votes in the Democratic Republic of Congo after Sunday's massive presidential election. That is expected to increase as Filipinos usher in 2019.

Ivory Coast leader Alassane Ouattara vowed to create a new, independent, electoral commission for polls planned for 2020.

"UNESCO has named 2019 the International Year of Indigenous languages, so I think it is fitting that we end our new-look welcome in words of the Gadigal that we can all embrace", she said.

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