Nations around the world have begun marking the start of 2017. Kicking off in the Pacific, more and more countries are ringing in the New Year with massive firework displays.
The draw has been held for the 2018 World Cup, which kicks off in Russia next summer. Germany will open the defense of their 2014 World Cup title against Mexico, before facing Sweden and South Korea in Group F.
South Korea and the US have begun their annual war games. In Seoul, President Moon Jae-in warned his nuclear-armed counterpart in the North against using the drills to continue cranking the "vicious cycle" of tensions.
US President Donald Trump reiterated his country's commitment to the "Indo-Pacific" during his 13-day tour of Asia. DW examines four reasons for Washington's interest in the region.
An epic solar car race has begun in Australia, with vehicles crossing the country's tropical north to its southern shores. The World Solar Challenge aims to showcase technology that could be used for commercial purposes.
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