2020 ends with muted celebrations, as world hopes for a better 2021

The world is waving goodbye and good riddance to 2020, as most countries are still gripped by the pandemic and governments cancelled fireworks and told people to stay home to curb infections. The first countries to enter 2021 on Thursday – Samoa and Kiribati in the South Pacific – have less to celebrate than usual, as they are cut off from the world due to border closures and face rising waters due to climate change. New Zealand rang in the new year with a number of large music festivals and fireworks shows as well as a light show in the country’s largest city Auckland. With no community cases…

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