Veby Mega Indah was hit in the eye by a rubber bullet while covering anti-government protests in Wan Chai. Photograph: KY Cheng/SCMP  

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It was announced in August that the former CNN host was filing for divorce after 22 years of marriage following years of rumors that Shawn had cheated on him multiple times. They share two sons, Chance, 20, and Cannon, 19.

Australia welcomes 2020 with firework celebrations on Sydney Harbour
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Sydney's New Year celebrations went off with a bang as hundreds of fireworks were launched from the Harbour Bridge at midnight. 

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New Year's Eve 2020 Live from Times Square
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NewYearsEve New Year's 2020: Hong Kong skyline illuminated with electric light show 
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A dazzling light show illuminated the Hong Kong skyline to celebrate the new year on Monday as protests continued across the city. This replaced the larger annual midnight fireworks display which the city normally holds, which was cancelled by authorities citing security concerns. On the same day, pro-democracy protesters formed human chains to block roads and were arrested by riot police in the latest anti-government demonstrations. For more info, please go to http://www.globalnews.ca Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/20fcXDc Like Global News on Facebook HERE: http://bit.ly/255GMJQ Follow Global News on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1Toz8mt Follow Global News on Instagram HERE: https://bit.ly/2QZaZIB #GlobalNews #NYE2020 #NewYearsEve


Stunning 2020 celebration in France
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New Year’s Eve: How Perth is ringing in 2020
Cassidy Mosconi7NEWS - December 31, 2019 
https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/perth/new-years-eve-how-perth-is-ringing-in-2020-ng-b881422614z
We're in the final countdown for a new year and a new decade and across Perth people are preparing to say goodbye to 2019.
Tonight our city will be buzzing as thousands take advantage of live music, entertainment and fireworks displays.
Yagan Square will be packed as the Cultural Hub prepares to host a bunch of live music and entertainment.
In Fremantle, partygoers will hear Australian rock icons Cold Chisel headline an outdoor concert or you can also head to the city's pop-up wharf bar at The Dock. Wellington Square will be taken over with some of the world's biggest dance music acts at Origin Fields, including the likes of Tyler, The Creator, Skepta and Snakehips. With more than 50,000 revellers expected to turn out to various ticketed events, police will be out in force and have a highly visible presence in all the main entertainment areas. Of course there is plenty of family friendly options.
As usual, fireworks displays will be held in Northbridge, Applecross, City Beach, Gloucester Park, Rockingham, Mandurah and Rottnest Island.
And backyards across the city will be full of party poppers and sparklers as many will have their own celebrations for the year that was.
All public transport will be free from midnight until 6am.

New Year celebrations in South Africa
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Police, protesters clash in New Year's rally in Hong Kong
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Jan 1st 2020 3:39PM
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HONG KONG (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people packed Hong Kong streets for an annual New Year's Day protest march as the monthslong pro-democracy movement extended into 2020 with further violence between police and demonstrators.
Police said they arrested some 400 people for unlawful assembly and carrying offensive weapons as hard-line, black-clad youths broke off from the main group of marchers and attacked banks and ATM machines with spray paint, hammers and Motolov cocktails. They smashed crossing lights, ripped bricks from sidewalks and barricaded roads in the downtown financial district.

Banks and businesses identified with mainland China have been frequent targets of hardcore protesters.
Police used pepper spray, tear gas and a water cannon to drive off the demonstrators, although a government statement said officers were “deploying the minimum necessary force."
Senior Superintendent Ng Lok-chun told reporters that “rioters” hijacked the protest march and at one point endangered police officers by surrounding and throwing objects at them, which led to police ordering the rally to be called off at 6:15 p.m. Thousands, however, remained in the area and many had yet to set off from the starting point at Victoria Park.

The massive rally followed overnight clashes between police and protesters on New Year's Eve in a densely populated shopping district. Police also used tear gas, pepper spray and water cannons to break up groups of demonstrators who blocked traffic and lit fires in the street in the working class district of Mong Kok.
Hong Kong toned down its New Year's celebrations amid the protests that began in June and which have dealt severe blows to the city's retail, tourism and nightlife sectors.
Eric Lai, the vice convener of the march organizer, the Civil Human Rights Front, said he hoped to avoid a recurrence of the previous night's violence.
“We hope that the police can facilitate us, rather than provoking us, and to fire tear gas and water cannon at us," he said.
Such marches have often devolved at their conclusion into violence. Both sides have been accused of provoking clashes, and nearly 6,500 protesters as young as 12 have been arrested in scores of incidents on streets, in shopping malls and on college campuses.

Recent protests have drawn participants from across Hong Kong society, sometimes numbering more than 1 million and packing the downtown area from Victoria Park to the government office complex a short distance away. Many of those joining in are concerned about an erosion of the former British colony's civil liberties it was promised after being handed over to Chinese rule in 1997, along with a shortage of well-paying jobs and a yawning divide between the city's ruling class and those merely getting by amid soaring housing costs.
This year's event appeared to be significantly larger than in past years, although estimates of the numbers of participants often vary widely between organizers and police.
The protests began in June over proposed legislation that could have allowed residents to be extradited to China where they could face possible torture and unfair trials. The legislation was withdrawn, but not before the protests expanded to wider calls for reforms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

Protesters Tuesday also gathered at the Prince Edward subway station where police four months ago had rushed in, beating and tear gassing demonstrators who had no way to flee. That incident is among many cited by demonstrators as cases of police abuse for which no one has been held accountable.
The protests show no sign of ending despite an overwhelming victory by anti-establishment candidates in recent elections for district representatives, although their frequency and the level of violence has dropped off somewhat.
In her New Year's address, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said the months of protests had brought “sadness, anxiety, disappointment and even rage," and she vowed to tackle underlying social and economic problems in the coming year.
Lam said she would “listen humbly" to help bring an end to the protests but also reinforced the importance of the “one country, two systems" framework under which China rules Hong Kong and which brooks no challenge to the ruling Communist Party's ultimate authority.

