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Global New Year Party

Australia kicks off global New Year party, NZ’s Auckland first city to welcome 2017

SYDNEY:¬†Global terror attacks have cast a pall over 2016 but Australia was on Saturday set to defy the threats and ring in the New Year with bumper crowds gathering to watch a firework extravaganza on Sydney's glittering harbour. New Zealand's Auckland became first world city to welcome in 2017. 2016 has seen repeated bloodshed, most recently a deadly truck attack at a Berlin Christmas market, a similar incident on Bastille Day in France that killed 86, and atrocities in Turkey and the Middle East. Some 1.5 million…