New Year's Eve

April 03, 2018 - 3:31 am
TEL ARBOUSH, Syria (AP) — The young men and women in traditional costumes of red, blue and white, the colors of the Assyrian flag, jumped into the middle of the park. With feathers or gold tiaras on their heads, they danced, kicking up their feet to a traditional song as the New Year's party...
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In this Sunday, April 1, 2018 photo, an Assyrian Christian militiaman guards a park where his community is celebrating Easter and the Assyrian New Year, or Akitu, in the village of Tal Arboush, northern Syria. They were snatching joy out of a sober surrounding. Tal Arboush is one of more than 30 villages along the Khabur River that were destroyed when Islamic State group militants rampaged through, kidnapping 226 residents and sending the rest fleeing. From nearly 20,000 Assyrians in Syria before the war in 2011, there are around 1,000, according to local activists. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
April 02, 2018 - 3:26 pm
TEL ARBOUSH, Syria (AP) — The young men and women in traditional costumes of red, blue and white, the colors of the Assyrian flag, jumped into the middle of the park. With feathers or gold tiaras on their heads, they danced, kicking up their feet to a traditional song as the New Year's party...
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A Kosovo dervish, a follower of Sufism a mystical form of Islam that preaches tolerance and a search for understanding, holds a metal spear that is used during a ceremony marking Nowruz day in the Tekke's prayer room in the southern Kosovo town of Prizren on Thursday, March 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
March 23, 2018 - 9:37 am
PRIZREN, Kosovo (AP) — For an Islamic dervish order in southern Kosovo, it's time for the annual celebration to mark the new year, the birthday of the sect's founder and spring. That means holding a religious ceremony which includes hypnotic chanting, swaying and the piercing of male members'...
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Disguised men perform in the village of Beni Snous, south of Tlemcen, Algeria, Thursday, Dec.11, 2018. Algerians in the Beni Snous region dress in elaborate animal-hide costumes and parade through town with traditional instruments as part of the Ayred festival. (AP Photo/Anis Belghoul)
January 13, 2018 - 7:02 am
BENI SNOUS, Algeria (AP) — New Year's celebrations come in all shapes and sizes. With animal hide costumes and banging drums, the western Algerian town of Beni Snous has noisily celebrated the new year — and an ancient military victory over the pharaoh — with a traditional Berber Ayred festival...
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ADDS CREDIT INFORMATION - This undated rendering provided by bioLinia and Paul Murdoch Architects depicts the Tower of Voices, which is scheduled to open in September at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stoystown, Pa. The 93-foot tower will be part of the commemoration of the downing of the jet on Sept. 11, 2001. It will feature 40 chimes, a symbolic representation of the 40 passengers and crew who perished in the crash of Flight 93. (bioLinia and Paul Murdoch Architects/Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial via AP)
January 03, 2018 - 4:32 pm
For travelers, the new year opens up a whole new world of places to go and things to do. Here are a few notable openings and events scheduled for 2018 around the U.S. NOTABLE IN THE NEW YEAR The Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania is scheduled to open the Tower of Voices in September. The...
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A customer, who declined to give his name, waits for his order to be filled at Harborside marijuana dispensary, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. Starting New Year's Day, recreational marijuana can be sold legally in California. (AP Photo/Mathew Sumner)
January 01, 2018 - 8:15 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on recreational marijuana sales in California (all times local): 4:30 p.m. The wait to buy newly legal recreational weed has stretched to 40 minutes at the Mankind Cooperative cannabis retailer in San Diego. "We're insane down here. And it's still going on, girlfriend...
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The Tony Marques Band performs on the Third Street Stage during New Year's Eve celebrations at the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
January 01, 2018 - 6:59 am
From spectacular fireworks in Hong Kong and Australia to a huge LED lightshow at the world's tallest building in Dubai, a look at how revelers around the world are ringing in 2018: CALIFORNIA The Golden State went green when the calendar turned to 2018. Starting at midnight, California joined the...
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New Year's fireworks are seen along the Strip from the top of the Trump International, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (Richard Brian/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
January 01, 2018 - 4:19 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas welcomed 2018 with fireworks, big-ticket musical acts and unprecedented security in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. modern history just three months ago. Law enforcement officers kept a close eye Monday on the estimated 330,000 people who traveled from all...
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A couple hug each other as they watch fireworks exploding over Copacabana beach during New Year's celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
January 01, 2018 - 12:54 am
People around the world are welcoming 2018 with fireworks displays, partying and an array of local traditions. One of the first countries to welcome the new year was Australia, where fireworks exploded over the iconic Sydney Opera House as people watched from boats in the harbor nearby. Hundreds of...
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Fireworks erupt as the clock strikes midnight during the New Year's celebration in Times Square as seen from the Marriott Marquis in New York, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
January 01, 2018 - 12:24 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the New Year's Eve celebration in New York's Times Square (all times local): 12:20 a.m. New Year's reveler Colleen Keenan says the celebration in frigid Times Square is "a beautiful experience" and "there's nothing like it." Kennan and her son braved temperatures of...
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