Authorities in the German city of Munich have defended their lockdown of two railway stations on New Year's Eve. Residents were warned to be vigilant after intelligence received information that "IS" was planning a suicide attack.
The Uzbek national has confessed to firing indiscriminately at a crowd of revelers at a famous nightclub in Istanbul. He claimed a Russian operative of the "Islamic State" militant group ordered him to commit the attack.
Australian police have arrested a suspected "Islamic State" sympathizer, who they allege was planning a mass shooting. The site of the planned attack is a focal point for Melbourne's New Year's Eve celebrations.
The tightened security is a response to last New Year's Eve when shortly after midnight an IS militant attacked a nightclub. The gunman opened fire on a club in Istanbul killing 39 revelers.
DW tracked celebrations around the world as people welcome in the New Year. It started in the Pacific before moving to Asia, Africa, and Europe, all with dazzling firework displays.
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