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WATCH: New Zealand welcomes the New Year with a fireworks show

Samoa is always the first country to ring in the New Year. Fireworks lit up the sky over the city of Auckland and in Wellington, the first major capital to welcome the new year.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported that President Xi Jinping sent a New Year's greeting to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, saying Beijing is ready to boost cooperation with Russia in 2018.

Thousands of people are expected to fill the streets near Seoul's City Hall for a traditional bell-tolling ceremony to usher in the new year.

Police said they did not know the cause of the crash, nor the identities of the five passengers, but were speaking with several witnesses who were in boats on one of the waterways' busiest days of the year.

In many cities, revelers take to the streets to celebrate the arrival of the New Year with the community while some prefer quiet time with family and friends.

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About 1.6 million people are attending to attend the fireworks around the edge of Sydney Harbour.

Sydney fireworks wowed the crowds around the harbour which was jammed to capacity by midnight.

"It's particularly special this year, the Sky Tower's 20th birthday year", he said.

Instead of the annual fireworks display, the world's tallest building, the UAE's Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai, will be hosting a light show called Light Up 2018 in an attempt to win a Guinness World Record title in the celebrations category.

This article was updated with more information about New Year's celebrations in North Korea, South Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the UAE.

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