New Year brings final Brexit split between EU and UK
Britain's Brexit transition period is over; the country has left the EU's Customs Union and Single Market. Friday's public holiday meant little cross-Channel freight traffic and none of the much-feared border queues.
South Korea divers swim deep for some New Year’s cheer
Scuba divers plunged underwater at Lotte World Aquarium on Sunday dressed in ‘hanbok’ - traditional Korean clothing - to share New Year’s greetings. Visitors took photos in front of the divers who posed as manta rays and large fish swam around them. The event will be held every weekend until the middle of February.
World ushers in New Year in shadow of pandemic
Confetti fluttered on to frontline workers scattered across Times Square after fireworks burst above eerily quiet landmarks from Puerta del Sol to Copacabana beach, as the world ushered in the New Year with muted celebrations and said good riddance to a pandemic-ridden 2020.
Goodbye 2020: World kicks off varying New Year's celebrations
Cities in Oceania and Asia welcome the new year, with different apporaches to festivities taken depending on the current status of Covid-19 in a territory. Crowds pack Auckland, Wuhan, Pyongyang and Taipei, while Bangkok has fireworks but no crowd - a precursor for New Year's celebrations to follow in other Covid-hit parts of the world.
DJ Guetta preps New Year charity concert
French DJ David Guetta has "a message of hope" and remains upbeat as he talks about livestreaming a New Year concert, the profits from which will go to Unicef and the French 'Restos du Coeur' charity.
Rio residents react to football star Neymar's New Year party rumours
Rio de Janeiro residents react after several Brazilian media report that football star Neymar is organising a huge New Year's Eve party at his luxury beachside mansion near the city amid the coronavirus pandemic, a claim his lawyers have denied.
A community mourns as Krefeld Zoo reopens after New Year's fire
The Krefeld Zoo has reopened after a fire on New Year's Eve decimated its primate exhibit. Visitors mourned the community's loss but cherished the international support it has received.
Apes and monkeys die as fire rips through German zoo
A zoo in the German city of Krefeld said "our worst fears have become reality" after a fire destroyed a primate sanctuary. Police said a drifting New Year sky lantern was be to blame for the tragedy.
Berlin Christmas tree rental service aims to cut waste
Every year, about 25 million Christmas trees are used to decorate German homes. Since 2018, a Berlin landscape gardener has been making trees available for rent, in order to avoid them being discarded after New Year's Eve.
Chinese exports fall amid weak demand, US tariffs
While the effects of Chinese New Year in early February played a part, the figures were a surprise for market analysts. They come amid a global slowdown and ongoing dispute with the US over trade tariffs.