Samoa, the tiny pacific island was the first country to welcome in 2018, with New Zealand following an hour later. The artist collects wishes from people and integrates them in his work that will be displayed during New Year's Eve celebrations in front of Cologne's most famous landmark. This means that those who really love New Year's celebrations could be in Samoa on January 1, take a boat to cross the 100 miles to American Samoa, and party on New Year's Eve all over again.
In Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city, tens of thousands gathered around Sky Tower as five minutes of nonstop pyrotechnics exploded from the structure's upper decks.
For those living in Israel, the new year is still hours ahead at the time of writing.
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Front-month prices are about 12 per cent higher this year, after rising 45 per cent - the most since 2009 - in 2016. The US expects production to top 10 million barrels a day in the coming year.
The massive fireworks display included a rainbow waterfall cascade of lights and colour flowing off the harbor's bridge to celebrate recently passed legislation legalizing gay marriage in Australia.
A major windstorm was causing problems in Scotland, but organisers expected Edinburgh's famed Hogmany New Year's Eve celebration to be unaffected.
Lights illuminate at the Lotte World Tower on January 1, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea.
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She led the country from back-to-back civil wars and saw it through a deadly Ebola outbreak that killed almost 5,000 Liberians. In his first public comments after his rival conceded, Weah said he was "honored to join a new generation of heads of state".
Spectacular fireworks have lit up the skies in Hong Kong, Australia and elsewhere in Asia as revellers rang in 2018.
The world's tallest twin skyscrapers, the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur, offered the backdrop to the fireworks welcoming 2018 in the country.
Notably, several celebrations are going across the world to give a cheerful goodbye to 2017 and welcome 2018 wholeheartedly.
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When you arrive, staff will direct you to the first station in the process that requires you to fill out a donor questionnaire . Matt Walstad, with United Blood Services , says in his opinion, most people don't donate because they are never asked.