No New Year's Fireworks in Slovenia

To prevent air pollution and increase safety, many Slovenian cities are canceling the traditional New Year's fireworks.

Local authorities have announced that there will be audio and video performances at midnight instead of fireworks. Other cities have announced they will replace fireworks with biodegradable candy.

SNFCC Sound, Light & Running | Athens | December 31

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in southern Athens will be ringing in the New Year in tremendous style with a spectacular fireworks show and dancing fountains at the Canal. British DJ, radio show host, and founder/managing director of Acid Jazz Records will also be spinning the decks in a big outdoor party with an intro/outro set by the trumpet-jamming Johny Matto at the Agora.

Weather Forecast: Snow in Some Areas, in the Afternoon the Clouds will Begin to Decrease

It will still snow today in the morning in some areas, but it will gradually stop, and in the afternoon, the clouds will begin to break and decrease from the west. The wind will be moderate, in eastern Bulgaria strong north wind. Maximum temperatures mostly between 0C and 5C, in Sofia 0-1C.

Turkey marks centenary of Atatürk's arrival in Ankara

Turkey on Dec. 27 commemorated the centenary of the arrival of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, in the capital Ankara.

The commemoration events started at Anıtkabir, the mausoleum of Atatürk, with the attendance of top officials. Ankara Governor Vasip Sahin laid a wreath on Atatürk's tomb.

Weather Forecast: Cloudy with Light Rain in Some Places

Today, cloudiness will be variable, more considerable in the afternoon, but light rain expected only in some places, light snow in mountainous areas. A light to moderate wind will continue to blow from west-northwest, bringing cold air. Maximum temperatures between 2C and 7C. Atmospheric pressure is close to the monthly average.

Slovenia gradually reaching point of saturation in tourism

Ljubljana, where new hotels are popping up and old buildings in the city centre are being repurposed into accommodation facilities for rental on platforms such as and AirBnB, has heard many complains from locals about the negative effects of tourism.

Bothered by the crowd and high prices, people have even started moving out of the city centre.