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Revelers around the world usher in the new decade

by Ace Damon
Revelers around the world usher in the new decade

Revelers around the world are saying goodbye to a decade that will be remembered by the rise of social media, the Arab Spring, the #MeToo movement and, of course, President Donald Trump.

A look at how the world is introducing in 2020:

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KIRIBATI

The Pacific island nation of Kiribati was one of the first countries to host the new decade. The country's 3,200 coral atolls are spread over more than 5 million square kilometers, spanning the equator.

As the new year begins, Kiribati is at the forefront of the battle against climate change, facing drought and rising sea levels.

By 2020, a project funded by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Green Climate Fund and the Kiribati government brings hope of providing climate-safe drinking water to the main island of Tarawa, which houses most of the country's 110,000 people.

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SAMOA

In Samoa, New Year's Eve was darker than usual. As fireworks erupted at midnight from Mount Vaea, overlooking the capital Apia, the end of the year was a moment of sadness and remembrance.

A measles epidemic in late 2019 killed 81 people, mostly children under the age of 5.

More than 5,600 measles cases have been reported in the country, with just under 200,000. With the epidemic now contained, the Samoa Observer newspaper was named its health staff of the Year who fought the outbreak.

"We feel extreme sadness and sadness," the newspaper said. “Since the first measles death, the pain has only deepened. But in the midst of much hopelessness and tears, we also saw the best of humanity in this country's response. "

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NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand's major cities celebrated the new year with traditional fireworks. In Auckland, half a ton of fireworks exploded from the Sky Tower above the city center.

New Zealanders won the old year without regret.

On March 15, an identified lone gunman killed 51 people and wounded dozens in two mosques in Christchurch, South Island. In December, a volcanic eruption of the White Island on the east coast of the North Island killed at least 19 tourists and tour guides. .

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SOUTH KOREA

Thousands of South Koreans filled the cold streets of central Seoul before a traditional bell ceremony near City Hall to launch an exhausting 2019, highlighted by political scandals, decaying labor markets and collapsing diplomacy with North Korea.

The dignitaries chosen to ring Bosingak's old bell at midnight included South Korea League pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu and Pengsoo, a giant penguin character with a hoarse voice and forceful personality who emerged as one of the biggest stars in the world. TV of the country in 2019.

The annual “peace bell” toll at Imjingak Park near the North Korean border has been canceled due to quarantine measures following an outbreak of African swine fever.

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