New York dedicates New Year’s Eve ball drop to press freedom

Thousands braved rain and cold to pack Times Square for a string of star performances and traditional crystal ball drop. Braving freezing cold and rain, thousands of people gathered at New York’s Times Square to ring in the New Year. In a gesture highlighting the importance of journalism and press freedom, the organisers invited journalists for the traditional lowering of the crystal ball. The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story. Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn’t killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia. What draws Kenyan women to join al-Shabab and what challenges are they facing when they return to their communities?…
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