New Year revellers defy terror alerts to see in 2017

Millions of people around the world shrugged off terror jitters to ring in 2017 in style, as Sydney kicked off the party with a spectacular fireworks display that lit up its iconic harbour.

Revellers crammed into major cities to celebrate New Year with security tightened amid fears large crowds of people could present a target for extremists.

Getting the festivities started was Sydney, where around 1.5 million people thronged Australia’s biggest city to watch midnight fireworks erupting from the Harbour Bridge.

Crowds in Hong Kong also flocked to the waterfront to watch fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour while in Japan thousands packed the streets of Tokyo to release balloons into the air.

Celebrations swung into Europe with the night sky over Moscow’s Red Square literally painted red by the fireworks.

And nearly 500,000 people were expected on Paris’s famous Champs-Elysees, where…

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