NASA succeeds in historic flyby of faraway world

NASA rings in the New Year with a historic flyby of the farthest, and quite possibly the oldest, cosmic body ever explored by humankind — a tiny, distant world called Ultima Thule — in the hopes of learning more about how planets took shape.

Thousands of swimmers brave the cold in the North Sea

Thousands of people throw themselves into the icy waters of the North Sea in Schevingen, a seaside district of The Hague, the Netherlands, singing and dancing to celebrate the New Year, as tradition has it for several decades.

Traditional New Year jump into the Tiber in Rome

A group of four men take the plunge into the Tiber river in Rome, leaping from the Cavour Bridge to celebrate the New Year, in a tradition that goes back to 1946.

North Korea’s leader warns US in NY speech

In his New Year speech North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warns his nuclear-armed country could consider a change of approach if the US maintains its sanctions.

Moscow welcomes in the new year with fireworks over Red Square

Russia’s capital, Moscow, celebrates the New Year with fireworks over Red Square. IMAGES++ATTN CLIENTS: IMAGES IN SD++

New Year’s Eve festivities begin in Bangkok

Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, welcomes in the New Year with an impressive fireworks display. IMAGES.

Musical performance brings in the New Year in North Korea

A musical performance brings in the New Year in Pyongyang, North Korea, where thousands of people are gathered. IMAGES

Fireworks bring in the New Year in New Zealand

Fireworks bring in the New Year in Auckland, New Zealand, shot from the top of the Sky Tower in central Auckland. IMAGES

Turkish lottery selling hope for 90 years

Each year in the run-up to the New Year draw, thousands of people flock to the most famous lottery stand in Istanbul, drawn by the promise on display: “Nimet Abla will make you win.”

30,000 Honduran security forces agents deployed for Christmas

More than 30,000 police and military personnel have been deployed in the 18 departments of Honduras to provide security for people during the Christmas and New Year season.