In his own New Year's address, Chinese President Xi Jinping referred to the protests, saying “Hong Kong's prosperity and stability is the wish of Hong Kong compatriots and the expectation for the people of the motherland."
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Why do we celebrate the coming of a new year? 
During the Roman era, March marked the beginning of the calendar. Then, in 46 B.C., Julius Caesar created the Julian calendar, which set the new year when it is celebrated today, Live Science previously reported. ... The Gregorian calendar was an attempt to make the calendar stop wandering with respect to the seasons. 

Why is New Year's important? 
New Year's Eve is the last day of the year and the day before New Year's Day, which marks the start of a new year according to the Gregorian calendar. ... It is important to note that not all cultures follow the Gregorian calendar in observing New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. 

Why is January 1st the new year? 
The idea of using the first day of January to mark the beginning of the new year dates back to time of Julius Caesar, five decades before the birth of Jesus. Many calendars existed before Caesar created the Julian calendar in 46 B.C., but his marked Jan. 1 as the official start of the new year. 

What is Indian new year called? 
As per the lunar calendar, new year is celebrated in various parts of India during March/April. Ugadi is the New Year's Day for the Hindus of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana


What should I do on New Years Day?  
10 Entertaining New Year's Day Activities
Watch football.
Take a (hot) yoga class.
Make resolutions for the new year.
Host a New Year's Day brunch.
Reconnect with friends, family, and colleagues.
Clean out the fridge.
See a matinee movie.
Put holiday decorations back in storage.


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Welcoming the 2017 New Year with a beautiful Fireworks display At Crown Casino in Perth Western Australia on the Swan River.

  Demonstrators light up their phones to mark the new year in Hong Kong. Photograph: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters  

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A joint investigation by Four Corners, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald reveals fresh and compelling evidence of covert Beijing-backed political activity taking place in Australia. (Four Corners、The Age、Sydney Morning Herald

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New Zealand celebrates New Year's Eve 2020 with fireworks
 The Telegraph
New Zealand's major cities greeted the new year with fireworks. In Auckland, 1,000lbs of fireworks burst from the Sky Tower above the city centre as large crowds celebrated below. The country is one of the first nations in the world to welcome 2020 and the new decade.

Hong Kong: reporter blinded covering protests on her bid to sue police
Lily Kuo in Hong Kong
Police cannot shoot people ‘because they are panicked or angry’, says Veby Mega Indah

Tuesday 31st December 2019

Veby Mega Indah was hit in the eye by a rubber bullet while covering anti-government protests in Wan Chai. Photograph: KY Cheng/SCMP  
Veby Mega Indah after she was injured in Hong Kong, Sunday, 29 September. Photograph: Vincent Yu/AP



In late September, the journalist Veby Mega Indah stood on a footbridge in Hong Kong’s Wan Chai district documenting another day of clashes between anti-government protesters and riot police. The demonstrators, crouched under umbrellas, inched forward toward police firing and retreating down a set of stairs toward the street.
A journalist of 13 years, trained to work in hostile environments, she stood to the side, out of the way of the standoff and in a group of other reporters. She knew to wear goggles, helmet and a high-vis jacket clearly labelled PRESS.
But suddenly, the police were waving their weapons toward them. Indah heard someone shout “kei che, kei che” (“journalists, journalists”). “I saw them taking aim and I heard someone say, ‘Don’t aim at us!’ and before I could react I saw the projectile coming,” she said.

She felt a searing pain behind her goggles and collapsed, caught by a journalist behind her before hitting the ground, where she lay bleeding and repeating: “My right eye, my right eye.” Later she would find out the projectile had struck that eye, rupturing the eyeball and leaving her partially blind for the rest of her life.

 In the two months since, she has pushed the police to investigate the incident, and pressed for the name of the officer involved so she can pursue a lawsuit alleging criminal misconduct. Now, she worries she is running out of time.
Private prosecutions have a time limit of six months after the alleged incident. Indah’s case has also been delayed by her application for legal aid, which has been in processing for more than two months, according to her lawyer.
“The clock is ticking for me to be able to have justice,” she said. After reviewing footage of the scene, captured by the many reporters on the bridge, she believes she was hit by a rubber bullet, shot by a police officer firing recklessly.
She hopes her case will inspire a reckoning for the police force, which she believes has dramatically escalated its tactics over the past two months.
“I hope to get justice and that finally there will be reform of the system so cases like mine don’t happen again,” she said. “They cannot shoot people because they are panicked or because they are angry. [This is] so they can understand they are not above the law.”
Hong Kong police have said they are investigating the incident. But Indah’s lawyer said no other witnesses at the scene had been interviewed and the police had not given them any details about the progress of the investigation, despite requests.

“What the police are doing is running down the clock,” her lawyer, Michael Vidler, said.
Indah came to Hong Kong in 2012 from Indonesia to report for the Indonesian-language Suara Hong Kong News, aimed at the city’s approximately 150,000 Indonesian domestic workers, many of whom can speak Cantonese but cannot read Chinese or English.

When the protests began in June, the paper was flooded with questions from confused and scared readers. Indah began reporting from the protests, livestreaming what was happening and where. She wrote explainers detailing why people were demonstrating, interviewing protesters, residents and lawmakers.

