Fears of terrorism and stepped-up security provide a sobering backdrop to planned New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world. In the United States, federal and local security officials are tightening security in high-profile locations, including New York’s Times Square and the Rose Bowl festivities near Los Angeles. In Belgium and Turkey, police said they disrupted terrorist plots that would have targeted celebrations to ring in the New Year in the capitals of those countries. According to senior U.S. officials briefed on the matter, before President Barack Obama left for his Hawaii vacation, his top security officials briefed him about a threat, originating from overseas. The threat referred to possible attacks in New York, Los Angeles and Washington between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
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