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New Year's Eve celebrations around the world

As the celebrations kick off in New Zealand and Australia, there was an enthusiastic welcome to 2013 across Asia, with extravagant firework displays lighting up the skies in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai.

Thousands protest in Shanghai suburb over chemical plant fears| Reuters

Jun 27, 2015    

SHANGHAI Thousands of people took to the streets in a distant suburb of Shanghai on Saturday saying they feared the government would build a chemical plant, despite assurances from officials that the plan will not go ahead.Choking smog and environmental degradation in many parts of China is angering an increasingly educated and affluent urban class. After a series of health scares and accidents there is also deepening public scepticism about the safety of industries ranging from food to energy.There have been numerous protests in recent years focused on petrochemical plants that produce paraxy...

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