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New Zealand ushers in 2016 with fireworks blasted from Sky Tower

(From agencies)

New Zealand was one of the first countries to see in 2016. Hordes of people in Auckland cheered as the sky was lit up with fireworks blasted from the Sky Tower.

In Australia, Sydney Harbour providing the backdrop to a spectacular pyrotechnic show which was watched by thousands of revelers..

In Tokyo, balloons were released as Japan ushered in the New Year.

Elsewhere, festivities are set to begin under tightened security, with Brussels scrapping celebrations as fears of jihadist threats cast a pall, just weeks after brutal attacks in Paris.

Crowds thronged to vantage points to see the displays which are expected to draw one million people, ahead of the chimes of midnight moving across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and finally the Americas.

Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore and other Asian cities may rival Sydney’s pyrotechnic splash, but Brunei offers a sober evening after banning Christmas in a shift to hardline Islamic law.

Jakarta remains on high alert after anti-terror police foiled detailed plans for an alleged New Year suicide attack in the Indonesian capital. Read More

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