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Thousands brave rain in New York’s Times Square to welcome 2019

NEW YORK:  New York’s Times Square erupted with fireworks and cheers at the stroke of midnight on Tuesday as thousands of hardy merrymakers braved pouring rain and watched the glowing New Year’s Eve ball complete its midnight descent to mark the start of 2019. For the multitudes who gathered in the famed midtown Manhattan crossroads, the thrilling moment was reward for enduring hours of standing in a steady downpour during the waning hours of 2018. Helping to keep spirits high was a slate of performers including…

New Year’s Eve party in NYC to cheer for press freedom

NEW YORK: Reporters will be the guests of honor at the New Year’s Eve party in New York’s Times Square on Monday, in what organizers said was a celebration of press freedom after an unusually deadly year for journalists at US news outlets. Two attacks in particular weighed on organizers as they discussed in autumn whom to give the honor of initiating the ceremonial ball drop just before midnight, according to Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance. One was the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi columnist…

One dead as car hits crowd in New York’s Times Square, police say accident

NEW YORK: A car plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in New York's bustling Times Square on Thursday, leaving one person dead and at least 19 others injured in what officials said was an accident. The incident sparked instant jitters after recent deadly car-ramming attacks in London, Berlin and the French city of Nice, but officials said early evidence did not point to a terror link. "It is believed to be an isolated incident, it remains under investigation," New York police said on Twitter. Firefighters said the…