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Millions on streets for countdown 2015.01.06
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TENS of millions of revellers took to the streets in major cities around the world to usher in the new year, typically with spectacular fireworks displays.

In New York (紐約), up to a million party-goers poured into Times Square (時代廣場), braving the cold for the US’ (美國) annual New Year party that this year featured pop star Taylor Swift.

Wearing festive top hats, they kissed and snapped selfies as a giant illuminated crystal ball slid down a pole, touching ground at the stroke of midnight.

As Times Square erupted in cheers and confetti, the rest of the globe, from Sydney (悉尼) to Moscow (莫斯科), celebrated with pyrotechnics on a night filled with hopes for a more peaceful year than 2014.

Perhaps, the most poignant was a celebration in Pyongyang (平壤), where fireworks emblazoned the sky in a country that seems stuck in the past in some dark age of poverty for so many of its people.

Unfortunately, Shanghai (上海) is mourning the death of 36 New Year revellers killed during a stampede, possibly caused by people rushing to pick up fake money thrown from a building overlooking the famous Bund (外灘) waterfront district.

Shanghai authorities said large crowds started to stampede at the Bund’s Chen Yi Square (陳毅廣場) just before midnight. The 36 dead were mostly females, aged between 12 and 36, while another 47 people were injured, with 13 in critical condition.

(The Standard, 2 January 2015)

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