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New Year latest: 300 arrests in Berlin as thousands welcome 2024

Berlin police claim that people threw fireworks at officers and attempted to make molotov cocktails

Holly Evans,Namita Singh,Barney Davis
Monday 01 January 2024 16:04 GMT
Spectacular New Year's Eve fireworks as London welcomes 2024

Berlin police detained over 300 people on New Year’s Eve after at least 14 on-duty officers were injured as people shot fireworks at each other and police throughout the city.

One of the incidents occurred near Alexanderplatz where around 500 people were letting off fireworks at each other before police dispersed the group at the landmark Neptune Fountain, reported DW.

The crowd fired at police with pyrotechnics when they tried to check them for fireworks, according to the outlet.

In Neukölln, a number of arrests were made after people attempted to make Molotov cocktails, which police say they confiscated.

It came amid jubilant scenes in the US as tens of thousands of beaming people in New York’s Times Square, were showered with confetti and hugs and kisses after watching the descent of the colourful ball marking the birth of 2024.

The UK earlier welcomed 2024 with a bang as tens of thousands packed the streets of London and Edinburgh to watch the cities’ world-famous New Year’s Eve fireworks displays.

Tickets for the event in London sold out and official viewing areas were full. Organisers finished checks on the pyrotechnics with more than 10,000 fireworks shooting up into the night’s sky after the Big Ben countdown.

The march of midnight from time zone to time zone brought the new year first to places like Australia, where more than 1 million people watched a pyrotechnic display centred around Sydney’s famous Opera House and harbour bridge — a number of spectators equivalent to one in five of the city’s residents.


How I’m celebrating a sober New Year’s Eve

The last night of the year is supposed to be one for celebration. But when you aren’t drinking, it can be a tricky thing to navigate. Christopher R Moore shares his experience of more than 1,000 days of being sober and what it means for New Year’s celebrations.

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How I’m celebrating a sober New Year’s Eve | Christopher R Moore

The last night of the year is supposed to be one for celebration, writes Christopher R Moore. But when you aren’t drinking, it can be a tricky thing to navigate

Namita Singh1 January 2024 05:30

Thousands gather in Times Square for New Year ball drop

After standing in New York City’s Times Square for more than a dozen hours, thousands of revellers cheered in the New Year on Sunday night with the annual ceremony of a descending crystal-clad ball.

Many had arrived early in the morning for a spot in one of the barricaded pens set up by the New York Police Department, ahead of musical performances by Megan Thee Stallion and LL Cool J before the final countdown to midnight.

Confetti flies around after the clock strikes midnight during New Year celebrations at Times Square, in New York City, New York, US, 1 January 2024 (Reuters)

“This is my first time to celebrate the New Year in Times Square,” said Nadja Sjostrom, 44, who had travelled from Stockholm, Sweden, a few days earlier for the occasion and had been standing amid the giant illuminated billboards of Times Square since about 8am.

People watch confetti flying around after the clock strikes midnight during New Year celebrations at Times Square, in New York City, New York, US (REUTERS)

It was a shorter commute for Markus Washington, a 49-year-old resident of Brooklyn, but also his first time at the Times Square celebration.

“It’s a very good feeling,” he said. “Awesome. Cold, but awesome.”

Antonio Ruz, 51, had booked a flight from Granada, Spain, in order to make a lifelong dream come true, joining the crowds to get into the barricaded area at about 8.15am.

“Since I was a kid, I saw on TV this is spectacular show, so I had to live it,” he said. He called it a “once in a lifetime” moment, emphasizing that he did not plan to return. “I love New York, but 15 hours is too long to wait for a moment.”

Namita Singh1 January 2024 05:24

In pictures: New York ringing in 2024

Crowds gather in Times Square for the New Year’s Eve celebration in New York, Sunday, 31 December 2023 (AP)
Revellers gather in Times Square during the celebrations of New Year's Eve, in New York City (Reuters)
US singer Sabrina Carpenter performs on stage during the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square on 31 December 2023, in New York City (AFP via Getty Images)
Jelly Roll performs during New Year’s Eve celebrations in New York City, New York, US, 31 December 2023 (Reuters)
Namita Singh1 January 2024 05:05

World welcomes 2024 with New Year's fireworks, reflection and a royal farewell

The world welcomed 2024 with a mix of celebration and somber reflection.

Sydney sparkled under a shower of silver and gold fireworks commemorating the 50th anniversary of its iconic Opera House, while the mood in Gaza remained bleak, with residents more concerned with survival. In Europe, Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II announced her abdication after over half a century on the throne.

Fireworks illuminate the sky in bay of Geneva behind the famous water fountain “Le Jet d’Eau” during New Year celebrations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, 1 January2024 (AP)

Russian president Vladimir Putin made only passing reference in New Year address to his war in Ukraine, hailing his soldiers as heroes but mostly emphasising unity and shared determination.

