New Year celebrations: Festivities begin to welcome 2017

Celebrations have begun as people around the world ring in the New Year.

From Sydney in Australia to Pyongyang in North Korea, festive crowds gathered to say goodbye to 2016, a tumultuous year in global politics.

Many cities around the world have stepped up security for New Year’s Eve celebrations, after a year in which attackers drove lorries into crowds in Berlin in Germany and Nice, France.

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