Indah bristles at criticism that her injury is the unfortunate consequence of the risks journalists have willingly taken to cover the Hong Kong protests, now in their seventh month.
The Hong Kong Journalists Association has documented more than 50 cases of journalists who self-reported incidents of police intimidation. The cases range from police shining industrial spotlights at reporters or their cameras so they cannot film, to being pepper-sprayed and fired on with teargas even when they have not been close to protesters.
“Are they all accidents? Are they all coincidences?” she said. “Is that about journalists putting themselves in danger? It’s not me or a single journalist’s lack of training. It’s about police targeting journalists.”

Today, Indah is unsure whether she will ever be able to go back to the frontline. Relying only on her left eye has badly affected her depth perception. While she is able to talk about what happened, she cannot bear walking on the footbridge where she was injured.
One thing she is certain about is pushing ahead with her case. In the days after she was shot, friends and family advised her to focus on recovering. One friend cautioned her: “You better keep quiet. This is big. You might not be able to handle it.”
Lying in her hospital bed, Indah thought about other people who have been injured at the protests but were afraid to speak out and risk being prosecuted for illegal assembly or other charges.
“This is not only about me, not only about journalists, but about Hong Kong people. Because what happened to me will happen again if there are no consequences for the police, if there is no reform of the system,” she said. “So that’s why I decided to continue because God knows it would be easier for me if I gave up.”

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Bradley and Irina split after four years together in June. The couple, who shares daughter Lea De Seine, reportedly never got married and stayed largely out of the public eye throughout most of their relationship. That changed during awards season as Bradley and his "A Star Is Born" co-star, Lady Gaga, made the rounds as part of the film's awards campaign while fueling unsubstantiated rumors about a romance. Irina accompanied Bradley to numerous high-profile events, including the 2019 Academy Awards, where Bradley and Gaga delivered that performance of "Shallow."

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New York rings in 2020 with spectacular traditional New Year's Eve Times Square Ball Drop
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Emma Roberts and Evan Peters' split after seven years together was confirmed in March. They met on the set of Adult World in 2012, had a few rough patches in 2013 and then at the end of 2015, but ultimately went their separate ways at the beginning of this year. They didn't waste much time moving on: Evan is now dating Halsey, and Emma is with Garrett Hedlund.

Australia's China Problem
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WHY WERE CONVICTS TRANSPORTED TO AUSTRALIA?
Until 1782, English convicts were transported to America. However, in 1783 the American War of Independence ended. America refused to accept any more convicts so England had to find somewhere else to send their prisoners. Transportation to New South Wales was the solution.

Why so many convicts?
Life in Britain was very hard. As new machines were invented, people were no longer needed to do farming jobs so they moved to the cities. The cities became overcrowded. Many people didn’t have a job and were very poor. People stole things to survive. Minor crimes such as stealing items worth more than 1 shilling (about a day’s wages for a working person), cutting down a tree in an orchard or stealing livestock were punishable by transportation. The prisons quickly became full and prisoners were kept in old, rotting prison ships called hulks. These ships were usually an old naval or merchant ship that could not go to sea anymore but could still float safely in the harbour.[2]

What was life like on the hulks?
Conditions in these floating gaols were terrible. The hulks were over-crowded and cramped, often there wasn’t even room to stand up! A hulk could be up to 65 metres long. This is the same size as 6 buses placed end to end. On board each hulk there could be up to 300 convicts. There were many diseases on board and convicts died. Between 1776 and 1795 nearly 2000 out of almost 6000 convicts held on hulks, died. The majority died from diseases such as typhoid and cholera.
The convicts were not fed very well. The people in charge wanted to keep costs low. The daily diet was often made up of ox-cheek, either boiled or made into soup, pease (peas), bread or biscuits. The biscuits were often mouldy. Tobacco could be supplied as part of their ration as a reward for a job well done or for good behaviour.
Convicts got up at sunrise and worked hard for up to 10 hours a day. All convicts were sentenced to hard labour as part of their punishment and could be forced to work at just about any manual task such as timber cutting, brick making or stone cutting.
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DesertsExtensive expanses of desert
make up a large proportion
of Australia's landscape.
© Geoscience Australia [5] https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-08/outback-oil-canavan-best-chance-for-national-production/10791164;
Outback oil Australia's 'best immediate prospect' for domestic production: Canavan
By Jane Bardon
 9 Feb 2019
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[7] http://wits.worldbank.org/visualization/product-analysis-visualization.html
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View countries that export or import a particular product
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[9] https://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/BriefingBook45p/AustraliaTrade
Australia’s trade in figures
Gregory O’Brien, Statistics and Mapping[10]https://internationaleducation.gov.au/research/International-Student-Data/Documents/MONTHLY%20SUMMARIES/2018/International%20student%20data%20December%202018%20detailed%20summary.pdf
  End of Year Summary of International Student Data 2018  
[11] https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-21/australian-universities-too-dependent-on-chinese-students-report/11427272
Australian universities risk catastrophe due to over-reliance on Chinese students, expert warnsAM 
By national education reporter Natasha Robinson
20 Aug 2019

[12] https://www.smh.com.au/national/sydney-universities-hiding-from-the-facts-about-chinese-students-20190820-p52ivl.html
OPINION
Sydney universities hiding from the facts about Chinese students
By Salvatore Babones August 21, 2019

[13] https://www.austrade.gov.au/international/invest/investor-updates/2018/australia-holds-world-record-for-longest-period-of-growth-among-developed-economies
Australia holds world record for longest period of growth among developed economies

[14] https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/20/world/australia/australia-china.html
Australia’s China Challenge
With Beijing pushing as far as it can wherever it can in the era of President Xi Jinping, Australia has become a global case study in Chinese government influence

[15] https://www.ft.com/content/f56fce50-ff13-11e9-b7bc-f3fa4e77dd47;
bs.com.au/news/china-builds-spy-network-in-australian-universities

China 'builds spy network in Australian universities' Chinese intelligence officials are reportedly building networks in Australian universities to monitor the ethnic Chinese community to protect Beijing's interests. [16] https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/this-student-attended-a-protest-at-an-australian-uni-days-later-chinese-officials-visited-his-family-20190807-p52eqb.html [17]https://www.rba.gov.au/publications/bulletin/2019/jun/spillovers-to-australia-from-the-chinese-economy.html

Cities across the world welcome 2018 | New year celebrations
Al Jazeera English- Happy New Year! Cities across the world welcome 2018 The world is ringing in 2018 with spectacular fireworks displays across the globe.