People pray on the first day of the new year at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan 1 January 2024 (REUTERS)

North Korea vowed to launch three new spy satellites, build military drones and boost its nuclear arsenal in 2024

Fireworks illuminate the sky in bay of Geneva during New Year celebrations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, 1 January 2024 (AP)

At his Sunday prayers, Pope Francis said: “I wish everyone a peaceful end of the year, and please do not forget to pray for me”.

French president Emmanuel Macron in a televised address ahead of New Year celebrations said 2024 would be “the year of our French pride” marked by the Paris 2024 Olympic Summer Games and the reopening of Notre-Dame cathedral after a devastating fire.

Namita Singh1 January 2024 04:55

At the stroke of midnight, the New Year gives a clean slate for long-elusive resolutions

It’s an annual end-of-year exercise in futility for many. But a clean slate awaits at the stroke of midnight for the next round of resolutions.

From the first spray of fireworks to the closing chorus of “Auld Lang Syne” 366 days into the future — 2024 is a leap year — it could be the year for finally achieving long-elusive goals, fulfilling aspirations and being resolute on all those New Year resolutions.

“As humans, we are creatures that aspire,” said Omid Fotuhi, a social psychologist who is a motivation and performance researcher.

“The fact that we have goals, the fact that we want to set goals is just a manifestation of that internal and almost universal desire to want to stretch, to want to reach, to want to expand and grow,” said Mr Fotuhi, the director of learning innovation at Western Governors University Labs and a research associate at the University of Pittsburgh.

“New Year’s resolutions are one of those ways in which we do that,” he said.

With any resolution, the goal is to improve your life and be in peace with yourself, say many, as they look for a clean slate.


Namita Singh1 January 2024 04:30

In pictures: Sunrise on New Year's Day

A man on a bridge takes photograph of the first sunrise of the year at a park in Seoul, South Korea, 1 January 2024 (Reuters)
The sun rises on New Years Day as people take photos with their mobile phone over the skyline of Yangon, Myanmar, 1 January 2024 (EPA)
People workout on the bank of Inya lake at dawn on New Years Day in Yangon, Myanmar, 01 January 2024 (EPA)
Namita Singh1 January 2024 04:15

Manhattan gears up for New Year

In New York, tens of thousands of revelers are gathered in Manhattan’s Times Square to wait for the lighted ball to drop at midnight, after scheduled performances by musicians including Megan Thee Stallion and LL Cool J.

Sabrina Carpenter performs during New Year’s Eve celebrations in New York City, New York, US, 31 December 2023 (Reuters)
Balloons are handed out to revellers gathered at Times Square during the New Year’s Eve celebrations, in New York City, New York, US, 31 December 2023 (Reuters)
A general view shows Times Square as seen from the New York Marriott Marquis during the New Year’s Eve celebration, Sunday, 31 December 2023 (AP)
Namita Singh1 January 2024 04:00

Thousands ring in 2024 as London declares itself ‘a place for everyone’

Tens of thousands of revellers started 2024 with a bang as fireworks and drones lit up the sky over London and told the world the city is “A Place for Everyone”.

After the bongs of Big Ben sounded midnight, “London: A Place for Everyone” was written high above the crowds as the unity-themed display welcomed the new year.

In a display that lasted almost 15 minutes, 100,000 people cast their eyes to the sky to take in the firework, laser, and drone spectacular.

As hits by the Spice Girls, Calvin Harris, Dua Lupa and others rang out across the city, revellers were invited to look back on 2023.

The celebration referenced the King’s coronation and also used Charles’ quote to mark the 75th anniversary of the Windrush crossing in which he said the new arrivals “collectively enrich the fabric of our national life”.

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Thousands ring in 2024 as London declares itself ‘A Place for Everyone’

The sky over London lit up with a firework and drone display celebrating unity.

Namita Singh1 January 2024 03:30

In pictures: Brazil welcomes New Year

People pose for a picture next to a sign celebrating the upcoming new year in Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais state, Brazil (AFP via Getty Images)
A woman holds flowers on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on New Year’s Eve, 31 December 2023 (AFP via Getty Images)
A woman gestures at Copacabana beach while celebrating the New Year, in Rio de Janeiro (Reuters)
Namita Singh1 January 2024 03:20

Archbishop of Canterbury prays for peaceful 2024 in New Year message

The Archbishop of Canterbury called on people to “stand with those suffering because of war and to seek to make peace” as he prayed for a peaceful 2024 in his New Year message.

The Most Rev Justin Welby said “wars seem everywhere at the moment” as he delivered his annual start-of-the-year address.

Speaking from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, he said: “Wars seem everywhere at the moment. Wars we know about, wars forgotten.

“I’ve seen for myself the ongoing human cost of war.

“Jesus Christ tells us to stand with those suffering because of war, and to seek to make peace.”

In his address, the archbishop also praised the armed forces as he said they embody the theme of the King’s coronation last year.

He said soldiers were at the centre of the celebrations not “just because the world marvelled at their displays of pageantry” but because they, “like many, many others in the country”, embodied service.

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s New Year Message will be broadcast on BBC1 and iPlayer at 12.55pm on Monday January 1.

Stephanie Cockroft1 January 2024 03:00

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