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WORLD_ SYRIA_ Syria war: UN Security Council welcomes ceasefire, rebels warn they could abandon it


Syria war: UN Security Council welcomes ceasefire, rebels warn they could abandon it

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Photo: The UN Security Council unanimously adopted the resolution on Syria. (AP: Craig Ruttle)

The United Nations Security Council has welcomed a ceasefire in the Syrian civil war, but rebel groups have threatened to abandon the two-day-old truce if violations persisted.

Key points:

* Russia and Turkey have brokered the latest Syrian ceasefire
* Some fighting is continuing in parts of Syria
* Both sides are accusing each other of violating the truce

A resolution welcoming the ceasefire, the third truce this year seeking to end nearly six years of war, was adopted unanimously by the 15-member Council, meeting in New York.

The deal, brokered by Russia and Turkey, which back opposing sides, reduced violence, but firefights, air strikes and shelling went on in some areas.



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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017_ How the world is ringing in 2017


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How the world is ringing in 2017

January 1, 2017 8:55am

VIDEO: NEW YEAR EVE - Crowds grow as Aust prepares to welcome 2017

Staff writers, wires News Corp Australia Network

AUSTRALIANS have welcomed in the New Year as the world bids a weary adieu to a tough 2016 that saw political surprises, prolonged conflicts and deaths of legendary celebrities.

This is how Australia and the rest of the world ushered in 2017.


Sydney Harbour has been set ablaze with light, colour and music as another dazzling fireworks display thrilled capacity crowds from around the world and marked the arrival of 2017.

Midnight fireworks display viewed from Mrs Macquarie's Chair in Sydney. Picture: Sam Ruttyn Source:News Corp Australia

After a year that many were happy to leave behind, an estimated 1.5 million people packed the foreshore on Saturday for a double bill of fireworks climaxing with the world famous midnight pyrotechnics extravaganza.

Sydney’s New Year’s Eve midnight fireworks spectacular from a rooftop in Potts Point. Picture: Toby Zerna Source:News Corp Australia

The two displays comprised an estimated seven tonnes of fireworks, including 12,000 shells, 25,000 shooting comets and 100,000 individual pyrotechnic effects.

Spectators gasped and cheered throughout the $7 million 9pm and midnight shows and embraced each other with wishes of “Happy New Year!”

A collective “whoo” could be heard with each new burst of colour and light. Tributes to music legends Prince and David Bowie were a highlight of the night’s entertainment, with purple rain showering the harbour and illuminating the bridge and a constellation of space-inspired pyrotechnics.

The 12 o'clock fireworks shot from the Opera House in Sydney. Picture: Christian Gilles Source:News Corp Australia

The loudest applause came at the end when a golden waterfall cascaded from the bridge to the water below.

Chilean student Felipe Ortega told AAP he couldn’t believe he was in Sydney to see a show he usually watched on TV back home.

His friend, Columbian Jenny Ruiz, said coming to the Opera House to celebrate the new year was mandatory while in Australia.

“It’s a must-see. It’s an icon,” she said.

Revellers at the NYE Beach Party at the Opera Bar in Sydney. Picture: Christian Gilles Source:News Corp Australia

The collective euphoria was reflected by the police, who said there had been a low number of arrests.

Assistant Commissioner Nick Fuller told reporters that, as of 1.30am on Sunday, the number of arrests was 15, half what it was last year, an “outstanding result”.

“From our perspective we really feel the community heeded our warnings,” he said.

Sadly, a man died after being hit in the head by a firework at Budgewoi on the NSW Central Coast.

Emergency service crews were called to Budgewoi Beach just after 3am on Sunday to find the 52-year-old man had suffered a serious head injury. Despite the efforts of friends and emergency services the man could not be revived.

Police have launched an investigation and say initial inquiries suggest the man may have been lighting a firework at the time.


In Melbourne the skies lit up in the city’s greatest ever fireworks display. The city skyline was crowned with a golden sparkle as explosives fired from an unprecedented 22 rooftops.

Almost half a million revellers crammed into the CBD to view the glittering $500,000 spectacular.

A view of the Melbourne New Year's Eve fireworks looking from the Langham Hotel. Picture: Stephen Harman Source:Supplied

Among them was Emma Eastick, of Pakenham, who ventured into the CBD for New Year’s Eve for the first time, with her parents visiting from the UK, her husband and two children.

“It’s just to see the big fantastic fireworks live, rather than on the TV,” she said

New Year celebrations at Federation square Melbourne. Picture: Rob Leeson Source:News Corp Australia

A man also died following a fireworks incident at Hollands Landing east of Melbourne on New Year’s Eve. Police say the 46-year-old man died next to the beach near Rae Street about 9.35pm.

An arson chemist will attend the scene to further investigate the incident.

Extra police were on the beat in the CBD and across the Victoria, with operations bolstered by a new 24/7 monitoring centre feeding in live CCTV footage and intelligence.


Around 200,000 people packed into South Bank in Brisbane to watch the fireworks at 8.30pm, enjoying what Fireworks designer Max Brunner describe as “probably the best weather we’ve had in 10 years for New Year’s Eve”.