New Year's Eve 2020 celebrations and fireworks from around the world
 Telegraph
Celebrations to mark the start of 2020 are being held around the world, starting with Kiribati (Line Islands) at 0900GMT, with New Zealand seeing in the new decade at 1100GMT. Key timings: 1100GMT: Auckland, New Zealand 1300GMT: Sydney, Australia 1500GMT: Pyongyang, North Korea and Seoul, South Korea 1600GMT: Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan 1830GMT: Bangalore, India 1900GMT: Islamabad, Pakistan 2000GMT: Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2100GMT: Moscow, Russia 2200GMT: Athens, Greece; Cape Town, South Africa; Beirut, Lebanon 2300GMT: Paris, France 2300GMT: Berlin, Germany 2345GMT: Edinburgh, UK 0000GMT: London, UK 0200GMT: Rio, Brazil 0500GMT: New York, USA 0600GMT: Mexico City, Mexico Get the latest headlines: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/ Telegraph.co.uk and YouTube.com/TelegraphTV are websites of The Telegraph, the UK's best-selling quality daily newspaper providing news and analysis on UK and world events, business, sport, lifestyle and culture.
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Todd Palin filed for divorce on his birthday in September, looking to end his marriage of 31 years. Making matters worse for Sarah, the former vice-presidential nominee apparently found out about her divorce in an email from her husband's lawyer. She called the news "devastating." The former couple shares five children.

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Watch: Moment Australia welcomes in 2019​
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South Africa's New Year Party
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In South Africa, Cape Town kicked off 2015 with one of the continent's biggest parties at the city's iconic waterfront. CCTV's Rene del Carme reports 

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"The Hills: New Beginnings" stars Brody Jenner and Kaitlynn Carter also broke up in August after two years of marriage. They had gotten engaged in 2016, and their tumultuous relationship was put under the spotlight on the MTV show earlier this year. She, of course, moved on with Miley Cyrus. He moved on with Josie Canseco, but the two have also since split.

A protester holds an umbrella as police fire teargas during a New Year’s Eve demonstration in Hong Kong. Photograph: Vincent Yu/AP  

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Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx's six-year-long on-and-off relationship ended in August of this year, after Kate pulled the plug on the romance. The decision to end their relationship came as a surprise, as they had just recently begun to become slightly more public with one another after years of rarely even being photographed with one another, attending the Met Gala together in May. 

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Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp called off their engagement in October, a little less than a year after Mellencamp had popped the question. The former couple started dating in 2011 before splitting in 2014. They got back together, broke up and then got back together again all before 2017. Will they get back together again? Probably not, if sources are to be believed: "She's had enough," an insider said.

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The Oscar-winning actor and his wife of 22 years, Livia, announced their split in a joint statement in December. Their marriage had been rocked by a cheating scandal that involved Livia having an affair with the couple's alleged stalker.

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Miley and Kaitlynn engaged in a whirlwind month-long romance from August through mid-September that made countless headlines, including moments like their girls' trip to Italy, holding hands at a VMAs after-party and celebrating Kaitlynn's birthday together.

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The "Justice League" actor and the "Saturday Nighty Live" producer officially ended their relationship in the spring. They had initially dated for over a year before calling it quits in August 2018, but appeared to briefly get back together earlier this year after Affleck committed to his sobriety. She's since been loosely connected to Jon Hamm.

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What’s on for families in Perth this New Year’s Eve
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Wednesday, 26 December 2018 
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There are plenty of family-friendly New Year's Eve events on on Tuesday night. Credit: City of Perth
From family entertainment on Rottnest Island to a party at Perth Zoo, there are plenty of free activities for Perth families to enjoy this New Year’s Eve.

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Once again, Northbridge is set to come alive with a variety of free family entertainment including street performers, live music and family movies. The fun begins at 5.30pm, when two family movies will be played. The Secret Life of Pets is being screened at Northbridge Piazza and Shrek at the Perth Cultural Centre. Street entertainment, including roving performers on stilts, acrobats, magicians and comedians will be throughout Northbridge from 6-9pm. At 9pm, children will be treated to a special countdown ending with fireworks followed by several live acts including Adam Hall & the Velvet Boys, Big T, Soukouss Internationale and Proof. Visitors are encouraged to use public transport to avoid several road closures which are in place as early as 9am.
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Perth Zoo is celebrating the end of its 120th year with a variety of evening activities. Gates open from 3.30pm, with families invited to explore the zoo until 5pm before a night of entertainment. Kids can enjoy dancing to their favourite tunes at a silent disco running all night long, as well as a Dinosaur Train, a Shimmer & Shine dance and The Grinch with a twist. The zoo will close its normal operating hours at 3pm before re-opening for New Year’s celebrations at 3.30pm. A family-friendly countdown will conclude the event at 8pm.
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Free entertainment and children’s activities are on offer at Thomson Bay from 4pm. Family fireworks will be on display overlooking Thomson Bay at 9pm.
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Firework displays are being held at a variety of locations across Perth. The City of Perth is hosting fireworks displays in Northbridge at 9pm and at midnight. The best vantage points for this display are from the Northbridge Piazza and James Street. Other fireworks displays are also being held at Churchill Park in Rockingham at 9pm and midnight, and on the eastern foreshore in Mandurah.​

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Biggest celebrity breakups of 2019: Miley and Liam, Bradley and Irina, Kylie and Travis and more
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As we look back at the year that was 2019, we need to look back at all of the love we lost along the way in the form of celebrity breakups.
The year was full of plenty of shocking splits like Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth ending their marriage, Wendy Williams' split from husband Kevin Hunter after over two decades of marriage and Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx going their separate ways after finally bringing their romance into the spotlight.

Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk ended their relationship, as did his "A Star Is Born" co-star Lady Gaga and her fiancé, Christian Carino. Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart broke up, too, and then trolled everyone, while "This Is Us" actor Justin Hartley's split from wife Chrishell has recently become a war of words

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Disgruntled Pope Francis pulls himself free from woman's grasp
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ROME, Dec 31 (Reuters) - A visibly indignant Pope Francis had to pull himself away from a woman in a crowd in St Peter's Square on Tuesday after she grabbed his hand and yanked him towards her.
Pope Francis was walking through the square in Vatican City and greeting pilgrims on his way to see the large Nativity scene set up in the huge, cobbled esplanade.
After reaching out to touch a child, the pope turned away from the crowd only for a nearby woman to seize his hand and pull her towards him. The abrupt gesture appeared to cause him pain and Francis swiftly wrenched his hand free.
The woman had made the sign of the cross as the pope had approached. It was not clear what she was saying as she subsequently tugged him towards her. 
Hours later, in his first message of the new year, the pope denounced the use and abuse of women in modern society, and called for an end to the exploitation of the female body.


'All violence inflicted on women is a desecration of God'

Speaking in a packed St. Peter's Basilica, the pope also defended women's rights to migrate in search of a better future for their children and condemned those who only thought about economic growth rather than the well-being of others.
"All violence inflicted on women is a desecration of God," the pope said in his homily.
"How often is a woman's body sacrificed on the profane altar of advertising, profit, pornography, exploited as a surface to be used," he said, adding that the female body "must be freed from consumerism, it must be respected and honored."
The pope has regularly sought to defend women's rights during his pontificate and in April told the Roman Catholic Church it had to acknowledge a history of male domination and sexual abuse of women.
'Today even motherhood is humiliated...'
"We can understand our level of humanity by the way we treat a woman's body," he said on Wednesday.
He also used his homily to address another theme close to his heart, immigration, saying women who moved abroad to provide for their children should be honored and not scorned.
"Today even motherhood is humiliated, because the only growth that interests us is economic growth," he said.


"There are mothers, who risk perilous journeys to desperately try to give the fruit of the womb a better future and are judged to be redundant by people whose bellies are full of things, but whose hearts are empty of love."

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New Year's Day is celebrated on January 1 and is a public holiday in South Africa, so many people have a day off work or school. Many New Year celebrations are enjoyed outdoors in South Africa because of the warm summer weather that many parts of the southern hemisphere experience during that time of the year. 
Where is the first place to celebrate the New Year?
The first country – or countries – in the world to mark New Year will actually be the small Pacific island nations of Tonga, Samoa and Kiribati/Christmas Island. They'll be ringing in the new year at 10am London time, sparking off a day's worth of celebrations around the globe. 

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Kylie and Travis went on a break this fall after over two years of dating. The couple started dating around the time that Kylie became pregnant with her first child. They welcomed daughter, Stormi Webster, in early 2018 and have continued to co-parent since their split.

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Children of the revolution: the Hong Kong youths ready to 'sacrifice everything'

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/15/children-of-the-revolution-the-hong-kong-youths-ready-to-sacrifice-everything 
Verna Yu in Hong Kong
Sun 15 Dec 2019 13.08 GMT

More than 900 minors have been arrested in pro-democracy protests. They say it’s their ‘responsibility to do something’
Twelve-year-old Samuel was arrested one summer evening while trying to flee from riot police at a protest. He was tackled to the ground, sat on and handcuffed by officers and accused of taking part in an illegal assembly. During the arrest, an officer stepped on his hand.

In custody, Samuel was terrified. Police found in his bag a gas mask, helmet, spray paint and gloves. Officers shouted at him and called him a “junior cockroach”, a name used to put down protesters.

“I was so frightened and thought they might beat me to death,” he said. It was nearly midnight, several hours after his arrest, when police notified his parents and sent him to a hospital for his injuries.

  Samuel* is one of tens of thousands of youths who have taken part in Hong Kong’s anti-government movement, now in its sixth month. Filled with a passion to “save Hong Kong”, many say they are willing to give up their lives to fight for democracy and freedoms in the Chinese-ruled city, where Beijing has been increasingly asserting its political and economic influence.  

Officials said as of 5 December, of the 5,980 people arrested since the movement started in June, 2,383 or 40% were students and 367 of them have been charged. Among them, 939 were under 18, with the youngest being only 11, and 106 have been charged. Suspects have been arrested for a range of offences including rioting, unlawful assembly, assaulting police officers and possessing offensive weapons.
Legal experts say Hong Kong law’s definition of “illegal assembly” and “rioting” – defined as an unlawful assembly of three or more people where any person “commits a breach of the peace” – is vague and ill-defined.
If the authorities hoped arresting young protesters would deter them, it is having the opposite effect. Samuel, who was released on bail, said his hatred for the police had deepened since his detention. He said he had not participated in violent acts himself but he endorsed other protesters’ actions, including attacks on police officers.


