Last night over half-a-million people welcomed the New Year in Melbourne’s city square and more than 100000 people were in Yarra Park for the 9.30pm fireworks display. Melbourne’s skyline was lit up as more than seven tonnes of fireworks were fired from 21 different buildings around the city. Buskers and show performers were out in flocks giving impromptu performances to the public. Federation Square was packed with celebrators dancing to African beats organised by the Multicultural Arts Victoria. Happy New Year!
Dozens killed in Shanghai’s New Year stampede
At 11.35pm local time, at least 35 people were killed and 42 injured during a stampede in Chenyi Square, Shanghai. The stampede occurred just before midnight but the cause is currently unknown but is under investigation by the city government. Hundreds of thousands of people were estimated to be celebrating the New Year in the Square at the time of the tragedy.
Palestinian President requests ICC membership
On Wednesday, the day after the failed UNSC vote, President Mahmoud Abbas filed documents requesting membership to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The UN’s secretary-general, Ban Ki-Moon, will decide whether to approve the Palestinian presidents ICC membership request. President Abbas also signed 20 other treaties to align Palestine with other international powers. After the announcement was made Israel’s President Benjamin Netanyahu warned Palestine that Israel will retaliate.
“Israel will respond and defend the soldiers of the IDF [the Israeli army] the most moral army in the world…We will rebuff this effort to impose a diktat on us, just as we rebuffed the Palestinian efforts in the UNSC.” – Compiled from internet sources by Georgina McCormack
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