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As the UK counts down to midnight, countries around the world have been ringing in the New Year with a series of dazzling firework displays.

Celtic fans now allowed flags after police U-turn

Celtic fans will now be able to take flags and banners to the club’s Boxing Day game at St Johnstone following a U-turn by the home club and the police, according to the Scottish champions.

Fireworks contractor Geoffrey Counsell, 51, (right) with a member of his legal team, Gavin Reese (centre), outside Bristol Crown Court where he was cleared of breaching health and safety laws in relation to a firework display held on the night of a massive motorway crash in which seven people died and 51 were injured

Fireworks contractor Geoffrey Counsell tells of relief as he is cleared over foggy night M5 crash deaths

Man in charge of a fireworks display held on the night of a massive motorway crash in which seven people died and 51 were injured has been cleared of breaching health and safety laws

Flares were set off in the crowd during Chelsea's Champions League match at Basle last month

New campaign launched after shocking revelations of children being used as 'mules' to smuggle in pyrotechnic devices

The campaign by the Premier League, Football League and the FA comes with the number of incidents involving flares and smoke bombs is on the rise

Jonathan Meades, Pompey

Pompey by Jonathan Meades: Book review - a startlingly filthy read that shows Meades on top form

Jonathan Meades has a talent for ordure. Where his first collection of stories, Filthy English, achieved the distinction of covering in aggressively vivid prose the disciplines of murder, addiction, incest and bestial pornography, Pompey exhibits an even greater concentration of his aptitude for squalor.

Laurence Fox (Guy) and Jack Huston (Bruno) in Strangers on a Train

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Gielgud Theatre, London

Images of the M5 crash taken by survivor Rob Emony

Trial against firework display organiser accused over M5 deaths delayed

Crash in November 2011 involved 34 vehicles

Vietnam deadly fireworks factory blast kills 21 and injures 100

Fireworks and plumes of smoke could be seen for miles outside the factory, which employs 300 people

A neo-Nazi supporter bears the colours of the pre-World War I German Empire at a rally in Berlin

Neo-Nazis' model plane stuffed with explosives is seized by German police

German police have seized a bomb-loaded model plane they say neo-Nazis planned to use in an attack against left-wing activists.

Katy Perry has scored her fourth UK number one with 'Roar' after selling 179,500 copies in the last seven days.

Katy Perry roars to the top of the UK Singles chart

Katy Perry has roared her way to the top of the UK Singles charts for the fourth time.

Fiona Carnarvon, Countess

Page 3 Profile: Fiona Carnarvon, countess

Ah, the Countess. All’s well at Downton Abbey I hope?

Belgian king abdicates to make way for son Philippe

Belgium is set to welcome a new king as the current monarch, Albert, abdicates following a 20-year reign, handing over the throne to his son Philippe.

Belgium's new King: Albert II abdicates after 20-year reign to make way for son Philippe

King Philippe becomes the news monarch after his father announced plans to abdicate less than three weeks ago

Darren Clarke thrashes around in the bunker on the sixth on his way to a quadruple bogey eight

The Open 2013: Bunker hell no bother for Darren Clarke

So the major winner from Northern Ireland is sneakily placed behind the leaders to make a tilt at the Claret Jug. No, not that major winner. Or indeed the other one.

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