“The police beat protesters like mad. They deserve it,” he said. “Don’t hassle me and I don’t hassle you.”
Officials said as of 5 December, of the 5,980 people arrested since the movement started in June, 2,383 or 40% were students and 367 of them have been charged. Among them, 939 were under 18, with the youngest being only 11, and 106 have been charged. Suspects have been arrested for a range of offences including rioting, unlawful assembly, assaulting police officers and possessing offensive weapons.
Legal experts say Hong Kong law’s definition of “illegal assembly” and “rioting” – defined as an unlawful assembly of three or more people where any person “commits a breach of the peace” – is vague and ill-defined.
If the authorities hoped arresting young protesters would deter them, it is having the opposite effect. Samuel, who was released on bail, said his hatred for the police had deepened since his detention. He said he had not participated in violent acts himself but he endorsed other protesters’ actions, including attacks on police officers.

“The police beat protesters like mad. They deserve it,” he said. “Don’t hassle me and I don’t hassle you.”

Samuel acknowledged that taking part in the increasingly violent movement was risky but insisted he was driven by his love for his home.“It’s my responsibility to do something for Hong Kong,” he said. “I’ve been scared once already. What else is there to be scared of?”
‘I want to give all I have to Hong Kong’
Samuel’s sentiments are echoed by other young protesters. James, 13, and Roderick, 16, from elite schools and middle-class families, are among the youngest people to have been charged over the protests. They were arrested in a protest shortly after others had thrown molotov cocktails – a scene that would be defined as a “riot” under Hong Kong law.
They said an incident on 21 July when thugs indiscriminately attacked passengers at the out-of-town metro station while police were nowhere to be seen had led to a breakdown of their trust in the authorities. After that, they went to the frontline of the protests, braving teargas and confrontations with police.
The teenagers said the police’s escalating use of force – including more than 16,000 canisters of teargas, water cannon, 10,000 rubber bullets and live rounds – and the authorities’ refusal to investigate police’s abuse of power were what prompted them to take part in the increasingly violent protests. They see protesters’ attacks on riot police as justified because they can no longer trust the police to deliver justice.
“We don’t attack unless we’re attacked,” James said. “We can’t just stand there and not do a thing.”

Both boys carried wills when they went out to protest. “I was always scared – whether I would get shot, get arrested or even lose my life. But if we don’t come out because we’re afraid, there would be even fewer people out there,” James said.
“I really want to give all I have to Hong Kong,” the 13-year-old said, his eyes welling up in tears. “When you pursue freedom, sacrifices are unavoidable. “We are halfway into the gate of hell. We’ve put our future and career on a line, but it is worth it.”
If convicted, James is unlikely to be jailed because of his age, but he risks being sent to a children’s home and having a criminal record.
Roderick said the solidarity, unity and mutual support he had experienced were the key attractions of the movement. “To see young people working towards the same ideal and same goal – that’s the most beautiful picture I’ve ever seen.”

At 16, Roderick also faces an uncertain future, but said he would not give up on the goal of democracy for Hong Kong. “It’s a gamble, but if we don’t even try, we would lose for sure,” he said.
Dr Jeffrey Murer, an expert on youth mobilisation at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, said it was often young people’s overwhelming desire to change the world for the better and their profound lack of trust in institutions that prompted them to gamble on their future.

“The social contract has broken down and people feel obligated to defend their rights and identity,” he said. “These young people have taken on a strong Hong Kong identity and feel the institution is not defending them.”
He said the political crisis had also shaken their sense of stability. Their feeling of “no future” and the profound threat to their identity had prompted them to take risks to defend themselves.
Stephen Chiu, a sociology professor at the Hong Kong Education University, said ideology and mutual emotional support among young people had sustained their high-risk and high-cost social actions.
When they perceived “so much absurdity on the government’s part and the other side is acting excessively, they question why they have to be constrained by their normal moral standards,” he said.
“It’s a war situation – they are willing to die for their homeland. There are many examples in history. Whether you agree or not, there is a higher call and the protesters have a set of values some feel it’s worth dying for.”

*All of the youths’ names in this article have been changed to protect their identities

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More than a million people gathered around a hazy Sydney harbour on Tuesday to watch Australia's famous New Year's fireworks despite the ongoing wildfire crisis ravaging New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state. The fireworks were launched from seven barges around the harbour, as well as the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Some communities have cancelled New Year’s fireworks celebrations, but Sydney Harbour’s popular display was granted an exemption to a total fireworks ban that is in place there and elsewhere to prevent new wildfires. City of Sydney Mayor Clover Moore said planning for the fireworks began 15 months ago and most of the budget had already been allocated. What did you think of the show? For more info, please go to http://www.globalnews.ca

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Pope offers hope against darkness in Christmas Day message

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Dec 25th 2019
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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis offered a Christmas message of hope Wednesday against darkness that cloaks conflicts and relationships in large parts of the world from the Middle East to the Americas to Africa.
The pope told tens of thousands of tourists, pilgrims and Romans gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the annual Christmas Day message that “the light of Christ is greater'' than the darkness “in human hearts" and ‘’in economic, geopolitical and ecological conflicts.''
The traditional “Urbi et Orbi’’ (“to the city and to the world’’) Christmas message has become an occasion for popes to address suffering in the world and press for solutions. Francis was flanked by Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino, president of the papal council for migrants, and Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the pope's official almsgiver.

The pope cited the Syrian people “who still see no end to the hostilities that have rent their country over the last decade’’ as well as Israel, where Jesus “was born as the savior of mankind and where so many people -- struggling but not discouraged -- still await a time of peace, security and prosperity.’’

Francis also called for an easing of the crisis in Lebanon, social tensions in Iraq and “a grave humanitarian crisis’’ in Yemen.  

