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New Year’s Eve: Global revelers ring in 2014 with booms and flashes – World News

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Russia Terror Attacks : Vladimir Putin Vows Response

“We will toughly and consistently continue to fight,” Putin said in his New Year‘s address.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to achieve the “total destruction” of terrorists in a New Year’s address Tuesday, following two days of terror attacks in the city of Volgograd that killed 34 people.

“Dear friends, we bow our heads in front of the victims of the terrible acts of terror. I am sure we will toughly and consistently continue to fight against terrorists until their total destruction,” he said, from the Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk, AFP reports.

The tough talk came as the Kremlin intensifies security in Volgograd, the site of the two attacks this week, and across the country. A regional police official told the Interfax news agency that authorities have boosted the number of security personnel in Volgograd to 5,200, including Interior Ministry troops, in a city of 1 million, the Associated Press reports.

The Health Ministry said Tuesday that three more people died from the bombing of a train station Sunday and a trolley bus a day later, raising the death toll to 34. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which have renewed security concerns ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia that begin Feb. 7.

 

New Year’s celebrations from Burj Khalifa – Dubai

DUBAI (AFP) – Dubai kicked off New Year with a dazzling bid for a new world record to cap those the Gulf city state already holds for its mammoth property developments.

The glittering fireworks display spanned over 100 kilometres of the Dubai coast, which boasts an archipelago of man-made islands and Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower.

Emitari officials were hoping the pyrotechnics would land them the Guinness World Record, beating nearby Kuwait which currently hold the mark, set in 2011, with an epic hour-long show of 77,282 fireworks.

The main displays were based at the luxurious Atlantis hotel and at Palm Jumeirah, one of three palm-shaped islands.