While everyone is prepping for the final countdown to 2019, weather experts said it will most likley be raining at midnight for the first time in 24 years.
News media will be front and center during the New York City's annual Times Square ball drop, as one of the event's organizers, Tim Tompkins, announced the end of the year celebration is a fitting place "to celebrate free press and free speech as we reflect on where we've been during the past year and what it is we value most as a society". Bebe Rexha will perform just before the ball drop at midnight after shows by the lovelytheband, Christina Aguilera, Bastille, New Kids On The Block and Dan + Shay. "Simply put, this is what we do - and New Year's Eve, when the eyes of the world are on us, is certainly no exception". The festivities will start at 8 p.m. EST, with Cooper and Cohen counting down the Ball Drop in Times Square.
Organizers test the Times Square Crystal Ball before Midnight
Fox will host its own celebration on December 31 into January 1, 2019, beginning at 8 p.m. EST and available to be watched on local Fox channels. The organization will join New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in pushing the Waterford Crystal button and leading the 60-second countdown to the New Year. Robin Thicke, Sting, Jason Aldean, and Florence + the Machine will all be performing as well. It will air in two parts, from 8 p.m. EST until 10 p.m. EST, and 11 p.m. EST until 12:30 a.m. EST.
Nigeria forces clash with Boko Haram fighters near border with Chad
The Muhammadu Buhari's led administration has been accused of playing ethnicity game in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists. In particular, they highlighted the attack on an army base in Metele, Borno state in which about 100 soldiers were killed.