BBC News, 1/1/16, "New Year: Celebrations mark start of 2016," with photographs, and fireworks show videos: around the world 2:27 minutes; and from London, 11:31 minutes.
In Japan, people released balloons by Tokyo Tower, while South Koreans celebrated with traditional bell-ringing.
Revellers in Australia and New Zealand were among the first to welcome 2016.
Crowds counted down at Auckland's Sky Tower in New Zealand, with a laser show and fireworks display. Fireworks also lit up Sydney harbour in Australia.
In London, more than 100,000 people watched the fireworks display by the River Thames with thousands of extra police officers on duty.In the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, the traditional Hogmanay party received a New Year message from British astronaut Tim Peake who was broadcasting live from the International Space Station.
In Berlin, fireworks were held at the Brandenburg Gate, with one million people estimated to have attended the countdown. The celebration took place as police in Munich warned of a planned terror attack and asked people to avoid crowds.
Related article, local. ABC7 news/Katie Marzullo and Tiffany Wilson, 12/31/15,"People begin pouring in for San Francisco New Year's Eve Celebration." " SAN FRANCISCO (KGO). Security is being beefed up in the Bay Area for tonight's New Year's Eve celebrations. No parking signs and barricades are up along the Embarcadero where at least 200,000 people are expected to catch San Francisco's big fireworks show at midnight. These just some of the preparations to keep people who want to watch the fireworks safe. If weather permits, we'll be streaming the fireworks live on abc7news.com. Check back here to watch live!"
Related articles, world. This year. Huffington Post/Paige Lavender/Chris McGonigal,12/31/15, "See all the incredible New Year's celebrations around the world." Last year. Huffington Post/Andrew Hart, 1/1/15, "Amazing photos of New Year's celebrations around the world."
Note photographs. New York, 2016 by iStock from Traveller, Au,"New Year's Eve celebrations around the world: Best cities," #1 city named for fireworks: Dubai. San Francisco/Pinterest from She Knows/Maria Mora. London fireworks from BBC, 1/1/15,YouTube, 11:24 minutes, it's noisy. Hong Kong celebrators from ABC7, 12/31/15. Ballons by Kazuhiro Nogi/Getty images from the related Huffington Post, 12/31/15 article (above), "People release balloons to celebrate the new year at the Prince Park Tower in Tokyo on Jan. 1, 2016. More than 1,000 balloons were released, carrying with them new year wishes." Toronto face page form New Year's Eve live stream.
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