N.Y.C. Officials Reassure Revelers Ahead of New Year’s Eve Festivities

Amid near-daily protests in the city, officials said there were “no specific credible threats” related to the annual ball drop in Times Square. NYTimes New Year’s Eve https://www.nytimes.com/2023/12/29/nyregion/new-years-eve-times-square-security.html Hurubie Meko Original Source: NY Times >>

2 Arrested in Hong Kong After Dousing Police With Water Guns

Songkran, a traditional Thai festival, often involves splashing and squirting. But the continuing crackdowns on all forms of dissent in Hong Kong made things different this year. NYTimes New Year’s Eve https://www.nytimes.com/2023/04/13/world/asia/hong-kong-songkran-water-arrests.html Tiffany May Original Source: NY Times >>

Islamic Extremism Drove Suspect in Times Square Attack, Official Says

Trevor Bickford, a 19-year-old from Maine, had recently become radicalized and traveled to New York to attack the police, according to a law enforcement official. NYTimes New Year’s Eve https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/02/nyregion/times-square-nyc-machete-attack.html Andy Newman and Mihir Zaveri Original Source: NY Times >>

London to deploy all armed police on New Year's Eve amid European terror threat

Every armed police officer in London will be deployed to help patrol New Year’s Eve celebrations, amid a warning that European capitals were at risk of a terror attack. There was no specific information that London was being targeted. “Our plans are purely precautionary and not as a result of any specific intelligence,” a Metropolitan …