He noted that a number of countries in the Americas “are experiencing a time of social and political upheaval,’’ citing “the beloved Venezuelan people, long tried by their political and social tensions."
The pope also noted migrants forced by injustice “to emigrate in the hope of a secure life.’’ Instead of finding acceptance, Francis said injustice continues along their journey, where they often face abuse, enslavement and torture in “inhumane detention camps'' and death during dangerous sea and desert crossings.

And once migrants arrive in “places where they might have hoped for a dignified life’’ ... they “instead find themselves before walls of indifference,'' he said.
The pope offered prayers of hope for the people of Africa, including those in Congo “torn by continuing conflicts’’ and the people of Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Nigeria, where people have been “persecuted for their religious faith.’’

And in an extraordinary message, Francis along with two other religious leaders urged the rival leaders of South Sudan to maintain a pledge to form a coalition government early next year. A peace deal to end a 5-year civil war that killed close to 400,000 people was signed last year, but a November deadline to form a coalition government was extended to February as key aspects of the peace deal still need to be resolved.
The message, issued separately from the traditional papal Christmas address, was signed by the leader of the Anglican church, Archbishop Justin Welby, and the Rev. John Chalmers, ex-moderator of the Church of Scotland.
The religious leaders offered assurances “of our spiritual closeness as you strive for a swift implementation'' of peace agreements and prayers “for a renewed commitment to the path of reconciliation and fraternity.''

The leaders also expressed a desire to visit the East African nation.

Wendy Williams and Kevin Hunter - Credit: Getty Images
Wendy served her husband with divorce papers after 21 years of marriage after his alleged years of infidelity had finally taken its toll. The final straw? Hunter welcomed a child with her longtime mistress at the beginning of the year, and Wendy had finally had enough. The couple shares a son, Kevin Jr., and since their split, Wendy has reportedly been playing the field. How you doin'?!

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New Year's 2020: London Eye dazzles as England welcomes 2020
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New Year's Eve revelers were treated to a fireworks and light show featuring the London Eye as 2020 was rung in. For more info, please go to http://www.globalnews.ca Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/20fcXDc

New year 2020 fireworks from Dubai, Tallest tower
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 Students put memos on their uniforms as they take part in a human chain event in Sha Tin district in Hong Kong

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Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, put on an elaborate New Year's Eve show to usher in the start of 2020, which included dancers, singers, and a fireworks display. For more info, please go to https://globalnews.ca/news/6350893/ne... Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/20fcXDc Like Global News on Facebook HERE: http://bit.ly/255GMJQ Follow Global News on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1Toz8mt Follow Global News on Instagram HERE: https://bit.ly/2QZaZIB 
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New Year Celebrations I Ekurhuleni All White Soul Picnic
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South Africans are continuing to mark the start of the New Year and new decade. Scores of revelers are streaming into the Dries Niemandt stadium for the Ekurhuleni All White Soul Picnic. For more, we cross to our reporter Nombuso Mahlangu who is in Kempton Park.  
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Marina Bay Singapore Fireworks 2020
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It’s time to say hello to a new decade with fireworks display and drone show at ‘Star Island Singapore’ at The Float at Marina Bay !! Its a musical from Japan involving fireworks and 500 drones on New Year's Eve at The Float @ Marina Bay. New Year celebrations in Singapore are an unforgettable affair, as fireworks illuminate our city’s iconic skyline and festivities fill our bustling streets. While you’ll be able to soak in year-end celebrations all across our island, the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown is one of the city’s largest celebrations. Luminous displays and celestial spectacles Fireworks display at ‘Star Island Singapore’ at The Float at Marina Bay Breath-taking firework displays are a staple during Singapore’s New Year’s countdowns, and this year’s celebration pulls out all the stops. The aptly-named ‘Star Island Singapore’ brings celestial-themed spectacle to The Float @ Marina Bay on 31 December 2019, with a six-part, 90-minute extravaganza of firework displays and electrifying performances. Questions? Comments? Leave them down below and I will respond :) Want to see more? Subscribe :) ★Official Network Channel★ [SUBSCRIBE]: https://bit.ly/2RrHIKS - Build a Dream light projection shows on key landmarks around the bay - Mediacorp's Let's Celebrate 2020 countdown concert at The Promontory, free to the public - VOMG Rock Band NYE Party at the Singapore Flyer showcasing energetic rock medleys - The Great Circus of Europe presented by Uncle Ringo, bringing international circus performers - Esplanade Presents Come Together outdoor performances by local acts at the - Esplanade Outdoor Theatre - Starlight at The Lawn, a family-oriented activity centre that has food, bouncy castles, live performaces and more - STAR ISLAND Singapore bringing a fireworks display set against the Singapore city skyline - Unwind @ Civic District, which will feature a pet zone with various programmes and contests and Eats & Beats, an area to enjoy food and music - New Year’s Eve @ Asian Civilisations Museum will feature the special exhibition Living with Ink: The Collection of Dr Tan Tsze Chor - The Philharmonic Orchesta will perform a countdown concert at Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall - An exhibition displaying the works of local photographer Marjorie Doggett at The Arts House #marinabaycountdown2020 #marinabaycountdown #starisland #marinabay #marinabaysingapore #fireworksatmarinabay #marinabayfireworks2020
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Sydney prepares for contentious New Year's Eve fireworks display | ABC News
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Tonight's fireworks in Sydney have been contentious in the midst of this season’s bushfire emergency.

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When Space Station astronauts took photos that appeared to show a bizarre force over Earth, many theories arose.

