New Year’s Eve sweeps across the globe, but wars cast a shadow on 2024

January 01, 2024

Before midnight arrived in Times Square, December Lee, 26, and Shadayah Lawrence, 25, of Columbus, Ohio, said their New York visit highlighted four years of traveling the globe. People queue to pray at Zojoji Buddhist temple on New Year's Eve Sunday, Dec. 31, 2023, in Tokyo. Fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House and on the Harbour Bridge as part if New Year’s Eve celebrations in Sydney, Monday, Jan. 1, 2024. GLOBAL TENSIONS SPUR SECURITY VIGILANCENew York Mayor Eric Adams said there were “no specific threats” to his city’s annual bash. On New Year’s Eve 2022, a machete-wielding man attacked three police officers a few blocks from Times Square.