New Year's Eve Scenes Around the World

World rings in 2016
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 1, 2016 4:00 AM CST
New Year's Eve Scenes Around the World
Fireworks light the sky above the Cathedral Square in Vilnius, Lithuania.   (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

On a New Year's Eve haunted by fears of terrorism, a spectacular fire in one of Dubai's tall towers captured the world's attention. With few exceptions, though, the celebrations rolled on. Around 1 million people converged on Times Square for the annual New Year's Eve celebration, while an already illuminated Las Vegas Strip greeted 2016 with an extra glittery glow from fireworks exploding on cue atop several casino rooftops. In Chicago, a 70-foot, six-point star, modeled after those on the city's flag, ascended a hotel tower to bring in the new year. Paris, meanwhile, canceled its usual fireworks display in favor of a 5-minute video performance at the Arc de Triomphe just before midnight, relayed on screens along the Champs Elysee, where people chanted. (Read more New Year's Eve stories.)

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