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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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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?

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

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.

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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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
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Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

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