New Year

Donald Trump: 2024 Will Be a ‘Historic One’

Former President Donald Trump rang in the new year with a short message on social media, predicting that 2024 will be a “historic” year as he hopes to seal the Republican nomination and defeat the Democrat, likely President Biden, at the end of the year.

Republican Presidential candidate former U.S. President Donald Trump gestures during a cam

Turkmenistan Bans New Year Celebrations

The authoritarian government of Turkmenistan, which normally holds exuberant New Year celebrations, this week ordered residents of the capital city of Ashgabat to ramp down their festivities, banned state companies from holding New Year’s parties, ordered restaurants to shut down by 9:00 p.m., and even banned parties in private homes.

Lightning decorations are seen during the Christmas preparations on the streets of Ashgaba

China Says ‘Happy New Year’ to Taiwan with Menacing Military Video

China sent Taiwan a Lunar New Year video this week that included footage of Chinese warplanes and the badge of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force juxtaposed with the tallest skyscraper in Taipei. The Taiwanese responded with their own video of military exercises, making it clear they are prepared to fight for their freedom if necessary.

People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers participate in a ceremony at the Nanjing Massacre

North Korea Starts Year with Celebration of Cuban Revolution

North Korea’s state media announced that Pyongyang sent a celebratory floral basket to the Cuban embassy on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Revolution. Dictator Kim Jong-un also sent a friendly greeting to dictator Raúl Castro, a sign North Korea expects Cuba to play a major role in its diplomacy in 2019.

N. Korea's Kim vows more summits with South next year: Seoul

Britain Rings In 2018 Amidst Heightened Security

The United Kingdom has rung in 2018 amidst heightened security in the British capital of London, including reports of elite snipers on the roof tops of buildings in order to thwart attempted terrorist attacks. Heavy steel and concrete barriers greeted New

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Watch: CNN’s Lemon Gets Ear Pierced to Ring in New Year

While covering the New Year’s Eve celebration live in New Orleans this year, CNN’s Don Lemon took ringing in the new year literally. After debating a tattoo or piercing, Lemon went with a piercing. Kathy Griffin suggested a nipple piercing, which Anderson Cooper