Alternative ways of ringing in the New Year
In the Netherlands and Germany thousands of swimming enthusiasts braved cold temperatures on Wednesday to take a New Year’s Day plunge. In Italy a group of daredevil divers welcomed in the New Year in spectacular fashion, leaping off a bridge in Rome into the icy Tiber River below. Meanwhile in much warmer climes, Europeans and Americans choose to celebrate the New Year camping on a beach in the Saharan city of Dakhla.
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The Italian authorities have been accused of a crackdown on unofficial sites while regulations restrict the number of registered places of worship.