London Eye lit up in European Union colours during New Year show

London Eye lit up in European Union colours during New Year show

London Eye lit up in European Union colours during New Year show

The New Year's Eve is welcomed first each year by New Zealand, followed by neighbouring Australia.

The fireworks have already gone off in places like Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Bangkok.

With the headline "SNEAKY SADIQ Mayor Sadiq Khan slammed for turning London's New Year fireworks show into an European Union tribute" the Europhobic tabloid even complained that the soundtrack contained Europop songs and "We Are YourFriends".

If there's one thing you know you're going to get while spending New Year's Eve in London, it's a grand firework display and this year was no exception.

A woman walks in front of an illuminated "2019" sign on a square in central Moscow on December 30, 2018, ahead of the new year. Millions of Japanese people will visit shrines and temples across the country during the first three days of the new year to pray for the well-being of their families.

More than 1.5 million people were thronged in the city's harbour to count down to midnight, but come the moment itself the wrong message was beamed on to Sydney Habour Bridge.

But a tower block gas explosion that killed at least four people cast a shadow over festivities.

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In his New Year's address Russian President Vladimir Putin talked about the challenges facing the country over the coming year, Russia Today reports: "We can achieve it only if we stand together side by side". Iconic landmarks like London Eye in the United Kingdom capital, Arc de Triomphe in Paris, Kremlin in Moscow and Burj Khalifa in Dubai celebrated the beginning of the year in their own style.

"By paying tribute to our close relationship with Europe as we welcome in the New Year, we will once again show the world that London will always be open".

In Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari promised a free and fair election in 2019. RT has summed up some of the most eye-catching celebrations.

United States President Donald Trump dominated headlines previous year as he ramped up his trade war with China, quit the Iran nuclear deal, moved the American embassy to Jerusalem and met his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong Un in Singapore for a historic summit.

Despite the mistake, at least one million people packed the city's foreshore for the event.

Major sporting events on the calendar include the Rugby World Cup in Japan, the cricket one-day worldwide World Cup in England, and the athletics World Championships in Qatar.

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