Global News Blog Amid New Year's Eve terror threats, cities celebrate 'renewal and hope'

As cities around the world cautiously stepped up security for New Year's events, many mayors emphasized courage and community. 

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From Beijing to Brussels, New Year's Eve celebrations on Thursday promised a chance to recover, recharge, and hope for a more peaceful 2016, as mayors and police departments prepared to ensure a safe start to the year.