- In Times Square, the expected one million revelers will be guarded by a beefed-up security force this year, including hundreds of officers carrying long guns, radiation detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs.
- In Brussels, a planned New Year's Eve fireworks display was canceled late Wednesday over fears of an attack.
- Meanwhile in Paris, 11,000 police officers, military personnel and firefighters were set to patrol the streets on New Year's Eve — 2,000 more than last year. People would be banned from selling or using combustible products, such as fireworks, sparklers or firecrackers, or drinking alcohol from glass bottles in certain areas. The city's firework display on the Champs-Élysées was also canceled in the wake of the attacks in which 130 people died.
- London's celebration would be accompanied by 3,000 police officers on the streets — including an increased number carrying guns, which is not the norm in the U.K.
Update: Some more new-"norm" stuff--"Know, O Obama, that we are coming to America, and know that we will sever your head in the White House."