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Upbeat Macron vows to do better amid ‘yellow vest’ protests

Paris, France | AFP | The French government “can do better” at improving citizens’ lives, President Emmanuel Macron said in his New Year’s Eve address as “yellow vest” protesters again took to the streets across the country. “We can do better and must do better,” Macron said in a 16-minute …

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Two Christians killed in New Year attack on Egypt liquor store

Cairo, Egypt | AFP | A gunman killed two Copts celebrating the New Year in an Egyptian alcohol shop early on Monday, judicial and security sources said, the latest deadly violence against the Christian minority. The shooting came just three days after a gunman, identified as a wanted jihadist, killed nine …

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Sydney extravaganza kicks off global New Year parties

Sydney, Australia | AFP | Hong Kong saw in 2018 in spectacular style as the southern Chinese city staged a stunning fireworks display over its famous Victoria Harbour. Thousands thronged the harbourside to see the show illuminate the famous skyline as revellers danced to Auld Lang Syne. “Shooting stars” were …

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Istanbul attack overshadows New Year festivities

New York, United States | AFP | An attack that killed 39 revelers in an Istanbul nightclub overshadowed New Year celebrations around the world to ring in 2017. The massacre stoked fears that large crowds of people cramming into major cities could present a target for violent extremists. Festivities in …

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Istanbul nightclub attacker kills 39 in New Year carnage

Istanbul, Turkey | AFP | Thirty-nine people, including many foreigners, were killed when a gunman reportedly dressed as Santa Claus stormed an Istanbul nightclub as revellers were celebrating the New Year, the latest carnage to rock Turkey after a bloody 2016. The assailant shot dead a policeman and a civilian …

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Australia kicks off global New Year party

Sydney, Australia | AFP |  Australia rang in the new year Sunday with a spectacular fireworks display in Sydney, sending rainbow-coloured showers into the night sky and defying the global terror attacks that cast a pall over 2016. Around 1.5 million people packed Australia’s biggest city to watch as the …

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