Gulf Times - New-Year
In dueling New Year messages, Trump reflects while Biden looks ahead

In dueling New Year messages, Trump reflects while Biden looks ahead

President Donald Trump in a New Year's Eve message reflected on his accomplishments in office, calling them ‘historic victories,’ while his successor, President-elect Joe Biden, struck an upbeat tone in looking ahead to 2021.

Chinese cities sealed off over virus as lid put on New Year revelry

Chinese cities sealed off over virus as lid put on New Year revelry

Three more cities in China's Hubei province said on Thursday that they have imposed travel bans as a new virus that has infected hundreds of people continues to spread from the province's capital city of Wuhan.

Amir, Deputy Amir and PM exchange New Year greetings

Amir, Deputy Amir and PM exchange New Year greetings

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani exchanged cables of greetings on Tuesday with the leaders of friendly countries on the occasion of the New Year

Putin urges unity in 20th anniversary New Year speech

Putin urges unity in 20th anniversary New Year speech

President Vladimir Putin called on Russians to unite for the sake of the country's future in a New Year's address Tuesday marking two decades since his ascent to power.

Riyadh begins 2019 with children-oriented hate song against Doha

Riyadh begins 2019 with children-oriented hate song against Doha

In blatant violation of childhood innocence, Saudi Arabia welcomed the New Year with a new hate speech-ridden children's song composed against Qatar.

Nearly 200 hurt in Philippines New Year's Eve accidents

Nearly 200 hurt in Philippines New Year's Eve accidents

Nearly 200 people were injured during traditionally raucous New Year celebrations in the Philippines despite President Rodrigo Duterte's order limiting the use of firecrackers, the health minister said Monday.

Japanese calligraphers brush up on their writing

Japanese calligraphers brush up on their writing

The air was tense in the Nippon Budokan arena in Tokyo as nearly 5,000 contestants concentrated on perfecting each stroke during an annual calligraphy contest traditionally held at the beginning of the new year.

Germans begin first working day of the year with snow

Germans begin first working day of the year with snow

Many Germans woke up to their first working day of the new year on Monday with a light covering of snow in parts of the country.

 IS claims nightclub carnage as Turkey hunts attacker

IS claims nightclub carnage as Turkey hunts attacker

The Islamic State group on Monday claimed the shooting rampage inside a glamorous Istanbul nightclub on New Year's night that killed 39 people, as police hunted the attacker who remains on the run.

 Istanbul nightclub massacre kills 39, attacker on run

Istanbul nightclub massacre kills 39, attacker on run

Thirty-nine people, including many foreigners, were killed on Sunday when a gunman went on a rampage at an exclusive nightclub in Istanbul where revellers were celebrating the New Year.

'Nearly 100,000' Chinese new year travellers stranded

'Nearly 100,000' Chinese new year travellers stranded

Nearly 100,000 Lunar New Year travellers in China were stranded in the city of Guangzhou on Monday, police said, as snow and ice disrupted the world's largest annual human migration.

World welcomes New Year despite terror fears

World welcomes New Year despite terror fears

Millions of people around the world welcomed in the New Year on high security alert, with Munich stations evacuated over an imminent terror threat and fireworks canceled in Paris and Brussels, while a huge fire ripped through a Dubai hotel.