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Canadian cities prepare for the New Year. (Archive photo)


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The majority of the world's major cities have already crossed in 2024, and it will soon be Canada's turn. Sunday evening, Canadian cities began their celebrations, a few hours before the traditional New Year's countdown.

In Montreal, despite the pandemic absence of fireworks at the Old Port, the celebrations are in full swing on the Place des Festivals where a crowd dances to the rhythm of the music of a DJ, all enhanced by smoke machines and live performances. lights

A little earlier in the evening, we could hear traditional music, which made some fans of line dancing happy.

The esplanade Tranquille ice rink was open for winter sports enthusiasts, but also for those who prefer a more relaxed atmosphere calm. The festivities will last until 1 a.m.

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A crowd of people gathered on Place des Festivals in Montreal as part of the celebrations of the New Year.

In Quebec, thousands of festival-goers came to celebrate the New Year on the Place de l'Assemblee-Nationale. The evening began with traditional music, then around 9 p.m., the pop music group from Lévis, Les Louanges, entered the stage. Since 10 p.m., people have been dancing to the sounds of electronic music with artist Mike Demero and the trio of Italian producers Meduza.

Here, it's like New York, but better, in Quebecois, exclaimed a festival-goer.

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ELSELL ON INFO: Carbon pricing, political battlehorse in 2024< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">In the Queen City, the spirit is always festive, but with the increasingly high cost of living, some bars and nightclubs in Toronto have had to adapt their New Year's Eve parties. For example, some Tenants have reduced their ticket prices to $40, about $60 less than in the past.

In Alberta, the cities of Edmonton and Calgary will mark the start of 2024 with traditional fireworks.

Auckland and Sydney became the first two major cities to celebrate the arrival of 2024. In Sydney, the self-proclaimed “New Year Capital of the World”, more than a million revelers took to the harbor foreshore , with city officials and police warning that all vantage points were occupied.

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Fireworks explode above skyscrapers during New Year's Eve celebrations in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Fireworks above the Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia.

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Tokyo, Seoul and Pyongyang are among the first major capitals to enter 2024, which has also started in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and India.

The rest of Asia is also preparing to turn the page on 2023, a year marked by the war in Ukraine and in the Middle East.

In Rome, Pope Francis prayed for victims of conflicts around the world, citing Ukrainians, Palestinians and Israelis, the people of Sudan and the Rohingya martyrs in Burma.

At the end of the year, have the courage to ask yourself how many lives have been torn apart in armed conflicts, how many deaths, the 87-year-old pontiff said after the Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square.

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Pope Francis greets spectators seated on his wheelchair in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican, December 31, 2023 .

In Pakistan, a predominantly Muslim country, the government has banned all New Year celebrations as a sign of solidarity with the Palestinians.

In a message broadcast overnight, caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar urged Pakistanis to show solidarity with the oppressed people of Gaza by starting the new year in the simplicity.

No respite in Gaza for New Year

Sirens sounded in central Israel and on the Gaza Strip border around midnight after several rocket attacks, Israeli media reported. According to the daily Yedioth Ahronoth, the rockets were fired by Hamas from Gaza. The anti-missile defense system called Iron Dome intercepted several of these missiles, according to the same source. These attacks did not cause any casualties, indicate the Israeli emergency services.

Follow our live coverage of the Israel-Hamas war for latest news.

In Russia and Ukraine, New Year celebrations are taking place under high tension after a new escalation of violence. Like last year, the traditional fireworks and concert on Moscow's Red Square have been canceled. Other Russian cities also preferred to cancel their fireworks shows.

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People gathered near Red Square to celebrate the New Year in Moscow, Russia.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky promised in his New Year greetings on Sunday to ravage the Russian forces that invaded his country almost two years ago.

Next year, the enemy will suffer the ravages of our national production, launched Mr. Zelensky, assuring that Ukraine would have one million drones in its arsenal in 2024.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">In the United States, tens of thousands of people will gather like every year in Times Square, New York, to welcome the new year. Local authorities and event organizers say they are ready to welcome revelers and ensure their safety.

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On December 30, 2023, New York was already preparing for New Year's Eve, as indicated by this image of the famous New Year's Eve ball in Times Square, which will descend during the midnight countdown.

New York Mayor Eric Adams said there was no particular threat to New Year's celebrations, which will include concerts of Flo Rida, Megan Thee Stallion and LL Cool J as well as TV appearances by Cardi B, among others.

From 700,000 to a million people gathered on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. At midnight, a fireworks display above the Arc de Triomphe constituted the high point of the celebration, placed under the sign of the Olympic Games with numerous activities evoking the sporting event that the city ​​will host next summer.

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Fireworks explode above the ancient Parthenon temple on top of the Acropolis hill during New Year celebrations in Athens, Greece.

Fireworks light up the sky above the Arc de Triomphe during New Year's Eve celebrations on Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris.

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President Emmanuel Macron also sent a message of unity on Sunday evening in his wishes to the French, insisting on the unifying event of the Olympic Games, in the hope of x27;beginning the relaunch of his second term, after a turbulent year on social and political levels.

He declared, from the garden of the Élysée Palace in front of the flags of the Olympic nations who will meet this summer in Paris, that he wanted to make 2024 a year of determination to continue to act in the interest of the Nation.

We will be determined to act for schools, childhood and education in order to restore the level of our students, the authority of our teachers, the strength of our secular and republican teaching, indicated the president.

He promised, in his traditional speech on December 31, a civic rearmament whose contours are still vague after economic rearmament and rearmament of the State and our public services.

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This screenshot taken from French television channel France 2 shows French President Emmanuel Macron's New Year's speech.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Emmanuel Macron also spoke of a decisive choice which he believes will be played out during the European elections in June, between continuing Europe or blocking it.

We will have to choose a stronger and more sovereign Europe in light of the legacy of Jacques Delors who died on Wednesday, declared the president.

We will have to decide between affirming the strength of our liberal democracies or giving in to the lies that sow chaos, said the president.

In the coming hours, the rest of the world will gradually bid farewell to 2023, a year that has also been marked by inflation, the rise of intelligence artificial and the climate crisis.

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People watch the first sunrise of the year in Seoul, South Korea.

The year 2023 was the hottest since records began in 1880, with a series of climate disasters hitting the planet, from Pakistan to the Horn of Africa to the Amazon basin. Canada was not spared from unprecedented forest fires last summer.

However, some important steps have been taken to fight against global warming.

In recent months, the world's population has surpassed eight billion and India has become the most populous country in the world , snatching the title from China.

Also read: 11 notable events of 2023 around the world

The year 2024 brings great challenges. For half the world's population, this will be a year of crucial elections.

Vladimir Putin, the longest-serving Russian leader time in power since Joseph Stalin, will appear again on the ballot in the March elections.

Elsewhere in the world, more than four billion people in total will be called to the polls, including in the United Kingdom, the European Union, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, Venezuela and, of course, in the United States. Democrat Joe Biden, 81, and Republican Donald Trump, 77, intend to face each other again next November.

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Revelers gather in Times Square for New Year's Eve celebrations in New York.

As an outgoing president, Mr. Biden has sometimes shown signs of fatigue, and some of his supporters worry about the consequences of ;a new mandate.

As for Donald Trump, who faces several charges and at least three of whose trials are supposed to begin in 2024 before the presidential election , nothing immediately prevents him from campaigning.

With information from Associated Press, The Canadian Press and Agence France-Presse

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