Follow the New Year around the world

Revelers arrived early for New Year’s festivities in Melbourne

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.

Congress Legislator slaps woman constable, get slapped back
In a rage, I raised my hand in retaliation and she also did the same", Kumari told reporters outside the Congress office. In Shimla , Rahul met party legislators and district presidents and discussed what went wrong in the elections.

U.S. could use some 'good old global warming' during cold snap
Trump also told the Times he wasn't anxious about the uncertainty concerning when the Mueller investigation might be concluded. Trump's views on climate change and global warming have proved controversial in the past as well.

Apple CEO Tim Cook's total compensation package for 2017 is $102…
Being the top performer in the smartphone industry in the last quarter, Apple brought home nearly Dollars 151 more than Samsung. The market capitalization for the iPhone maker has been hovering around $900 billion and is up almost 50 percent for the year.

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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