New Year’s Eve at Southbank in Brisbane. Picture: Mark Calleja Source:News Corp Australia


An estimated 80,000 revellers poured into the city for New Year’s Eve celebrations, about 30,000 making the most of a free concert and two fireworks displays at Elder Park — the first at the family-friendly time of 9pm.

Almost 50,000 cricket fans attended the sold-out Big Bash League Twenty20 double-header at Adelaide Oval across the Torrens.

Strikers v Sixers - New Year's Eve at Adelaide Oval. Picture: Sarah Reed Source:News Corp Australia


Aussie Music Icons Diesel and Kate Ceberano sparked up the crowd at Darwin’s waterfront, and Canberrans enjoed a family friendly concert at Civic Square and 9pm fireworks with a dance party for the grown-ups after midnight.

Fireworks celebrate New Years Eve at the Darwin waterfront. Picture: Elise Derwin Source:News Corp Australia


West Australians were the last to ring in the new year in Australia after some 20,000 have kicked off festivities at the annual Perth Cup at Ascot Racecourse.

Earlier, Tasmanians headed to the Hobart waterfront and Falls Festival at Marion Bay, with large crowds at both venues making sure 2016 ended on a high note.

NYE fireworks on the Hobart waterfront. Picture: Sam Rosewarne Source:News Corp Australia


In Dubai, hundreds of thousands of people watched as fireworks shoot from the sides of the world’s tallest building, the 828-metre Burj Khalifa.

Fireworks explode at the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, and surrounding skyscrapers to mark New Year in Dubai. Picture: APSource:AP

Fireworks mark the beginning of the new year at the Burj Khalifa on January 1, 2017 in Dubai. Picture: GettySource:Getty Images


Pakistanis rang in 2017 with their own set of fireworks to wow crowds.

Fireworks illuminate the sky over the port city of Karachi in Pakistan on January 1, 2017. Picture: AFP Source:AFP


Pictures from fireworks displays in Taiwan, Hong Kong, North Korea, South Korea, Malaysia, the Phlippines, Indonesia and Singapore have come in.

Streams of coloured fireworks shot out of landmark building Taipei 101 as a light show was broadcast onto the tower.

More than a million people flooded into the city to watch the show.

Fireworks light up the Taiwan skyline and Taipei 101 during New Years Eve celebrations just after midnight on January 1, 2017. Picture: GettySource:Getty Images

In Hong Kong, fireworks exploded over Victoria Harbour in an incredible 10-minute fireworks display.

The fireworks filled the sky with colour as thousands made their way to the waterfront celebrations.

Fireworks at Victoria harbour during New Year celebrations in Hong Kong on January 1, 2017. Picture::= AFP Source:AFP

Fireworks illuminate the city's skyline during Hong Kong New Year countdown celebrations of 2017. Picture: GettySource:Getty Images

Fireworks lit up the financial district in Singapore, as they ushered in the new year as well.

Fireworks explode above Singapore's financial district at the stroke of midnight. Picture: APSource:AP

North Koreans gather to watch a New Year's fireworks display at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang. Picture: APSource:AP

Fireworks illuminate the city's skyline during New Year's Eve celebrations of 2017 on on January 1, 2017 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Picture: GettySource:Getty Images

Fireworks light up the sky to welcome the New Year at the Mall of Asia, the country's largest shopping mall in suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. Picture: APSource:AP

Fireworks explode in front of Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers. Picture: Lim Huey Teng/AP Source:AP


Islands in Polynesia and the Central Pacific have ushered in the new year as the the rest of the world counts down to the start of 2017.
Cities in the island nations of Samoa, Tonga and Kiribati were the first to welcome the new year.


The Sky Tower lit up as Kiwis welcomed in the new year with a laser light show over Auckland Sky Tower at midnight. The pyrotechnic display includes 500kgs of fireworks, 1 tonne of equipment and 10 kilometres of wire were used in the display set up.

The SkyTower firework display during New Year's Eve celebrations on January 1, 2017. Picture: GettySource:Getty Images


Some 3000 police are on duty in the United Kingdom capital ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations in light of the recent terror attacks in Nice and Berlin, security forces said.

There would be a large police presence in the centre of London, particularly at Trafalgar Square and near Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster, where thousands of people gather annually to watch the New Year’s fireworks along the River Thames.

London’s Metropolitan Police said they will be working alongside the British Transport Police in order to ensure the safety of the public. Police were expected to cut off traffic on Saturday afternoon in central London, which would affect the Lambeth, Westminster, Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges.

A British Police officer stands on duty ahead of the New Year's celebrations, in central London. Picture: AFP Source:AFP


New York City is preparing for a sea of humanity to converge on Times Square for the New Year’s Eve ball, a century-old tradition that will unfold this year under an unprecedented blanket of security.

As many as 2 million people, surrounded by a ring of 40-tonne garbage trucks and some 7000 police, are expected to gather to watch a glittering sphere complete its midnight drop, marking the beginning of 2017.

Even though city and federal officials say they are not aware of any credible threats, the spectre of two deadly truck attacks in Europe looms over the Times Square rite of winter, which has attracted merrymakers since the early 20th century.

Police officers patrol Times Square before New Year's eve celebrations. Picture: AFP Source:AFP



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