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New Year's 2020: Brazil puts on nearly 15-minute spectacular fireworks show
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Rio de Janeiro’s famous Copacabana Beach was the site for Brazil’s awe-inspiring fireworks show to welcome the beginning of 2020. For more info, please go to http://www.globalnews.ca Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/20fcXDc Like Global News on Facebook HERE: http://bit.ly/255GMJQ Follow Global News on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1Toz8mt Follow Global News on Instagram HERE: https://bit.ly/2QZaZIB 
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Africa New Years Celebrations: Thousands gathered to usher in the new year
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Africans across the continent have been holding a variety of celebrations raging from street parties and music concerts to fireworks displays, to usher in the new year. Our correspondents filed the following reports on the celebrations. Subscribe to us on YouTube: http://ow.ly/Zvqj30aIsgY Follow us on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cgtnafrica/ 
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Hong Kong braces for huge New Year's Day march after night of unrest
Marchers begin to gather after New Year’s Eve violence saw police fire teargas and activists set fire to barricades

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  Demonstrators light up their phones to mark the new year in Hong Kong. Photograph: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters  
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A protester holds an umbrella as police fire teargas during a New Year’s Eve demonstration in Hong Kong. Photograph: Vincent Yu/AP  


Thousands have gathered in Hong Kong to take part in a what is expected to be a huge New Year’s Day march, hours after police fired teargas on pro-democracy protesters marking the start of 2020.  

The city has been battered by more than six months of unrest with marches attended by millions, as well as confrontations in which police have fired teargas and rubber bullets – and protesters have responded with petrol bombs.
Thousands of protesters gathered across the financial hub before midnight on New Year’s Eve, including along the waterfront of Victoria Harbour and at the nightlife hotspot Lan Kwai Fong.
Protesters at the harbourfront counted down chanting “Ten! Nine! Liberate Hong Kong, revolution now!” as they lit up their phones in a sea of lights.
Smaller crowds of protesters in the Mong Kok district set fire to barricades, before riot police unleashed 2020’s first volleys of teargas in response.
Shortly before the final day of 2019 drew to a close, police had used water cannon to disperse protesters in the same area while, in the nearby Prince Edward neighbourhood, officers arrested several protesters staging a candlelight vigil.
The New Year’s Day pro-democracy march is being organised by the Civil Human Rights Front, a group that arranged a number of marches last year that drew millions.
It will kick off at 3pm from Victoria Park in the popular Causeway Bay shopping district, and end in the heart of the central financial district.

Earlier on Tuesday evening, thousands of people linked arms in human chains that stretched for miles along busy shopping streets and through local neighbourhoods.

They chanted slogans, sang “Glory to Hong Kong” – a protest anthem – and held up posters calling for people to fight for democracy in 2020.
“Thanks to 2019, which tore off the ugly masks of the police and the government and let the people see the truth,” said protester Kris, a medic who joined protest.
“The movement is kind of like at its bottleneck now. Hopefully a huge turnout at tomorrow’s march could bring back people’s passion,” he added.
The city’s traditional New Year Eve’s bumper fireworks display was cancelled due to safety concerns, but a light show and smaller-scale fireworks took place instead.

In late November, the city’s pro-democracy camp scored a landslide victory in a municipal-level vote seen as a referendum on the Beijing-backed government’s handling of political unrest.
The protest movement has since become quieter but sporadic clashes have persisted.
In a New Year’s video message broadcast on state media, Chinese president Xi Jinping said Hong Kong’s recent upheaval was concerning and that the “people of our motherland” expected stability in the restive city
But protesters have vowed to continue their effort to push for greater democratic freedoms and police accountability.

On Tuesday night, demonstrators also swarmed major shopping malls, which have become regular protest venues in an effort to cause economic disruption.
“2019 is a remarkable and special year for every single Hongkonger,” 25-year-old teacher Sam told AFP as he celebrated New Year’s Eve with his family at the harbourfront.
“People’s demands are loud and clear, but the government is not listening. In 2020, I really hope it will be a better year for all Hong Kong people.”
The Civil Human Rights Front, the chief organiser of marches, hopes for a huge turnout at Wednesday’s rally to urge the government to respond to the demands of the pro-democracy movement - which include an independent inquiry into the police, amnesty for arrestees and fully free elections.

Police have arrested nearly 6,500 people since June - nearly a third of them aged under 20.
“The youngsters have sacrificed a lot for justice... 2019 is a wake-up call,” a 63-year-old retiree, who gave his surname as Shiu, told AFP.
“People will be more determined in the new year. People know that the future of Hong Kong depends on whether we can achieve the five demands.”
The demonstrations were sparked by a now-abandoned bill to allow extraditions to the authoritarian mainland, but have since morphed into a popular revolt against Beijing’s control - the biggest crisis since the former British colony’s return to Chinese rule in 1997.

Edinburgh's Fireworks 2018 - Hogmanay Live: New Year's Eve 2017 - BBC One Scotland
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Hong Kong cancels New Year's Eve fireworks due to security concerns
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The 2020 New Year celebrations for Hong Kong will be muted, as the city braces for more protest actions on New Year’s Eve. After more than six months of protests that show no signs of abating, visitors have shunned the city and locals are avoiding hotspots. Hong Kong's popular annual New Year's Eve fireworks have been cancelled for the first time in a decade due to security concerns. Subscribe to our channel here: https://cna.asia/youtubesub Subscribe to our news service on Telegram: https://cna.asia/telegram Follow us: CNA: https://cna.asia CNA Lifestyle: http://www.cnalifestyle.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/channelnewsasia Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/channelnews... 
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Times Square 2020 Ball Drop in New York City: full video
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Fireworks popped and confetti dropped as throngs of revelers cheer the start of 2020 in New York City's Times Square. Millions filled the city's top entertainment district to ring in the New Year. Follow us on Twitter: @WLTX Follow us on Facebook: @WLTXNews19 Check out our website: WLTX.com