The world is set to mark the end of the year, and the decade, as 2019 comes to a close – and while spectacular firework displays are expected to herald in the 2020s across the globe, some threaten to be overshadowed by ongoing events.
In Australia, New Year’s Eve celebrations have been marred by wildfires which have threatened to cause mass evacuations in population hubs including Victoria in the east of the country.
She suffered burns to 40 per cent of her body and died a week later. Police have now launched an investigation into her death, The Sun reports.
Armed Marines took to the roof as the mob broke into the reception area of one building and set fire to it. There were reports that the ambassador and civilian staff had been evacuated.
However, the crowd stopped there, and made no immediate move to attack the main chancery building of the embassy. There were also reports that tear gas had been fired, though it was not clear whether that was by Iraqi police or embassy guards.
Responding to calls to cancel the event and reallocate the funding to fire-affected regions, Sydney mayor Clover Moore said planning for the fireworks began 15 months ago and most of the budget had already been allocated. The event was also a boost to New South Wales’ economy.
Moore added that people viewing the fireworks around the harbour will see a donation link projected onto the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons throughout the night.
The bombings have provoked outrage inside Iraq and are the most serious incident yet in an escalating conflict between American forces and armed Iranian proxies. Iraq’s prime minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi – an ally of both Iran and the US – said they were an attack on his country’s sovereignty.
The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, called Abdul-Mahdi on Tuesday and said the US would “protect and defend its people”. The Iraqi prime minister said his government would guarantee the safety and security of US personnel and property, the state department said.