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Asia-Pacific nations greeting 2013 eagerly; Myanmar celebrating with 1st public countdown

The first countries to see 2013 dawn will enthusiastically welcome the new year.

Increasingly democratic Myanmar will have a public countdown for the first time. Jakarta plans a huge street party befitting Indonesia's powering economy.

In Sydney, eager revelers camped over Sunday night on the shores of the harbor to get the best vantage points as more than 1 million are expected to see the fireworks show centered on the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

In a field in Myanmar's largest city, Yangon, workers early Monday were testing a giant digital countdown screen with the backdrop of the revered Shwedagon pagoda.