Follow all the celebrations as the clock strikes midnight and countries see out 2018 to welcome in 2019
- Sydney celebrations hit by huge storm and torrential rain
- Looking ahead: politics, sport and arts events to watch in 2019
Something else to look out for now in 2019? A return trip to the UK by Donald Trump.
The possibility was floated in an interview this morning with the BBC by the US ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnson.
It’s a few minutes to midnight now in New Zealand (where Auckland Council has promised to turn a deaf ear to New Year’s Eve noise complaints).
The New Zealand Herald reports that the council has said it will not be attending any party noise complaints between 6pm on December 31, 2018 and 2am on January 1, 2019.
Happy New Year to all my friends and followers. We are in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Celebrating the date hours before you pic.twitter.com/VobgZ7bTvo
Just 2 hours left of 2018 here in Lincoln near Christchurch New Zealand and taking in the atmosphere in the local pub with the guest band. Happy New Year to all when it comes for you pic.twitter.com/rxyAnUNxkJ
So they’ve just said hello to 2019 in the Pacific. Next up is New Zealand in less than an hour’s time, before they crack open the champagne in Australia (or just pull the duvet a bit tighter over the head.. depending on your style)
It’s been a fairly soggy run-up in Sydney however, where thousands of people waiting to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks around the harbour were battered by torrential rain as a thunderstorm swept in.
Tomorrow meanwhile sees the inauguration of Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right, pro-gun, pro-torture populist elected in 2018. He’ll begin a four year term in office, to the joy of some, to the horror of others.
Either way, he’s going to somewhat unavoidable in 2019, so here he is in his own words:
Now the world has dipped its toe into 2019, here’s a look ahead to the new year’s elections, anniversaries, awards, contests – and ( unavoidably?) Brexit
Some of the key first news events of the year include the first meeting – in a few days – of the USA’s 116th Congress after Democrats won a majority in the House of Representatives last year.
So Happy New Year, Samoa (and Kiritimati), where the memories of this time last year aren’t exactly the best.
The year started with a few that consumed a large part of the Fa’asootauloa Pati building at Vaitele.
What a year. We had a bit of everything. There was joy, laughter, good, bad and the ugly. https://t.co/pX3WYdHdKO
Fans enjoy the music at the Wondergarden Festival during the celebrations at Silo Park in Auckland, New Zealand.
As we await the first fireworks of 2019, here a selection of some of the defining image of 2018, from California wildfires and an erupting volcano to a close-up crocodile snap
For many though, it might be hard to look past this one of US border agents detaining a Honduran mother and child.
So, feeling optimistic?
We’re on the cusp of a new year and the first celebrations are set to break out in the Pacific on Christmas Island and Samoa, where clocks hit midnight in less than 15 minutes.
Link : New Year’s Eve 2018: celebrations around the world – live